Country music lovers, it’s going to be a good one!
Earlier this evening C2C announced the first round of acts to be playing the 2018 edition of iconic country music festival Country To Country. Previously announced headliners Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are joined by Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves. The trio make up a perfect mix for all kinds of country music enthusiasts.
But that’s not all. A whole bunch of additional acts including country music icon Emmylou Harris have also been announced. Read all about the acts below and don’t forget to score your tickets on 20 October, folks!
Meet the headliners – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have been big names in the music charts for the last three decades and started touring together in 1996 on McGraw’s Spontaneous Combustion tour. In 2000 they kicked off their record-breaking Soul2Soultour, and continued its success in 2006-2007 when Soul2Soul II returned. It was the most attended tour of the year in any musical genre and the highest grossing multi-year North American tour in country music history.
Meet the headliners – Little Big Town
Just last week the Alabama natives played the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of Country Music Week where they announced their headline slot for next year’s festival. Having been nominated and won several American Country Music Awards, the trio have been going strong for almost 20 years! In 2016 they supported Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw at Country To Country so it will be a big return for them as headliners next year.
Meet the headliners – Kacey Musgraves
Kacey’s debut album Same Trailer Different Park was so good it won her a Grammy in 2014 for best country album. The Texas-born singer-songwriter began singing at age publicly at age 8 and wrote her first song at age 9. And if you’re still not impressed, she has also co-written and cut tracks for Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride.
Who else is playing?
Kelsea Ballerini blazes her own trail to superstardom by being the only female artist in country music history, including female duos and groups, to go No. 1 with her first three consecutive singles from a debut album.
Named a 2017 Artist To Watch by the likes of Amazon Music, Billboard, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone and more, the 27 year-old North Carolina native released his debut This One’s for You on June 2.
Coming from a family with deep musical roots, the Lindsay started playing piano and guitar at a very early age, she was discovered at 13 by BTO and The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman (“American Woman,” “Takin’ Care Of Business”).
With a career that has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, received a remarkable 12 Grammy Awards and stirred music lovers for more than thirty years and counting, Emmylou Harris has been rightfully hailed as a major figure in several of America’s most important musical movements of the past three decades.
Named as one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know, Jillian Jaqueline began performing in local coffee shop at just seven years of age and one year later she recorded her first album in the record studio owned by her guitar player.
At the age of twelve, Ashley played her parents and grandparents her very first composition after picking up the guitar at age three. At Arkansas State University, while a member of the marching band, McBryde finally started sharing her voice with others, and in 2007 moved to Nashville where she worked a circuit of dive bars, biker hangouts, and colorful joints fighting to have her songs heard.
Texas trio Midland, consisting of lead vocalist Mark Wystrach, lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy, offer traditional country music with an ode to 1970’s/1980’s Wild West themes with a modern twist.
Another alumni of Country Music Week, Kip Moore, will be joining the lineup for 2018 in Glasgow, Dublin and London. The Georgia native is continually inspired by Bruce Springsteen and Kris Kristofferson, and his rustic voice and compelling lyrics make for intriguing listening.
Son of Willie Nelson and singer, songwriter and guitar player for Promises of The Real (currently backing Neil Young), Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real have released their self-titled fourth studio album just a few weeks ago.
After moving to Nashville in 2003, Margo soon found bass player – and future husband – Jeremy Ivey, and formed a band called Buffalo Clover. Now the 32-year-old singer tells tales of her life with influences from Loretta Lynn, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton and more
More acts and day splits are to be announced, but if this is what C2C 2018 is shaping up to look like- sign me up!