Alaina, Bill Anderson, Randy Houser, Love and Theft, Kip Moore, Kellie Pickler,
Gwen Sebastian, and Steel Magnolia to Give Acoustic Performances; David Nail to
Perform with Nashville School of the Arts Chamber Choir

artists have been added to the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during 2012 CMA Music
Festival, featuring two acoustic performance sets each night.

and last year’s “American Idol” runner up Lauren Alaina will each perform
acoustically on
Thursday, June 7Randy Houser and “The Voice”
Gwen Sebastian will each perform on Friday, June 8.  The duo
Love and Theft and Kip Moore will each perform
Saturday, June 9.  Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson and duo Steel Magnolia will each perform
Sunday, June 10.

During Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, June 7, David Nail will perform the
title track of his album
The Sound of a Million Dreams with the previously-announced
Nashville School of the Arts Chamber Choir (under the direction
Walter Bitner). The Nashville School of the Arts has been a recipient
of funds from CMA’s Keep the Music Playing program, which benefits music education
in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Having a father who is a highly regarded high
school band director, taught Nail to be a life-long supporter of music education.

, executive producer/host of GAC’s “Headline Country”
will host the Nightly Concerts on
Thursday, June 7; actress/comedienne
Melissa Peterman, host of CMT’s “The Singing Bee,” will host on
Saturday, June 9; and Evan Farmer, host of CMT’s
“Top 20 Countdown” will host on
Sunday, June 10. The host for
Friday, June 8 will be announced soon.   

The current lineups
for the Nightly Concerts are as follows in alphabetical order:

June 7:

Full band performances:
Jason Aldean, Glen
Campbell, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley
,and Zac Brown Band

performances :
Lauren Alaina and Kellie Pickler

David Nail with the Nashville School
of the Arts Chamber Choir
(under the direction of Walter Bitner)

Anthem performer:
Nashville School of the Arts Chamber Choir (under the direction
Walter Bitner)

Host: Storme Warren (GAC’s “Headline Country”)

June 8:

Full band performances: The Band Perry,
Brantley Gilbert, Ronnie Milsap, Jake Owen, Blake Shelton
, and Carrie Underwood

Randy Houser and Gwen Sebastian

Anthem performer:
Oak Ridge Boys

Host: To be announced soon

June 9:

Full band performances:
Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Faith Hill, Little
Big Town
, and Kenny Rogers

Acoustic performances:
Love and Theft and Kip Moore

Anthem performer: 
Julie Roberts

Host: Melissa Peterman
(CMT’s “The Singing Bee”) 

Sunday, June 10:  

Full band performances:
Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, The Mavericks, Martina
McBride, Scotty McCreery
, and Rascal Flatts

Bill Anderson and Steel Magnolia

Anthem performer:
Sarah Darling

Host: Evan Farmer (CMT’s “Top 20 Countdown”)

to the individual Nightly Concerts are $40 (plus applicable handling fees) for
general admission in the upper deck of LP Field. Fans can purchase their tickets
through Ticketmaster at or 1 (800) 745-3000. They can also purchase
them through or 1 (800) CMA-FEST (262-3378).

Four-day ticket
packages are also available, from only $125 per person plus handling fees. Four-day
ticket package categories correspond to varying levels of seating at LP Field
and include admittance to all four Nightly Concerts as well as all daytime Festival
activities, including the Fan Fair Fall where artist autograph signing sessions
are held. Children 3 years and younger are admitted FREE. For information on ADA
seating, please call 1-800-CMA-FEST.

Ticket prices and artists are subject
to change without notice. All sales are final and non-refundable.    

Fans 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; connect with CMA socially
on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest; play games; and of course see the
entire lineup of Country Music’s biggest stars as they are announced for the event.

CMA Music
Festival celebrates the unique relationship between Country Music artists and
their fans in the heart of Music City USA. The artists participate for free, and
on their behalf, CMA has donated half the net proceeds of the Festival to support
music education through the Keep the Music Playing program.

To date,
more than $6.1 million has been donated to purchase musical instruments and supplies,
providing thousands of students in Metro Nashville Public Schools with the resources
and opportunities they could not have afforded on their own, and giving many of
them a strong reason to remain in school. The total also includes a $1 million
endowment gift for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Words & Music
program, which assists language arts and music teachers with classroom instruction
in the basics of songwriting.

Featuring concerts, autograph signings,
family activities, and more, CMA Music Festival is the Ultimate Country Music
Fan Experience – a four-day celebration of America’s music. In 2011, the event
drew a record-setting 65,000 fans from all 50 states and 26 nations and, for the
second consecutive year, sold out in advance each night at LP Field for the star-packed
Nightly Concerts. According to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, direct
visitor spending generated by the Festival totaled more than $30 million. CMA
Music Festival is a four-time winner of the International Entertainment Buyers
Association’s LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).

CMA Music
Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on
the ABC Television Network. This is the ninth consecutive year that the event
has been filmed    for a network television special, a feat no
other music festival has achieved. CBS aired the first CMA Music Festival special
in 2004, with ABC airing it from 2005 onward through 2021. “CMA Music Festival:
Country’s Night to Rock” will be executive-produced by
Robert Deaton. 

CMA Music
Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair®
is a registered trademark of CMA. Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country
Music. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the CMA Music Festival.
BIC is an Official Partner of the 2012 CMA Music Festival. Bad Boy Buggies are
the Official UTV of the CMA Music Festival.  Connect with CMA online at, and

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