Gretchen Wilson Chosen to Kick Off CMA Music Festival

Gretchen Wilson will kick off the 2009 CMA Music Festival with a 10 a.m. performance on the Riverfront Park stage on June 11. With One Flew South performing the national anthem, the opening day’s talent lineup also includes Phil Vassar, Chuck Wicks, the Randy Rogers Band, Ashton Shepherd, James Otto, the Bellamy Brothers, Heidi Newfield, Diamond Rio and Neal McCoy. Admittance to the daytime shows at Riverfront Park is free, but four-day ticketholders to the festival have exclusive early entrance privileges. Ticketholders will also have access to the nightly concert series at LP Field. The opening night’s show will feature Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Julianne Hough, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts. The festival runs through June 14.