Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum Headline 2012 CMA Music Festival

Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum Headline 2012 CMA Music Festival

There’s a reason the USA Today has called the CMA Music Festival the “crown jewel of Country Festivals,” and it usually has to do with the multitude of high caliber talent the event attracts. And this year stands to be no different, as the lineup announcements for the 2012 version of the festival are made and include names like Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum.

Additional big name stars recently announced for the festival include Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band, Jason Aldean and the Band Perry. The festival will be held nightly at LP Field in downtown Nashville from June 7-10 of this year. Additionally, daytime concerts as well as autograph booths, fan club parties and family activities will be held in Riverfront Park, which is located directly next to the stadium.

CMA Music Festival dates back to 1972, when it was known as Fan Fair. A press release states that a record 65,000 country music fans swarmed the Music City for last year’s event, and that all 50 states as well as 26 nations were represented. The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau reports that more than $30 million is pumped into the local economy as a result of the festival. Additionally, more than $4.7 million has been donated to local charities to date, supporting Nashville Public Schools music programs and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Words & Music Program.

For the ninth consecutive year, portions of the event will be filmed for a network television special. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will be aired on ABC, as it has been since 2005 (the original 2004 broadcast was aired on CBS).

A press release states that these announcements are the initial announcements, and that more artists will be announced in the coming weeks.