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CMA Music Festival TV special expands to three hours

Monday, June 29, 2009 – A television special about the CMA Music Festival will be expanded to three hours when it airs in late August.

"Country's Night to Rock" airs Monday, Aug. 31 (at 8 p.m. eastern/Pacific on ABC. Previously, the special had been two hours.

Filmed in Nashville June 11-14, the special expanded to three hours to showcase more acts. Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Sugarland and Taylor Swift are the first performers to be confirmed with more artists to be announced soon.

This is the fifth time ABC will broadcast this special. This year an average of 56,000 fans attended each day of CMA Music Festival, its biggest turnout yet.

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