C Spire LIVE Presents 1 Day. 5 country music stars.
Presented by Baptist FastPass.
Saturday, May 20th in Madison, MS at Baptist Health Systems Campus.
Doors open at Noon, Music starts at 2pm.
C Spire LIVE and Baptist Fast Pass presents Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen, Jana Kramer, and Russell Dickerson
C Spire LIVE Presents 1 Day. 5 country music stars.
Presented by Baptist FastPass.
Saturday, May 20th in Madison, MS at Baptist Health Systems Campus.
Doors open at Noon, Music starts at 2pm.
C Spire VIP: $250
The Sand Bar: $200
The Good Stuff: $150
General Admission: $80
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|Kenny Chesney||Thomas Rhett||Jake Owen||Jana Kramer||Russell Dickerson|
When Kenny Chesney started the process for the follow-up to The Big Revival, he knew there was more to say. He'd had four No. 1s – the GRAMMY-nominated "American Kids," the three-week chart-topper "Save It For a Rainy Day," "Til It's Gone" and the girl-empowering "Wild Child," featuring Grace Potter – and created an aggressive sonic template.
What he didn't expect was the force of creativity that seemingly defied every bit of conventional record making. But leave it to a man who got his first publishing and record deal with Acuff-Rose, the home of Hank Williams Sr., and Capricorn, signed by the legendary Phil Walden with an unlikely "Wizard of Oz" reinvention, "The Tin Man," – to follow the muses.
"Noise," a high-impact song decrying our rush-rush world and techno-overload, was written en route to a meeting, recorded two days later and released the following week to become Chesney's most-added first-week single. Then, "Setting The World on Fire," his urgent rush-of-the-moment duet with P!NK, became available as the second single.
If that meant delaying his album, Chesney was happy to honor the song. In the pause, he went in to record a couple of songs that had arrived late and an old favorite he'd never quite hooked. When it all started coming together, he realized that as much as Some Town Somewhere spoke volumes about the location of the No Shoes Nation, Cosmic Hallelujah captured the essence of everything life is supposed to be.
"You have to trust the process," the man with 28 No. 1s says. "Sure, you can cut 10 great songs and have hits with ‘em, but I learned as a kid, writing songs with people like Whitey Shafer and Dean Dillon, creativity is more powerful than that. You can't just dial it up, but when it happens, you better make sure you protect it."
Protect it he did. Recording between dates on his massive Spread The Love Tour – which included 14 stadium shows -- Chesney embraced the studio with the same white-hot energy that was electrifying crowds across the country. That buzz of excitement permeates the syncopated electric bluegrass of "Trip Around the Sun," with its existential embrace of the good stuff, and the decidedly bottom-thumping, big-revelry "Bucket" with its brand new take on attitude adjustment and jettisoning worry, delivered with serrated guitar strokes, plenty of kick drum and word craft.
"To have that road momentum to take into the studio, that's something you can't recreate," says the 8-time Entertainer of the Year. "That's a whole other kind of energy, and you rarely get to be rested enough to bring it to recording. When we got in there with these songs, I think it lifted everything up."
Which isn't to say the songs that were already recorded were lacking.
"Setting the World on Fire," featuring P!NK, embodies everything about being alive in the moment. With a series of images and emotions, the pair captures the buzz of falling in love over a spare first verse that opens wide on the chorus – the reckless confession of all the crazy things love can make you do — sweeping the listener up in their euphoria.
"Rarely do songs capture being in the moment like this one does," Chesney says. "I knew I wanted someone whose voice holds fireworks and has a dusky quality to it, and there aren't very many people who can create that like P!NK. She really was the perfect person, ‘cause I think she understands that moment we're singing about the same way I do."
Understanding the moment the same way is what has built the No Shoes Nation. From the very beginning, Chesney's songs dug beneath the surface into the marrow of lives that don't register in New York or Los Angeles and made them every bit as desirable: "Young," "I Go Back," "Who You'd Be Today" and "There Goes My Life" speak to the heart of anyone growing up beyond the glare of urban living.
It's why the jangly, easy connection of "Bar at the End of the World," the gate-bumpin' escapist "Winnebago" and the bulked-up shuffle "Some Town Somewhere" hail an image of a life that can't be found with fast cars or bottle service. But the friendship and good times are just as sweet – and easier to attain.
As the kid who went to Russia with his college bluegrass band enthuses on "Some Town Somewhere" with a strong sense of rapture, "Hey, Mexico's miles from here, but the Texaco's got a lot of beer…" and then goes on to hit the common truths, "We're all born to be free, we're all born to be great/ We're all looking for the Hollywood sign and trying to find the interstate…"
The guitar and piano-pumping "All The Pretty Girls" speaks more truth about the adolescent gender gap, desire and reality than a handful of S.E. Hinton novels or issues of Teen Vogue. Seeing the universe in the singular has always made Chesney's songs a place where people find their own nuanced lives.
By showing such exquisite reverence for the common, Chesney finds his own inspiration. Whether it's the elevating tribute "Coach," or the prayerful "Jesus & Elvis," which venerates places and people like those who run Lala's Little Nugget, respecting unspoken tradition is a big piece of who he is.
Respecting tradition and breaking ground are not mutually exclusive. Look to the lush, layered "Rich and Miserable" to find the essence of why artists like Kenny Chesney matter: they're willing to look at what we're brokered, the effect it has on us and suggest the antidote might be right where we are with just what we have.
"People get so caught up in chasing this idea of what they should have, getting ahead or needing this thing or the other. The reality I've found is when you look around, you've probably got it pretty good. If you'd just appreciate where you are, you'd be amazed at how happy you can be."
If there's anything that drives the only country act on Billboard's Top Touring Acts of the Past 25 Years, it's that pursuit of unfettered joy. It's what pushes him to make his shows what has become a rite of summer for so many, and create albums that still tell those truths about how people live – as opposed to flashcards for Saturday night antics.
"Songs are powerful. They can change your energy, get inside your sadness, open up your joy in crazy ways. I grew up saved by songs – and I only want to make my records create that same kind of place for other people. Whether you're in the midst of it, remembering or looking for it, I want people to hear this music and go ‘Yeah,' not because they recognize themselves, but because of how it feels."
Years before he kicked off his career with It Goes Like This, a debut album that spawned five Top 40 hits and three Numbers Ones, Thomas Rhett spent his childhood listening to the sounds of FM radio.
"Growing up, there was no such thing as listening to one radio station," he remembers. Instead, Thomas Rhett would regularly flip from one station to another, cranking up a mix of country, pop, R&B, rap, rock, and oldies. It was a tangle of music. Decades later, he's tipping his hat to those days with Tangled Up, an album that mixes the sound of his influences with equal doses of groove, melody and twang.
Although recorded in his hometown of Nashville, Tangled Up was written all over America, during a year-long tour in support of Thomas' first album. There was something about the highway that made him feel creative. Something about the crowds that made him feel inspired. Something about the sold-out shows that made him want to return to the tour bus and write something exciting. With help from a handful of co-writers, Thomas whipped up a new batch of songs during the hours before soundcheck, after the encore, and during the long rides from one city to the next.
Maybe that's why Tangled Up feels like such an upbeat, energetic record. It was created while Thomas' body was still flushed with adrenaline.
"At our shows, there aren't any rules," he says. "There's no such thing as standing still and just singing a song. I love jumping into the crowd. I love to dance. The whole show is very uptempo, high energy, and completely unpredictable."
You could say the same about Tangled Up. Produced by Dan Huff and Jesse Frasure, the album is filled with party anthems, dance tunes, drinking songs, love ballads, and everything in between, all tied together by a dynamic singer who's unafraid to blur the lines between genres. Some songs take their influence from country stars like Eric Church. Others are more reminiscent of pop idols like Justin Timberlake or Bruno Mars. None of the tracks sound alike, but they do all sound like Thomas Rhett songs.
"I didn't grow up listening to just one style of music," he explains, "so I don't know how to write just one style of music. Whether these songs have more of a pop influence or more of a hip-hop influence or a completely country influence, they all — in some crazy way — cohesively sound like a me song."
They also sound like all of his sixth consecutive No. Ones including the newly minted "T-Shirt," the 2X PLATINUM six-week No. one "Die A Happy Man" and the PLATINUM "Crash And Burn." His undeniable success has garnered a Billboard Music Award for "Top Country Song" for "Die A Happy Man," which also nabbed an ACM and ACCA for "Single Record of the Year."
"It's just so fun and so crazy," he says of the album, whose deluxe version also features cameos by pop singer Jordin Sparks and hip-hop artist Lunch Money Lewis. "I think it kind of describes my life a bit. There's all these thoughts and all these melodies and all these different kind of songs on the record. It's all tangled up in knots, in a way. It's like this big ball of yarn that you can't every fully get undone, and I love that. I love that there's so much variety on the album, so that's why we chose Tangled Up as the name."
Jake Owen has ascended to stardom with five #1 smashes - the 2X PLATINUM anthem "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," PLATINUM-certified hits "Beachin'," "Anywhere with You," "Alone with You" and "The One That Got Away." Known for his thrilling performances and laid-back style of country, Owen showcased a much different side on his acclaimed single "What We Ain't Got." Fans, music critics and radio alike are eagerly embracing the talented singer's fresh sound. Produced by Joey Moi, his latest album DAYS OF GOLD (RCA Nashville) is the follow up to the GOLD-certified, chart-topping BAREFOOT BLUE JEAN NIGHT, which has sold well over 5 million tracks to date. Previously taking home ACA and ACM Awards, the Vero Beach, FL, native has earned GRAMMY and TEEN CHOICE Awards nominations. Following his major nationwide headline DAYS OF GOLD TOUR 2014, Owen is now bringing his signature show to Kenny Chesney's 2015 THE BIG REVIVAL TOUR. He is currently in the studio with award-winning producers Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman working on his next album and recently released the playful, boundary-pushing lead single "Real Life."
Just ask Jana Kramer and she'll tell you she's: "Just getting started." And it's that drive and love for music that has been the driving force behind her career. After all, in just a little over three years, she has become one of country music's brightest new stars. Her platinum debut single, "Why Ya Wanna, "rocketed to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2012 making her the most played new artist of that year. Her self-titled debut album hit No. 5. In 2013, the Academy of Country Music honored her with its Top New Female Artist Award, and this year she's up for her first Female Vocalist of the Year award. That's a lot to have accomplished in just a little time. And Kramer is grateful for the success that has come her way. "I still have a lot to prove," she insists. "I'm better at what I'm doing than I ever was before. And I'm not going anywhere." Kramer, you see, was already a star when she broke into country music, with a massive fan base she had built as an actress in numerous films and TV shows. What few knew was that long before reciting her first scripted line, Kramer was a passionate lover of country music. In fact, she ended her high-profile, two-year run on The CW's "One Tree Hill" to focus on her singing, songwriting and onstage performance.
Her bona fides were confirmed on Jana Kramer. "But that first album was an introduction," she explains. "This new one, is my baby album. Not that I don't love the first one, but the second album really represents who I am and where I've been throughout all of my life." That's clear from top to bottom, from the pulsing beat and affirmative message of the opener, "Boomerang," to the aptly titled "Last Song," a wistful but resolute farewell to a lost love.
Strength, sass and sensitivity, romance, regret and maybe a bit of revenge – a rainbow of emotions illuminates thirty one. Whether she's playfully laying out her boundaries to a prospective boyfriend on "Don't Touch My Radio" or savoring the innocence of romance on "Love," it's tempting to ascribe Kramer's insightful way with a lyric to her history of inhabiting roles as an actress. But once again, she is quick to point out, it's the music that came first and continues to define who she is. In October of 2015, thirty one debuted with career-best sales numbers, landing in the Top 10 of the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart and at No. 3 on the Country Albums chart.
"The only way that acting helps me with music is in my videos," she says. "Because these songs are so real to me, that's why I feel them so deeply. Acting is as real as it can be, but music is so personal. It's my life." That's especially true on thirty one, where Kramer shows she can craft a narrative and a compelling melody as well as anyone in her genre. "When I first got to Nashville, I was so shy and timid, knowing that I was writing songs with people who had written a million Number Ones," she admits. "But then I realized I have stories to tell too. So I came into the new album knowing exactly what I wanted to write -- and it had to be 100 percent about my life." If anything, Kramer admits, this means being even more country than much of what defines that genre these days. "I didn't want to follow what other people are doing," she says. "Of course, I love a lot of what I hear on country radio. But I definitely feel that Scott and I did a great job of bringing in elements of today's sound while keeping that country element I identify with too."
Producer Scott Hendricks and Kramer had worked together on her first album. Each harbors respect for the other; both also have clear ideas of what they feel works best in the studio. That meant that as they regrouped for thirty one a bit of constructive head-butting would be inevitable.
I wanted to make sure there were banjos and steel on the album because that's the stuff I grew up on. So we argued a little bit on a few songs. I really fought him on certain songs. I wanted us to challenge each other, because I know that Scott is such an amazing producer. And in the end, it was magic." The results testify to Kramer's authenticity as a singer with sturdy country roots and a rare gift for communicating through song. On "Bullet" she asserts her personality and drives the song home, delivering the title with an innovative stuttering enunciation and attitude-drenched drawl. ("It's a very empowering song for women, a way of saying 'I dodged a bullet' without calling the guy a jerk," she reveals, with a deep-throated laugh.)
And, yes, thirty one is a monument to her determination not to back down when it comes to being true to herself -- and to her growing legion of true believers. "I've been through a lot in my life, and I feel like country music saved me in a lot of ways," she states. "I think about Martina McBride's 'A Broken Wing,' which helped me get through a rough time. And I grew up listening to old-school country music. My grandma's favorite was Patsy Cline; she still has the same cassette tape and cassette player in her kitchen, where we liked to make cookies together. "Do you want to know why I do this?" she sums up. "I'm giving back. That's what I love most about being on this platform that I have. I want to give that back to people. This was never just a hobby for me. I've always wanted to share my story and help change people's lives. That's how much this music means to me." Although by her own account she may be "just getting started", Jana Kramer's new album is proof she's here to stay.
Sincere, energetic and always smiling: All words that have been used to describe emerging country music star, Russell Dickerson, by his fans and peers alike. His infectious personality radiates in everything he does, whether he's writing a song, singing in the studio or meeting fans. He's constantly making people laugh and everyone he meets is quick to become part of the "RD Fam." He asserts, "I just love life. Every day is a great day!" Lately there's been plenty to smile about. The Nashville native has had an incredible reaction to his current single, "Yours." The power ballad was selected for Sirius XM's The Highway Find program, which showcases new, and often times unsigned, artists to country music fans across the country. In the blink of an eye, Dickerson found himself competing with artists such as Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan on the satellite station's weekly Hot 45 countdown, successfully reaching #3.
Soon after, Dickerson released his EP, "Yours," which debuted at #2 in the iTunes country store and #8 in all genres. The album also premiered at #1 on Billboard's Heat Seeker chart and #14 on Billboard's Top Country Album chart. The album features five songs co-written by Dickerson, including a stripped down wedding version of the title track "Yours." Boosted by the power of his hit single, he landed on the iTunes Best of 2015 year-end list, TheKnot.com's Best Wedding Songs of 2016, and Spotify's #SpotifySpotlight 2016. In just a short amount of time, Dickerson's fans solidified him unanimously as the next big thing. Over 20 million streams on Spotify, two million views on YouTube and skyrocketing social media followers have come pouring in. He quickly found himself touring with the likes of Canaan Smith and Billy Currington, as well as joining Florida Georgia Line on their cruise for the second year in a row in addition to headlining his own dates. Dickerson also got to have that moment every artist dreams about – making his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
"Since day one, all I've ever known is music. I love touring, I love playing the shows…I love connecting with every single person." The multi-instrumentalist and successful songwriter is busy recording his next project, and he's characteristically optimistic that his fans will embrace the album just as much as they have him. "At the end of the day, it's all about the fans. I want them to leave my shows feeling changed. I live to make them smile."
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C SPIRE VIP DETAILS:
The C Spire VIP includes access to an air conditioned tent, premium outdoor area in close proximity to stage, private bathroom trailers, and VIP parking (first come, first served). Complimentary food and beverages will be provided from The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen. The C Spire VIP area will open at 12:00 p.m. and all food and beverage service will begin at 2:00 p.m.
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The Sand Bar includes premium access to open-air tent and outdoor area in close proximity to stage, designated restrooms, complimentary food, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, and four beverage tickets. The Sand Bar area will open at 12:00 p.m. All food and beverage service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Patrons under 21 will not receive beverage tickets. Beverage tickets are non-transferrable.