Tens of thousands attend CMA Music Fest

June 9, 2008 at 2:30 PM
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NASHVILLE, June 9 (UPI) -- Organizers estimate tens of thousands of country music fans attended Nashville's CMA Music Festival, which ran from last Wednesday through Sunday.

USA Today said Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam kicked off the festival and featured performances by Charlie Daniels, Gretchen Wilson, Kathy Mattea and Big & Rich's John Rich.

"I recorded with Kenny Rogers today, then I wound up getting drunk with Mel Tillis," Rich told the newspaper backstage. "So it's been a pretty good (expletive) day."

The CMA festival lineup also included appearances by Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Dwight Yoakum.

Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler and Julianne Hough were also on hand. The three singers were named co-hosts of the TV special "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," which is to air Sept. 8 on ABC, USA Today said.

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