Phil Vassar, Jo Dee Messina launch CMA fest
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Phil Vassar, Jo Dee Messina launch CMA fest

Thursday, May 15, 2008 – Phil Vassar and Jo Dee Messina will kick off 2008 CMA Music Festival on June 5. "Having Phil and Jo Dee kick off CMA Music Festival this year is going to be a real treat for our attendees," said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

Curb recording artist Messina is slated to release her fifth studio album later this year. Vassar recently put out "Prayer of a Common Man."

Bill Anderson, Jeff Bates, Bo Bice, Lane Brody, Jason Michael Carroll, Erika Jo, Billy Gilman, Josh Gracin, Andy Griggs, Con Hunley, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Mindy McCready, Joe Nichols, and Eddy Raven were added to the lineup for the Riverfront daytime stages shows.

Additional performers include newcomers and rising stars Dean Brody, Zac Brown, Stephen Cochran, Star De Azlan, Flynnville Train, Jeff Griffith (performing with Joe Stampley), Greg Hanna, Rick Huckaby, James LeBlanc, Jeremy McComb and Jason Meadows.

Single-day tickets for the Greased Lightning Daytime Stages will be sold the day of each show at the gate for $16 each. Children 6 and younger are admitted free of charge.

The daily schedule for the four-day fest is:
Thursday, June 5: Keith Anderson, Bellamy Brothers, Zac Brown, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Tracy Byrd, Jason Michael Carroll, Mark Chesnutt, Carters Chord, Emerson Drive, Erika Jo, Adam Gregory, Andy Griggs, Mindy McCready, Richie McDonald, Jo Dee Messina, David Nail, Heidi Newfield, Danielle Peck, Eddy Raven, Crystal Shawanda, Phil Stacey, Aaron Tippin, Phil Vassar and Chuck Wicks.

Friday, June 6: Jeff Bates, Dean Brody, Eric Church, Crossin' Dixon, Star DeAzlan, Ashley Gearing, Jeff Griffith with Joe Stampley, Jennifer Hanson, Heartland, Rick Huckaby, Jack Ingram, Sarah Johns, Jypsi, James LeBlanc, Lonestar, Lost Trailers, Jeremy McComb, Neal McCoy, Jason Meadows, Lorrie Morgan, Megan Mullins, Jake Owen, The Road Hammers, Ashton Shepherd, Fisher Stevenson, Emily West and Chris Young.

Saturday, June 7: Katie Armiger, John Berry, Bo Bice, Stephen Cochran, Eli Young Band, Flynnville Train, Billy Gilman, Randy Houser, Emma Mae Jacob, Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore, Michael Martin Murphey, Minnie Murphy, Telstra winner Jasmine Rae, The Honky Tonk Tailgate Party (Buddy Jewell, Ray Scott, Trent Willmon and Mark Wills), Joe Nichols, Mica Roberts, The Roys, Jeffrey Steele, Doug Stone, Mel Tillis, Trailer Choir, Jimmy Wayne, Whiskey Falls and Darryl Worley.

Sunday, June 8: Bill Anderson, Charlie Allen, Lane Brody, T. Graham Brown, Laura Bryna, Carolina Rain, Cowboy Crush, Drew Davis Band, Whitney Duncan, Jimmy Fortune, Josh Gracin, Greg Hanna, Ty Herndon, Con Hunley, LoCash Cowboys, Rockie Lynne, Raul Malo, Mel McDaniel, Oak Ridge Boys, Jamie O'Neal, Rissi Palmer, Rio Grand, Sunny Sweeney, Bryan White, and Billy Yates.

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