Parton, Tillis, Smith Join Stuart's Late Night Jam

This appeared in Country Standard Time - May 6, 2011

Marty Stuart will host the 10th Anniversary Late Night Jam as part of the events surrounding the CMA Music Fest in Nashville with Dolly Parton, Mel Tillis and Connie Smith.

The show begins at 10 p.m. on June 8, 2011 at the Ryman Auditorium. Also appearing are The Quebe Sisters Band, Doug Kershaw and guests yet to be named, who will be joining Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives for this year's event.

The Late Night Jam has become the unofficial kick-off of the CMA Music Festival and prior to any lineup information being released, tickets for this year's event have sold faster than ever before. Proceeds will benefit MusiCares with a portion also going to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

"It's hard to believe that the Late Night Jam is 10 years old," said Stuart. "I can't help but think back on the first one. I was nervous; pacing and hoping that we'd have enough people show up. The show ended up being a sell-out, and we've been going strong ever since. That first show was over 25,000 people ago, and it was also many good deeds ago from MusiCares, and a lot of really magical performances ago from some of my dearest musical friends. Every year I say, 'How can I top that show?' Somehow it happens, and good things result from it. This year will be no different."

Over the past 10 years, Stuart has brought artists such as Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Porter Wagoner, Neko Case, Old Crow Medicine Show and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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