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Kicker Country Stampede Closes Out with Record Attendance

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This past weekend, country music fans descended on Manhattan, Kansas, for the 19th Kicker Country Stampede, where the event had record-breaking crowds all four nights of the festival. Chris Young and Dustin Lynch helped bring this year’s event to a close with high-energy performances that had thousands of cowboy boots stompin’ in the mud and fists pumpin’ in the air. Sunday was also Military Appreciation Day, with thousands of active and retired military and their families, who were provided courtesy tickets as a thank you for their service, converging on the festival from Fort Riley Kansas (Manhattan/Junction City), Fort Leavenworth Kansas (Leavenworth), Tinker Air Force Base Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), McConnell Air Force Base (Wichita) and Offutt Air Force Base (Omaha). The record-setting crowd was treated to the biggest and brightest stars in country music throughout the weekend, including Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Young, Easton Corbin and more.

“This year’s festival has been the best Country Stampede to date,” said Wayne Rouse, general manager of the festival. “I hope everyone comes back for another amazing year in 2015. If you think Blake Shelton is exciting, just wait!”

As previously-announced, Country megastar and judge on NBC’s The Voice Blake Shelton will be one of the headliners for Kicker Country Stampede 2015. Stay tuned for even more exciting artist announcements in the coming months! Early-bird, weekend, VIP and Reserved tickets are currently on sale, along with 700 reserved camping spots, for June 25–28, 2015. VIP tickets are available for $490, four-day GA passes for $120, four-day, jump-the-line passes for $130, reserved camping sites for $250 and all other camping is available starting at $135 until Nov. 30. For more information on tickets or for any of your Kicker Country Stampede needs, visit or call 800-795-8091.

Kicker Country Stampede offered a full-fan experience with fun for attendees of any age. In addition to the main stage boasting the biggest names in country music, Steel Rodeo Tours provided non-stop, action packed freestyle motocross exhibitions. The Nashville Songwriters Association International Songwriters Tent featured established, as well as up-and-coming songwriters, including Lance Carpenter, Rob Northcutt Band, Tony Ramey and more. Kite’s Grille & Bar Tuttleville Stage once again showcased the best local talent the Midwest has to offer, including Tim Zach & The Whiskey Bent, County Road 5, Jared Daniels Band and more. Other activities included a carnival, mouth-watering vendor food, shopping, interactive exhibits and much, much more.

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Eric Church Likes to Scope Out The Venue Before A Show

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If somehow you get inside an Eric Church show before the doors officially open, you might see him running the concourse. Church tells Rolling Stone that’s one of his favorite things to do before a concert. He says he likes to smell the popcorn and see the kegs being tapped. He says nobody is there yet but feeling the anticipation is one of his favorite things.

Make sure to visit to find out if Eric will be running the concourse at an arena near you!



Luke Bryan’s Fall Could Have Been A Lot Worse


Luke Bryan and his music colleagues can laugh about it now. But if you saw the clip of his fall of a stage last month in Charlotte, North Carolina — it looked pretty scary. But now that it’s clear he’s OK, his buddies are giving him grief.

Eric Church says Bryan is “lucky he didn’t break his neck” when he tumbled off the stage and onto a metal security fence. Someone put caution tape and orange traffic cones near the edge of the stage at the CMT’s — and Bryan played along with gag, appearing on stage wrapped in yellow caution tape during the broadcast. Carrie Underwood told the Associated Press she has fallen on a stage once — but only once — during her nine year career. She says if it only happens once a decade, she’d be OK with that.

Keep it safe out there on the road Luke!   We can’t have you breaking that sexy @$$ of yours!

Rollingstone Goes Country with Miranda Lambert & Eric Church


Rollingstone has gone country. The famous magazine has booted-up a new country site and now they’ve released a country issue of the magazine, and Miranda Lambert and Eric Church grace the cover…separately. After all, who can pick just one?

Inside, Miranda dishes on tabloids and Eric Church puts his two cents in on the current state of country music.

It’s a little bit shallower than it was a few years ago,” says Church of the music he hears on the radio. “It’s ‘Let’s drink, forget our worries, beach, bonfire, lake.’ Kacey Musgraves is great and has taken a lot of chances that have hindered her at radio. Brandy Clark should be the face of the genre.”

You can read more here.

CMT Music Awards Announces Performers

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Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church are set to perform at the Country Music Television Music Awards. Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line are also part of the lineup.

The 2014 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, now in its 13th year, will air LIVE from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET.  Performers, presenters and this year’s host will all be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the show are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Bridgestone Arena Box Office.

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