ROCKS UNDER THE STARS CONCERT SERIES
O.C. TANNER AMPHITHEATER
O.C. TANNER AMPHITHEATER
A native son of Wyoming, Ian Munsick is painting a stampeding, spirited portrait of the American West with his sophomore album White Buffalo, due April 7. The 18-track album spans unfiltered tales of romance and ranch life, hard-working anthems with honkytonk hooks and mountain-time odes to family and forever-young fun. It builds upon the spacious, roots-pop beauty he introduced on his major label debut, Coyote Cry. Over the past three years, Munsick has accumulated nearly 400 MILLION global streams and a host of accolades.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band trades on a mix of reimagined classics and compelling newer works.The group formed in 1966 as a Long Beach, California jug band, scored its first charting singlein 1967, and embarked on a self-propelled ride through folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, blue-grass, and the amalgam now known as “Americana.” The first major hit came in 1971 with theepic “Mr. Bojangles,” which, along with insistent support from banjo master Earl Scruggs,opened doors in Nashville. Behind those doors were Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Doc Watson,Mother Maybelle Carter, Jimmy Martin, and others who would collaborate on a multi-artist,multi-generational, three-disc 1972 masterpiece:Will the Circle Be Unbrokenwent triple Plat-inum, spawned two later volumes, and wound up in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Steve Earle is one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation, a worthy heir to Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, his two supreme musical mentors. Over the course of twenty studio albums, Earle has distinguished himself as a master storyteller, and his songs have been recorded by a vast array of artists, including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, the Pretenders, and more. Earle’s 1986 debut album, Guitar Town, is now regarded as a classic of the Americana genre, and subsequent releases like The Revolution Starts…Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007), and TOWNES (2009) all received Grammy Awards. Restlessly creative across artistic disciplines, Earle has published both a novel and a collection of short stories; produced albums for other artists; and acted in films, TV shows and on stage. He currently hosts a radio show for Sirius XM. In 2019, Earle appeared in the off-Broadway play Samara, for which he also wrote a score that The New York Times described as “exquisitely subliminal.”
Zach Williams’ powerful and poignant journey spans how a boy with a storybook childhood filled with wonderfully nurturing parents, a strong and supportive grounding in the church, and a warm and loving local community was seduced away by the illusion of rock stardom, and the drug and alcohol excesses that can so often accompany that lifestyle.
These days, the Jonesboro, Arkansas-raised and currently Nashville, Tennessee-based artist is a renewed man. He’s a husband, a father, and has also become one of CCM’s leading artists and songwriters by carving a niche with his singular blend of southern rock, country, and faith-filled songwriting, which quickly awarded him his first GRAMMY Award® with his debut album, 2017’s Chain Breaker. With two additional GRAMMY nods among numerous other accolades, he now returns to share his boldly vulnerable and hope-filled sophomore album, aptly titled Rescue Story.
After winning Season Ten of American Idol in 2011, Scotty McCreery made history as both the first country artist and the youngest male artist of any genre to debut his first studio album at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. With his deep, strong, country voice, this ACM, CMT, and ACA award winner achieved new heights in the last few years by earning three back-to-back #1 hits from his Seasons Change album. McCreery has ridden the charts with hits like “Five More Minutes,” “This Is It,” “In Between,” “I Love You This Big,” “Barefootin’,” “The Trouble with Girls,” “See You Tonight,” and “Feelin’ It.”
Opening for Scotty McCreery will be Neon Union, an up-and-coming country duo comprised of Leo Brooks and Andrew Millsaps. Country star Jimmie Allen heard the two perform separately and became convinced that Brooks and Millsaps would make the perfect pairing. As Neon Union, Brooks and Millsaps are bringing a new sound to country music, with 808 kick drums married to a traditional country lyric and anthemic pop melodies.
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