TAILGATE N' TALLBOYS

Tailgate N’ Tallboys concert series is designed with the true Midwestern summer concert goer in mind. We have designed a series of five major concerts boasting top country acts to span over the summer months of June, July and September all at one low cost ticket price. Our presale Mega Ticket allows entry to five concerts for practically the cost of one concert. This allows our Midwestern country music lovers the ability to hit one or all five shows on the calendar and keep the party going all summer long

Chris Janson

Chris Janson has never doubted who he is. He's a devoted husband, a passionate father, a hit songwriter, a wildly entertaining performer and, now, a Number One country artist. All those elements influence Buy Me a Boat, his debut solo album for Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville.

"Everything I'm about is in this record," says Janson. "It's very much a biopic album."

It's also a story of perseverance — a journey that began when Janson first wrote the song "Buy Me a Boat" early in 2015. Back then, he wasn't being played on country radio, he didn't have a record label and he certainly wasn't a known star. He was simply doing what he knew how to do: writing songs and relentlessly touring the country's clubs, fairs and festivals, all with the sole purpose of providing for his family. Life changed at lightning speed, however, when radio jumped on the aspirational "Boat," Janson landed a tour with Toby Keith and Warner Music Nashville signed him to a record deal. Now, "Buy Me a Boat" is a Number One single, having topped the country chart in September.

Still, the down-to-earth Janson — who upon moving to Nashville ten years ago would play for tips in honky-tonks all day and sleep in his car at night — remains unchanged. "I know who I am as a man, as an artist and as a songwriter," he says. "Sometimes ego gets in the way in life, along with baggage and pride. I don't have that stuff in my life — and that's what makes this music so beautiful and easy to make."

Indeed, Buy Me a Boat unfolds effortlessly. Over 11 tracks, Janson exudes a confidence that veteran artists spend their entire careers trying to attain. Part of that comes from his years of leaving it all on the stage, which he commands with stellar showmanship and charisma. The rest is derived from Janson's insistence on writing his own songs. He's a songwriter first and foremost, penning hits for other artists, most notably Tim McGraw's Top 10 "Truck Yeah."

"I'm the kind of guy who has to live and breathe my songs," says Janson, reinforcing the autobiographical nature of Buy Me a Boat.

On the greasy "White Trash," the blue-collar hero recalls his hardscrabble Missouri upbringing, of playing as a kid in a dirt front yard, surrounded by trailers and cars on blocks. In the breezy "Under the Sun," the avid outdoorsman decries our gadget-obsessed culture, delivering one of the best vocal performances in country music this year. And in the true-to-life "Back in My Drinkin' Days," Janson documents his run-ins with the law, when, fueled by booze and a rebel spirit, he'd "get buck-ass wild" — these days, he prefers the sugar high of Mountain Dew.

But his teetotaler ways don't negate his ability to carry on country's storied tradition of drinking songs. Buy Me a Boat's second single, "Power of Positive Drinkin'," is ready-made for the bar or backyard party. Written with his "Buy Me a Boat" partner Chris DuBois and also Mark Irwin, the song features a soaring, clever chorus and staccato verses from Janson.

Buy Me a Boat — which Janson produced with Chris DuBois, Brent Anderson and Byron Gallimore — also contains two of the most personal songs the singer has ever written: "Holdin' Her" and "Where You Come In." "Holdin' Her" nets a surefire standing ovation when he performs at the Grand Ole Opry (he's played the esteemed institution more than 100 times), while "Where You Come In" stands as his favorite song on the album. Both ballads are about Janson's wife, Kelly.

"I don't know why people are scared of cutting ballads, because there is a place for meaty songs like those that talk about relationships," Janson says. "My wife inspires me and ties up every loose end I ever had."

It was Kelly in fact who inspired and co-wrote Buy Me a Boat's centerpiece, "Messin' With Jesus," a show-stopping duet with Tim McGraw. A warning to avoid life's temptations, the gritty lyrics acknowledge that, try as we might, we're all sinners, with Janson and McGraw trading lines about smoking, speeding and fighting until the song explodes in a "hallelujah" chorus.

"It's a full-blown duet and it gives me chills," says Janson.

Country purists should have a similar reaction to the album as a whole, thanks to a heavy dose of steel guitar and Janson's own fiery harmonica playing, a hallmark of his live show. The country weeper "Yeah It Is" — which echoes George Strait's "Give It Away" with its sing-speak delivery and multi-layered payoff line — and "Back in My Drinkin' Days" highlight each instrument. And every song on the LP has its own sense of authenticity, whether it's born of country, rock or even hip-hop — "Some call me honky-tonk, a little bit of hip-hop, a little bit of rock & roll," he sings in the exhilarating "Right in the Middle."

By the time Buy Me a Boat fades out, Janson has succeeded in his chief goal: making an album of songs that are not only radio hits, but songs that he could take on the road. After all, that's how he supports his beloved wife and kids.

"Some people might say playing a song live and having a hit on the radio are two different things, but you have to want to go sing it live. I love singing my songs," he says. "Because I am so damn proud of them."

Aaron Lewis

"Life is circular. Country just came back to me. It's like the acoustic thing. I did that before the band [Staind]. This is full circle because this was the first music I was ever exposed to as a child." --AARON LEWIS

If you want to get to know AARON LEWIS, just listen to The Road. On his first full-length album, the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and guitarist tells one story after another. Echoing traditional country, some of those tales are hilarious and heartwarming, while others are pensive and personal. Nevertheless, they're all equally powerful, vibrant, and unforgettable. For Lewis, The Road continues to wind and surprise like it always has.
In 2011, the Staind frontman formally arrived in the country world with the release of his debut EP, Town Line. Highlighted by the success of gold-selling single "Country Boy" featuring the legendary George Jones and Charlie Daniels, the seven-song EP reached #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #7 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release. Critical praise followed: PEOPLE’s Chuck Arnold said, "He proves to be a natural on nostalgic ballads like 'The Story Never Ends,’ (3/14/11)," while the ASSOCIATED PRESS’ Michael McCall wrote, “He injects a flavor of his own into a polished, commercial country sound in a way that could win over country fans who've never heard of Staind (2/28/11).”
Lewis also received two Academy of Country Music nominations for "Vocal Event of the Year" for "Country Boy" (for his work as artist and as co-producer) as well as two CMT nominations--one for "USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year" and another for "Collaborative Video of the Year." Simultaneously, the music video for the single stirred similar fan fervor, surpassing 12 million views on YouTube and 3 million on CMT.com. After a whirlwind year, Lewis began working on what would become The Road in the fall of 2011.
While balancing both a solo run and a tour supporting Staind's self-titled seventh studio album, he carved out intermittent pockets of time to record in Nashville with legendary Grammy-winning producer James Stroud.
"I didn't stop to think about it very much," Lewis smiles. "James lets me run with it. We respect each other and he allows me to really be who I am. I recorded this whole record by bouncing in and out of Nashville on days off. I'd come into town, work for the day, bail out, and play some more shows. Four days later, I'd do the same thing. That's how the album was made, and it's why I called it The Road."
It's a natural progression from Town Line. The album's ten songs unfold with a classic grit and an invigorating energy all directly from Lewis's heart and soul. The first single, "Endless Summer," recalls an idyllic day in the sun with his daughters. A bluesy guitar twang bends into a shimmering refrain about "another day in paradise" that's both infectious and inimitable.
Lewis laughs, "It proves I can write a happy tune. It's a story about me and the family going to our beach cottage on the weekends. It's all true. We drive down there, cook striper on the grill, and dig our own clams."
Then there's "Forever," a true product of The Road itself. It captures the longing and loneliness of life on the tour bus, while reflecting the immortality of true love. It's touching and thought-provoking all at once. "Doubt can set in on the road," he reveals. "Conversations from home aren't always warm and fuzzy. However, things change when you get back. The song goes from questioning to being reassured that everything is all good."
On the other end of the spectrum, his sense of humor shines through on the propulsive highway anthem "State Lines" and swaggering old school good-time of "Party in Hell." Lewis goes on, "Adding humor opens the avenues of exploration a little bit more, and it appeals to more of the senses. Plus, it's just fun to imagine what a party in hell might be like with Rick James."
Lewis personally penned all of the songs on The Road but one. For "Grandaddy's Gun," he teamed up with Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Bobby Pinson, marking the first songwriting collaboration of his career. Annually, Lewis hosts a benefit show for his charity, It Takes a Community, which benefits his daughter's elementary school through community donations. Akins performed "Grandaddy's Gun" at the 2011 show. As soon as Lewis heard the tune, it stayed stuck in his head.
"I was completely blown away by the song," he elaborates. "When the opportunity came up, I decided to record it for The Road. They're three of Nashville's best and I have so much respect for them. It all fit with my life too. I have grandaddy's gun, and he did buy it out of a Sears and Roebuck catalog."
Once again, he collaborated with some heavy hitters in the studio. His musical partner-in-crime Ben Kitterman expanded the overall sound with acoustic guitar, dobro, piano and other instruments. Meanwhile, iconic pedal steel player Paul Franklin makes a return as well as guitarist Brett Mason and Eddie Bayers on drums. Joining the fold in Nashville were Craig Frost [Bob Seger] on keyboards and Keith Horne [Waylon Jennings] on bass.
Lewis enthuses, "It's definitely a star-studded cast. Many of the songs were cut in one take. At the most, they're two. There's definitely genuine chemistry amongst the amazing musicians on this album. I'm so lucky to have them in the studio with me."
In many ways, The Road brings things full circle for Lewis. In Staind, he has made an indelible mark on hard rock. The group has sold 13 million albums worldwide, yielding four consecutive top 3 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 as well as numerous radio hits. Their single "It's Been Awhile" also remains the most-played rock song of the decade. Still, this new chapter proves cyclical for Lewis, actually bringing him back to the first style of music he'd heard: country music.
Now, he's carrying on a tradition of storytelling and songwriting himself. "I'm really hoping the songs speak for themselves," he concludes. "I hope people hear the record and realize that this is all me. There's nothing more to say. I'm just writing songs like I have been for my whole career."
That's all he really has to do. For Aaron Lewis, The Road looks brighter than ever.

$15.00 - $40.00

Tickets

2-DAY OUTLAW COUNTRY PASS includes access for 1 individual to BOTH dates. Standing Room Only w/ NO lawnchairs permitted in Party Pit. GA Lawn ticket holders may bring lawnchairs.

Thu, Sept 28: Chris Janson & More / Fri, Sept 29: Aaron Lewis & More

(Note: YOU MUST RETAIN YOUR TICKET FOR ENTRY TO BOTH DATES.)

GA Lawn = $35, Party Pit = $40, 

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