NASHVILLE - May 5, 2003 - On the eve of Fan Fair, the world’s biggest country music festival, CMT: Country Music Television is staging one of the biggest concerts of the summer as some of country’s most popular artists take to the stage to perform the Top 12 songs of CMT’s elite list of 100 GREATEST SONGS OF COUNTRY MUSIC. The musical extravaganza will take place at Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center on Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30 PM, CT and will be taped for telecast as part of the remarkable six-hour special, 100 GREATEST SONGS OF COUNTRY MUSIC, debuting on CMT on Sunday, June 8 at 4:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT. Country fans in Nashville will get the opportunity to see the countdown and the Top 12 songs performed live by George Jones, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, LeAnn Rimes, Deana Carter, Sara Evans, Marty Stuart, Glen Campbell and more artists soon to be announced. Steve Wariner will also act as the evening’s Music Director.
Tickets to the 100 GREATEST SONGS OF COUNTRY MUSIC will go on sale Saturday, May 10 and will be available at CMT’s Web site CMT.com, Ticketmaster at 615/255-9600, www.ticketmaster.com and the Gaylord Entertainment Center box office.
The 100 GREATEST SONGS OF COUNTRY MUSIC will showcase the most acclaimed and popular songs in country music with a documentary hosted by hit recording artist Keith Urban ("Golden Road") and actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley ("According To Jim") counting down from numbers 100 through 13, and climaxing with the concert counting down the Top 12 songs. Songs included on the prestigious list range from the Buck Owens classic “Act Naturally,” to Randy Travis’ “On the Other Hand.”