Sara Evans to Kickoff Four-Days of Star-Packed Performances on Chevrolet
Riverfront Stage; Artist/Songwriter Eric Paslay Announced the Lineup Via CMA’s Social Network

– With nearly 50 artists confirmed, the Chevrolet™ Riverfront Stage will be
the hot spot for daily concerts during the 2013 CMA
Music Festival,
Thursday-Sunday, June 6-9, in downtown Nashville.
Fun and family-friendly, the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is free and open to the

The performances on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage
will kickoff on
Thursday, June 6 at 10:00 AM/CDT with a high energy
show from CMA Award-winning recording artist
Sara Evans. 2013 marks the
first time Evans has opened the Festival. She has 15 CMA Awards nominations to
her credit, including six for Female Vocalist of the Year. She won the CMA Music
Video of the Year Award in 2001 for her smash hit “Born to Fly.”   

is the perfect choice to launch the daily concerts on the Chevrolet Riverfront
Stage because of her great repertoire of hit music and undeniable connection to
our fans,” said
Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is packed with great hit-makers for four days of free
concerts. Chevrolet, a valued partner of CMA Music Festival and the Official Ride
of Country Music, will once again host a vehicle display at Riverfront Park throughout the event.

Chevrolet Riverfront Stage artist lineup was announced earlier today by performer
Eric Paslay via CMA’s social networks. To view the video visit

Artists performing on the
Chevrolet Riverfront Stage include
Keith Anderson, Greg Bates,
Blackberry Smoke, Craig Campbell, Mark Chesnutt, Brett Eldredge, Rachel Farley,
Tyler Farr, Colt Ford, Gloriana, The Grascals, Steve Holy, Casey James, Kristen
Kelly, Aaron Lewis, Lonestar, Love and Theft, Dustin Lynch, Jo Dee Messina, Ronnie
Milsap, Craig Morgan, David Nail, Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann,
Paslay, Maggie Rose,
Corey Smith, Tate Stevens, Sunny Sweeney, Phil Vassar, Chuck Wicks, Gretchen Wilson,
and Darryl Worley.

strive each year to book an entertaining mix of classic performers, traditional
favorites, and up-and-comers to keep the concert experience at Riverfront fresh
and exciting for our fans,” said Moore.

Several artists
will be making their official debut performances on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage
this year including Bates, Blackberry Smoke, Farley, Farr, Kelly, Lewis, Milsap,
Paslay, Rose, and Stevens.

Always a fan favorite area of CMA
Music Festival, the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage lineup includes several past CMA
Award winners and nominees including (artists appearing are subject to change):

  • Anderson
    – Song of the Year nominee for “Lost in This Moment”
  • Chesnutt
    –CMA Vocal Event of the Year winner for “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”
    (1993); CMA Horizon Award winner (now New Artist of the Year) in 1993
  • Ford
    – Song of the Year nominee for “Dirt Road Anthem” (2011)
  • Lonestar
    – 10 nominations, including seven for Vocal Group of the Year, which they won in 2001
  • Love
    and Theft – New Artist and Vocal Duo of the Year nominees in 2012
  • Messina
    – Six nominations including two for Female Vocalist of the Year (1999, 2000);
     she won the CMA Horizon Award in 1999
  • Milsap – 19 nominations,
    including four wins for Album of the Year (1975, 1977, 1978, 1986), three wins
    for Male Vocalist of the Year (1974, 1976, 1977), and an Entertainer of the Year win in 1977
  • Nichols
    – Horizon Award winner (2003)
  • Niemann – New Artist
    of the Year nominee (2012)
  • Paslay – Song of the Year nominee
    for “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (2012)
  • Vassar – Two-time
    Horizon Award nominee (2001, 2002)
  • Wilson – 10 nominations,
    including two wins – one for Female Vocalist (2005) and the Horizon Award (2004)
  • Worley
    – Four nominations, including two for Horizon Award (2002, 2003)

to the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is free, but four-day ticket holders have an
exclusive 45-minute, early-entrance window before the gates open to the general
public. The Riverfront concerts are a popular destination for families who want
to enjoy great musical performances while relaxing on the sloping bank above the
Cumberland River.

The concerts are fun in the sun and within easy
walking distance of all the Festival event sites, including the all-new AT&T®
U-verse® Fan Fair X (FFX) with autograph signings, concerts, lifestyle exhibits,
marketplace, live broadcasts, demonstrations, and more in the brand new Music City Center.

all kicks off
Thursday, June 6 with “Lady A Day
at FFX” featuring
Lady Antebellum performing, signing
autographs, and cutting the ribbon when Fan Fair X officially opens to fans. Fan
Fair X is free to four-day ticket holders, but tickets to this exciting, new attraction
are available to fans for $10 a day or $25 for four days
Thursday through
Sunday, June 6-9
, children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets
are available through Ticketmaster at or the CMA Music
Festival Box Office by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) (price includes handling
fees). Visit for details.  

can stay in the loop by visiting, the official
website of CMA Music Festival, where they can sign up for the CMA Exclusive e-news.
Fans can also connect with CMA at,,, and

Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to
air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 10
th consecutive year
that the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other
music festival has achieved. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will
be executive-produced by
Robert Deaton. 

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