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Country Splash adds more acts to Somerset concert

The initial 2009 Apple River Country Splash line up was announced in November, but now more acts have been added.

Apple River Country Splash has announced that Travis Tritt and Darius Rucker were added to the line-up, which includes Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Jason Michael Carroll, Little Big Town and Shedaisy.

Travis Tritt is a country music superstar. His name evokes a deep sense of history and place in country music. Tritt was one of the leading new country singers of the early 1990s, holding his own against Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson.

Throughout the early 1990s, he had a string of platinum albums and Top Ten singles, including three number one hits.

Darius Rucker is the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish. Rucker changed the face of mainstream pop/rock in the mid-1990s. Songs like "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be with You" peppered Hootie & the Blowfish's popular debut, which eventually sold over 16 million copies and became one of the most successful albums of all time. Hootie & the Blowfish took a break from recording following the release of Musical Chairs in 1998.

Rucker used his free time to launch a solo career, which allowed the singer to explore his R&B and country influences. An album of country music entitled "Learn to Live" followed in 2008 on Capitol Records Nashville. This album produced his first solo chart single in "Don't Think I Don't Think About It."

Also added to the 2009 Apple River Country Splash line up are up-and-coming Nashville artist Katie Armiger, The Dweebs, and Boss Grant and the Johnny Cash Revue.

Country Splash, the only major country Music Festival within minutes of the Twin Cities, makes its return to Float Rite Amphitheratre in Somerset on June 18, 19 and 20.

Concert tickets are on sale now.