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Thunder on the Mountain Country Music Festival tickets on sale nowPosted Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 2:17 PM
Several of country music's top performers are confirmed for the 2013 event, including Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Thompson Square, Justin Moore, Gretchen Wilson and Easton Corbin.
It's all set to go down at the magnificent Mulberry Mountain, near Cass just north of Ozark on the Pig Trail Scenic Byway on June 6-8, 2013.
Pack up your camping gear and head to Arkansas this June for Thunder on the Mountain. Loaded with an all-star lineup, Thunder on the Mountain is set to take place on Mulberry Mountain, just outside of Cass. The mountain is situated on 650 acres of rolling hills and beautiful national forest.
Thunder on the Mountain will feature three stages of music, more than 40 musical acts, premier vending, outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking and rafting and a boot-scootin' good time.
Critics already are impressed with the festival and its lineup.
Pollstar.com writes: "When the folks at Pipeline Productions announced "Thunder On The Mountain," they said the multi-day event 'promises to be the region's premier country festival in 2013 and all years to come.' ... They weren't fooling around."
"It will be raining country music for three days next summer in Ozark, Arkansas. The inaugural Thunder on the Mountain festival, set for June 6 - 8 at Mulberry Mountain, boasts an extensive lineup of some of country's finest," writes The Boot magazine.
And Taste of Country says: "Over two dozen country artists will climb Mulberry Mountain for a three-night party next June. Toby Keith and Luke Bryan will headline the inaugural Thunder on the Mountain country music festival in Ozark, Ark. June 6-8, 2013. In addition to some of the top names from Nashville, fans can expect scenic camping and wide-open areas to fish, hike or take a float down the Mulberry river."
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About the headliners:
Grammy-nominated Toby Keith spent the '90s as a solid, workmanlike country star who met with considerable chart success, yet never quite broke free of the neo-traditionalist pack to become a household name like Garth Brooks or Alan Jackson. That all changed in 2002 when he recorded "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," a response to September 11 that became one of country's most highly charged political statements since Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee." The media furor ensured that even people with no knowledge of country music still knew him as "the guy with the 'boot in the ass' song," and helped make Keith a genuine phenomenon.
Keith was selected as Artist of the Decade at the American Country Awards in December of 2011 and Keith's songs have topped Billboard's country charts and the Billboard Top 40.
Luke Bryan is a superstar in the making and the career growth from his first to his second to his third studio album, tailgates & tanlines, is the proof. The Georgian who burst on the scene in 2007 with his unique blend of down-home accessibility, movie star good looks and relatable lyrics, is set to explode in a major way.
Not a flash-in-the-pan, overnight sensation, Luke has built his career from the ground up and the Leesburg, Ga., native wouldn't have it any other way. "My path is exactly where I want it to be," Luke says. "I'm doing my thing. I'm getting better with every album."
Big & Rich
They are America's Technicolor cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually, John Rich and Big Kenny Alphin are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers and entertainers. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed on a welcoming world.
With the release of Hillbilly Jedi, they reassert their position as modern music's best party soundtrack with songs like "Party Like Cowboyz," "Rock the Boat" and "Get Your Game On." As might be expected, though, given the wide sweep of their talent, they do a great deal more. Their music has always displayed great range, with well-crafted songs about love, loss, patriotism and social issues all interspersed among those party anthems, and that is especially true here. Hillbilly Jedi covers a great deal of stylistic ground, from "Last Words," which John describes as "Roy Orbison meets Queen," and "Lay It All On Me," a meditation on happiness and love set amid a hauntingly beautiful track complete with choir, to "'Cause I Play Guitar," a bluesy bauble celebrating the fruits of the rocking life.
Big & Rich have, of course, made a difference, exploding into the public consciousness in 2003 as that rarest of breeds--true country music game changers. With 2004's triple-platinum Horse of a Different Color, they were able to tap into the best strands of a wide spectrum of popular music, filter them through their pens and voices and produce a sound that is instantly recognizable, if not classifiable.
"You still can't really define what that sound is," says John Rich. "Even we can't."
2013 Thunder on the Mountain Artist Lineup
Big & Rich
Randy Rogers Band
Josh Abbott Band
Casey Donahew Band
The Lost Trailers
Cody Canada & the Departed
The Cadillac Black
Adam Craig Band
John D. Hale Band
The Sarah Hughes Band
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Carroll County News Managing Editor Kristal Kuykendall is a longtime music writer and live music follower in Arkansas. In addition to her full-time journalism career, as a hobby she has formerly has covered live music around the state for Citiscapes magazine in Fayetteville; the statewide Celebrate Arkansas magazine based in Rogers; The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas; Little Rock entertainment website Do501.com; LoveLiveMusic.com; KATV Channel 7's "Good Morning Arkansas"; and Nightflying, the statewide entertainment monthly; as well as her own music blog formerly located at http://mojo-management.com/kstarsmusicblog. With Kristal's Northwest Arkansas Music Blog, she now writes about live music primarily in the Eureka Springs and Carroll County regions, and includes major shows coming to nearby areas such as Fayetteville and Branson as well.
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