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Red, White and Boom: Also on the bill

Rodney Atkins

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

Rodney Atkins: A veteran of several Rupp Arena shows, Atkins is a native of the Cumberland Gap region of Tennessee who saw two debut recording projects fall by the wayside before he introduced himself to country audiences in a big way through 2003's If You're Going Through Hell.

Craig Morgan: Also no stranger to Rupp shows as well as previous Red, White and Boom sets, Morgan is a Nashville native and an Army veteran. Beginning in May 2000, the singer became one of the first breakout artists from the indie record label Broken Bow Records.

Josh Thompson: Hailing from the unlikely country music paradise of Wisconsin, Thompson has written tunes for heavy hitmakers Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley. His own career revolves around the 2010 album Way Out Here, which scored two Top 20 hits. A follow-up is expected later this year.

Randy Houser: You know Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, the barroom hit that rewired the career of Trace Adkins in 2005? You can thank Houser for that. But beginning with the Top 10 single Boots On, the Mississippi singer began devoting more time to establishing his own career.

Brett Eldredge: Today marks a quick Lexington turnaround for Eldredge. He performed here as recently as April as one of two opening acts for Taylor Swift at Rupp. The product of a musical family (his cousin is Terry Eldredge of The Grascals), Eldredge recently issued his debut single, Don't Ya.

Rachel Farley: An upcoming Georgia-born vocalist, Farley has already shared stages with the likes of Aldean, Luke Bryan and Colt Ford. Not bad for a singer still in her teens. And then there is fellow Georgia star Brantley Gilbert — Farley was opening shows for him when she was 13.

Cassadee Pope: Television talent shows have been known to generate stardom. Just look at Carrie Underwood. The latest in a line of TV-bred celebs is Pope, who took top honors last December in the third-season competition of The Voice. She was the first female winner on the show.

Eric Paslay: From the heart of Texas comes this Abilene-born, Waco/Temple-bred singer who has toured with Dierks Bentley, Eric Church and Blake Shelton and has penned songs for the Eli Young Band, Jake Owen and Lady Antebellum. Paslay's own hits include If the Fish Don't Bite.

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