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Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Kevin Costner To Throw Down At Hoedown

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Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Atkins and actor Kevin Costner will be among the headliners at this year's 27th annual 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown -- which is being produced for the first time by Auburn Hills-based Palace Sports & Entertainment.

The three-day event, which is acknowledged as the largest free country music festival in the world, will take place May 15-17 at Detroit's Hart Plaza. Last year's Hoedown drew about 700,000, and previous editions have drawn up to 1.4 million.

This year's Hoedown lineup features more than 20 national recording artists and more than 50 acts overall. Also among the headliners are Phil Vassar, Luke Bryan, Josh Gracin, Darryl Worley, the Zac Brown Band, Stephen Cochran, Jessica Harp of the Wreckers and Trailer Choir. Costner will be performing with his band, Modern West, supporting his 2008 album "Untold Truths."

Local country artists on this year's Hoedown lineup include Justine Blazer, Redhill, the Orbitsuns, the Forbes Brothers, the Wrenfields, Doop & the Inside Outlaws and local TV anchors Devin Scillian and Stephen Clark.

Full Hoedown details can be found at www.wycd.com.

This year's Hoedown schedule includes:


Main Stage -- Phil Vassar, Josh Gracin, Darryl Worley, Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Atkins, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Luke Bryan, Jack Ingram, Jessica Harp, Stephen Cochran, Devin Scillian, Austin Scott, Molly Hunt

Acoustic Stage -- Miko Marks, Ansel Brown, the Wrenfields, Billy Craig, Robin Moore, Raw Sugar, Prairie Dolls, Scarlet Oaks, Cowboy Allen


Main Stage -- Willie Nelson, Adam Gregory, Eli Young Band, Bomshel, the Forbes Brothers, JoCaine, T.J. Kelly, Justine Blazer, the Mulch Brothers, Briane Lorente

Acoustic Stage -- The Orbitsuns, Delilah Dewylde & the Lost Boys, Terry Lee Bolton, Dani Marine, Long Neck Stranglers, Yakeeville, J3, Desperado Dancers


Main Stage -- Zac Brown Band, Jason Michael Carroll, Jessica Andrews, Whitney Duncan, Justin Moore, Redhill with Stephen Clark, Willie Nash, Bronk Bros., David Shelby

Acoustic Stage -- Annabelle Road, Doop & the Inside Outlaws, Larry Bagby, Derringer, Traci Kennedy, Blackberry Creek Dancers

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