Tuesday, July 31 • Easton Corbin with Casi Joy – 7:30 p.m.
With two No. 1 singles, multiple awards and nominations, plus performances on some of the biggest stages in the world, Mercury Nashville’s Easton Corbin has made a lasting impression on the country music landscape. He is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. American Songwriter says, “Easton Corbin has one of those rare, glorious voices that was made—just made—for singing country music.” His self-titled debut album released in 2010 and spawned back-to-back hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It;” making him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. In 2012 the Gilchrist County Florida native released his sophomore album, All Over The Road, which included the Top 5 hits “Lovin’ You Is Fun” and “All Over The Road.” Corbin set a career-best debut on Country Airplay with his top 5 hit single, “Baby Be My Love Song,” from his No. 1 debuting album About To Get Real. His latest single, “Are You With Me,” was most added song at country radio the day it was released. “Are You With Me” first appeared on All Over The Road and was such a special song to Corbin he carried it over to About To Get Real in hopes it would be a radio single. Corbin spent 2016 on one of the biggest tours in country music -Carrie Underwood’s The Storyteller Tour. Corbin is currently in the studio working on new music for his fourth studio album.
Casi Joy is a powerhouse country singer/songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. She has a local connection – her grandparents are Phyllis and Richard Tavis of Albert Lea. Casi has been performing since the age of 5 and has had a wide range of success in several genres. At the young age of 10, she began singing in the Midwest Opry Circuit and was picked up by Radio Disney three years later. She sang in the Disney girl group The Commotions until she began at the School of Rock as a 15-year-old. Casi stayed in rock music for several years, and recorded an album with world renowned producer Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy Osborne, Skid Row, etc.). However, after moving to Music City on New Year’s Day 2015, she’s come belting back into the country scene, cracking open the heavy door that stands between aspiring artists and industry recognition. This vibrant songbird has opened for Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Craig Morgan, Chris Cagle, Montgomery Gentry, Jerrod Niemann, LOCASH, Josh Thompson, Dustin Lynch, Chaka Khan, Arcade Fire, The Baha Men and more. The fiery redhead composes her own songs, incorporates her dance background into her stage performances and plays the guitar and piano.
Casi recently made more noise in Nashville with the excitement and release of her debut EP “Love on Repeat.” Her EP is a direct reflection of her contagious smile and her beautiful soul. The singer/songwriter recorded her EP in Nashville at Sound Stage Studios (Ronnie’s Place) with Grammy nominated engineer/producer Jim Lightman (“I Hope You Dance” by Leann Womack, India Arie, NKOTB and more). Her prestigious studio band included Matchbox 20’s Kyle Cook on guitar, Rich Redmond on drums (Jason Aldean), Pat Buchanan on guitar (Kenny Chesney), Lee Hendricks on bass (Eric Church) and more. Look for Casi Joy’s self-written EP on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Pandora, and more.
In February of 2017, Casi Joy auditioned for Season 12 of NBC’s The Voice with LeAnn Rimes’ “Blue.” Her flawless yodel earned an almost instant four chair turn, leading Casi to choose Blake Shelton as her coach. After winning both her Battle Round and Knockout, Joy moved on to the Live Playoffs with her rendition of Chris Stapleton’s “Parachute.”
Wednesday, August 1 • Chubby Checker & the Wildcats – 8:30 p.m.
Chubby Checker is an entertainment industry icon. He is best known for popularizing The Twist, the number one song of all time… and the only song to hit the number one position twice in two different years. The Twist is the first song in history to be number one for over 50 years. It will be the number one song until 2063 when Billboard Magazine nominates another song for that honor. Chubby also invented and popularized many other dances, including The Fly, The Pony, The Shake and The Hucklebuck. All of them exist in some form today on the dance floor, but it’s the legacy of The Twist that endures and secures Chubby’s place in history. Chubby continues to tour around the world and make people smile. Seeing him in concert you would think that doing The Twist is the magic potion for the fountain of youth. He is an energetic, articulate entertainer. His concerts are filled with people of all generations. He is current…he is amazing and he explodes on stage getting everyone involved.
Visit Chubby on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/officialchubbychecker.com
Thursday, August 2 • Dyland Scott – 8:30 p.m.
It’s a long way from the outskirts of Bastrop, Louisiana, to the #1 spot at country radio, each mile marked by passion, perseverance, and sweat. But rising star Dylan Scott has made the trek.
With his romantic #1 hit “My Girl,” Scott has certainly done that, paying his dues and transforming real-life experience into chart-topping success. Now with the album DYLAN SCOTT DELUXE EDITION, a new chapter begins.
Born into a musical family, Scott’s father played guitar for stars like Freddy Fender and Freddy Hart, regaling the youngster with stories from the road and encouraging his love for soul-bearing icons like Keith Whitley, Alan Jackson, and Tim McGraw. By the time Scott arrived in Nashville to start chasing his own dreams, he was still only in high school – but his drive was obvious for all to see.
He began writing songs with anyone who was willing, and hit the road hard. Then, after a blistering rise through the country ranks, his bootstrap pulling work ethic paid off in the summer of 2016. “My Girl” started marching to the top of the charts, earning Scott his first-ever Gold certification and revealing an artist with a knack for hot-and-heavy sensitivity.
With DYLAN SCOTT DELUXE EDITION, this total-package artist is bringing new fans up to speed on where he’s been, and offering a look at where he’s headed next.
Friday, August 3 • April Wine plus Warrant and Kip Winger • 8 p.m.
April Wine came together in Halifax Nova Scotia when Jimmy Henman asked Goodwyn to join the group he had put together with his cousins, Ritchie and David Henman.
Along the way April Wine became an institutional Canadian stadium rock act with Top-40 hit after Top-40 hit. The band is known for their rock ballads including “Just Between You and Me,” “Sign of the Gypsy Queen,” “I Like to Rock,” and others.
After their successive run, the industry began shifting with techno-pop of the ’80’s and April Wine found themselves a hard rock act with a dwindling audience. Their farewell tour was in 1984 for the ‘Animal Grace’ album and it was successful enough to spawn another in a long line of live albums. After years away from April Wine, the band returned to Montreal and signed a new record deal with FRE Entertainment and released two albums of mostly new compositions – ‘Attitude’ (1993) and ‘Frigate’ (1994).
In 2018, April Wine enters their 48th year as a band … quite an accomplishment for any rock n’ roll band! Through it all, they continue to satisfy fans with a live mix of straight ahead rock n’ roll and power ballads, an April Wine mainstay.
WARRANT was founded in 1983 by Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon when they were just 19 and 16 years old, respectively. Four years later, they were joined by Jani Lane, Steven Sweet, and Joey Allen in 1987. This line-up would go on to land a recording contract with Columbia Records (Sony) and ruled the airwaves and MTV in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s. Over the course of their career, WARRANT has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, with the song “Cherry Pie” taking on a pop culture life of its own, being featured in countless movies, TV shows, and commercials.
Landing in 1989 with all the subtlety of a meteorite, the Hollywood, CA based band quickly rose through the ranks of the local Sunset Strip scene to multiplatinum selling, chart-topping levels of success. The band first came into the national spotlight with their debut album, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich. This album produced the radio and MTV hits “Down Boys,” “Sometimes She Cries,” and “Heaven”, which became truly inescapable. “Heaven” soared to gold sales and the album eventually sold over 3 million copies. The band toured the globe in support of the album, performing 262 shows and closed the year with a platinum selling home video release.
Their sophomore album Cherry Pie was released in September 1990 and launched Warrant into the stratosphere. The album, which spawned the massive MTV & radio hits “Cherry Pie,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “I Saw Red”, went on to sell 3 million copies in the U.S. as well as achieving platinum success in Canada and Australia. The band hit the road hard again and played 200 shows, finishing the tour headlining outdoor sheds all over America and ended up being one of the top grossing touring acts of 1991.
With those two massively successful commercial records, the band became known for their catchy anthems and songwriting skills. Said skills were on display on the band’s third album, Dog Eat Dog which went on to achieve gold sales despite the fact it came in the midst of “grunge” mania, when Warrant and their L.A. brethren had been pushed to the side by the major labels in favor of the latest trend in rock.
WARRANT’s signature style of rock music is to craft catchy songs, yet retain the melodic side. This remains the band’s signature sound today. WARRANT has always been successful in carrying the torch. In September 2008, Robert Mason replaced Jani Lane (R.I.P.) as lead vocalist joining the other four original members of Warrant: Jerry Dixon, Steven Sweet, Joey Allen, and Erik Turner. In 2011, this line-up released Rockaholic on Frontiers Music srl. Produced by the Grammy award winning Keith Olsen, it as met with critical and fan acclaim, landing in the Top 25 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart. In 2017, the band, with the same line-up, returned with Louder Harder Faster, which landed in the Top 20, Top 30, and Top 100 on Billboard’s Independent, Current Rock, and Top Current Albums charts, respectively. This year, the band also recorded a cover of Merle Haggard’s “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink” which has been named the official song of the Professional Bull Riding Association.
The band continues to tour constantly, playing to fans all over the U.S. Keep up with the band’s latest news at WarrantRocks.com!
C F Kip Winger, the multi-platinum recording artist, may be known best for his success with Winger and his early days as a bass player with Alice Cooper. However the range and scope of his musical journey can be more fully experienced in his solo albums, This Conversation seems like a Dream, Songs from the Ocean Floor ,From the Moon to the Sun and his most recent composition Ghosts, for string orchestra. piano and harp.
In 1995, after his hugely successful run with Winger, Kip built a studio in the hills of Santa Fe, New Mexico and started writing and producing music without limits. “It was incredibly freeing to connect to music without any preconceived ideas about what it needed to be or what niche it needed to fill.” It is in Kip’s solo work that he has been able to exercise the breadth of his talents as a composer. London’s Classic Rock Magazine called him “one of the most gifted composers and arrangers in the rock genre” and praised his “compulsion to experiment.”
Aside from his powerful solo acoustic shows and touring with Winger, Kip was the lead singer for the Alan parsons live project. He has performed or recorded with the likes of Alice Cooper, Mark Farner, Roger Daltrey, and Neal Schon, and Bob Dylan.
One of the most misunderstood Hard Rock bands to emerge from the 1980’s returned in 2014 with their highly anticipated sixth studio album ‘Better Days Comin’. Comprised of original members Kip Winger on vocals/bass, Reb Beach on guitar, Rod Morgenstein on drums, plus long-term guitarist John Roth, Winger followed up on the success of previous album ‘Karma’ and showcased an album that features some of their best work to date.
Winger formed in 1987 and soared to immediate success with their 1988 self-titled release. The album spawned the hit singles ‘Seventeen’ and ‘Headed For A Heartbreak’ and achieved platinum sales status. Winger also stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for over 60 weeks where it peaked at #21. Their next album, ‘In The Heart Of The Young’, also achieved platinum status and contained the singles ‘Can’t Get Enuff’ and ‘Miles Away’. The change in musical climate of the mid-90’s led the band to go on hiatus in 1994. In 2001, the band reunited and have not looked back since. Winger has made a name for themselves with relentless touring, while winning back fans and critics alike because of their exceptional musicianship, Kip Winger’s powerful vocals and the band’s incredible songwriting.
Saturday, August 4 • Trace Adkins – 8:30 p.m.
Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts. The three-time GRAMMY-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author, and spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised more than $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.
In recent years, Adkins has performed for our service men and women across 11 USO Tours, with his 12th scheduled for spring 2017. In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, he recounted his rise to fame, brushes with death and battles with personal demons. Adkins has played a tough-as-nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer (starring Matthew McConaughey), a desperate father in Deepwater Horizon (starring Mark Wahlberg) and a wise oracle of a tattoo artist in the family-friendly film Moms’ Night Out (starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, Sarah Drew).
For more information, visit www.traceadkins.com or on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @TraceAdkins.
Sunday, August 5 • Demo Derby – 4 p.m.