ALISON KRAUSS AND VINCE GILL COME TOGETHER IN PERFECT HARMONY ON“CMT CROSS COUNTRY: ALISON KRAUSS AND VINCE GILL" PREMIERING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27

09/12/06

CMT CROSS COUNTRY: ALISON KRAUSS AND VINCE GILL Tapes In Nashville on September 23

NASHVILLE – September 12, 2006 – Country music legend Vince Gill and bluegrass powerhouse Alison Krauss have a history of making great music together, and that storied history continues in the second installment of CMT’s performance series, CMT CROSS COUNTRY, premiering Friday, October 27 at 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT. Their performance tapes in Nashville before an invitation-only crowd on September 23.

Long time friends and colleagues, Gill and Krauss’ past collaborations include the title track from Gill’s 1996 album High Lonesome Sound featuring Krauss and Union Station, which won a 1996 Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. Krauss was featured on Gill’s single, “The Hills of Caroline,” and the duo also sang with The Chieftains on their Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions album.

Vince Gill’s prodigious talent, legendary compassion and quick wit have made him an icon in country music. In addition, Gill’s pure tenor voice and unerring sense of harmony have made him a favorite duet partner for dozens of fellow artists in many genres. Since 1990, Gill has walked away with 17 Grammy awards. To date, he has earned more CMA trophies than anyone else in history, and as a recording artist Gill has racked up sales in excess of 22 million. Gill’s newest project is a 4-CD set of 43 new and original songs entitled These Days that MCA Records will release on October 17. The collection displays Gill's mastery of lyrics and musical styles, ranging from traditional country and bluegrass to jazz and rock. These Days features such musical guests as Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall, Bonnie Raitt, Gretchen Wilson, Del McCoury, Amy Grant, Phil Every, Lee Ann Womack, Trisha Yearwood, Michael McDonald and Emmylou Harris.

Alison Krauss has achieved more career milestones than most people do in their lifetime. Her first album was released when she was 16. She has released 11 studio albums, most with her long time band, Union Station, all on Rounder Records. Their most recent release Lonely Runs Both Ways has been certified Gold by the RIAA and their two-disc live set, LIVE, is certified Double Platinum. To date, she has earned 20 Grammy Awards, the most of any female in Grammy history, and multiple Country Music Association Awards, International Bluegrass Music Awards and countless others. Krauss is also recognized as an acclaimed record producer (Alan Jackson, Nickel Creek, The Cox Family), and has contributed as an instrumentalist or vocalist on albums of every genre—classical, jazz, pop, rock, country, bluegrass and even polka.

CMT CROSS COUNTRY highlights the rich tradition of country music by uniting two country music artists who discover the country roots they have in common while sharing their music with one another. The first episode of CMT CROSS COUNTRY featured legend Randy Travis and newcomer Josh Turner. The two performed hits including “Three Wooden Crosses,” “Your Man,” “Forever And Ever Amen” and “Long Black Train.” The premiere episode established itself as a hit with its August 2006 premiere in both Network ratings and a huge spike in album sales for the featured artists.

CMT CROSS COUNTRY is produced by Taillight TV, with Sarah Brock serving as executive producer for CMT.

For more information on CMT CROSS COUNTRY log on to CMT.com.

CMT, America’s No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches 83 million households in the United States. Go to country music’s biggest web site at www.cmt.com.



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