June 14-16, 2012
BamaJam2012 begins today! With a lineup of amazing headlining performers that includes the likes of Zach Brown Band, Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, Eric Church, Alan Jackson and Sheryl Crow, you simply can’t go wrong. You can find the full schedule below of when each artist is performing, or visit their website here. If you’re there, enjoy!
If you have never been to a country concert, it’s something you absolutely have to experience at least once. Zac Brown Band kicked off the season on May 31, putting on an incredible performance in front of a sold out crowd at Merriweather Post Pavilion. But if you missed it, several of country’s biggest stars will be stopping by the Maryland/DC/Virginia area in the next few months, including two of the all-time greats pictured above. Here’s a list of the summer’s best shows and links to buy tickets…
If you want a show full of America, this is the show for you. Toby Keith, who frequently performs for troops at Military Bases and has recorded American classics such as “Made in America” and “American Soldier,” should provide a heavy dose of Red, White, and Blue at Jiffy Lube Live. He also has one of country’s best songwriters opening for him in Brantley Gilbert, who wrote Jason Aldean’s hits “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem.”
Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw have combined for 5 CMA Entertainer of the Year awards and have become two of the most popular touring musicians of all time. It’s hard to imagine how good they’ll be touring together all summer. They have reportedly been playing individual sets and then playing an encore set together to close the show. On top of that, rising star Jake Owen will be the opening act for what is probably going to be the best show of the summer.
What better way to close the season than with two of country’s brightest young stars teaming up to headline WMZQ fall fest. These two have been releasing hit after hit for the last few years and should put on a great show.
By far my favorite song of the summer right now, there’s nothing not to like about this song. Even if you don’t like country, listen to this – it’s perfect for day drinking, long car rides, or if you’re just sitting around like a sloth on a Tuesday afternoon like today. You name it, there’s a situation to play this song. Not to mention the music video is spot on.
“Summertime is finally here.” -Kenny Chesney.
I don’t know about you, but to me there’s nothing better in the summer than listening to country while sitting on the beach, chilling on the boat, or just driving down the highway.
Every summer, we get more summer classics from our favorite country musicians. Here’s a set of some of the best you already know. Look for this to be updated as we get our new hits sure to come this summer.
If you have any suggestions that could make the list better, please post them in comments.
1. Summertime – Kenny Chesney
2. Barefoot Blue Jean Night – Jake Owen
3. It’s Five O’clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett
4. Knee Deep – Zac Brown Band
5. Springsteen – Eric Church
6. Take a Back Road – Rodney Atkins
7. Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean
8. Long Hot Summer – Keith Urban
9. Redneck Yacht Club – Craig Morgan
10. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems – Kenny Chesney
11. Old Alabama – Brad Paisley
12. Chattahoochie – Alan Jackson
13. Toes – Zac Brown Band
14. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
15. Some Beach – Blake Shelton
16. When the Sun Goes Down – Kenny Chesney & Uncle Kracker
17. Who Wouldn’t Want to Be Me – Keith Urban
18. Big Green Tractor – Jason Aldean
19. Something Like That – Tim McGraw
20. All Summer Long – Kid Rock
21. Summer Nights – Rascal Flatts
This song was perfect to listen to on a torturous hot day like today, sure reminded me of summer. The music video got me excited for getting back to the beach and going on road trips, two things I can’t wait to just have some free time to do. Even if you’re not a fan of country, give this one a chance – not to mention, Summer Glau makes an appearance in the video.
Everytime I listen to a new Ben Kweller album I feel like it should be the soundtrack to some Garden State- like indie movie. Perhaps its the heartfelt lyrics or the acoustic melodies, but something about his songs make me want to drink some hot chocolate curled up by a fire. Back in February, the 30-year-old singer/song writer released his fifth studio album, Go Fly a Kite. Kweller brings a more mature sound to this album that seems like a combination of his past works. With songs inspired by folk, country, and power-pop music, there’s something on this album for everybody. As an added bonus, every album comes with songbook with all the chords to the songs so you can jam along.
Check out some samples from the album below. Go Fly a Kite is available on iTunes:
Folk/Country influenced- “Full Circle”
Pop/Rock – “Mean to Me”