JAMEY JOHNSON AND RANDY HOUSER SUPPORT THE TROOPS DURING “CMT ON TOUR”

10/22/09

Concert Tour Dates Support the USO on Behalf of CMT ONE COUNTRY

NASHVILLE – October 22, 2009 – Co-headliners Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser have joined forces with CMT ONE COUNTRY to support the USO (United Service Organizations) during CMT ON TOUR 09: JAMEY JOHNSON AND RANDY HOUSER that kicked off recently in New York. At each stop on the tour, concert attendees will be encouraged to fill out a postcard thanking the troops for their service and making their own pledge of service at home. This pledge is also available for CMT fans online at CMTONECOUNTRY.com. The postcards will be delivered to the troops through the USO.

After the tour concludes, an online auction of memorabilia from Johnson and Houser will go up on CMTauctions.com with all proceeds benefiting the USO. The USO is a CMT ONE COUNTRY partner.

“The mission of CMT ONE COUNTRY is to inspire our viewers to make a difference in their communities and CMT ON TOUR 09: JAMEY JOHNSON AND RANDY HOUSER is a great way to reach out to them regionally,” said Lucia Folk, director of public affairs, CMT. “We want to highlight the service of our men and women in the military as inspiration for viewers to serve their communities as well by volunteering at home. With our partner the USO, we will deliver these pledges to the troops.”

“Those guys in the field need some emotional connection to home, and I think this project will bring a little bit of home to them,” said Johnson. “Regardless what your political beliefs are about the war, you have to respect the fact that another human being in your country is willing to give their life for your freedom.”

“Any way that we, as entertainers, can provide comic relief, music relief, or any kind of support to our troops is worth making because of the effort they make for us every day,” said Houser.

CMT ON TOUR 09: JAMEY JOHNSON AND RANDY HOUSER kicked off recently in New York and will hit 30 markets across the country this fall. This is the eighth annual tour presented by CMT, previous tours have featured such superstars as Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Keith Urban. Choice Hotels and CiCi’s Pizza and Wrangler return as sponsors this year.

Tickets in select markets are on sale now and available at www.cmtontour.cmt.com.
Visit CMT's press-only web site www.cmtpress.com for more information.


The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s armed forces and their families. We provide a touch of home to troops wherever they serve through centers at airports and military bases around the world, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services tailored to meet the needs of troops and their families. The USO is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people. The USO is also supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners AT&T Inc., BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Gallery Furniture, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, S & K Sales Co. and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Other corporate donors, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381), have joined millions of individual donors to support the USO. For more information, please visit www.uso.org.

CMT ONE COUNTRY, CMT's pro-social initiative, was launched in the fall of 2005 to promote civic participation and inspire CMT viewers to take action and bring about important change in their communities. CMT One Country partners include Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest), Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Habitat for Humanity, Hands On Network and the USO (United Service Organizations), along with new partner Children’s Miracle Network. Led by Advisory Board members President Jimmy Carter, Maya Angelou and General Colin Powell, whose combined service to America is legendary, CMTONECOUNTRY.com aims to offer tools to help anyone start making a difference immediately. For more information visit CMTONECOUNTRY.com.

CMT, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 88 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.


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For CMT:
Natasha Powell
CMT
615.335.8412
natasha.powell@cmt.com

For Jamey Johnson:
Regina Stuve
Universal Music Group
615.524.7543
regina.stuve@umusic.com

For Randy Houser:
Ebie McFarland
Essential Broadcast Media, LLC
615.495.5491
Ebie.mcfarland@gmail.com

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