2007 CMA Music Festival Is 'Time Well Wasted' as Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Billy Currington Join Performance Lineup

The celebration of America's music is growing as artists continue to join the lineup for 2007 CMA Music Festival, Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10 in Downtown Nashville.

Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Billy Currington are the latest artist additions to the CMA Music Festival performance roster.

New father Paisley, fresh off his 2006 CMA Album of the Year Award win for Time Well Wasted, will make his only Nashville concert appearance in 2007 at CMA Music Festival. One of Country Music's most popular performers, Paisley will close the Festival with the final performance on Sunday, June 10. Paisley's new song "Ticks" is roaring up the singles chart and is the first single from a forth coming album due out this summer.

"Brad has consistently been one of Country Music's top touring artists for the past several years, and his talent and abilities have been recognized with two back-to-back CMA Entertainer of the Year Award nominations," said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Operating Officer. "He is a favorite with everyone, from the fans to radio and the industry. Having Brad give the grand finale performance will be a fantastic way to cap 2007 CMA Music Festival."

Performers already announced include Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, John Anderson, Rodney Atkins, Jeff Bates, Dierks Bentley, John Berry, Big & Rich, Blue County, Bomshel, Catherine Britt, Lane Brody, Luke Bryan, Sonny Burgess, Sarah Buxton, Laura Bryna, Carolina Rain, Donovan Chapman, Eric Church, Earl Thomas Conley, Bucky Covington, Cowboy Crush, Amy Dalley, Cole Deggs & the Lonesome, Dusty Drake, Katrina Elam, Emerson Drive, Jace Everett, Flynnville Train, Todd Fritsch, Vince Gill, Josh Gracin, The Grascals, Andy Griggs, 2007 CMA Global Country Artist Award winner Adam Harvey, Heartland, Ty Herndon, Alan Jackson, Jypsi, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Blaine Larsen, Little Big Town, Little Texas, The Lost Trailers, Martina McBride, Neal McCoy, Reba McEntire, Ashley Monroe, Megan Mullins, Gary Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jamie O'Neal, Jake Owen, Danielle Peck, Michael Peterson, Pirates of the Mississippi, Povertyneck Hillbillies, LeAnn Rimes, Julie Roberts, Ray Scott, Jeffrey Steele, Sugarland, Pam Tillis, Aaron Tippin, Trent Tomlinson, Trick Pony, Carrie Underwood, Gene Watson, Bryan White, Jett Williams, Trent Willmon, Mark Wills, Gretchen Wilson, Darryl Worley, The Wreckers and Chris Young. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks, and surprise artist performances are also being planned.

All of the artists and celebrities participating in CMA Music Festival donate their time and are not compensated for the hours they spend performing, signing autographs and participating in events. In appreciation of their continued support, CMA created "Keep the Music Playing," a charity program in partnership with the Nashville Alliance for Public Education (NAPE). The program donates half the net proceeds from CMA Music Festival to music education for Nashville's nearly 75,000 public school students. Recently, $368,502 was donated from the 2006 CMA Music Festival, buying hundreds of instruments and equipment for Nashville public schools.

Last year more than 161,000 fans attended CMA Music Festival, winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association's 2006 LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year. Now in its 36th year, the Festival (formerly known as Fan Fair(R)) continues to spotlight the unique relationship between Country Music artists and their fans.

Tickets for 2007 CMA Music Festival, Thursday through Sunday, June 7-10, in Downtown Nashville are available now.

To order tickets for the 2007 CMA Music Festival call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378); visit http://www.cmafest.com/ to download an order form to fax or mail; visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/ to buy online or charge-by-phone at (615) 255-9600.

Four-day ticket packages include the Nightly Concerts at LP Field; Daily Concerts on the Greased Lightning(R) Riverfront Stages; daily admittance to the Fan Fair(R) (Exhibit Hall) featuring the Acoustic Corner; Crisco(R) Family Zone; Fun Zone; The Chevy(TM) Sports Zone; CMA Music Festival After Hours(TM); free in-town shuttles; the CMA Music Festival Program Book; CMA Music Festival pin; special discounts to area attractions, restaurants, shops, and more. Prices do not include applicable handling fees. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable.
For up-to-the-minute information about tickets, travel information, schedules, artist appearances, and more, visit http://www.cmafest.com/ and sign up for the CMA Exclusive e-news.

Once again in 2007, performances at the CMA Music Festival will be filmed for a two-hour, ABC Television Network special that will air later this summer.

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. Borders(R) Books & Music: The Official Music & Book retailer of the CMA Music Festival. Additional promotional partners include Crisco(R), Greased Lightning Cleaning Products(R), Music Festivals(R), Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, The Sportsman Channel(R), Wrangler(R) and Yamaha Motor Corp., USA. Fan Fair(R) is a registered trademark of CMA.

Source: Country Music Association
NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 16, 2007 /PRNewswire/ --

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