Stampede main-stage performers

CHRIS STAPLETON: Few recent artists have made debuts as dynamic as Stapleton, who burst on the scene with the titanically-tantalizing Traveller in May 2015. As Country Perspective review stated, Stapleton met and far surpassed album hype. The legend-in-the-making drops his ultra-anticipated second alum (From A Room: Volume 1) on May 5. Stapleton makes his first of what we can hope is many Stampede stops.

ALAN JACKSON: Twenty-five years since Alan Jackson’s landmark debut album (Here in the Real World) he’s back with Angels and Alcohol. In many ways, Stapleton follows a trail already blazed by Jackson, who possesses more than 20 self-written, No. 1 smash songs. Jackson prides himself as a songwriter with classic country that marks an homage to country roots and America’s modest lives. “(During) the whole 25 years,” Jackson states on his website, “it was about keeping it country and I’ve tried to do that.” Jackson makes his first Stampede appearance in a decade; third time overall (2007, 2002).

THOMAS RHETT: Climbing the ladder of success and paying early recording dues has been Rhett’s route to stardom. Rhett proudly boasts of his wide-ranging music influences, which along with country include pop, rock and R&B. Rhett’s latest project produced the Tangled Up album (“Die A Happy Man”) on the heels of his It Goes Like This debut album produced dual No. 1 songs (“Get Me Some of That” and “Make Me Wanna”). Rhett makes his fifth Stampede showing after mapping Manhattan in 2012-15.

OLD DOMINION: New Vocal Group of the Year presented at Academy of Country Music Awards, group has gone out on 2017 tour with Miranda Lambert. Old Dominion out of Nashville will play the penultimate concert for 2017 Country Stampede, leading into Alan Jackson’s closing show on the Cenex main stage. This is the group’s second Stampede appearance (2015).

BIG & RICH: “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” sent the duo on the road to stardom, and launched Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich to genre-breaking status with a mix of country, pop and hip-hop. Big & Rich is also widely known for the re-adaption of the near-top-20 “Coming To Your City” single for ESPN’s College GameDay intro hype video, with special lyrics to match college towns/top teams. Like Alan Jackson, Big & Rich makes its first Stampede sojourn in 10 years.

BROTHERS OSBORNE: From Maryland to Manhappenin, Brothers Osborne makes its first appearance at Kicker Country Stampede. The real brothers – John and TJ – grew up playing everything from bluegrass to country and rock. The Pawn Shop debut album was met with critical acclaim, and the Bros. Osborne were nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “21 Summer” on the heels of Grammy nominee “Stay A Little Longer”. Brothers Osborne won New/Vocal Duo of the Year from ACM awards.

MADDIE & TAE: The female duo’s catchy “Girl in a Country Song” went to the top of the charts off M&T’s debut album Start Here. The accompanying video won CMA Video of the Year and in two years has 42 million views. The hot duo (Maddie Marlow, Tae Dye) has toured with Lee Brice and more recently with Brad Paisley. M&T will appear at Nashville’s CMA Music Festival two weeks before making waves at Tuttle Creek State Park and Country Stampede.