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Country music to get its day at the White House

Thursday, November 17, 2011
First lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama wait for the arrival of Chinas President Hu Jintao, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

First lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama wait for the arrival of China's President Hu Jintao, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Country music gets its due at the Obama White House next week.

The Obamas will play host to a string of country stars - legendary and contemporary - Monday at their seventh "In Performance at the White House" program.

Among those performing Monday night: Lauren Alaina, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Mickey, Darius Rucker and James Taylor.

Some of the performers also will take part in an afternoon workshop at the White House for 120 local students about the history of country music and its cultural significance.

The 2 p.m. EST workshop and the 7 p.m. EST concert will stream live on www.whitehouse.gov/live . The concert also will be broadcast by PBS on Nov. 23.

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