we are PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE LEGENDARY TOBY KEITH AS OUR SATURDAY HEADLINER. FOR THOSE UNFAMILIAR WITH MR. KEITH'S CAREER WE MIGHT ASK WHERE EXACTLY ON THE PLANET MARS HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING AND HAVE YOU PURCHASED A TICKeT FOR DMF 2018 YET? BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT GOING TO WANT TO MISS THIS.
HERE'S A LITTLE BIT ABOUT TOBY AND WHY THIS IS SUCH A BIG DEAL..
The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted Toby Keith two years ago and the Academy of Country Music gave him the Poet's Award this year – exceedingly high songwriting honors amidst a career chock full of them. And with good reason. The list of writer-artists in any genre who have achieved or exceeded the collective airplay Keith has amassed is quite short. Artistic and commercial achievements aren't the reasons he writes, however. Neither are awards. No, songwriting isn't something Toby Keith does. Songwriting is who he is...
Brantley Gilbert spent his small-town youth listening to a lot of bands outside the confines of country music.
They included local college rockers R.E.M., as well as roots rock such as John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen. Lynyrd Skynyrd was a big influence on Gilbert. He began singing and songwriting at age 13.
In 2004, Gilbert had a car accident while he was intoxicated. He was 19. The accident could have killed him, even though he escaped without a scratch. He's said that after that, he decided to devote himself to his music and writing songs. The incident later inspired Gilbert's song "Halfway to Heaven" off the album of the same name.
At the heart of Staind's loud, angst-laden music are the confessional lyrics and introspective personality of frontman Aaron Lewis. While other post-grunge bands were successful in mining the dark caverns once explored by Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, Lewis allowed his sensitivity to pour freely from his words and often pensive vocals, enabling Staind to strike a balance between heavy metal bombast and thoughtful, melodic rock.
It may be a ballsy move for The Cadillac Three to name their new album LEGACY, but if any country band has the shared history to lay claim to such a weighty title, it's the longhaired trio of Nashville natives.
Singer-guitarist Jaren Johnston, drummer Neil Mason and lap-steel player Kelby Ray have known one another since they were teens and have been sharing stages together for nearly 15 years. This summer, they'll headline their hometown's most famous venue, the Ryman Auditorium, just a few blocks from where Johnston and Ray sat in high-school math class daydreaming about one day playing the legendary hall. Johnston's connection to the Ryman goes back even further: his father has been a drummer at the Grand Ole Opry since Jaren was a child. And now he has a son of his own, who, like his old man, will be well-versed in all the sounds that make up both Music City and The Cadillac Three, from country and blues to rock & roll.
So, yeah, "legacy" looks good on this band...
When WATERLOO REVIVAL’s Cody Cooper met his bandmate George Birge in middle school, he inspired his new friend to express himself through music — a path that drastically affected both their lives. "I'd sang in choir and stuff, but I'd never taken it any further," George admits. "But by seventh grade I was hooked and Cody and I were writing songs together."
he duo continued to play together through high school, but parted ways so the guys could pursue an education. Cody headed to the University of North Texas in Denton, while George stayed in their hometown of Austin to attend the University of Texas.
The pair, who'd remained close through college, would play together during Cody's visits back home. By 2012, their musical chemistry was undeniable and George made the hard sell, convincing Cody to return home in order for them to focus all their energy into music. WATERLOO REVIVAL was soon born, taking its moniker from their beloved hometown...
“You can kill the lights and the amplifiers / But dreams don’t care if you’re tired”
With his sixth studio album, the aptly named Love Hope Faith, his follow-up to 2014’s Thanks for Listening, Colt Ford continues to live out his boyhood dream – the one where you “wake up on a mission/to buy that beat-up Gibson,” as he sings on “No Rest.” Love Hope Faith is exactly that, a message to to his loyal fan base, and a strike against the divisiveness plaguing our country, celebrating the things that bring us together – friends, family, our faith in a better future.
Featuring such guests as Music City stalwarts Brad Paisley (“Lookin’ for a Hand Out”), Toby Keith (“Time Flies”), Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and brother Josh (“Young Americans”) and veteran rockers Lit (“I’m Mud”); promising newcomers like Waterloo Revival’s Cody Cooper and George Birge (“Dynamite”), Tyler Farr (“My Truck”), Taylor Ray Holbrook (“Reload”), Javier Colon (“No Rest”) and Granger Smith (“Keepin’ It Real”), Love Hope Faith is the ultimate populist country record, featuring a little something for everyone...
For breakthrough country artist Jimmie Allen, a simple phrase sums up his view on life and music: Never give up.
A native of Southern Delaware – the “slower, lower” part of the state, he explains – Allen has carried that mantra with him through good times and bad, whether than meant living in his car or rocking amphitheaters on Toby Keith’s Interstates & Tailgates Tour.
He’s poured out his soul at Music City’s famous Bluebird Cafe, wrote a song that was featured in a Super Bowl commercial, and appeared in a Diet Coke ad with superstar Taylor Swift. But now with the BBR Music Group debut of his self-titled EP, a lifetime of never giving up has brought him full circle.
“I didn’t quit, I never will,” he says. “Stuff ain’t easy, and you shouldn’t quit either. There’s a big difference between busting your ass, and sitting on it.”
For Allen, musical dreams and a love of true-to-themselves artists like Alan Jackson, Aaron Tippin, Montgomery Gentry, and Jason Aldean brought him all the way to Nashville – and eventually around the world for an Armed Forces Entertainment tour of Japan....
jamey johnson is an american country music artist. signed to bna records in 2005, johnson made his debut with his single "the dollar", the title track to his 2006 album the dollar. johnson was dropped from bna in 2006 and signed to mercury nashville records in march 2008, releasing his second album, the gold-certified that lonesome song. this album produced two singles, the top 10 hit "in color" and "high cost of living". johnson has since released two more albums, the guitar song in 2010 and living for a song: a tribute to hank cochran in 2012. in 2014, he released a 5-song christmas ep titled the christmas song. in addition to most of his own material, johnson has co-written singles for willie nelsonand merle haggard, trace adkins, george strait, james otto, joe nichols and jessie james decker.
High Valley is a Canadian country music duo from Blumenort, Alberta, a small community near the hamlet of La Crete. The band is composed of brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel.
“You have no idea who we are, but we’re about to be great friends.” And with that inviting proclamation, Levon’s Michael David Hall has opened many a performance. Making friends through the music is part of what it’s all about for this soulful country/rock trio, whose cross-generational sonic appeal draws from past and present, with a harmony-driven style built around compelling lyrics and memorable melodies: music with a timeless quality.