Thomas Rhett and Dustin Lynch join the sold-out Red, White & Boom lineup

Thomas Rhett performs during the CMA Fest at LP Field on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. © Invision/AP photo by Wade Payne.

Thomas Rhett performs during the CMA Fest at LP Field on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. © Invision/AP photo by Wade Payne.

When it comes to Red, White & Boom, WBUL’s Fourth of July weekend throwdown at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, fans have known whether they are going or not for weeks. 

But it wasn’t until Monday morning they found out all the artists that will be on stage for the sold-out event.

Dustin Lynch arrives at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. © Powers Imagery/Invision/AP photo by Al Powers.

Dustin Lynch arrives at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. © Powers Imagery/Invision/AP photo by Al Powers.

Thomas Rhett and Dustin Lynch will close out the first two-day Boom, which Clear Channel Lexington officials say they aim to establish as a full-fledged country festival.

Rhett is a second-generation country star as he’s the son of Rhett Akins. He is actually Thomas Rhett Akins Jr., and got his start playing drums onstage with his dad. It was a good start. His debut album, It Goes Like This, has produced four hit singles including Beer With Jesus, Something to do With My Hands and the Billboard country radio airplay No. 1’s It Goes Like This and Get Me Some of That.

Preceding Rhett Sunday night will be Tennessean Dustin Lynch, whose second album is due in September. His singles include She Cranks My Tractor and Cowboys and Angels, and he is most definitely a cowboy-hat wearing country star.

Rhett and Lynch join a lineup that includes Lee BriceJerrod NiemannCole Swindell, Lucy Hale and Jamie Lynn Spears.

Check out the July 4 edition of the Herald-Leader’s Weekender section and LexGo.com for our Red, White & Boom preview.

Note: I had promised to crank out some reviews of music by supporting artists on the Red, White & Boom lineup. That was interrupted by a death in my family, but will resume this week.

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