2007 CMA Music Festival
More Artists Announced for 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock' Airing Monday, July 23 on the ABC Television Network
Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes, and Josh Turner Added to Primetime Special
Heart-warming stories and riveting musical performances are the heart and soul of summer's hottest TV special "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," airing Monday, July 23 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"CMA Music Festival is a phenomenon unlike any other and the special aims to capture it all - the unique interaction and relationship between the artists and their fans along with scorching performances by some of our format's most compelling stars," said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese.
Added to the list of artists appearing on the special are Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes, and Josh Turner. Several of today's top hit makers are already scheduled to appear on the special including Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Sugarland, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, and Reba McEntire in a duet with Kelly Clarkson. More artists will be announced soon. This is the third time ABC will broadcast this special, which invites the whole country to America's biggest Country Music celebration.
CMA Music Festival is about more than the music. For 36 years, the cornerstone of the annual event has been the relationship between the artists, the fans and their mutual love for the music. The special was taped in Nashville June 7-10 during the Festival, a four-day love fest attended by more than 191,000 Country Music enthusiasts from around the world.
The special is as much about the fans as it is the artists. In one segment, McBride, who grew up in a small town in Kansas, presents a new truck to a young couple who lost everything in a recent tornado that leveled the small Kansas town of Greensburg. Volunteer fireman Chance Little, 27, and his pregnant wife Tracy, 22, thought they were attending the Festival as a much needed break from the devastation at home, but McBride called them on stage following her powerful performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and presented the truck to help the couple get on their feet and on with their lives - to the cheers of 50,000 fans.
Big & Rich, Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich, are fan favorites for a reason: they love discovering and nurturing fresh talent and they were doing it on a BIG scale at the Festival.
As Alphin said, "The only thing success has done is allow us to do more for more people."
During the Festival, Big & Rich met a pair of extremely talented musicians, Ruby Jane Smith, 13, of Columbus, Miss., and Chelsea Dock, 11, of Brooklyn, NY. The aspiring players thought it was a private meet and greet with the duo, but it morphed into a jam session at soundcheck, that culminated with the pair being asked to sit in on Big & Rich's stadium performance at LP Field, where they rocked the house on the duo's new single, "Radio."
"What we love about our artists is their accessibility and sincere desire to connect with the fans," Genovese said. "And what comes across is that anything can happen at CMA Music Festival and you never know who you are going to see, or what could happen next."
"CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" is a CMA production. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer. Gary Halvorson is the Director. The special was shot in high definition and will be broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
The 2008 CMA Music Festival will take place Thursday through Sunday, June 5-8, in Downtown Nashville and tickets are available now. Fans who want to experience the excitement of the Festival firsthand, can order tickets by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378); visiting http://www.cmafest.com/ to download an order form to fax or mail; or visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com/ to buy online or charge-by-phone at (615) 255-9600. Prices do not include applicable handling fees. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable.
The Gold Circle section is already sold out and tickets are selling at a rapid pace - up 25 percent over 2006, and 76 percent over 2005 in the days following the Festival. Fans are encouraged to order early for best available seating. Four-day ticket packages correspond to a different level of seating at LP Field. Children 3 years and younger are admitted free.
2008 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL FOUR-DAY TICKET PACKAGE PRICES
CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. CMA Board member Tony Conway is the Executive Producer of CMA Music Festival. Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio broadcaster. Chevy: The Official Ride of Country Music. Fan Fair(R) is a registered trademark of CMA.
Source: Country Music Association