Boom at a glance
Here's a quick look at the lineup for Red, White & Boom.
5 p.m.: Haley Georgia (who is actually from Texas) might sound like a traditional country artist. But as her debut single, Ridiculous, shows, her sound and profile are very modern. Billboard referred to her as "Country in the key of Ke$ha."
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6 p.m.: Mo Pitney's debut single, Country, is a big ol' embrace of the music and lifestyle, and then it makes a much bigger statement. It has more than 1.5 million listens on Spotify. Cleanup on Aisle Five is a much bigger weeper than the kinda fun title suggests.
7 p.m.: Casey James first came to our attention as a contestant on American Idol in 2010. His latest single is Fall Apart.
8 p.m.: Michael Ray hails from Eustis, Fla., and after making a big splash in the Sunshine State, he came to Nashville to record his debut album, Livin' it Up, which includes the single Kiss You This Morning.
9 p.m.: Eric Paslay returns to the fest after a rousing set last year. Like Phil Vassar, he has penned No. 1 hits for several other artists including Jake Owen's Barefoot Blue Jean Night, and he is continuing to tour off his 2014 debut album.
10:30 p.m. Phil Vassar's first No. 1, Just Another Day in Paradise, dropped in 1999. That same year, he was named ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year, having penned hits for Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina and Colin Raye. Michael Jordan, operations manager for Clear Channel Lexington, said, "Phil's set is nothing but huge hits."
Fireworks follow Vassar's set.
5 p.m.: John King is from Georgia and toured heavily throughout the country before landing a Nashville recording contract. His first EP, On Your Lips, dropped in March with the single Tonight Tonight (Best Night of Our Lives).
6 p.m.: LoCash are the guys who gave Tim McGraw Truck Yeah, and a number of other artists hits. In their own right, the duo of Chris Lucas and Preston Brust performed for several years as the LoCash Cowboys and have recently renamed themselves LoCash. Their latest single is I Love This Life. It seems to be a safe bet they are also the only artists in the Boom lineup with a signature wine line: Shipwrecked from Stonum Vineyards of Lodi, Calif.
7 p.m.: Drake White is probably the only Boom artist with a degree in engineering, and he worked as a general contractor in Nashville before quitting that job to pursue a music career. (Don't all Nashville contractors really want to be country stars?) His latest single is It Feels Good.
8 p.m.: The Cadillac Three were just dubbed by Rolling Stone Country as "the workingman's country-rock band," in a review of their CMA Fest performance. The band's big hit is The South, but its latest, White Lightning, is quickly gaining traction.
9 p.m.: Kelsea Ballerini. (See story, this page.)
10 p.m.: Chris Young. (See story, this page.)
When: Gates open at noon each day.
Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark, 207 Legends Lane
Tickets: $35 two-day admission.
Call: 1-866-698-4253, (859) 422-7867