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CMA Music Fest TV special gets delayed one week

Friday, July 15, 2011 – The three-hour CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock TV special, originally scheduled to air on ABC-TV on Aug. 7, was pushed back one week.

CMA spokesperson Scott Stem attributed the switch to "just a schedule change."

The program will air at 8 p.m. and cover the festival held in June. Performers include Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley; Jason Aldean collaborating with Kelly Clarkson; a late-night jam with Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow; Josh Turner with "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery; "Idol" runner up Lauren Alaina joining Martina McBride; Gretchen Wilson with Big & Rich; and Alan Jackson performing with Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry, Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.

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