Dave Matthews to perform at CMA Awards

Monday, October 19, 2009 at 2:18pm
Staff reports

The star-packed lineup for the 43rd Annual CMA Awards grows stronger with the announcement Monday that Dave Matthews will join previously announced performer Kenny Chesney.

Chesney and Matthews will perform "I'm Alive," which they recorded together for Chesney's Lucky Old Sun album. The Matthews/Chesney duet is the current single from Chesney's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2. The song was originally recorded by Willie Nelson.

Dave Matthews Band's current album is the Platinum-certified Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in June.

Matthews will be making his debut appearance on the CMA Awards. The singer/songwriter/actor has sold more than 32 million albums as leader of the acclaimed Dave Matthews Band and won three Grammy Awards.

Other performers already announced include Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Currington, Vince Gill and Daughtry, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Zac Brown Band.

The 43rd Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Paisley and Underwood, airs live from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 11 on the ABC Television Network.

Tickets for the 2009 CMA Awards can be purchased by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com; calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Sommet Center box office, 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, in Nashville). Ticket prices begin at $110 for Upper Level.