Like last year, it will be a two-day festival, but this year it will be on Friday and Saturday, and it will be the weekend before the the Fourth of July, where the festival started years ago as a downtown Independence Day extravaganza.
That’s not to say Young is any sort of newcomer. Since winning the competition show Nashville Star in 2006, he has released four full-length albums and had five No. 1 country singles including Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song). His latest is I’m Comin’ Over, and he is currently working on his fifth studio album.
Vassar’s career just predated big singer-competition shows as his first No. 1, Just Another Day in Paradise, dropped in 1999. That same year, he was named ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year, having penned hits for Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina and Colin Raye. Michael Jordan, operations manager for Clear Channel Lexington, said, “Phil’s set is nothing but huge hits.”
Performance days for the artists will be announced Monday afternoon. A limited number of tickets are still available. Here’s a look at the rest of the lineup:
Eric Paslay returns to the fest after a rousing set last year. Like Vassar, he has penned No. 1 hits for several other artists including Jake Owen’s Barefoot Blue Jean Night, and he is continuing to tour off his 2014 debut album.
Kelsea Ballerini just released her debut album, The First Time, in May, which includes the hit single Love Me Like You Mean It.
The Cadillac Three were just dubbed by Rolling Stone as, “the workingman’s country-rock band,” in a review of their CMA Fest performance. Their big hit is The South, but their latest, White Lightning, is quickly gaining traction.
Michael Ray hails from Eustis, Fla., and after making a big splash in the Sunshine State, he came to Nashville to record his debut album, Livin’ it Up, which includes the single Kiss You This Morning.
Casey James jumps off the lineup as another musician who first came to our attention through a reality-competition, as a contestant on American Idol in 2010. His latest single is Fall Apart.
LoCash are the guys who gave Tim McGraw Truck Yeah, and a number of other artists hits. In their own rights, the duo of Chris Lucas and Preston Brust performed for several years as the LoCash Cowboys and have recently renamed themselves LoCash. Their latest single is I Love This Life. It seems to be a safe bet they are also the only artists in the Boom lineup with a signature wine line: Shipwrecked from Stonum Vineyards of Lodi, Calif.
Drake White is probably the only Boom artist with a degree in building engineering, and he worked as a general contractor in Nashville before quitting that job to pursue a music career. (Don’t all Nashville contractors really want to be country stars?) His latest single is It Feels Good.
Mo Pitney‘s debut single Country is a big ol’ embrace of the music and professed lifestyle, and then it makes a much bigger statement. It has more that 1.5 million listens on Spotify. Cleanup on Aisle Five is a much bigger weeper than the kinda fun title suggests.
Haley Georgia might sound like a traditional country artist name — who is actually from Texas — but as her debut single Ridiculous shows, her sound and profile are very modern. Billboard referred to her as “Country in the key of Ke$ha.”
John King (not the CNN anchor) is actually from Georgia, and toured heavily throughout the country before landing a Nashville recording contract. His first EP, On Your Lips, dropped in March with the single Tonight Tonight (Best Night of Our Lives) (we presume the parenthetical is to reduce confusion with the Genesis song of the same name).
And Boom is throwing in DJ Tank, known for some Louisville gigs, to keep the party rolling.