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COUNTRY MUSIC TV HOST: New WE Fest fan: Storme Warren

Storme Warren, right, at work on the Barn Stage at We Fest.

Among the many first-time visitors to this year's WE Fest festivities is one whose face is probably quite familiar to viewers of the GAC cable television channel.

Storme Warren, host of the weekly GAC country music news and entertainment show, "Headline Country," was at WE Fest this weekend to film some footage for his show.

But his visit to the 29th annual event was multi-purposed as well: Warren also hosts a daily radio show for the XM Radio channel Highway 16, called "Music Row Happy Hour."

In addition, he was also planning on writing a column about WE Fest for the publication Country Weekly.

Though he was a busy man this weekend, that didn't mean Warren wasn't having fun.

"I've been hearing about this festival for as long as I've been working in country music," he said Thursday. "It's always been on my bucket list to see what all the hype was about."

Mission accomplished.

"There's no other festival like this anywhere," he gushed. "It's the most unique, the largest and the 'funnest' that I've ever witnessed."

Warren is planning a return visit next year -- "but next time, I'm going to camp."

He said being part of the camping atmosphere is as much a part of the WE Fest experience as the music.

"I love how each campground has its own feel, its own identity," he said.

By doing so many media-related projects in relation to WE Fest, Warren said he hopes to encourage as many of those who watch, read and listen to his work as possible to be there with him next year.

"My job is to share this experience with all the people who can't get here, and in turn, hopefully bring a lot of those people here next year," he said.

So thoroughly did Warren immerse himself in the festival atmosphere that, "I learned to play beer darts," he joked. "Fortunately, it was earlier in the day, and the danger factor was probably a little less than it would be late at night."

On Thursday, he also took the opportunity to bring one of the festival's featured afternoon performers, Jerrod Niemann, on a little campground tour before his set on the main stage.

"The hospitality of the fans out here is such that it was only their nature to share their stock of adult beverages with Jerrod," Warren said, smiling. "I think he consumed more alcohol in 15 minutes than most of them did the entire afternoon -- but he still made it up on stage and performed."

For his part, Warren said, he occupied his time in studying the scenery.

"I'm a very happily married man, but I have to say ... I don't think I've ever seen so many beautiful women at a festival in my life."

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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