Bayou Country Superfest announced today that George Strait, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice and more are set to appear at the 5th annual festival, scheduled for May 23th, 24th & 25th, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Taking place over Memorial Day Weekend, the Bayou Country Superfest brings country music fans from across the continent to Baton Rouge for a holiday weekend of country music, tailgating and good old fashioned fun. What’s more exciting is that this year festival organizers have added an additional day of festivities on Friday for your listening enjoyment.
Country music legend George Strait is set to fulfill headlining duties on Friday May 23rd as part of the final stretch of his “The Cowboy Rides Away” Tour, while Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan, takes over the headlining reins on night two of the festival. Modern country icon Jason Aldean will take center stage on Sunday May 25th, closing out the festival weekend.
Quint Davis, producer/director of the Bayou Country Superfest said, “For the 5th anniversary, we are taking the Country Superfest to another level! It doesn’t get any more exciting than adding a third night to present George Strait’s farewell tour plus Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Reba and Eric Church over three huge days of country music.”
We couldn’t agree with you more, Quint. You’ve stacked up quite the bill of Country music heavyweights.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne added, “Happy fifth birthday Bayou Country Superfest! We are thrilled to partner with the Festival once again to bring country music fans from all over the world to Baton Rouge on Memorial Day Weekend to enjoy the biggest names in the business. We are especially excited about the Festival adding an additional day, featuring George Strait, meaning an even bigger economic impact on the city and state.”
Luke Bryan has revealed details of his upcoming “That’s My Kind of Night” Tour, which is due to take place early next year and spans 18 stops across the country. The tour will get started in Columbus, Ohio on January 16 and run through a date in Bossier City’s CenturyLink Center on March 8. Lee Brice and Cole Swindell will serve as support for the “That’s My Kind of Night” Tour.
Bryan is currently on his “Dirt Road Diaries” tour, which kicked off way back when in January and runs through October 26 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Every date in the tour has sold out.
Despite Zac Brown knocking his single, Bryan’s had about as successful year as it’s possible to have, and is looking to take home the Entertainer of the Year Award at the CMAs next month. The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year is also in possession of two American Music Award nominations and his latest album Crash My Party, landed at No. 1 with a sales of around 527,783 copies during its first week. If that weren’t enough, singles “Crash My Party” and “That’s My Kind of Night” both reached number one on the country charts. Luke must be pretty relieved to turn the calendar over to 2014 because he’s already squeezed every achievement out of 2013.
Stagecoach, Coachella’s country sibling, is set to be headlined by Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Eric Church next year. Stagecoach 2014 runs from Friday, April 25th, through Sunday, April 27th, and will once again take place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
Event promoters Goldenvoice announced the line-up on Thursday, and confirmed that Ashley Monroe, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Nettles, Tyler Farr, Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert and many more modern country stars would also be making appearances at the event.
The festival line-up looks set to include the cream of new-country’s musical crop, as well as a nod to some of the genre’s seasoned veterans, including Loretta Lynn, John Prine, Brenda Lee, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Conlee, Crystal Gayle, Don McLean, Susanna Hoffs, Asleep at the Wheel and Michael Nesmith.
All three headliners are no stranger to one another having sung together on Aldean’s hit single “The Only Way I Know”, which won the 2013 CMT award for Collaborative Video of the Year.
It seems reasonable to assume that the three headliners will primarily play in support of their respective latest albums. Luke Bryan’s most recent, Crash My Party, was released on August 13th of this year, and has already spawned two mega-hits, “Crash My Party” and “That’s My Kind Of Night”. Aldean’s latest, Night Train, was released last October which, in cyber-time, is about 20 years, so fingers crossed he’ll surprise the Stagecoach crowd with some new material. Eric Church released a live album earlier this year, but his last studio effort came back in 2011 with Chief.
Luke Bryan and Eric Church are set to headline the 19th annual Kicker Country Stampede next summer in Manhattan, Kansas.
The four day event is set to take place from June 26th-29th at Tuttle Creek State Park with Bryan, ACM’s Entertainer of the Year, performing headlining duties on Friday 27th, and similarly-overachieving Church, who’s CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year and ACM’s current Album of the Year winner, headlining on Saturday 28th. Festival organizers have yet to announce any other performers, or the remaining headliners for Thursday 26th or Sunday 29th so keep checking back. New acts will trickle out as we make our way to June.
Last year’s festival featured performances from the likes of Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town.
Wayne Rouse, Country Stampede’s general manager, said in a press release, of the 2014 event:
“Country Stampede has become a lifestyle event, not just for the music, but for the overall experience which includes activities taking place in the campground. 2014 is going to be a party!”
Although, let’s be honest: what he probably meant was “partay.”
The festival stretches back to 1996 when it wsa a two-day event headlined by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. It has grown to become the largest annual music festival in Kansas, packing in 175,000 during a festival weekend. The campgrounds boast 2400 camp sites which cater to the attendees.
It’s all happening in country music right now – usually such a nice, polite and well-spoken genre, without the diss-songs or trash-talking of Hip-Hop or Rock. Things have suddenly exploded (well, sort-of) since Zac Brown publicly called out Luke Bryan’s latest single as “The worst song I’ve (he’s) ever heard.”
Brown told Vancouver’s 93.7 JRfm the following: “There’s not a lot of the country format that I really enjoy listening to. If I hear one more tailgate in the moonlight, daisy duke song, I’m gonna throw up. There’s songs out there on the radio right now that make me ashamed to be even in the same format as some other artists.”
Referring specifically to Luke Bryan’s latest single, “That’s My Kind of Night”, Brown had this to say:
“I love Luke Bryan, and he’s had some great songs, but this new song is the worst song I’ve ever heard. I see it being giant commercially, successful within what is called country music these days, but I also feel like that the people deserve something better than that, a song that really has something to say, something that makes you feel something. Good music makes you feel something.”
He added, “I’m opinionated because I care so much about the music and the songs.”
In typically friendly country music fashion, though, Brown quickly clarified his remarks so as not to hurt Bryan’s feelings, Tweeting:
“My opinion is not about Luke as an artist, it’s about that song. He didn’t write it. I’m a fan of Luke, but definitely not that song.”
Anyway, no idea how poor old Luke Bryan is feeling about all of this, but we suspect he’ll be unwilling to comment on the whole thing so as to keep Country music nice and welcoming.
Reasoning suggests he’s probably ready to pull that little sock hat over Brown’s head and give him a few punches to the gut. Or maybe I’m just projecting my feelings onto the situation.
Like something akin to his own Farm Aid tour sans Willie Nelson, Luke Bryan has set out on the “Farm Tour” every year for the past four years, and this year will be no different.
The fifth annual incarnation of the trek will take place primarily in Bryan’s home state of Georgia throughout the first half of October, though he will also venture into Florida, Alabama and South Carolina for one date each.
Things will get started October 2 in Statesboro, Ga., followed by an October 3 show in Athens, Ga. After that, he will head to Columbia, S.C. (October 4), Macon, Ga. (October 5), Villa Rica, Ga. (October 9), Auburn, Ala. (October 10), Tallahassee, Fla. (October 11) and Valdosta, Ga. (October 12).
A press release says Bryan started the tour “as a way to give back to local farming communities by celebrating and lifting up the American farmer and offering an entertaining musical escape.” Last year, the series drew 100,000 fans, which was twice as many that came out during the 2011 roadtrip. Also during last year, eight students received the Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship, which will be given out this year as well. The students must be a member of a farm family in one of the cities on the tour to be eligible.
Fans that catch the shows can likely expect some new music, as Bryan is set to release his next album on August 13. Crash My Party will be the singer’s fourth studio album, and is preceded by the title track as the first single.
Bryan is riding extremely high at the moment, and is the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year. At last year’s American Country Awards, he won all 10 awards he was nominated for, including Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year.
The Watershed Festival will once again be bringing country music to the Pacific Northwest, this time featuring Brad Paisley, Toby Keith and Luke Bryan.
The festival is held at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., the same venue that hosts the popular Sasquatch Festival. This year’s Watershed event will be held August 2-4.
Other notable artists performing this year include Lee Brice, Kip Moore, Terri Clark, Chris Young and Thompson Square. Additionally, Shooter Jennings and Blackberry Smoke will play late night sets known as the “World Famous Late Night Honky Tonk.”
“This time last year as we were getting ready to announce the first year of this festival, we knew we had a great location and a unique concept for country fans, but we didn’t know how amazing the weekend would turn out to be,” said Brian O’Connell, President of Live Nation, Nashville, in a statement “We were blown away by the fans and the support from the artists. We have some new surprises planned for this year and hope to keep making it bigger and better year after year.”
It appears the festival wants to keep ticketing for the event simple – here’s how the official website describes its ticket policy:
ALL 3-Day Festival passes are priced at $149 INCLUSIVE of all taxes and Ticketmaster fees.
One price, NO additional fees. This will be the price from the moment tickets go on sale until either the shows play or Watershed is sold out.
Additionally, no single-day passes will be sold. However, it should be noted that while those prices include all fees, they do not include camping, which starts at $110. Campgrounds include hot showers, portable bathrooms and a convenience store.
Kip Moore told USA Today that the Watershed Festival will be the first camping festival he’s played, and that he’s looking forward to it.
“There’s a different level of excitement at those kinds of things,” he said. “The way I am, in a place like this, I’m liable to get out there before the show and mix with the fans, play a little corn hole and hang with them. I’ve done that before, at one-day festivals, and I look forward to that.”
Luke Bryan came away as the top winner from last night’s American Country Awards, bringing home nine honors throughout the course of the ceremony, including Best Male Artist, Best Album and Artist of the Year.
“Rarely am I rendered speechless, but I truly am,” Bryan told Billboard backstage at the event. “I don’t know how to formulate a series of words that can truly tell how appreciative I am to the fans for voting and making a night like this possible… I always take fan voted awards and cherish them. They are dear to my heart.”
Carrie Underwood was also on hand to set a milestone as she picked up two during the night – bringing her total American Country Awards to 11, more than any other artists. She won for Female Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for “Remind Me,” her duet with Brad Paisley.
“It’s fan-voted so it really means a lot,” Underwood said. “I’ve been lucky throughout my career. I’ve had a lot of really awesome nominations and tonight was no exception. I know I have awesome fans.”
Miranda Lambert brought home three awards, including Single of the Year for her hit “Over You” – the song also was the most played radio track by a female through out the year. Hunter Hayes won a couple of awards: Music Video of the Year: New Artist and Single of the Year: New Artist. The awards came less than a week after the relative newcomer was nominated for three Grammy nominations.
The awards were hosted by Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth in Las Vegas. Artists taking the stage to perform last night included Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum. Lady A won the award for Artist of the Year: Group.
The new festival will take place in Ozark, Arkansas on June 6-8, 2013, and other artists scheduled to perform at the festival include Big and Rich, Thompson Square, Gretchen Wilson, Justin Moore, Easton Corbin, Colt Ford, the Randy Rogers Band, Jana Kramer, Pat Green and Bucky Covington.
In addition to all the music at the event, festivalgoers also will be able to enjoy fishing, camping, hiking and floats down the Mulberry River. Tickets come as three-day packages, but camping passes will come with an additional charge. Single day tickets will be made available for sale early next year. Finally, a limited number of VIP tickets will be on sale, and these include front-row seating for concerts as well as beverage service.
The festival is held in the same location as the annual Wakarusa Festival, which typically features a lineup made up of jam bands and rock acts. In the past, that festival has featured acts including STS9, Wilco, Flaming Lips, the Black Keys, Primus, Widespread Panic and O.A.R.
In other Luke Bryan news, he appeared last night at Nashville’s 2012 Grammy Nominations Concert at the city’s Bridgestone Arena. He took the stage to perform his hit single, “I Don’t Want This Night to End.” The nominations concert was hosted by Taylor Swift and LL Cool J. The two opened the nights performances, and additional performers included Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, and a group performance by Dierks Bentley and the Band Perry that served as a tribute to Johnny Cash.
Bryan also was recently the first artist announced that will perform at the 2013 Delaware State Fair. His set will be July 18, 2013, and the show will be opened by Florida Georgia State Line.
The initial artists for the 2013 Toadlick Music Festival have been announced, and Luke Bryan, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jake Owen will be performing at the festival.
The country music festival is now in its second year and will be held in Dothan, Ala. on April 11-13, 2013. The event will be held at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds.
Other confirmed artists that will appear at the festival are Gretchen Wilson, Chris Young and Thompson Square. The official Toadlick website promises that more artists will be announced soon.
The site also announced that last year’s event drew more than 31,000 concertgoers to the small Alabama town, despite some inclement weather throughout the festival.
“This year’s Toadlick Music Festival promises to be even better with events, camping, attractions, and some of the biggest names in Country Music, Rock and Southern Rock performing throughout three fun-filled days and nights,” reports the website.
While general admission three-day passes cost $79 each, the festival also offers T.I.P. three-day passes, which are similar to V.I.P. passes but stand for “Toadally Important Person.”
“T.I.P.’s receive free parking and access to premium reserved seating,” says the website. “Plus you’ll enjoy the privileges of the T.I.P. Tent, including the T.I.P. Lounge, cool-down area, luxury air-conditioned restrooms, free ice, goodie bags, T-shirts, and other perks that make this event an exceptional experience.”
T.I.P. passes cost $299 each. Camping is extra for both types of tickets, and costs between $50 and $2,000, depending on your camping preferences.
This article should probably include information on why the festival is called “Toadlick.” Organizers thought it was important enough to make it the only FAQ on the site. Turns out it came about when the founders were brainstorming a name for the festival.
“All kinds of names were popping up when one young lady hollered ‘Toadlick,’” reads the FAQ section. “We all sat there and pondered it for a while and realized she had indeed stumbled across the perfect name.”