2014 was a great year for country musicians and Fort Thomas! Tell your friends and help us keep growing our FREE event, so we can bring well-known musicians, like these, to Fort Thomas for years to come!
Entertainment on the Main Stage Included:
Broken Bow Records artist Dustin Lynch occupies a unique place in today’s country music. Thanks to his classic sensibilities, he’s been heralded as the heir to George Strait’s throne. Yet with one listen to his newest hit, “Where It’s At,” it’s obvious the young Tennessee native knows how to combine his traditional influences with an edgy intensity that places him at the vanguard of today’s contemporary country scene.
It’s that ability to fuse his country roots with a progressive musical vision that makes Lynch one of today’s most successful young artists. His self-titled debut hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart – making him the only new male artist to achieve such a feat that year. The album’s lead single, “Cowboys and Angels,” exceeded platinum sales status while earning Lynch a legion of devoted fans. “Cowboys and Angels” became a modern day country classic, ending the year as one Billboard’s Top 5 Country Songs of 2012.
Few artists in the history of country music have risen from obscurity to prominence with the speed of Warner Bros. Records guitar slinger Frankie Ballard. On his debut album for the label, this performer brings a bluesy, rocking edge to the country scene. His talents as a vocalist, songwriter, instrumentalist and showman have already made him one of the genre’s most memorable new personalities.
In addition to its swiftness, Frankie Ballard’s ascent is notable for the seeming ease with which it has happened. In 2008, he signed with the first song publishing company he ever auditioned for. In 2009, the first time he staged a showcase for record companies, he got a major-label contract.
From the beginning of their career, Trick Pony brought a unique sound and blend of harmonies to country music, which made them stand out with a style all their own. Throughout the 2000s, they delivered such sing-along hits as “Pour Me,” “On a Night like This,” “Just What I Do” and “On a Mission,” stemming from three successful studio albums.
The new music in the works will show many levels of evolvement in the group, which has been given an updated flare to fit country radio today, without abandoning Trick Pony’s signature sound. It’s the kind of music you’re likely to get a speeding ticket to, or be cranking up loud at your next river party. The songs run the gamut of every human emotion, showing how far this band has come since first breaking onto the scene.
“I think the new music’s going to be better than anything we’ve done in the past,” says Keith. “There’s a reason for everything, including why we split up. We were both able to do exactly what we wanted to do during that time, but it has brought me and Heidi back to what we are passionate about, and that’s making music together.”
Entertainment on the Second Stage Included:
Kara Lynn is an up-and-coming singer/ songwriter who has cultivated her passion for music right here in Northern Kentucky and has just released her first EP, “Kara Lynn” on iTunes. She has a pop sound with a country/rock edge and is always excited to share her love of music with a crowd. Keep an eye on this one, she’s about to take off like “Wildfire.”
This little country rocker was born and raised in the heart of America, Ohio! Her sound is unique to the music world, with no other artist sounding quite like her. A cross between Rock and Country but with a very aggressive edge! A voice you really have to hear to understand! She loves her Carrie but can’t deny her passion for a screamin’ guitar! She was heavily influenced by the live energy Garth Brooks brought to a show and her group brings 110% to every show! Her band travels all over the country performing a fun Country, Rock your face off show!
The Kentucky Struts
The musical approach of The Kentucky Struts is not unlike the flavor you get from the state itself; rolling hills, bends of the roads and the blue-collar bloodlines exhaled into the center of your head. Hailing from the small town of Cold Spring, Kentucky, the boys have been friends since early grade school. Sharing guitar lessons, talent shows and high school stages, unknowingly laying the foundation for what has become a go-to americana act in Tri-State area. They’ve played polo matches, parades, festivals, weddings, bourbon balls and barns—all on the merit of the own songs. You can check some of them out on their most recent release, The Year of the Horse at kentuckystrutsstore.com.
Jetset Getset (JSGS) is a dynamic country music group comprised of mostly teenagers, but don’t let their ages fool you. Their upbeat songs have meaningful lyrics and the musicians play as well as most others twice their age.
Recognized by the Country Music Association among “Who New to Watch” in 2013, Jetset Getset has a style that Music Connection Magazine described as “sprightly country twang.” Brian Clough, host of Britain’s country music radio program “The American Connection,” called Jetset Getset a “brilliant fresh slice of across the board country sounds.”
Jetset Getset is comprised of Tori Little (vocals), Avery Eliason (vocals), Jason Owens (lead guitar), Justen Jette (rhythm guitar), Paul Kelley (bass), Gillian Bowman (drums/percussion), and Terry Ranck (keyboards), the only adult who performs with the band on a regular basis.
Performing throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and from Virginia to California, the trio, together with their full stage band, have been rockin’ audiences young and old with their cleverly crafted lyrics, can’t-forget guitar riffs, and lively connection with listeners. In 2013, the band put on higher energy shows at Taste of Cincinnati, Party in the Park, Fountain Square, Toby Keith’s, the Knob Creek Gun Range (home of the CMT reality show, Guntucky), Equus Run Vineyards (Lexington), as well as multiple fairs and festivals throughout the Ohio and Kentucky region. The trio also had the honor of singing both “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” at the Kentucky Speedway before two separate NASCAR races, with a broadcast of one of the performances on ESPN.