NASHVILLE, TN Wednesday Nov.3.2004 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- Kenny Chesney has announced that Gretchen Wilson, Uncle Kracker and Pat Green will join him for his Somewhere In the Sun Tour for 2005.

Kenny will be doing the split-level approach again this year. Gretchen Wilson will have the middle slot for the entire tour. Fellow CMA Vocal Event of the Year nominee Uncle Kracker will do the first half of the year -- and then Texas icon Pat Green will finish off the year. No dates yet announced.

"There were a bunch of markets we didn't play with Kracker last year," says Chesney, "and I really wanted everybody to have the chance to see what he does, to hear 'When The Sun Goes Down' and just feel his vibe. So, we decided to split it up -- and then bring Pat Green, who is just an awesome performer and supercool guy out for the shows in the sheds, which is actually the way it worked with Kracker last year. Both of those guys get it, so I know the fans wherever they see us, are in for a real treat.

"As for Gretchen Wilson, she's one of those girls who just kicks butt and takes names. She's not afraid to be just who she is, either, which I think is a big deal. Know who you are, then turn up the volume. It's gonna be a great year."

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