Friday, August 9, 2013
Gates Open at 5:00 p.m. Show Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Get ready for the 2013 Inter-State Music Fest!
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Jerrod Niemann is not a typical country artist, and the audacious, groundbreaking Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury is a far cry from a typical country album. With the first track, which is a humorously hyperbolic movie trailer, and the attention-grabbing lyrics of the opening song, “They Should Have Named You Cocaine,” listeners quickly realize they’re in for an extraordinary ride.
Niemann’s debut for Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville includes up-tempo cuts, heartache balladry, wicked wordplay and a couple of cool covers, all woven together with short comedic interludes. The 20 tracks constitute a progressive, album-length voyage into utterly unique territory in the country music landscape.
Tracy Lawrence’s respect for country-music tradition has made him one of his genre’s cornerstone stylists. The Arkansas native burst on the scene with 1991’s Platinum-selling Sticks and Stones. The album contained four massive radio hits, including its title tune. Alibis, issued in 1993, sold more than two million copies and spawned four consecutive No. 1 hits, “Alibis,” “Can’t Break it to My Heart,” “My Second Home” and “If the Good Die Young.”
The former hell raiser has found happiness in his personal life, too. His 2000 marriage to wife Becca and his devotion to their daughters Sklar, born in 2001 and Keagan, born in 2003, have matured him immensely.
In Nashville, he is famed for his massive annual turkey frying for the homeless each Thanksgiving. His golf tournament raises funds to battle breast cancer. Over the years, he has devoted his time and talent to many other causes and charities.
“I feel very content,” says Tracy Lawrence. “I feel very happy in my life, in my home and in my career. It’s a really good place to be in my life. I’m moving on, and I plan to be around for a long while.”
Jody Schmidt Band
If you’re not in Oklahoma, you probably haven’t heard of the Jody Schmidt Band...yet. With their self-titled debut effort, the band is poised to take the country by storm.
The story begins in the early 90s when Jody’s dad Joe traded an old electric bass from his teenage years for a half size folk acoustic the pair found at a local pawn shop. This was of course around the time Garth Brooks “Ropin’ the Wind” came out and you can pretty much guess where the story goes from there. A few worn out cassettes and a lot of time spent with his step dad who happened to be a champion Banjo Player and his bluegrass buddies, added to his chops and before long Jody began writing his own music. He performed his first original song in 5th grade and it’s all just grown from there.
More recently however, the band came about when bassist Michael Cowen, approached Schmidt, who had for the most part been playing solo shows and jamming with friends as his musical outlet. “My friend Michael had been on me for years about starting a band, and Bobby Godfrey, who is a drummer came up to me at a local show” he says. The three had one practice on a Saturday afternoon and played a show that same night at a local watering hole. “It was weird” he says of the first practice. “It was like we’d been playing together for years.” Before long the band filled out to include Eric Montgomery on steel guitar. Kendal Osborne and Ross Ward act as performing musicians on Guitar and keyboards respectively.
And the rest is semi-history…