The Bayou Country Superfest is a two-day event that takes place May 23 & 24 at LSU Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This year’s lineup features ten of the biggest names in country music right now. Check out our list below for a detailed look at the lineup and drop us a comment letting us know which artists you’re most excited to see!
Saturday May 23rd
One of the biggest names in contemporary country music, Kenny Chesney has certified himself as a superstar within the last twenty years. Though the Tennessee native began his career in the early ’90s, he didn’t hit the big time until his 1995 album “All I Need to Know,” which produced several hit singles and propelled him into the limelight. In the last two decades or so, Chesney has released fifteen studio albums, most of which have been certified gold or platinum. His most recent effort is 2014’s “The Big Revival,” which marks a conscious movement toward a more lively and cheerful sound.
Brantley Gilbert began his career in the mid-2000s when he moved to Nashville as a songwriter, where he penned songs for artists like Jason Aldean and Colt Ford. Over time, he gravitated towards solo performance and eventually released his debut album, “Modern Day Prodigal Son,” in 2009. Gilbert released his subsequent album, “Halfway to Heaven,” the next year, and it went on to achieve platinum sales. Last year, he had a number one single with “Bottoms Up,” his most popular song to date. The success of that single sparked interest for his third and most recent album, “Just as I Am.”
Missouri native Tyler Farr is a relative newcomer to the country music scene. He released his debut album, “Redneck Crazy,” just two years ago. Farr had his first top 10 hit with the album’s title track, and followed that with his single “Whiskey in My Water,” which peaked at number three. Now, Tyler Farr is ready to release his sophomore album, “Suffer in Peace,” which is due out in April.
Colt Ford is known for his style of mixing country with rap and hip hop. Born Jason Brown in Athens, Georgia, he later assumed the stage name Colt Ford and released his debut album in 2008. Including his debut, Ford has released five albums to date, all on his own label, Average Joe’s Entertainment.
Kristian Bush (of Sugerland)
Kristian Bush is best known as one half of the Grammy Award-winning country duo Sugarland. Bush stepped out as a solo artist in 2014 and debuted his single “Trailer Hitch.” The song will be the lead single of his soon-to-be-released debut album, “Southern Gravity.”
Sunday May 24th
In addition to his successful career as a country musician, Blake Shelton is regarded as a national celebrity and television star, thanks to his spot as a judge on NBC’s “The Voice.” Born and raised in Oklahoma, Shelton moved to Nashville right after he graduated high school in order to get a jump on his music career. His big break came in 2001, when his debut single “Austin” spent five weeks at the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. His role on “The Voice” has certainly helped boost his profile over the last few years, and his album sales have gone up with the recognition.
Miranda Lambert initially gained attention as a finalist on the 2003 season of “Nashville Star,” after which she earned a recording contract with Epic Records. Her debut album, “Kerosene,” came out two years later and eventually went platinum. She has since released four more well-received albums and won two Grammy Awards.
Like most country artists, Kip Moore began his career in Nashville, where he signed with MCA Nashville to record his debut album. He released his first record, “Up All Night,” in 2012, and his single “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” hit number one on the country charts. In the last two years, Moore has released several singles from his upcoming sophomore album, for which a title and official release date have yet to be announced. The new album is, however, expected to come out sometime this year.
Country singer David Nail came onto the scene in 2002 with the release of his debut single “Memphis.” From then on, his career seemed to be headed in an upward direction, as his popularity grew more with each year. He released his debut album, “I’m About to Come Alive,” in 2009, and followed it with his 2011 follow-up “The Sound of a Million Dreams.” His second album spawned the single “Let It Rain,” which became his first #1 hit. His latest effort, 2014’s “I’m a Fire,” includes his platinum single “Whatever She’s Got.”
Cassadee Pope is best known as the winner of the third season of NBC’s “The Voice,” as well as the lead singer of the pop-punk band Hey Monday. She first embarked on a solo career in 2011 when Hey Monday announced they would be going on a hiatus. Although she already had a successful music career with her band, she went on to work with mentor Blake Shelton on “The Voice” in 2012, a move which boosted her popularity tremendously. Pope’s debut album, “Frame By Frame,” came out in 2013 and reached #1 on the Billboard Country Albums charts.
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