Jackson, McGraw return to CMA Music Festival
Thursday, March 4, 2010
– Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson will participate in the CMA Music Festival in June in Nashville, the Country Music Association announced Thursday.
Billy Currington and Kellie Pickler also were added to the line-up for the festival being held Thursday through Sunday, June 10-13 in Nashville.
Previously announced artists include Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band. All of the announced artists will perform during the Nightly Concerts at LP Field.
This will be McGraw's first appearance at the event since 2001, when he was a surprise guest during Kenny Chesney's performance as part of the Nightly Concerts at LP Field and the event was still known as Fan Fair. His last announced appearance was in 2000, the last year Fan Fair was held at the Nashville Fairgrounds. He has participated in the event eight times since his Fan Fair debut in 1993.
"We are thrilled to welcome Tim back to CMA Music Festival in 2010," said Steve Moore, CMA Board Chairman. "Our event established its tradition of hosting the superstars of our format at its inception in 1972 with artists such as Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Tammy Wynette. Take a glance at this year's performer list, and you'll see we're living up to that tradition."
Jackson has made 15 appearances since his debut in 1990. Jackson last performed during the Nightly Concerts at LP Field in 2008. "We appreciate the tremendous support that Alan has always shown to CMA Music Festival and the fans," said Moore.
Currington has participated in the event 4 times since his debut in 2004 as part of the Daytime Concerts at Riverfront Park. He last performed on the Nightly Concerts at LP Field in 2007.
Pickler performed before an intimate audience at a nightclub as part of filming for a television special during last year's event, but her last appearance as part of the Nightly Concerts was in 2008. She made her CMA Music Festival debut in 2007.
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