Hoedown at the Super Bowl

The NFL couldn’t land Garth Brooks, so they did the next best thing by tapping four of country music’s hottest acts to perform during Super Bowl XXVIII’s halftime ceremonies.

Travis Tritt, Wynonna, Clint Black and Tanya Tucker will perform during the Jan. 30 event, to be broadcast live from the Georgia Dome.

The show will feature 2,000 volunteer performers culled from dance clubs and orgs.

Veteran director Lou Horvitz has been selected to helm the 10-minute show, called “Rockin’ Country Sunday.”

“We’ll actually be doing two shows,” said Dennis Despie, exec producer of the show and a four-time Super Bowl halftime vet. “One for the stadium audience and one for those watching it on TV. With over a billion people watching, the performances will come fast and furious to keep everyone tuned in.” Deana Sterr will be the show’s producer.

The pre-game show will feature Kriss Kross, Gladys Knight and Charlie Daniels. Natalie Cole will sing the national anthem.

Brooks had been tapped to do the show, but withdrew when a budget for the show and a charitable donation Brooks requested could not be worked out.

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