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Gretchen Wilson kicks off CMA Festival

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 – Gretchen Wilson will kick off 2009 CMA Music Festival on Thursday, June 11 taking place in Downtown Nashville through Sunday, June 14. Wilson will lead a four-day series of shows at the Riverfront Park.

Love and Theft, John Michael Montgomery and Craig Morgan were added to the Riverfront lineup. In addition, One Flew South will sing the National Anthem on Thursday, June 11, and Telstra winner Peter McWhirter from Australia will perform on Friday, June 12 as part of his grand prize. John Michael Montgomery will close the daytime party as the last performer at Riverfront Park on Sunday, June 14.

Admittance to the Daytime Stage at Riverfront Park is free, but four-day ticket holders have exclusive early entrance privileges. On Thursday-Saturday, June 11-13, four-day ticket holders can enter Riverfront Park at 9 a.m.; while on Sunday, June 14, they can enter at 10 a.m. Riverfront Park will open 45 minutes later to the general public.

The schedule is:

Thursday, June 11 Hosted by CMT Radio Live's Cody Alan (morning) and Cledus T. Judd (afternoon). National Anthem performed by One Flew South
10 - 10:45 a.m. Gretchen Wilson
11 - 11:45 a.m. Phil Vassar
12 - 12:30 p.m. Chuck Wicks
12:45 - 1:15 p.m. Randy Rogers Band
1:30 - 2 p.m. Ashton Shepherd
2:15 - 2:45 p.m. James Otto
3 - 3:30 p.m. Bellamy Brothers
3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Heidi Newfield
4:30 - 5 p.m. Diamond Rio
5:15 - 5:45 p.m. Neal McCoy

Friday, June 12 Hosted by TBD (morning) and WSIX/Nashville's Slam Duncan (afternoon)
10 - 10:45 a.m. Oak Ridge Boys
11 - 11:30 a.m. Bucky Covington
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Aaron Tippin
12:30 - 1 p.m. John Anderson
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Love and Theft
2 - 2:30 p.m. Honky Tonk Tailgate Party (Trent Willmon, Jeff Bates, Mark Wills)
2:45 - 3 p.m. Peter McWhirter (Telstra Winner from Australia)
3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Eric Church
4 - 4:30 p.m. Craig Morgan
4:45 - 5:15 p.m. Randy Houser
5:30 - 6 p.m. Clay Walker

Saturday, June 13 Hosted by Billy Dean (morning) and WKDF/Nashville's Becca (afternoon)
10 - 10:45 a.m. Tracy Byrd
11 - 11:30 a.m. Jason Michael Carroll
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Jo Dee Messina
12:30 - 1 p.m. Jamie O'Neal
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Bill Anderson
2 - 2:30 p.m. Emerson Drive
2:45 - 3:15 p.m. Lorrie Morgan
3:30 - 4 p.m. Keith Anderson
4:15 - 4:45 p.m. The Lost Trailers
5 - 5:30 p.m. Chris Young
5:45 - 6:05 p.m. WKDF Battle of the Bands Winner

Sunday, June 14 - Hosted by T. Graham Brown (morning) and WSM/Nashville's Bill Cody (afternoon)
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Gloriana
12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Josh Gracin
1- 1:30 p.m. Joe Nichols
1:45 - 2:15 p.m. Jessica Harp
2:30 - 3 p.m. Eli Young Band
3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Darryl Worley
4 - 4:30 p.m. Joey + Rory
4:45 - 5:25 p.m. Collin Raye/Restless Heart
5:40 - 6:10 p.m. John Michael Montgomery


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