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Marshall Tucker Band set to launch CMA Music Festival for 2nd consecutive year

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Representatives for the Country Music Association have announced that the Marshall Tucker Band will return to Guitar Town in June to help launch this year's CMA Music Festival.

According to a May 6 communication shared with Examiner, the official CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert will get underway 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (CT) Wednesday, June 4, on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. This performance will be presented the day prior to the official start of CMA Music Festival, a four-day event that invades downtown Nashville on Thursday through Sunday, June 5-8.

The MTB lineup made its CMA fest debut in 2013 to a huge crowd at the Walk of Fame Park; thus, CMA officials have noted that moving MTB to the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage is a natural choice.

“The Marshall Tucker Band’s performance at CMA Music Festival last year generated so much enthusiasm with festival fans and became such a highlight of last year’s event that we are proud to announce that their legendary sound will be part of our 2014 CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert lineup,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA's CEO.

As for the bandmates' view on their return to Music City, MTB lead singer and founding member Doug Gray said, "During a year of real winners in country music, we have been given another sweet invitation to kick-off CMA week. We are very proud to again be a part of the biggest festival in country music. We've recently been mentioned in some new hit songs from several young stars, and we're so grateful for all the love pouring in from Nashville. Our 2014 'Take The Highway Tour' is headed to CMA Fest this June!"

The MTB's CMA Music Festival performance is one of many stops on its 2014 Take The Highway Tour. The band will remain on the road throughout 2014, performing at more than 120 concert venues by the year's end. For tour dates and additional information, please visit the MTB website.

  • Video bonus: To see MTB performing their "Can't You See" classic, circa 1970s, please access the video embedded with this post.
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