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PHOTOS BY GLENDA S. PARADEE
LUKE COMBS, ERIC CHURCH, OLD DOMINION & DUSTIN LYNCH AS HEADLINERS!
Country Thunder Music Festivals was the biggest and best party in Arizona on October 14th - 17th. The outstanding 2021 line-up added to the legend of the desert’s most iconic music festival. Williams & Ree were the hosts of the Country Thunder.
Country Thunder Arizona 2021 lineup had the biggest names in country music. Luke Combs, Old Dominion, and Eric Church are at the top of the genre, while Dustin Lynch has firmly established himself as an elite talent.
Combs, in particular, has only grown his profile and status during the past year.
In addition to rewriting the country music record books at every turn, Combs took home two ACM Awards (Album Of The Year and Male Artist Of The Year), two CMA Awards (Album Of The Year and Male Vocalist Of The Year), three Billboard Music Awards (Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist and Top Country Album) and continued a staggering record-setting streak which has seen his first 10 singles go to number one, a first at country radio. Canyon Moon Ranch provided the ultimate backdrop for Combs’ first Country Thunder Arizona performance! Eric Church is simply without peer when it comes to his legendary live concert and festival performances. He is an artist’s artist who didn’t exactly sit still during 2020. After 15 straight years of No. 1 hits, chart-topping albums and every industry award imaginable, he collected the prestigious CMA Entertainer Of The Year trophy and then ended the year on a rare high note with the hit single, Hell Of A View. Leave it to Church to deliver when country fans needed him most.
With over two billion total career streams, Dustin Lynch continues to affirm his place as one of country music’s biggest stars. With seven #1 hits, four Top-5 albums and tours with the genre’s biggest names (Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley), the Grand Ole Opry member will ensure that the 2021 festival starts with a bang!
Ashley McBryde, Chris Janson, HARDY, Mitchell Tenpenny, Parker McCollum, Dallas Smith, Meghan Patrick, Parmalee, Chicks With Hits (featuring Terri Clark, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss), Kameron Marlowe, Austin Jenckes, Seaforth, Nolan Sotillo, and the Randy Rogers Band, joined the always-stellar supporting cast.
I hope you all enjoy these photos that I took that are in the Photo Gallery.
My favorite performers were Ashley McBride, Chris Janson, and Chicks With Hits starring Suzy Bogguss, Terri Clark, and Pam Tillis.
It was great to have Country Thunder roll back in to Arizona again.
SUPERSTAR MORGAN WALLEN TO HEADLINE
MULTIPLE COUNTRY THUNDER EVENTS IN 2022!
ARIZONA, WISCONSIN & FLORIDA ALREADY CONFIRMED!
Country music’s hottest superstar is coming to a Country Thunder Music Festival near you in 2022.
“Every decade or so an artist comes along who transcends the country music genre and, in fact, changes the entire game,” Country Thunder Music Festivals CEO, Troy Vollhoffer says. “Morgan Wallen is that artist right now, for the immediate future, and well beyond.
“Our fans spoke loud and clear this past year . . . and we listened. As an organization, Country Thunder is thrilled to have Morgan at multiple festivals in 2022.”
The numbers and the fan hysteria speak for itself.
With over seven billion (yes, you read that number correctly) on-demand streams, numerous multi-market, multi-platinum certifications and four consecutive chart-toppers, Wallen’s widely-praised sophomore effort, Dangerous: The Double Album, reigned #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart for a whopping 10 consecutive weeks upon its release.
The blockbuster remained in the top 10 for 33 weeks, plus earned the biggest streaming week for a Country album in music history. It includes another record-breaking achievement with one of Time magazine’s Top 10 Songs of 2020, “7 Summers,” and “Wasted On You” – both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and inside the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10, not to mention the 4x platinum Diplo collaboration, “Heartless,” and another platinum chart-topper, “More Than My Hometown.”
CT Nation is in for a record-breaking year in 2022 – and Morgan Wallen will see you all there!
WISCONSIN: July 21-24
FLORIDA: October 21-23
GA Festival passes are on sale now for only $185.00 plus taxes and fees. Get ‘em now!
Available by visiting countrythunder.com. Order by phone at 1-866-388-0007. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all @countrythunder.
Country Thunder Music Festivals has a 17-year history which boasts four other major, multi-day events in North America. The organization hosts festivals in Iowa, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Tennessee.
THANKS FOR THE MUSIC TO ALL THE ARTISTS WHO CAME OUT TO COUNTRY THUNDER ARIZONA 2021!
SEE YOU IN 2022!
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