2013 is again proving to be 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 Includes:

John Michael Montgomery

JohnMichaelMontgomery-01-bigJohn Michael Montgomery is no stranger to Kentucky, born in Danville, KY and raised in Garrard County, he has been playing his beautiful country music for over two decades.

He has had more than thirty singles on the Billboard country charts, including two of Billboard’s Number One country singles of the year: “I Swear” (1994) and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” (1995). Five more of Montgomery’s singles have reached the top of the country charts: “I Love the Way You Love Me“, “Be My Baby Tonight“, “If You’ve Got Love”, “I Can Love You Like That”, and “The Little Girl”, while thirteen more have reached Top Ten.

During his career (and he’s not finished yet0, he has received the CMA Horizon Award, was named the  ACM’s Top New Vocalist, setting off a long series of awards that  included the CMA’s Single and Song of the Year, Billboard’s Top Country  Artist, and a Grammy nomination. And in 2011, he was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.

To learn more about John Michael Montgomery and his music, visit

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The Kentucky Headhunters

300px-KY_HeadHuntersThe Kentucky Headhunters began performing music in Glasgow, KY in the 1960s, however, it wasn’t until 1989 when they finally made it big on the music scene.

Mercury Records picked up their demo and signed them to a contract in October, 1989 – releasing their debut album, Pickin’ on Nashville. The album produced four singles, all of which reached top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The first of these, the “Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine” cover, peaked at number 25 in December 1989. After it came “Dumas Walker,” about a then-74-year-old marbles player who owned a liquor store that the band frequented. The single peaked at number 15 on the Billboard chart. Then came, “Oh, Lonesome Me.” The songs kept rolling and now they have 10 albums and many more hits, some of which earned the band a Grammy Award, induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.

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Chris Janson

08_14_2012_chris_jansen_1948Few artists come to Nashville and hit it big, but at the age of 18, Jason pleaded with the doorman at the legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge for the chance to sing one song with the house band. Not long after he’d finished his version of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” the bar’s owners offered him a job.

In 2009, Janson hit the country music scene big, recording two duets with Holly Williams on her album Here with Me. He signed to BNA Records in October 2009 and released his debut single, “‘Til a Woman Comes Along,” in April 2010. After BNA was re-structured, Janson left the label. He co-wrote Tim McGraw’s 2012 single “Truck Yeah”, and played harmonica on Lee Brice’s album Hard 2 Love.

Fort Thomas is excited to welcome this up-and-coming artist to our Merchants and Music Festival. Please come and support his first release for Bigger Picture, “Better I Don’t“, that entered the charts in February 2013.

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Lyndsey Highlander

LHPromoHeadshot-(1)Lyndsey grew up in the small town of New Kent, VA where she was a student of perfection in academics, athletics, school government and newspaper, but mostly in her music.  From age 6, Lyndsey began developing and critiquing the sound she wanted to share with the world. Church solos, county festivals and a song and dance company allowed Lyndsey to share her music at a pretty strong pace.  Precious down time was spent with her loving family, such as fishing with Daddy and cookin’ with Momma.

Lyndsey credits her sound to a passion for soulful sounds such as Bonnie Raitt, Pat Benetar and Aretha Franklin. However, if you ask Lyndsey who became the biggest inspiration to her music, without even a pause she will tell you how much Patsy Cline has influenced her spirit and her sound. With a supportive family in tow, Lyndsey went to chase out her dream in Nashville 7 years ago. After lots of hard work she finally has her biggest career move after being discovered by Jeff Howard an agent at APA.

Lyndsey’s massive sound and intimate story telling is coupled with her energetic stage presence and constant desire to engage the crowd. With the new team behind her, only great things are on her future. Lyndsey is working on recording her first EP, writing daily and tours the country regularly stealing hearts everywhere she goes. Lyndsey comments,

“Performing is indescribable, it’s God’s natural high… I love the music, I love the fans, I love absolutely everything about it!”

Lyndsey intends to share her music with fans worldwide. The journey has just begun…

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Entertainment on the Second Stage Includes:

Aly’ An

AlyAn_AlyAnAly’An has quickly garnered a reputation for being the female country duo that has it all… Their story began in Burgin, Kentucky, where asAlyson Burke and Andrea Warner competed against each other in local singing competitions and jamborees. They would trade victories on a regular basis, fueling their competitive natures, and creating the rivalry that eventually brought these two amazing talents together.

As word spread and the fan base continued to grow, Alyson and Andrea remained grounded through their solid family roots, and committed to finishing their college degrees before pursuing their destiny as country music entertainers.

Aly’An has already shared the stage with some of country music’s hottest entertainers, including: Thompson Square, Heidi Newfield, Marty Stuart, Ashton Shepherd, Confederate Railroad, Bucky Covington, Florida-Georgia Line and Trent Tomlinson. They have performed at fairs and festivals across the southeast, and were recently invited by NASCAR’s Earnhardt family to perform at some of their most prestigious VIP events. They raised the bar again when they were selected as one of the only musical acts to perform at the October 11, 2012 Vice-Presidential Debate in Danville, Kentucky.

The Nashville Music Guide described their music as having “Harmonies that blend so well you’d swear they were sisters.” Whether performing a moving country ballad, or an upbeat dance song, the girls’ live performances are sure to rock any stage!

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 The Sleepin’ Dogs

The Sleepin DogsThe Sleepin’ Dogs have a sound that can only be described as if you were explaining where the band is from. All four of the members grew up in a small area in Kentucky where life is lived at a slower pace and the simple things in life meant the most. Country music was played through their parents radios as they grew up and it stuck in their souls like the values and traditions that their parents taught them at early ages.

Although Country music was embedded in the hearts of the band, Rock and Roll had its place in them as well. REAL Rock and Roll. Cincinnati resembles that rock influence that you will hear when you take in the Sleepin’ Dogs. When you see them and listen to them, you won’t know exactly where they came from, but what I can guarantee you is that you will feel like you grew up with them, listening to the same songs and experiencing the same things in life. The Sleepin’ Dogs sound comes from where Kentucky meets Ohio, where Country meets Rock and Roll, and where Brown meets Black.

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The Carter New BandThe Carter New Band

Adding a little local flavor to this year’s event is The Carter New Band. The band consists of Carter New, Matt Schultz, and Brogan Dutcher. They play all the hits from the 80′s, 90′s and today. Even some occasional Jazz improvisation. Check them out on Facebook.

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