Windy City Smokeout July 10-12, 2015 at Grand and River in Chicago

Young (Kenny Chesney song)

Young (Kenny Chesney song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Windy City Smokeout

 

 July 10-12, 2015

 

 

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Pat Green

He’s simultaneously a Grammy-nominated hit maker with an outsider reputation, a Texas-inspiration and a mainstream country artist who can rock arena and stadium stages with the likes of Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney. Green’s life and career have already been filled with rich experiences. He’s co-written songs with Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Jewel and Rob Thomas. Appeared on such national TV shows as Austin City Limits, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Show With David Letterman. Been hailed by Billboard, USA Today, Esquire, People and Country Weekly. Toured with the likes of Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and the Dave Matthews Band. And become a concert force in his own right, regularly selling out venues from Los Angeles to New York, where he’s now sold out his last seven appearances.

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Chris Young

Chris Young has accomplished more by 29 than some artists do in a lifetime. Already a Grammy-nominated recording artist, he’s also a dynamic live performer consistently in demand, an international ambassador for his genre, a talented songwriter with six Number Ones to his name – by the way, he wrote four of them – and a handsome charmer to boot. Now, with the release of his fourth album, A.M., the man known for his classic baritone and melt-your-heart ballads knows hot to have a good time, too. Still, when all is said and done, it only takes two words to sum up the career of Chris Young: definitely country. He has charted five consecutive Number One singles, co-writing four of them, and receiving plenty of Grammy, ACM, and CMA nominations along the way. With A.M., this self-professed “studio nerd” is ready to launch phase two of a plan he cooked up years ago with longtime producer James Stroud.

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Lee Brice

Lee Brice is a craftsman, the kind whose boundless desire to hone his skills and relentless pursuit of perfections are matched only by his humility about the entire process. While Brice is now known as reliable chart-topping Nashville hit-maker whose 2014 performance on the Academy of Country Music telecast – where he picked up the trophy for “Song of the Year” – “stole the show” (USA Today), there was a time where he was only recognized of his work behind the scenes. After relocating from his native South Carolina to Music City, the former Clemson lineman drove headfirst into his craft, writing on his own and with a slew of talented musicians he fell in with. He found early success, with songs picked up by established artists like Jason Aldean and Keith Gattis. The recording of “More Than A Memory” (2007) by Garth Brooks changed a whole lot of things. Brooks’ recording of the track was the first single in the history of the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart to debut at #1. Lee’s stock skyrocketed in Nashville, and that same year, he signed with Curb Records and began laying the groundwork for his inexorable rise as a solo artist.

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Jon Pardi

Pardi’s high-energy approach, perfected on stages throughout his native California, has its stamp all over his Capitol Records Nashville debut. Just as importantly, that energy is applied to music rooted in songwriting legend Harlan Howard’s adage that country is three chords and the truth. “If you can take a piece of life and put it in a song,” says Pardi, “it’s going to be a good song—especially if it’s from the heart.”

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Dan + Shay

Since coming together a little over a year ago, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney – known collectively as Dan + Shay – have established themselves as one of country music’s most promising duos. With pristine vocals and a knack for writing clever yet relatable songs about looking for, finding and losing love, Dan + Shay bring a youthful sense of energy to country music. Their debut album, Where It All Began, harnesses that energy with 12 radio-ready tracks. The album’s title comes from the last line of their debut hit single, “19 You + Me,” which, upon its release, had the biggest first week by a new duo in trade publication Country Aircheck’s history, was the most added debut of 2013 at country radio and was certified Gold by the RIAA.

Already Academy of Country Music Award nominees for Vocal Duo of the Year, Dan + Shay are following in the footsteps of their perennially lauded influences Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw.

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Chris Stapleton

The raw power of Chris Stapleton’s voice grabs you the moment he starts to sing. The award winning singer/songwriter has been described by some of today’s most credible artists, including Adele, Sheryl Crow, Luke Bryan and Vince Gill, as the best voice in Nashville, and that whiskey-soaked sound with its punch-you-in-the-gut soul, is the standout focus of his first studio album for Mercury Records.

A native of the small town of Staffordsville, KY (pop: 2400) and son of a coal miner, Stapleton made the move to Nashville in 2001 to learn the craft of songwriting and pursue a career in music. A decade later, he has scored four #1 country hits with songs penned for George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner, and has racked up over 170 album cuts for artists including Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson.

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Turnpike Troubadours

The band – which took its name from the Indian Nation Turnpike that connected so many of the smaller towns where they cut their teeth – gradually evolved from offering acoustic explorations of tunes by Townes Van Zandt and Jerry Jeff Walker to kicking out three or four sets a night of full-throttle roadhouse country – tinged with the punk rock attitude that was in the air during the members’ teen years.

The raw-boned energy of their 2007 debut, Bossier City, cut on a shoestring budget and aimed squarely at getting boots on the dance floor earned raves from many corners, including No Depression, which dubbed it “a testament to the small towns in which they were raised … with stories of longing, humor, tragedy and general life in rural America.” The quintet broadened its horizons on its sophomore outing, Diamonds and Gasoline, which spawned the Americana favorite “Every Girl” and brought them to the attention of folks throughout the country, and overseas.

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A Thousand Horses

When Rolling Stone Country hailed A Thousand Horses as the best up-and-comer at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, it was the latest in a whole series of accolades that got the band even more fired up. A Thousand Horses is a fresh fusion of classic sounds – a hybrid of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Black Crowes and Exile on Main Street-era Rolling Stones, wrapped up in a modern-country context. The band’s Republic Nashville album, Southernality, is as wild and free and powerful as the name A Thousand Horses implies.

This is the result of years of a road-doggin’ pursuit, determination and an against-the-odds struggle that found its rewards by bringing great music to the people. Whether it’s the Stonesy swagger of the opening “First Time,” the heart-felt country of “Tennessee Whiskey” or the thumping celebration, “Trailer Trashed,” the band has delivered an album that reflects the rebellion, attitude and heart that both the youth and working men and women of America live every day.

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Will Hoge

Will Hoge has been through the wringer. Since launching his career in the late ’90s, the Nashville singer-songwriter has grinder it out on the road, touring through the dead of winter in an RV with no heat; released albums that, while critically acclaimed, didn’t result in the kind of commercial success many predicted; and even stared down an early death, surviving a wicked traffic accident in 2008, an experience that framed his poignant 2009 album The Wreckage. Yet Will has persevered. And that defiant worldview is coven throughout his latest project, Never Give In. In 2012, he received his first ever No. 1 single, for Eli Young Band’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” a song he co-wrote with Eric Paslay. The song netted Will a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Song, along with CMA Award and ACM Award nominations, and made him an in-demand songwriter on Music Row. For their No. 1 album Golden, superstar trio Lady Antebellum chose to record Will’s “Better Off Now (That You’re Gone).”

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Randy Rogers Band

The Nashville elite may not have known about the five-piece band, but much of America already did. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them alongside such artists as U2 and the Stones in its list of Top 10 Must-See Artists in the summer of 2007. They earned $2.5 million—a staggering total for a still-developing act—on the tour circuit in a single year. Willie Nelson, the Eagles, Gary Allan and Dierks Bentley all picked them as opening acts for their concerts. And more than 2,200 people showed up and bought the bands album at an appearance at Wherehouse Music. The fans’ exuberance was shared by USA Today, which praised the band for having “loads of grit, swagger and heart.”

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Shawn Lacy

Shawn Lacy has a voice that mixes the classic rock sounds of musicians like Bob Seger and the soulful vibes of artists like Amos Lee along with Lacy’s own Northern-Country music style. Lacy recently released his first solo record ‘The Two EPs’ along with three music videos ‘Front Porch’ ‘Wish I Could’ and the musically driven short film ‘Gone Like the Night’ which was premiered at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival. Lacy is now signed with the Erv Woolsey Agency and was featured on Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival along with acts such as Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Kenny Rogers and the Zac Brown Band, as well as recently been on tour opening for Phil Vassar.

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Jukebox Mafia

Jukebox Mafia may possess Nashville’s most extraordinary story of discovery yet. Within one week of meeting each other in Nashville for the first time, they found themselves in an impromptu jam session at the widely-known Whiskey Jam at Winner’s Bar. Little did they know, country’s power couple of Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton were in the audience. Lambert was so excited that she asked to speak with them outside of the club. She immediately asked them to join her on tour. With over 30 Miranda Lambert shows under their belts, fall and winter tour dates, Jukebox Mafia has become one of country music’s hottest acts. Josh Hoge and Dave Fenley have successfully brought fans to their feet with their catchy hooks, exceptional harmonies and a beat that seemingly comes out of nowhere.

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Old Dominion

Old Dominion may not yet be a household name, but its members are behind many of the songs you hear in country music today. During the past 10 years of writing and honing their sound as a band, a number of their songs have been recorded and released by an impressive list that includes The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, and Craig Morgan. And while it has been nice to experience radio success as song writers, the band has their scope unwaveringly aimed at delivering their music personally to the people. Out on the road, the live show is dialed in. Opening for acts like Trace Adkins, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen, and Kenny Chesney their sound has tightened into a cohesive blend of country lyric and rock instrumentation, fused with pop and hip-hop sensibilities. It even led to a debut on the world-renowned Grand Ole Opry.

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Drew Baldridge

With a voice as rich as the mid-western soil he was raised on, Patoka, IL native, Drew Baldridge’s music reflects small town life while living large on the simple things. Drew’s music is the soundtrack to life, be if a rowdy Friday night or a peaceful Sunday morning. His songs and performances transport listeners to their favorite memories all while making new ones. He has shared the stage with artist’s such as Alabama, Phil Vassar, Montgomery Gentry, and Justin Moore to name a few.

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Granger Smith feat Earl Dibbles Jr

In 2013, Granger released his 9th studio album since he hit the scene at age 19. The album “Dirt Road Driveway” debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country Chart and has proven to be his most successful release to date expanding his audience from a regional artist to a national touring act. Dirt Road Driveway went on to become the number one selling independent country music album in total digital sales for 2013.His game plan has been good to him so far. Granger has had 10 Top 10 singles on the Texas Music Charts including 4 Top 5’s and the most recent singles “Miles and Mud Tires” and “Silverado Bench Seat” both landed at the #1 spot, the latter of which debuted on ESPN’s Sports Center. He’s even successfully launched a crowd-pleasing alter-ego, “country boy” Earl Dibbles Jr. The idea was born when Granger and his brother were having some fun with a camera on their childhood ranch.

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The Railers

When brothers Jordan and Jonathan, raised in rural Missouri, met lively Arizona native Cassandra in the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona, the foundation was laid for the adventure of a lifetime. All three classically trained students had plans of making the 2,600 mile journey to Music City to follow their dreams. But it wasn’t until an impromptu concert in Phoenix that the trio realized there was an undeniable blend between there musical styles. After a couple of years of fitting shows in between rigorous touring schedules and school, they reached a crucial fork in the road. On April 11, 2010 they all took a deep breath and a leap of faith, signing their names on a crumpled cafe napkin that said “September 1, 2010 or Bust.” Vowing to quit their jobs, and start their quest to becoming full time artists. “It was probably the scariest time in our lives, walking away from a steady paycheck and into the great unknown,” vocalist, mandolin and fiddle player Jordan Lawson said. But so far, it’s paid off. Within the first month of freedom, they landed an opening slot on Sara Evans’ Fall and Christmas tour. And shortly after that, another 60 show tour was booked with an Irish starlet.

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Cheyenne Rose

An old school musical soul packaged inside a young woman’s body is the best way to describe the artist known as Cheyenne Rose. For in a world where young singers & musicians judge their success in their number of “likes” or “followers”, Cheyenne Rose measures hers the way the great ones did: by the strength of the song. Nothing more…nothing less. With a sound built upon her love for R&B to country music (and all that term entails these days), Cheyenne has been carving out her musical niche and making fans everywhere from her hometown of Chicago to Nashville, TN and every stop she’s made in between. With a range that can emulate the hushed tones of a Sarah McLaughlin as easily as the soaring vocals of a Martina McBride, a Cheyenne Rose show can mean anything from covers of Ed Sheeran and ToriKelly to original songs born from the depths of her own brooding guitar.

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Sundy Best

Sundy Best crafts music that re-imagines timeless classic rock of the ‘70s and ‘80s – think the Eagles and the smart, whiskey-voiced lyrics of Tom Petty and Bob Seger. With Nick on guitar and Kris on cajon, Sundy Best takes that sound, modernizes it in their own unique way by borrowing hints of country and bluegrass, to make it personal. Offstage, the pair are lifelong friends, college athletes and dog-lovers; onstage the musical duo delivers something wholly fresh and original, blending their best influences with personal music histories.

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Kacey Musgraves

Texas-native and Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Kacey Musgraves released her Mercury Records Nashville debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, in the spring of 2013 to massive critical acclaim and recognition. The album, which she co-produced with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart making her the first solo female in five years to open at No. 1 with a rookie release, and just seventh in the 22-year Nielson SoundScan era. The gold-certified album includes her top 10, platinum-selling single “Merry Go ‘Round,” “Blowin’ Smoke,” gold-certified “Follow Your Arrow,” and “Keep It To Yourself.” She’s received CMT Music Award and Teen Choice Award nominations, and has taken home the award for “New Artist of the Year” at 2013’s CMA Awards. Musgraves also won two Grammy Awards for Best Country Song (“Merry Go ‘Round”) and Best Country Album (Same Trailer Different Park), the ACM Award for Album of the Year (Same Trailer Different Park), and most recently the 2014 CMA Award for Song of the Year (“Follow Your Arrow”). She has performed on “CMT CROSSROADS: Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves,” “Today Show,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “2013 CMT Music Awards,” “2013 Billboard Music Awards” and the “56th Annual Grammy Awards.” Musgraves recently opened for Katy Perry on her Prismatic World Tour and also wrapped her own headlining tour, Same Tour Different Trailer, at the end of October.

Musgraves recently completed her major label sophomore album set for release later this year. She worked again with producers McAnally and Laird and released her debut single from the album “Biscuits” this past March. It is currently climbing the charts at country radio.

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Peachy Pyron

Peachy Pyron is a singer-songwriter that divides her time writing music between Atlanta and Nashville. Her rich soulful voice and strong connection to her lyrics go well beyond her age of just 15. She has been playing guitar and writing for the past 7 years and continues to develop her unique style. And in case you were wondering Peachy is what she started calling herself at 2 and it’s all she’s been called since. Check out her music at peachypyron.com or on social media-everywhere!

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Courtney Cole

With a fresh face, bubbly personality and a sound that is equal parts contagious and sassy, Courtney Cole has spent many years crafting her music and creating positive messages in her lyrics that inspire others in their lives. In the midst of songwriting, Courtney has many touring opportunities that have come her way … big ones. Already she has opened across the country for Kip Moore, Granger Smith, Thompson Square, Josh Thompson and Chris Young to name a few. She’s also been singled out as a Spotify Spotlight Artist and tagged by Huffington Post as one of its Country Artists to Watch in 2015!

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Bands

 

Kacey Musgraves

Pat Green

Chris Young

Lee Brice

Jon Pardi

Dan + Shay

Chris Stapleton

Turnpike Troubadours

A Thousand Horses

Will Hoge

Randy Rogers Band

Shawn Lacy

Jukebox Mafia

Old Dominion

Drew Baldridge

Granger Smith feat Earl Dibbles Jr

The Railers

Cheyenne Rose

Sundy Best

Peachy Pyron

Courtney Cole

 

 

 

 

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