“Several years ago, when we started Red, White, & Boom, we had a vision of bringing a country music festival to Lexington,” said Michael Jordan, director of operations for
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment in Central Kentucky.
Two things came together to make it happen this year:
1. Last year’s event, headlined by Rodney Atkins, sold out.
2. It’s RW&B’s 10th anniversary, always a good time to start something big and new.
The two-day, 18-act event will be July 5 and 6. Tickets are $18 and go on sale May 16 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, at the Lexington Legends’ website or by calling 1-866-698-4253.
Most of the lineup was announced Thursday on WBUL, save for the last two acts July 6, which will be announced next month, Jordan said. Lee Brice, whose poignant I Drive Your Truck has been a big hit, and Jerrod Niemann will top the bill July 5.
Also on the bill are Lucy Hale, who might be best known to some fans as Aria on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars; Cole Swindell, who had a breakout hit last year with Chillin’ It; Eric Paslay, who has written No. 1 songs for several artists and had his own hit this year with Friday Night; Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney’s younger sister, who launched her country music career last year; Chase Rice, who co-wrote Florida Georgia Line’s Cruise and has two albums of his own; Craig Campbell whose second album, Never Regret, came out last year; Maggie Rose, whose debut single was I Ain’t Your Mama; The Voice veterans The Swon Brothers; Parmalee, which takes its name from the North Carolina town that the band members are from; Kelleigh Bannen, who is recording her EMI Nashville debut; Jon Pardi, whose Capitol Nashville debut Write You a Song, came out in January; and The Brothers Osborne, who were a hit on the Kentucky Derby red carpet.
Rounding out the lineup are two Kentucky acts: Angaleena Presley, a Martin County native who is one-third of the Miranda Lambert trio Pistol Annies, and Sundy Best, a duo out of Prestonsburg in living in Lexington. They just released their second album, Bring Up the Sun.