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Swift, Johnson, Owen, Atkins, Aldean added to CMA Fest

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 – Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Jamey Johnson, Jake Owen and Taylor Swift are added to the performance lineup for the nightly concerts part of the 2009 CMA Music Festival at LP Field. The four-day festival takes place Thursday through Sunday, June 11-4 in Nashville.

"We are delighted to add four of country music's brightest stars to our incredible talent lineup," said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "Youthful and electrifying, this group of artists bring a new level of energy and excitement to the event that cannot be beat."

Previously announced performers wer Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Julianne Hough, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Montgomery Gentry, Brad Paisley and John Rich. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Four-day tickets for 2009 CMA Music Festival are available now. To order, call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378); visit www.CMAfest.com to download an order form to fax or mail; or visit www.ticketmaster.com to buy online or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. Prices do not include applicable handling fees.

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