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McGraw, Lady A play Watershed

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 – The Watershed Music Festival in Washington is returning in August with Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum and Jake Owen in the line-up.

Billy Currington, Eli Young Band, Joe Diffie, Randy Houser, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope, Eli Young Band, Chase Rice and Dallas Smith also will play in the festival, slated for Aug. 1-3 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Wash.

Three-day festival and camping passes go on sale Thursday, March 13 at 1 p.m. eastern via www.watershedfest.com.

Moore, who will be performing at Watershed for the second time, said, "After I performed there last year, I knew this was the kind of festival I would want to come back and play as many times as I can. It's such an iconic and beautiful place to play and adds to what is already a great vibe. And there are tons of hardcore fans, which just amps it up to an insane level."

"We've been lucky that this crazy idea has turned into a monster country festival now celebrating its third year," said Brian O'Connell, Creator of Watershed Music Festival and Live Nation President of Country Touring. "Each time we try and top ourselves and do better than the previous year, and 2014 is no exception. We're looking forward to another fun and crazy weekend with top notch talent."

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