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CMA Music Fest performers added for TV special

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 – THE "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" TV special will include Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, Jamey Johnson and Dierks Bentley, it was announced Tuesday.

Others slated to appear are Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Julianne Hough, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, John Rich, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, and Zac Brown Band. Kid Rock performs his smash hit Picture with McBride, while Wynonna and Naomi Judd reunite as The Judds to perform together for the first time at the CMA Music Festival in six years.

The show airs at 8 a.m., Monday, Aug. 31 for 3 hours on ABC.

The special will show highlights from the CMA Music Festival held June 11-14 in Nashville. On- and off-stage segments and day-in-the-life vignettes showcasing the personalities and lifestyles of fan favorites will be presented.

Aldean declared "Ladies Night at the CMA Music Festival" during a nightclub concert. He performed his hit, She's Country that segues to his performance at LP Field.

Viewers encounter Paisley during a quiet moment alone on his tour bus speaking about his fans then encountering hundreds of them as they greet him outside his bus. His personal recollections then segue to Paisley and his band playing before a standing-room-only crowd at Fuel club with his hit song, Then to LP Field where he sings American Saturday Night.

Pickler's off-stage persona is captured as she spends the day with fans. Pickler's admirers join her for some shopping at famous Nashville stores such as Ernest Tubb's Record Shop, where she autographs and gives some lucky fans her own CDs and stops by Mike's Soda Shop to taste "Kellie Pickler" ice cream. Later that night, Pickler performed Best Days of Your Life at Fuel.

The special took a day-in-the-life of Hough from getting ready at home to the convention center to a slew of press interviews such as "Good Morning America" with "All My Children's" Cameron Mathison. She then heads to sound check and wardrobe changes all the while meeting fans all along the way.

Throughout the special, Pickler introduced interviews with some of the festival's biggest performers. Brooks & Dunn, Chesney, McBride, McEntire, Rucker, and Sugarland offered celebrity insight and share their personal stories from the road, home and tours with viewers. Then Swift answered submitted questions from her six biggest fans and later she surprised them in a meet and greet.

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