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Kid Rock, Kenny Chesney & Jake Owen to Headline Taste of Country Festival


Kid Rock has been named as the third and final headliner at the 4th Annual Taste of Country Music Festival, the Northeast’s premier 3-day country music festival. The Festival will be held June 10-12, 2016 at Hunter Mountain Resort (Hunter, NY) in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County.

Kid Rock will join Kenny Chesney and Jake Owen – who were previously announced as headliners – as well as Gary Allan, Big & Rich, Frankie Ballard, Eric Paslay, Old Dominion, Neal McCoy, The Swon Brothers, The Cadillac Three, Jana Kramer, Chris Janson, Outshyne and Annie Bosko on the TOC stage in 2016.

This marks Kid Rock’s first appearance at the Taste of Country Music Festival. The artist’s latest album, First Kiss, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard’s Top Rock Albums Chart. Rolling Stone declared, “There’s no arguing with music offered with this degree of energy, joy and conviction,” and that “The Kid has no intention of aging gracefully — happily, he’s as ornery and open-hearted as ever.”

“Kid Rock’s cross-over country has wide appeal and lends itself nicely to the Festival, which features every genre of Country music,” said Dhruv Prasad, Executive Vice President, Live Events, Townsquare Media Inc. “And without a doubt, his high-energy live performance is second to none – we can’t wait for Kid to take the stage.”

The Bud Light Stage, featuring a diverse mix of rising country music talent, will once again be part of the festival’s array of entertainment. Logan Brill, Adley Stump, Amanda Watkins, Keith Walker, Jake Worthington, McKenna Faith and Dylan Jakobsen are scheduled to perform. Additional information about the Bud Light Stage can be found on the Taste of Country Music Festival website, and will be posted on the Festival’s social media sites.

Tickets for the Taste of Country Music Festival are on sale at General admission tickets start at only $175 for a 3-day pass, available for a limited time only. VIP packages start at $529 for a 3-day VIP “Outlaw” pass, with “Super Outlaw” options available as well.

Information on tickets, camping, VIP packages, hotel accommodations, directions and more are available online at

More information about the Taste of Country Music Festival can be found online at

Kenny Chesney Says Fans Are Driving 2016 Tour Production

Credit: Jill Trunnell

Credit: Jill Trunnell

After only 57 dates, albeit 23 stadiums, Kenny Chesney found himself the only country artist making Billboard’s Top 5 Touring Acts of 2015 – alongside Taylor Swift, One Direction, U2 and the Rolling Stones. Of course as the only country artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years, that shouldn’t be surprising when considering the man who began headlining NFL Stadiums in 2005 – and what makes him always among the Top 5 tours every year is one thing: the fans.

“What people don’t see about these tours,” the 8-time Entertainer of the Year says, “is when they’re coming into the stadium that last month, we’re already thinking about how we’re going to rock the fans, really take them new places next year. Between the lights, the entrance, the stage, the videos, I work with one of the most incredible teams to find ways to really give the No Shoes Nation the kind of night that really makes their summer what they want it to be.”

Beyond the dollars, Chesney’s Big Revival 2015 tour played to the third highest number of fans – 1,335,022 – after list-topper Swift’s 1,982,076 for 71 shows and #2 One Directions’ 2,337,938 for 80 shows. He believes the key to continuing to attract those numbers is really taking in what the fans give him and the band, and always reflecting that back.

“This year, the No Shoes Nation was at a whole new level in terms of the energy they threw at us,” says the songwriter from East Tennessee. “Every night when the screen would drop, when they’d hear the music, they almost knocked us back a few feet. That’s powerful – and we found ourselves talking about it after the shows a lot of nights.

“It spoke pretty loudly to me as we were looking at renderings, thinking about the tricks. Because in the end, it was the music and the moment they were responding to – not the flying, not the lasers, not the videos, but the songs. So when we got to decision-making we all realized: what the No Shoes Nation really wants is… the music.”

Pausing, he continues,

“So this year, we are as lean as we’ve ever been! The stage is clean. Nobody’s flying. The sound is building on last year’s incredible system – and the lights are going to be really focused on making the music stand out. I want as little between me and the fans as possible, and I think we’ve managed to achieve that in a really good way. It’s going to be more intense than ever, but it’s going to be about the songs, the band, the moment and the energy we give each other. This is going to be a year to remember… and we’ve not played the first note.”

Hailed as “Two parts Mick Jagger, one part Bruce Springsteen and one part Billy Graham” by The Dallas Morning News, Chesney’s Big Revival broke nine records this summer – including several of his own – including 120,206 over two nights at Gillette Stadium, marking his 12th and 13th shows at the home of the New England Patriots.

With four consecutive No. 1s from The Big Revival — including the GRAMMY- and CMA-nominated multiple week No. 1 “American Kids,” “Til It’s Gone,” the CMA Vocal Event nominee “Wild Child” with Grace Potter and the three week chart-topper “Save It For A Rainy Day,” it’s obvious music still drives both the artist and his wildly passionate No Shoes Nation. For 2016, the man The Los Angeles Times deemed “The People’s Superstar” focuses on what they want.

Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour Helped Save Lives in 2015

Credit: Jill Trunnell

Credit: Jill Trunnell

Kenny Chesney’s 2015 Big Revival Tour wasn’t just the most attended country music tour this year with 1,335,0022 fans, it was also a tour that made a difference. Participating in the Love Hope Strength Foundation’s Get On The List Campaign, concertgoers at the East Tennessean’s stadium shows were able to participate in a mobile drive to register potential bone marrow donors with a simple cheek swab test that, in co-operation with Delete Blood Cancer, gets entered in the national donor bank for potential matches.

While finding random matches is like finding a needle in a haystack, the No Shoes Nation provided 25 potential matches to people fighting life-threatening bone and blood cancers. Keeping in mind  Love Hope Strength’s slogan, “Saving Lives, One Concert at a Time,” the No Shoes Nation joined fans attending Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, Bumbershoot, the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well concerts and artists ranging from Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons, Michael Franti and Norah Jones to Enrique Iglesias, Linkin Park, James Taylor, Shovels & Rope and Jack White.

“When Kate McMahon with our tour promoter explained it to me,” Chesney said. “It seemed not only so simple, but the kind of thing the No Shoes Nation is all about. Give back to others, help where you can, live to the fullest and make a difference. I can’t believe they’ve found 25 matches, but I couldn’t be prouder for the fans who come out and live these songs with us.”

“It’s really easy,” says Tim Bramlette, the Get on the List campaign’s director of events and artist relations. “We bring the pop-up tent and the Love Health Strength Mini Cooper – and they set us up in the parking lot where all the special stuff is. Our team comes down and we make ourselves available to give people information. They fill out a form, swab their cheek, and are only contacted if they’re 100 percent a perfect match, which doesn’t sound like too much, but the number of people on this planet?”

What takes just a few minutes can make a life-saving difference. If a match is found, contact is made, and then Bramlette explains, “The participant could be across the world, across the country or next door. You never know, and that’s the amazing part. If you are a match, it’s easy. You sit in a chair for a couple of hours. They filter your blood and pull the healthy stem cells out of your plasma, and the recipient has them injected into their blood stream the same way they were extracted- through a drip, right into the blood stream.”

“I learned through the Spread the Love Fund how small things can sometimes make a major difference,” said Chesney. “I know my fans will pitch in, will help people in need. This was something so hard to believe  given how easy and simple it is. I’m thrilled to hear 25 matches have already been found. Maybe we should call them the No Shoes, All Heart Nation.”

With just 23 stadium shows on the Big Revival, the man The Wall Street Journal called, “The King of the Road,” made quite a difference. Beyond the high-energy,  two-and-a-half hour shows, which prompted The Dallas Morning News to proclaim, “Two parts Mick Jagger, one part Bruce Springsteen and one part Billy Graham,” Chesney notched four consecutive No. 1’s from The Big Revival including “Til It’s Gone,” “Wild Child” featuring Grace Potter, the three-week chart-topper, “Save It For A Rainy Day” and the GRAMMY-nominated, multiple-week chart-topper, “American Kids.”

Kenny Chesney Hits Billboard’s Top 5 2015 Tours

Credit: Jill Trunnell

When Kenny Chesney took his 2015 The Big Revival Tour on the road, he wanted to rock as many people as humanly possible. With just 57 dates, albeit 23 stadiums, the man The Wall Street Journal called “The King of the Road” was the only country act making Billboard’s Top 5 Touring Acts of 2015 – alongside Taylor Swift, One Direction, U2 and the Rolling Stones.

Beyond the dollars, Chesney played to the third highest number of fans – 1,335,022 – after list-topper Swift’s 1,982,076 for 71 shows and No. 2 One Direction’s 2,337,938 for 80 shows. Summer after summer, the 4-time Country Music Association and 4-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year remains focused on rocking the No Shoes Nation for all they’re worth.

“Every year when we hit the road, I’m trying to figure out how to bring it harder, play more music and make it a night the people who live their lives in the songs will remember,” says the high-impact songwriter who’s sold in excess of a million tickets each of his 13 headlining tours since 2002. “We’ve been doing this enough years, that you know you have to really bring it to just compete with what you’ve already done. And it’s about the music you’re making now, as well as the ability to bring it when you hit the stage every night.”

Hailed as “Two parts Mick Jagger, one part Bruce Springsteen and one part Billy Graham” by The Dallas Morning News, Chesney’s The Big Revival broke nine records this summer – including several of his own – one being 120,206 fans over two nights at Gillette Stadium, marking his 12th and 13th show at the home of the New England Patriots.

“People want to rock, to have a good time and forget their problems,” Chesney explains. “But they’re not looking to mindlessly spend the night. They come to remember the moments that mattered to them – and maybe make a few more memories in the process – and I’ve been lucky that my songs have reflected how the No Shoes Nation lives their lives on every level.”

The Big Revival also is the eighth time Chesney has won Top Package at Billboard’s annual Touring Awards. The man, who has brought Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band and Dierks Bentley out with him, tapped Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Old Dominion, Cole Swindell and Chase Rice out this summer. His sold out show at Chicago’s Soldier Field with Miranda Lambert inspired Chesney to tap his former tour mate for his upcoming 2016 tour of stadiums, amphitheaters, arenas and a few festivals.

“Making records is incredible,” Chesney offers about the music’s spark. “But it’s onstage where the connection happens and the spark pops. You take the songs out to the fans, and you realize how much they mean. When you bring all you’ve got, and they throw even more energy back at you, there’s nothing like it! We don’t tour for this kind of recognition, but it’s sure nice to know when you have fans as committed as the No Shoes Nation, they’re being recognized for how much they bring to our tours! They fly all over… meet up… and I’m thrilled to be part of it.”

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