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Country Goes to INDY

NASHVILLE, TN (July 26, 2013) – As a presenting sponsor for the third consecutive year, Big Machine will bring a host Country artists to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the “Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deed 400 at the Brickyard Powered by” Artists on the label group’s talented roster – Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope, Laura Bell Bundy, The Cadillac Three – and Big Machine Music writer Dustin Lynch will once again perform for Country music and racing fans alike just before the green flag is waved on Sunday (7/28). Kicking off the exciting weekend on Saturday (7/27), Laura Bell Bundy will perform the National Anthem at the start of the Nationwide Race, airing on ESPN at 4:31PM ET. As an Honorary Ganassi Team & Pit Crew Member, Cassadee Pope will be featured on the #32 car (Kyle Larson). Following the race at 7:00PM ET, Justin Moore will headline a huge concert at the Pagoda Plaza Stage with opener The Cadillac Three. SUNDAY (7/28) SCHEDULE: All times Eastern. 9:00 AM High-energy trio The Cadillac Three will start off the morning with their signature “country fuzz” sound at the Brickfest Stage. The Nashville natives (Jaren Johnston, Kelby Ray and Neil Mason) have appeared on ABC’s hit drama “NASHVILLE” and their music has been featured on CBS's “CSI Miami” and two CW shows – “Vampire Diaries” and “Heart Of Dixie.” Johnston has penned songs for Superstar artists like Keith Urban and Tim McGraw. Fans at the Brickfest Stage will get a preview of the band’s new music. Join the Twitter Q&A with Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) and Earnhardt/Ganassi driver Kyle Larson (@EGRTeams) using the hashtag #CassadeeAtNASCAR. 9:45 AM Next up on the Brickfest Stage is spunky starlet Laura Bell Bundy, who will have the crowd dancing along to “Two Step,” her first single for Big Machine Records. The Lexington, KY, native sprung into the national spotlight with prominent roles on Broadway (Legally Blonde and Wicked) and television shows (Hart of Dixie), showcasing her vocal ability, acting skill and animated personality. She is currently opening on Rascal Flatts LIVE & LOUD TOUR. 10:30 AM Dustin Lynch‘s set at the Brickfest Stage will feature music from his #1 self-titled album, including his Top 5 debut single “Cowboys and Angels, which has sold over ONE MILLION downloads. Rolling Stone and ELLE magazines have in lauded Lynch as one of the best new acts. He is opening on Keith Urban’s LIGHT THE FUSE 2013 TOUR and has garnered American Country Award and CMT Music Award nominations. As a talented songwriter, he is has a publishing deal with Big Machine Music. 11:15 AM The Brickfest Stage will culminate with Cassadee Pope (winner of NBC’s The Voice, season 3), who competed on Team Blake (Shelton) and saw three performances take #1 spot on the iTunes All-Genre Chart. The petite powerhouse will perform songs from her forthcoming album, including the debut Country single “Wasting All These Tears.” The lead single catapulted to the #1 spot on the iTunes Country Singles Chart and sold over 125,000 downloads in the first week. This summer, the Florida native is on the road with Rascal Flatts on the LIVE & LOUD TOUR. 11:40 AM Moving the festivities over to the Track Side Stage, Justin Moore will entertain with a mini pre-race concert. His current single “Point At You” is the fastest rising of his career and will be featured on OFF THE BEATEN PATH, which set for September 17 release. This fall, Justin will embark on a headline tour in support of the new album. Previous chart-topping hits include “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” “Til My Last Day” and “Small Town USA.” 12:55 PM Laura Bell Bundy will head trackside to sing “America The Beautiful.” 1:04 PM Cassadee Pope will kick off the race with the National Anthem, airing LIVE on ESPN. She will also serve as an Honorary Ganassi Team & Pit Crew Member with her logo featured on the #1 car (Jamie McMurray). 1:22 PM Sprint Cup Series NASCAR Race begins LIVE on ESPN. Follow @BigMachine on Twitter for exclusive photos and updates. Also check out @chipganassiracing on Instagram. ABOUT BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP: At the helm of the independent Big Machine Label Group is industry veteran Scott Borchetta, who serves as President and CEO. The conglomerate encompasses Big Machine Records (founded in 2005), The Valory Music Co. (founded in 2007) and Republic Nashville (a partnership with Universal Republic founded in 2009 with Jimmy Harnen serving as President). The Big Machine Label Group’s current artist roster includes Multi-Platinum superstars Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Reba; Platinum sensations The Band Perry and Florida Georgia Line; Legendary group The Mavericks; Gold-selling artists Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore; Chart-topping act Eli Young Band as well as Hot newcomers Thomas Rhett, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Laura Bell Bundy, The Cadillac Three and Danielle Bradbery. BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, American Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Award and People’s Choice Award accolades as well as Brit Award and JUNO Award nominations. In 2012 BMLG rejuvenated its publishing arm with Big Machine Music, which has created a joint venture with Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald’s Prescription Songs, allowing the two companies to co-publish songwriters and artists whose unique talents translate across genres. The label group has also forayed into racing, sponsoring the Brickyard 400 as well as back-to-back Indy500 drivers. # # #


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