WE Fest lineup for 2009 announced
The official lineup for WE Fest 2009 was announced today by Festivals And Concert Events (FACE), Inc. -- and the "stars will shine in '09."
Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Sawyer Brown, Big & Rich (with Cowboy Troy), Taylor Swift, Clint Black, Kellie Pickler, Craig Morgan, Heidi Newfield (of One Trick Pony), Tim McGraw and a "special guest to be announced" will all appear at the 27th annual country music festival, set for Aug. 6-8, 2009 at the Soo Pass Ranch south of Detroit Lakes.
Tickets and camping permits for WE Fest 2009 are on sale now at wefest.com, or by calling 1-800-4-WEFEST (1-800-493-3378). Order early for the widest selection of reserved seats and campgrounds.
The complete lineup for the festival is as follows:
Thursday, Aug. 6
Toby Keith: Riding high on the success of That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy, his fourteenth album, Toby Keith will once again showcase his enormous talents at WE Fest 2009. This will be his fifth performance at WE Fest, and every time he comes he's got a new string of hits to perform. As a writer, as a vocalist, as a producer, Toby Keith is a complete music maker of the highest order. The table has no short leg.
Trace Adkins: Adkins is living proof that they really do like it hot in Louisiana. With a big bag of hits like Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, and (This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing, Adkins' music is wild, witty and just plain fun. He's also got a serious side, with songs like Arlington, which laments the fate of fallen soldiers. Last time he played WE Fest he had all the girls up and dancin' for sure.
Sawyer Brown: Always a crowd pleaser, Sawyer Brown has replaced Alabama as the most enduring band in country music. Lead singer Mark Miller never, and I mean never, fails to deliver a heart-stopping show. Sawyer Brown singles wallpaper our lives; Some Girls Do, The Dirt Road, Hard To Say, Step that Step, or The Walk. There's a saying in Nashville, 'If you can't have fun at a Sawyer Brown show, you can have fun - period'. We are proud to welcome these consummate performers back to the WE Fest stage.
Heidi Newfield: The last time Heidi played WE Fest it was with the group Trick Pony, which Heidi fronted on vocals and harmonica for about ten years. Heidi launched a solo career in 2008 with her debut single, Johnny and June, from the album What Am I Waiting For produced by the legendary Tony Brown. Still in the top 40 after fifteen weeks on the charts, evidently there were a lot of people waiting for Heidi to go it alone. She's a powerhouse performer, sure to put on a great show.
Friday, Aug. 7
Brooks and Dunn: Grab your hat and hold on because when Brooks and Dunn blow into town, if it ain't nailed down, it's movin'. One of most successful songwriting teams in Nashville, Brooks and Dunn have twenty #1 singles to their credit. Songs like the Grammy Award nominated God Must Be Busy, and Cowgirls Don't Cry from their recent CD Cowboy Town, keep Brooks and Dunn music on the charts, and in the hearts of country music lovers everywhere. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn always put on a BIG SHOW, and we can't wait to bring Cowboy Town to the WE Fest.
Taylor Swift: Back by popular demand, Taylor Swift returns to the WE Fest stage to reprise one of the most popular acts in WE Fest history. With her new album, Fearless, at #1 on the charts, and a #1 single in Love Story, Taylor has proven that she's more than just an incredibly pretty face. Every song on fearless was written, or co-written by Taylor, an impressive feat for this recent Hendersonville High School graduate. Her debut album went triple platinum, and Fearless is well on the way to hitting that mark.
Craig Morgan: Craig Morgan has done it all. He was an EMT, a building contractor, a sheriff's deputy and Wal-Mart dairy manager, and he spent 10 years serving his country in the U.S. Army. Now he's taking the big stage as country music's champion of the Everyman. With a top ten single, Love Remembers, this tough as nails guy shows his sentimental side. His fifth album That's Why also hit the top ten, and there's been a huge buzz around him ever since we started booking the show. Making his WE Fest debut in 2009, Craig Morgan represents the best this country has to offer, in more ways than music.
Special Guest: To be announced at a later date.
Saturday, Aug. 8
Tim McGraw: Tim McGraw holds a special place in our hearts because of the year that he waited out the rain, and went on at Midnight with the lightening still flashing around him. He told us backstage that if all those people could wait for him, he was going to play for them no matter how long it took. I remember him walking to the front of the stage and just holding his arms out as if to embrace the audience, and the audience went insane. That's what you get with a Tim McGraw show, a heart-felt performance of meaningful and compelling songs. Tim's new album, Let It Go, showcases his ability to connect with his fans where it counts, the day to day struggles of being a father, a husband, a man. With 30 No. 1 singles to his credit, Tim McGraw is at the top of his game.
Big and Rich with Cowboy Troy: Big and Rich burst on the scene with their triple platinum album, Horse of A Different Color in 2004. What makes Big And Rich the most innovative artists' in Nashville is their fearless mixing of traditional country with hip hop, (they call it hick hop), rock and even some Native American yells. Their Muzik Mafia includes Cowboy Troy, who has become the most prominent black performer in country music since Charlie Pride. When Big and Rich hit the stage the good times roll, and the vibe is Love Everybody, just like it says on Big Kenny's guitar. This band puts the fun in funky.
Clint Black: It has been far too long since Clint Black graced the WE Fest stage with his pure vocals and great guitar. This is partially due to his self-imposed hiatus to focus on his family. Clint's rise from CMA Horizon Artist to Male Vocalist of The Year, and Album of the Year, Killin' Time, was meteoric back in 1989, when Nashville was heating up for the country music explosion in the nineties. We are grateful for the opportunity to welcome Clint back to WE Fest, and introduce him to a new generation of WE Festers who may have missed this extraordinarily talented singer, songwriter and musician first time around.
Kellie Pickler: Kellie Pickler is a hugely successful alumnus of American Idol, and although she didn't win in the fifth season, I always thought Simon Cowell had a crush on her. Kellie's debut album Small Town Girl, which was recorded while she was still on the Idols tour, went platinum just three months after it's release. He self-title second album debuted in the top ten on the Billboard charts this past September, when she picked up ACM award for Best New Female Artist of The Year. Kellie makes her WE Fest debut today, and I've got a feeling we're in for the same kind of response Taylor Swift got in her afternoon debut last year. This is gonna be a hot concert for a hot summer day!
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