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Urban, Gill, Underwood top All 4 the Hall show

Monday, March 24, 2014 – Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Brantley Gilbert and Carrie Underwood are among those who will play this year's All 4 The Hall at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on May 6.

With the theme, Songtellers (A LARGE Intimate Evening), Brett Eldredge, David Nail, Deana Carter, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore and Lee Ann Womack with Buddy Miller, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Reba McEntire and Ronnie Milsap will all be in the house.

The concert's theme will have each artist perform songs that they've recorded and/or written, or a classic, and they'll tell a story about the song.

"I think this is going to be an extremely unique and revealing night for everyone," said Urban. "Not only are we going to see extraordinary 'one of a kind' performances, but we're going to hear some stories that just may have us hearing these well known songs in a whole new way."

Funds raised through the All 4 The All concerts have collectively raised more than $2 million in support of the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum's preservation efforts, exhibitions and educational programs that teach audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music. In addition, Urban has teamed up again with Rally.org to help fans raise funds for the Country Music Hall of Fame and to compete for prizes including VIP tickets. For more information go to all4thehall.keithurban.net.

Reserved seating tickets, which are priced at $35 and $50 (does not include Ticketmaster surcharge), will go on sale April 4 at 10 a.m. central and are available at ticketmaster.com, the Bridgestone Arena box office or by calling 800-745-3000. A limited number of VIP ticket packages will also go on sale on April 4 at Ticketmaster.com. (Complete ticket purchase information is below.) "The first four All 4 the Hall concerts have netted more than $2 million," said Museum Director Kyle Young. "They continue to be our most successful fundraisers, with the proceeds helping to fund the care of our unrivaled collection, exhibitions, educational programs and more. The museum appreciates the generosity and unwavering support that Keith Urban and Vince Gill continue to display for our institution and for this genre of music. Fans eagerly anticipate this show, expecting, and getting, a unique, entertaining, and world-class line-up that only Keith and Vince can inspire. This year's concert will not disappoint."

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