2015 Shaky Boots Music Festival Lineup

The inaugural Shaky Boots Festival (a countrified spin-off of the more rock-oriented Shaky Knees Festival) promises a superstar lineup for its first year. The festival takes place May 16-17 at the KSU Sports and Entertainment Park in Kennesaw, GA, just outside of Atlanta. The two-day event will feature headliners like Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, and Dierks Bentley among others. Read on for a detailed look at the Shaky Boots Music Festival lineup and leave us a comment letting us know which acts you’re most excited to see this year!

2015 Lineup

Blake Shelton

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.

by Blake Shelton
God Gave Me You
by Blake Shelton

Brad Paisley

With numerous awards and several platinum albums, Brad Paisley is undeniably one of the biggest country stars of the last fifteen years. Paisley made his recorded debut in 1999 with the album “Who Needs Pictures,” which was an instant success, quickly earning platinum certification and scoring him two No. 1 singles. He hasn’t lost momentum ever since, and now has ten incredibly successful albums, three Grammy Awards, and an induction into the esteemed Grand Ole Opry. Last year, Paisley released his tenth studio album called “Moonshine in the Trunk.” The album debuted at the #2 spot on the Billboard 200, proving that Paisley is still a superstar to this day.

She’s Everything
by Brad Paisley
Mud on the Tires
by Brad Paisley

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley rose to fame right out of the gate when his 2003 debut single, “What Was I Thinkin’,” shot to #1 on the charts. His career hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, as he’s had a steady stream of #1 singles over the years and eleven Grammy nominations to date. Bentley’s latest album, “Riser,” came out in 2014. The record reached the top spot on the country albums chart and earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album.

Drunk on a Plane
by Dierks Bentley
I Hold On
by Dierks Bentley

Rascal Flatts

Grammy-winning country pop trio Rascal Flatts is composed of vocalist Gary LeVox, bassist/keyboardist Jay DeMarcus, and guitarist Joe Don Rooney. The group debuted in 2000 with their first single, “Prayin’ for Daylight,” which reached #3 on the Billboard country charts. Their self-titled debut record soon followed, earning the band positive reviews and three more top ten hits. Over the years, Rascal Flatts has had twelve #1 singles, including “Bless the Broken Road,” which earned them a Grammy for songwriting. Their latest record, “Rewind,” dropped in 2014, debuting at the top spot on the U.S. country charts.

Life Is a Highway
by Rascal Flatts
Bless the Broken Road
by Rascal Flatts

The Band Perry

The Band Perry is comprised of the three Perry siblings: Kimberly on vocals, guitar, and piano, Reid on bass, and Neil on drums, mandolin, and accordion. They signed with Republic Nashville in 2009 and released an eponymous debut album the next year. They achieved success almost instantly, with the album’s second single, the now-multi-platinum “If I Die Young,” topping the charts and earning the band a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song. The Band Perry followed their wildly successful debut with their sophomore record, “Pioneer,” which came out in 2013. Earlier this year, the band won a Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their song “Gentle on My Mind.”

If I Die Young
by The Band Perry
Better Dig Two
by The Band Perry

Justin Moore

Since he scored a record deal in 2008, Justin Moore has put out three records and earned several chart-topping hits. Debuting in 2009 with his self-titled record, Moore’s single “Small Town USA” quickly rose to the peak position on the country charts, becoming the first of many #1 hits for the singer. His debut record, as well as his sophomore album “Outlaws Like Me,” have both been certified gold by the RIAA. Moore’s latest album, “Off the Beaten Path,” came out in 2013, once again reaching the top spot on the country albums chart.

Point At You
by Justin Moore
Small Town USA
by Justin Moore

Dwight Yoakam

Since the early 1980s, Dwight Yoakam has been recognized as an iconic figure in country music, as well as a successful actor. Dismissing the Nashville traditions early on in his career, he moved to Los Angeles where his brand of stripped-down honky tonk was better appreciated. Now with multiple hit singles, several platinum albums, and two Grammy Awards to his name, Yoakam is revered for his pioneering take on the genre.

Guitars, Cadillacs
by Dwight Yoakam
A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
by Dwight Yoakam

Old Crow Medicine Show

Nashville-based band Old Crow Medicine Show plays music in the vein of old-time bluegrass, alternative country, and traditional folk. The last few years have been tremendously successful for them, particularly 2013, the year which brought them a Grammy Award and a formal induction into the Grand Ole Opry. In 2014 they released their latest album, “Remedy.”

Wagon Wheel
by Old Crow Medicine Show
Angel From Montgomery
by Old Crow Medicine Show

Jason Isbell

After spending six years as a member of the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers, singer/giutarist Jason Isbell stepped out as a solo artist in 2007. The Alabama native released his debut album, “Sirens of the Ditch,” earlier that year. He has since released three more well-received studio albums, the most recent of which, “Southeastern,” came out in 2013. Isbell’s latest release is a two-song EP called “Sea Songs,” which is a collaboration with his wife, Amanda Shires, that features covers of Warren Zevon’s “Mutineer” and Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers.”

Cover Me Up
by Jason Isbell
by Jason Isbell

Sara Evans

Sara Evans signed with RCA Records in 1996, releasing her debut albu, “Three Chords and the Truth” a year later. By the end of the decade, she was a presence on the Billboard country charts and selling thousands of records, but her real breakthrough came in 2000 with her third record “Born to Fly.” The album produced several charting singles and was eventually certified double platinum by the RIAA, making it her best-selling album to date.

A Little Bit Stronger
by Sara Evans
Slow Me Down
by Sara Evans

Kip Moore

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.

Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck
by Kip Moore
Dirt Road
by Kip Moore

Rodney Atkins

Rodney Atkins came to attention in 1997 when his debut single “In a Heartbeat” peaked at #74 on the country charts. That year, Atkins was supposed to release his first album on Curb Records, but due to his dissatisfaction with the material he never did. The record label allowed him to scerap the album and write new songs, and Atkins’ proper debut finally saw the light in 2003. This time around, his singles entered the top 40. Three more successful records followed in the next few years, from which he charted six #1 singles. Though his last studio album came in 2011, Atkins released a greatist hits compilation earlier this year.

Take a Back Road
by Rodney Atkins
Farmer’s Daughter
by Rodney Atkins

Joe Nichols

Joe Nichols released his self-titled debut album back in 1996, but he did not achieve mainstream success until six years later when he made the move to a major label. His breakthrough was the 2002 single “The Impossible,” which reached the #3 position on the country charts. The next year, he earned his first #1 with his single “Brokenheartsville.” Soon, Nichols had a top ten album, three Grammy nominations, and the designation of Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. Nichols’ latest album, “Crickets,” came out in 2013. The record contains his fifth #1 single to date, titled “Yeah.”

by Joe Nichols
Sunny and 75
by Joe Nichols

Eli Young Band

Eli Young Band was initially formed as a duo by college roommates Mike Eli and James Young. The band has since evolved into a four piece, with Eli on vocals and guitar, Young on guitar, Jon Jones on bass, and Chris Thompson on drums. The group released their eponymous debut in 2002, followed by their 2005 sophomore record, “Level,” before signing with a major label. Eli Young Band has since released three more albums that have produced several chart-topping singles. Their latest issue is an EP called “Turn It On,” which just came out in March.

Even If It Breaks Your Heart
by Eli Young Band
Crazy Girl
by Eli Young Band

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

Ricky Skaggs has been a big name in the country music scene since the early 1980s. Over the years he has racked up 14 Grammy Awards, as well as multiple awards from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, and International Bluegrass Music Association. The country veteran has a massive catalog complete with several #1 albums and a multitude of chart-topping hits. Today, Skaggs performs together with his backing band, Kentucky Thunder.

The Darkest Hour
by Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
How Mountain Girls Can Love
by Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

Jana Kramer

Before delving into country music, Jana Kramer had a successful acting career, during which she became known for her recurring role on the popular television series One Tree Hill. During her time on the show, she secured a record deal and put out several successful singles that led up to the release of her self-titled debut album in 2012. Kramer has recently released new singles from her upcoming sophomore album.

by Jana Kramer
Why Ya Wanna
by Jana Kramer

Josh Thompson

Josh Thompson released his debut album, titled “Way Out Here,” in early 2010. The album was an instant hit, producing three top 40 singles. In 2013, he released the single “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” ahead of his sophomore album, which came out the next year. His 2014 record “Turn It Up” peaked at #7 on the country albums chart.

Cold Beer With Your Name On It
by Josh Thompson
Way Out Here
by Josh Thompson

The Devil Makes Three

The Devil Makes Three is an acoustic alt-country trio based in Santa Cruz, California. The band is made up of guitarist/singer Pete Bernhard, upright bassist Lucia Turino, and guitarist/banjoist Cooper McBean. Since their formation in 2002, The Devil Makes Three has released several albums that showcase their unique musical style, which has elements of blues, country, bluegrass, ragtime, and even punk rock.

Old Number 7
by The Devil Makes Three
by The Devil Makes Three

The Whiskey Gentry

The Whiskey Gentry was formed in 2009 by husband-and-wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow. The roots rock band describes their sound as different and updated, yet rooted in traditional country and bluegrass. Their country-meets-rock style is something fans of bands like The Avett Brothers or Old Crow Medicine Show would enjoy. Praised for their songwriting and Staley’s powerful voice, The Whiskey Gentry is surely an up-and-coming act that’s headed for big things.

Holly Grove
by The Whiskey Gentry
Eula Mae
by The Whiskey Gentry

Kristian Bush

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.”

Trailer Hitch
by Kristian Bush
Love or Money
by Kristian Bush

The Cadillac Three

Vocalist/guitarist Jaren Johnston, bassist Kelby Ray, and drummer Neil Mason make up The Cadillac Three, a Nashville-based band that fuses Southern rock with classic outlaw country. The trio issued their eponymous debut in 2013. The record includes the top 40 single “The South,” which features guest vocals from Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, and Mike Eli of Eli Young Band. Earlier this year, the single was nominated for an ACM Award for Vocal Event of the Year.

The South
by The Cadillac Three
Party Like You
by The Cadillac Three


Alternative country band Cracker rose to fame in the ’90s with their gold-certified 1993 album “Kerosene Hat.” Still active to this day, frontman David Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman remain with the band. Cracker released their tenth studio album, titled “Berkeley to Bakersfield,” in 2014.

by Cracker
Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)
by Cracker

Craig Wayne Boyd

Craig Wayne Boyd came into the public eye when he was selected as the winner of the seventh season of The Voice. He grew up in Texas, where he developed an affinity for gospel and country music early on, eventually becoming the director of his church choir. After moving to Nashville in 2004, he signed a publishing deal with EMI and spent several years as a songwriter before his big break came a whole decade later.

I Ain’t No Quitter
by Craig Wayne Boyd
by Craig Wayne Boyd

Drake White and The Big Fire

Before he scored a record deal, Drake White was working as a contractor in Nashville by day and performing at local venues with his band The Big Fire at night. Eventually, his performances caught the attention of MCA Nashville, who signed him and released his debut single “Simple Life” in 2013. As of this year, White has released a second single called “It Feels Good.”

Simple Life
by Drake White and The Big Fire
It Feels Good
by Drake White and The Big Fire

Clare Dunn

Clare Dunn is a country musician from Colorado. Her career has really taken off in the last few years, as she has earned opportunities to tour with country greats like Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban. She has yet to release a full-length album, but she has issued two successful singles within the last two years.

Cowboy Side of You
by Clare Dunn
Get Out
by Clare Dunn

Amanda Shires

Singer/songwriter Amanda Shires released her first solo album, “Being Brave,” in 2005, after which she relocated to Nashville. She has since released four more studio albums as a solo artist. Her latest effort is a two-song covers EP, in collaboration with her husband Jason Isbell, called “Sea Songs.”

Deep Dark Below
by Amanda Shires
When You Need a Train It Never Comes
by Amanda Shires

John & Jacob

Up-and-coming country band John & Jacob has had a busy year. 2014 saw them performing at festivals like SXSW, Hangout, Bonnaroo, Firefly and the CMA Festival, and they toured the U.S. and U.K. with Kacey Musgraves. In October they made their debut at the Grand Ole Opry shortly after releasing their first album. Now in 2015, the band is putting out more music, starting with their latest single, “Be My Girl.”

Be My Girl
by John & Jacob
I’d Go Back
by John & Jacob

The Railers

Nashville-based band The Railers is composed of brothers Jordan and Jonathan Lawson, Cassandra Lawson, and Tyler Oban. Formerly known as Tin Cup Gypsy, they changed their name to The Railers in 2012, after which they signed deals with Sony ATV and Warner Music Nashville. They released their label debut, an eponymously titled EP, in 2014.

Kinda Dig the Feeling
by The Railers
Ray Bans
by The Railers

Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band

As of last year, country singer Jim White has been collaborating with The Packway Handle Band, a bluegrass quintet hailing from Athens, Georgia. Together, they released an album called “Take It Like a Man,” which came out in March of this year.

Smack Dab in a Big Tornado
by Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band
Breathing Room
by Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band

Brooke Eden

Brooke Eden is a country music star on the rise. She was recently named one of Vogue’s 10 Country It Girls of 2014, and has already opened for acts like Alan Jackson, Sugarland, and Florida Georgia Line. Eden released a self-titled EP in 2014, and is expected to come out with more this year.

American Dreamin’
by Brooke Eden
He’s All Yours
by Brooke Eden

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