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Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery, and Blake Shelton Will Perform at 2012 CMA Music Festival

Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery, and Blake Shelton Will Perform at 2012 CMA Music Festival

DIERKS BENTLEY, BRANTLEY GILBERT, ALAN JACKSON, SCOTTY McCREERY, AND BLAKE SHELTON WILL PERFORM AT 2012 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL

NASHVILLE - Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery, and reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton have joined the performance lineup for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during 2012 CMA Music Festival. The event that USA Today calls "the crown jewel of Country Music festivals" will once again take over downtown Nashville for four days this summer, Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10, 2012.

Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, and Zac Brown Band were previously announced as performing at the legendary Festival, which has grown since starting in 1972 as Fan Fair® to become Nashville's signature music event. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Bentley won the CMA Horizon Award in 2005. He recently released the album Home, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The album contains the No. 1, Gold-certified single "Am I the Only One" and the current, Top Five-and-rising single, "Home."

Gilbert, who will make his debut performance on the Nightly Concerts at LP Field this year, was a 2011 CMA Awards nominee in the Song of the Year category for co-writing "Dirt Road Anthem" with Colt Ford. His current album is Halfway to Heaven Deluxe, featuring the No. 1 Gold-certified single "Country Must Be Country Wide."

Jackson has won 16 CMA Awards, including three Entertainer of the Year Awards (1995, 2002, 2003); two Male Vocalist of the Year Awards (2002, 2003); two Album of the Year Awards (1994 for Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, and 2002 for Drive); two Single of the Year Awards (1993 for "Chattahoochee" and 2002 for "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"); two Song of the Year Awards (1994 for "Chattahoochee" and 2002 for "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"); two Music Video of the Year Awards (1992 for "Midnight in Montgomery" and 1993 for "Chattahoochee"); and three Vocal Event of the Year Awards (1993 for "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair" with George Jones, Clint Black, Garth Brooks, T. Graham Brown, Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffie, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis, and Travis Tritt; 2000 for "Murder on Music Row" with George Strait; and 2003 for "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" with Jimmy Buffett). He has earned 80 CMA Award nominations over the years, second only to George Strait. Jackson is one of only four songwriters who have written and recorded more than two dozen songs that they've also taken to the top of the charts - his elite company in that achievement includes Merle Haggard, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney. Jackson is currently climbing the charts with his new single, "So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore," from his forthcoming album on ACR (Alan's Country Records) and EMI Records Nashville.

McCreery is the reigning "American Idol" winner. His debut album, Clear as Day, has been certified Platinum, and his singles "I Love You This Big" and "The Trouble With Girls" have both been certified Gold.

Shelton has won three CMA Awards, including two consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year Awards (2010, 2011) and one Musical Event of the Year Award (2010 for "Hillbilly Bone" with Trace Adkins). He currently stars as a mentor on the No. 1 television series "The Voice" on NBC. Shelton's current album, the Gold-certified Red River Blue, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The album features two No. 1 and Platinum-certified singles, "Honey Bee" and "God Gave Me You," as well as the current hit "Drink on It."
Fans can purchase their tickets through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or 1-(800)-745-3000. They can also purchase them by calling 1-(800)-CMA-FEST (262-3378). Ticket prices are based on the level of seating at LP Field for the Nightly Concerts, and range from $125 to $325 plus handling fees. A limited number of four-day parking passes for LP Field are also available, ranging from $32 to $124 plus handling fees, depending on the size of vehicle.

Ticket and parking prices are subject to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable. Four-day ticket package categories correspond to a different level of seating at LP Field. Children 3 years and younger are admitted FREE. For information on ADA seating, please call 1-800-CMA-FEST.

Fans can stay in the loop by visiting CMAfest.com, the official website of CMA Music Festival, where they can sign up for the CMA Exclusive e-news, follow the CMA Facebook and Twitter feeds for more insider info, play games, and of course see the entire lineup of Country Music's biggest stars as they are announced for the event.

CMA Music Festival celebrates the unique relationship between Country Music artists and their fans in the heart of Music City USA. The artists participate for free, and on their behalf, CMA has donated half the net proceeds of the Festival to support music education through the Keep the Music Playing program.

To date, more than $6.1 million has been donated to purchase musical instruments and supplies, providing thousands of students in Metro Nashville Public Schools with the resources and opportunities they could not have afforded on their own, and giving many of them a strong reason to remain in school. The total also includes a $1 million endowment gift for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Words & Music program, which assists language arts and music teachers with classroom instruction in the basics of songwriting.

Featuring concerts, autograph signings, family activities, and more, CMA Music Festival is an unparalleled celebration of America's music. In 2011, the event drew a record-setting 65,000 fans from all 50 states and 26 nations and, for the second consecutive year, sold out in advance each night at LP Field for the star-packed nightly concerts. According to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, direct visitor spending generated by the Festival totaled more than $30 million. CMA Music Festival is a four-time winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association's LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).

CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the ninth consecutive year that the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. CBS aired the first CMA Music Festival special in 2004, with ABC airing it from 2005 onward through 2021. "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.

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