Red, White and Boom: More acts, including Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch, Jamie Lynn Spears, Cole Swindell, Sundy Best

Herald-Leader writersJuly 3, 2014 


    Red, White and Boom

    What: Two-day country music festival organized by WBUL-98.1 FM.

    When: July 5-6. Gates open at 3 p.m. both days.

    Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark, 207 Legends Ln.

    Tickets: Sold out

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    Saturday: 5 p.m., Kelleigh Bannen. 5:40, Angaleena Presley. 6:15, Lucy Hale. 6:55, Jamie Lynn Spears. 7:30, Cole Swindell. 8:25, Brothers Osborne. 9, Jerrod Neimann. 10, Jon Pardi. 10:35, Lee Brice.

    Sunday: 5 p.m., Swon Brothers. 5:40, Sundy Best. 6:15, Chase Rice. 6:55, Maggie Rose. 7:30, Craig Campbell. 8:10, Parmalee. 8:45, Eric Paslay. 9:25, Dustin Lynch. 10, Thomas Rhett.

Here is a roundup of the other artists performing at this year's Red, White and Boom.

Thomas Rhett: Rhett is a second-generation country singer: He's the son of Rhett Akins (Don't Get Me Started, That Ain't My Truck). He is actually Thomas Rhett Akins Jr., and got his start playing drums onstage with his dad. It was a good start. His debut album, It Goes Like This, has produced four hit singles including Beer With Jesus, Something to Do With My Hands and two Billboard country airplay chart-toppers, It Goes Like This and Get Me Some of That.

Dustin Lynch: Tennessean Lynch's second album is due in September. His singles include She Cranks My Tractor and Cowboys and Angels, and he is most definitely a cowboy-hat wearing country star. He is also featured on two tracks of Working Man's Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard, which came out in April.

Jerrod Niemann: A veteran of a 2012 Rupp Arena concert with Miranda Lambert, Niemann has written songs for Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton and Lee Brice before beginning his own hit parade four years ago with Lover Lover and What Do You Want. Niemann's newest album is High Noon.

Cole Swindell: Like Red, White and Boom headliner Brice, Swindell has been spending all of 2014 on the road with country megastar Luke Bryan. But when he was onstage at Rupp in February with Bryan and Brice, Swindell was the one with the hit. His Chillin' It had just reached No. 1.

Eric Pasley: A returnee from last year's Red, White and Boom, Pasley has toured extensively with the likes of the Eli Young Band, Little Big Town and Jake Owen. A Texas native, Pasley is also known for the radio hit If the Fish Don't Bite, although his songs have been cut by such major leaguers as Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum.

Jamie Lynn Spears: A former teen actress featured on the Nickelodeon network, Spears comes to Nashville via Louisiana with a debut single she co-wrote, How Could I Want More. Still, the pop mainstream probably will recognize her most as the younger sister of another star singer by the name of Spears.

Chase Rice: A onetime linebacker for the University of North Carolina, Rice is the co-writer of Cruise, the monster country-hip hop hit recorded by Florida Georgia Line and Nelly. But the singer got his start as an independent by getting his 2010 album Dirt Road Companion on the Billboard charts without a major-label contract.

Craig Campbell: Promoted in his bio material as "country music's hippest neo-traditionalist," the rural Georgia-born Campbell got a serious taste for the touring life by playing keyboards in the bands of Luke Bryan and Tracy Byrd. His own radio hits have included Family Man, Fish and When I Get It.

Maggie Rose: Hailing from Potomac, Md., Rose cut her teeth in a Bruce Springsteen cover band before gaining the ear of famed pop mogul Tommy Mottola and, eventually, veteran Nashville producers Blake Chancey and James Stroud. The latter two helped Rose construct her 2013 debut album, Cut to Impress.

Swon Brothers: Oklahoma siblings Zach and Colton Swon were introduced to America last year as finalists on the third season of The Voice (as part of Blake Shelton's team, of course). Now signed to Arista/Nashville, the brothers are recording an album with producer Mark Bright.

Parmalee: A true family band consisting of two brothers (Matt and Scott Thomas), their cousin (Barry Knox) and a longstanding pal (Josh McSwain), Parmalee's members have been playing together since 2001. Their popularity, however, stems from several recent country-rock singles that led to the 2014 album Feels Like Carolina.

Kelleigh Bannen: Named one of CMT's Next Women of Country, Bannen is using her recent singles Sorry on the Rocks and Famous as a collective springboard for her first album with EMI Records, which is due out this year. Her debut album, Radio Skies, dates to 2008.

Jon Pardi: Having opened shows for Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, Dierks Bentley and the seemingly omni present Luke Bryan, California-born Pardi is seeking to highlight his own name with the release of a debut album, a rowdy, rockish work titled Write You a Song. The record hit stores in January.

Brothers Osborne: No, not the Osborne Brothers. This Maryland duo doesn't follow the bluegrass paths of those other Osbornes of yore. New-generation siblings John and T.J. Osborne opt for a country sound they call "aggressive, bold and fragile" with their debut singles Let's Go There and Rum.

Sundy Best: A Lexington sensation for years, the Prestonsburg-born duo of Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley has been making major strides of late in establishing a national following with a '70s-inclined album called Bring Up the Sun. The duo also will be performing at numerous regional festivals throughout the summer.

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