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Lambert replaces Pistol Annies at festival

Monday, May 27, 2013 – Pistol Annies were slated to play the Kicker Country Stampede in June, but "due to unforeseen circumstances, the Pistol Annies are unable to appear." But at least one of them - Miranda Lambert - will. She plans to assume the date slated for Pistol Annies, festival organizers said Tuesday.

Lambert will perform Sunday, June 30 along with Randy Houser (Runnin' Outta Moonlight), Morgan Frazier and Christian artist CrossCountry.

No specific reason was given for the change. Festival Direct Marketing Coordinator Chris Rouse said Tuesday, "They didn't give us anything specific."

While Pistol Annies' lists no upcoming dates, the concert web site Pollstar lists shows in Winsted, Minn. on June 7, Newkirk, Okla. on June 13 and Larchwood, Ia. on June 29.

Ashley Monroe, one-third of Pistol Annies, is touring with Train starting in July on the Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour.

Filling the Thursday, June 27 headlining spot at the Kicker festival will be Little Big Town. LBT will be joined by Thomas Rhett (Beer With Jesus), new act The Cadillac Three and country rock band No Justice.

Jason Aldean will perform Friday June 28. He will be joined by Jake Owen, Colt Ford, Parmalee and Bush Hawg.

Saturday night's headliner is Trace Adkins. Scotty McCreery, Casey James and LoCash Cowboys round out the Saturday round out the lineup.

The 2013 Kicker Country Stampede presented by Verizon Wireless takes place in Manhattan, Kansas. A four-day general admission ticket is now only $135.

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