TAILGATE N' TALLBOYS

Tailgate N’ Tallboys is Central Illinois #1 Country Music Festival. The Music Series is designed with the true Midwestern summer concert goer in mind. Boasting top country acts to span over the summer months all at one low cost ticket price. Our 6 Pack Pass allows entry to 6 concerts for practically the cost of one concert. This allows our Midwestern country music lovers the ability to hit one or all six shows on the calendar and keep the party going all summer long.

In 2014, a cover of "I Don't Dance" and 60,000 video shares changed 21 year old Kane Brown's life forever.

Growing up, Kane was raised poor and by a hardworking single mother, moving around from Rossville, GA to Fort Oglethorpe, Lafayette, GA and finally settling in Red Bank, TN. Kane has been surrounded by Country music his whole life.

Until 11th grade, Kane planned to take the R&B route, but winning a talent show singing Chris Young's "Gettin' You Home Tonight" took him in the direction of Country. After that performance, Kane started posting covers of himself showcasing songs by Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington, Alan Jackson and other amazing artists, gaining more and more fans as he went.

Kane released his debut EP, "Closer" on June 2nd, 2015 featuring his previously released single "Don't Go City On Me." Get your copy here: http://smarturl.it/KBCloser

On “So You Go,” a song on Virginia-based country band Old Dominion’s upcoming second album, lead singer Matthew Ramsey weaves a tale about a couple caught in an on-again/off-again loop (“She tells you it’s over, this time she means it, she doesn't love you, but you don’t believe it”) but with a surprise twist happy ending. Or is it?

“There are a lot of relationships where you break up, get back together, break up, and then suddenly it works,” says Ramsey.

“It might not be a happy ending,” muses multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen. “She might just be getting a booty call.”

“Sounds like a happy ending to me, man,” Ramsey says.

“Or she might be like, ‘You want to come over? I'm going to tell you one more time, face to face, that you're a f*cking asshole,’" says guitarist Brad Tursi.

Concludes Ramsey with a comically sad sigh: “Clearly, we don't know what the songs are about.”

The above exchange says a lot about the playful spirit that exists between the five friends in Old Dominion, two of whom have known each other since high school, Virginians Ramsey and drummer Whit Sellers, who met Tursi and bassist Geoff Sprung (also Virginians) in college, and rounded out by Detroit native Rosen, whom the others met in Nashville, where they each moved to pursue careers as songwriters (Ramsey, Rosen, Tursi) and session players (Sprung and Sellers). In Nashville, Ramsey, Rosen, and Tursi have enjoyed major success writing for other artists, collectively scoring an impressive string of hits (including seven No. 1’s) for such artists as Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, and The Band Perry.

Initially, the members of Old Dominion got together to showcase the songs they had been writing for other acts, but they formalized their arrangement as a band in 2007 when they began to catch fire on the live circuit. “We already knew we were hit songwriters because people were recording our songs and making them hits,” Rosen says. “People were coming out to see us. We just couldn't get a record deal. So we said, ‘Let's go out and play a million shows and build it ourselves. Let's keep writing and record something that we think is the album.’ Then a hit happened. And a hit changes everything.”

That hit was “Break Up With Him,” a sly, hip-hop-influenced toe-tapper that became the first single off Old Dominion’s 2015 debut album Meat and Candy. After going into heavy rotation on SiriusXM’s The Highway, “Break Up With Him” spent two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. One of the band’s favorite memories is performing it at the Boots and Hearts Festival in Ontario and having 20,000 people sing along. “We weren't a big name, and we had never been to Canada,” Rosen recalls. “We were just looking at each other going, ‘What is happening? This is actually working.’"

With its offbeat charm, “Break Up With Him” signaled the band’s fresh approach to songwriting. Old Dominion are something of anomaly in Nashville in that they write and play their own songs, and, while Ramsey’s voice has an easy, companionable twang, there is nary a fiddle to be found. The band prefers to create inventive arrangements that are influenced as much by rock and pop as by country. Yet country radio and fans have embraced them. The gold-certified Meat and Candy climbed to No. 3 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and spawned the gold-certified “Snapback” in addition to “Break Up With Him,” which has been certified Platinum. A third single, “Song For Another Time,” also reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. Old Dominion have been nominated for three ACM Awards (winning Best New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year in 2016), as well as two CMT Awards, an American Music Award, and a 2017 iHeart Radio Music Award.

Their success led to an insatiable demand for their live shows. Old Dominion were personally invited to open two stadium tours for Kenny Chesney. “That has definitely shaped who this band is,” Ramsey says of the experience. “We watched him and thought, ‘Okay, we’ve gotta step this up.’” This year, Old Dominion have been on the road with both Thomas Rhett and Miranda Lambert. “We try to learn something every time,” Sprung says. “I have been pulled to the side of the stage by someone in the band who says, ‘This is working right now. What part of this do we need to poach?’"

It was during their endless touring that Old Dominion began coming up with ideas for their second album, which was produced by Meat and Candy producer Shane McAnally. The as-yetuntitled album finds the band excavating lyrically driven, melodic gems with true emotional depth and a nostalgia-laden, happy-sad appeal. “We love feel-good songs,” Ramsey says. “Sometimes you just want to put on something that makes you smile. It’s a big part of who we are, but we definitely wanted to show that we were capable of writing more than just fun, party tunes. We think we have the potential to be around for a long time. To stick around you have to have meaningful songs.”

The album’s first single, “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart,” signifies the band’s desire to deliver songs with a message. With lyrics like, “You gotta love like there’s no such thing as a broken heart,” the song, which is climbing the Country Airplay chart, is a powerful directive to live fearlessly. “Shoe Shopping” puts a unique spin on an old pick-up line (“If you’re shoe shopping, try me on for size”), while “Written In The Sand” finds an unpredictable way to take a story about uncertainty in a relationship (“Are we names in a tattoo or just a number on a hand?”) to a clever, yet emotionally resonant place.

“I think the challenge for any songwriter is to say the same thing everyone has already said but in a different way,” Ramsey says. “Because there are only so many things that people want to hear about, so you have to find a new way to say it.” Adds Rosen: “A publisher in Nashville we knew used to say, ‘The last thing anybody needs is another decent song.’”

In the end, Ramsey says he wants the new album “to show everyone, as well as ourselves what we can do. We made a really great romantic comedy with Meat and Candy, but it was time to grow into making something more.”

“We don't just do romantic comedies,” Rosen says.

“Yeah. We can make dramas,” Ramsey says. “Dramedies.”

“Horror films, sometimes,” deadpans Sprung. “That's to come.”

Finishes Ramsey: “On social media, we see Snapchats of people on a boat listening to our songs. I just want more of that.”

The Charlie Daniels Band

The Charlie Daniels Band was formed in 1970, with Charlie Daniels joined by Barry Barnes (guitar), Mark Fitzgerald (bass), Fred Edwards and Gary Allen (drums), and Taz DiGregorio (keyboards). They started recording southern rock-styled albums for Kama Sutra. Although a multi-instrumentalist, Daniels was a limited vocalist, but his voice was well suited to the talking-style "Uneasy Rider", which reached the US Top 10 in 1973. He followed it with his anthem for southern rock, "The South's Gonna Do It". In 1974, Daniels had members of The Marshall Tucker Band and The Allman Brothers Band join him onstage in Nashville. It was so successful that he decided to make his so-called Volunteer Jam an annual event. It led to some unlikely combinations of artists such as James Brown performing with Roy Acuff, and the stylistic mergers have included Crystal Gayle singing the blues with the Charlie Daniels Band.

The Charlie Daniels Band underwent some personnel changes on 1975's Nightrider, with Tom Crain, Charlie Hayward and Don Murray (3) replacing Barnes, Fitzgerald and Allen respectively. When Daniels moved to Epic in 1976, there was a concerted effort to turn the band into a major concert attraction, despite the fact that at 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 20 stone Daniels was no teenage idol: he hid his face under an oversized cowboy hat. The albums sold well, and in 1979, when recording his Million Mile Reflections album, he recalled a 20s poem, "The Mountain Whipporwill", by Stephen Vincent Benet. The band developed this into "The Devil Went Down To Georgia", in which Johnny outplays the Devil to win a gold fiddle. Daniels overdubbed his fiddle seven times to create an atmospheric recording that topped the US country charts and reached number 3 in the US pop charts. It was also a UK Top 20 success.

In 1980 the band recorded "In America" for the hostages in Iran, and then in 1982, "Still In Saigon" , about Vietnam. The band were featured on the soundtrack for Urban Cowboy and also recorded the theme for the Burt Reynolds movie Stroker Ace. The 13th Volunteer Jam was held in 1987, but financial and time constraints meant the event was put on temporary hiatus (it resumed four years later). In the late 80s Daniels appeared in the movie Lone Star Kid and published a book of short stories, but continued touring and playing his southern boogie to adoring audiences.

During the 90s Daniels updated "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" with Johnny Cash and continued in his politically incorrect way - in simple language, he advocates both lynching and red-baiting; not a man to stand next to at the bar. He signed a new recording contract with Liberty in 1993, but also targeted the white gospel market through a deal with Sparrow Records. The albums The Door and Steel Witness earned Daniels several awards from the Christian recording community. In 1997 Daniels inaugurated his own Blue Hat Records and also released his first children's album, By The Light Of The Moon: Campfire Songs & Cowboy Tunes, on the Sony Wonder label. Two years later he took his Volunteer Jam event on the road for the first time.

Conceived in a honky tonk long, long ago, Cody now makes his living in them. Accompanied by the Tonedeaf Hippies, he rolls across the land and the oceans onto other lands to sow a collective musical seed. Not like the brazen giant of "Texas/Red Dirt" fame, he is a fair-sized man with a Zippo whose flame longs to be ignited by the sound of real music.
"Keep that which is plastic, and the posers that compose for money. Give us your listeners, your dreamers, your huddled drunken masses longing to break free of the feces on our radios. Send these: the hippies and the cowboys, and we will flick our bics through those swinging doors."

Jerrod Niemann

American country musician, born 23 July 1979 in Harper, Kansas, USA.

California native and Capitol Records Nashville's Jon Pardi is undeniably country, with an evident influence from country music pioneers from Dwight Yoakam to Merle Haggard. His laid back, fun-loving approach towards life, charisma and authenticity strike a chord with country audiences as he regularly sells out shows across the country and prepares for the June 17 release of his second studio album, California Sunrise. Lead single "Head Over Boots" is a swinging, mid-tempo tune currently climbing country radio's Top 15, gaining Top 15 in country track sales, surpassing 33.6 million in streaming and noticeably, immediately connecting with fans.

California Sunrise is the follow-up to his highly-praised debut, Write You A Song, which landed on multiple 'Best of 2014' lists including the Los Angeles Times' Mikael Wood's all-genre Top 10 and both Rhapsody's and Taste of Country's Top 10 Country Albums. Write You A Song features the Gold-selling Top 10 "Up All Night" and fan-favorites "Missin' You Crazy," "What I Can't Put Down" and "When I've Been Drinkin.'"

Pardi has toured with Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, was hand-picked by country legend Alan Jackson for his 25th anniversary tour, and recently, he wrapped his own highly-successful All Time High Tour.

Joe Nichols

American country music singer and songwriter

Sawyer Brown

Sawyer Brown is an American country music band founded in 1981 in Apopka, Florida, by five members of country pop singer Don King's road band, first choosing the name Savanna before switching to Sawyer Brown, also the name of a road near where they practiced.

Sawyer Brown has released twenty studio albums, of which three have been certified gold in the United States for sales of 500,000 copies. More than 50 of their singles have entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three #1 singles. The group received a Horizon Award from the Country Music Association in 1985, as well as a Vocal Group of the Year award in 1997 from the Academy of Country Music and 5 Vocal Band Of The Year Awards from the TNN Music City News Country Awards.

Bobby Randall (guitar) 1981-1991
Jim Scholten (bass guitar)
Joe Smyth (drums)
Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard (keyboards)
Mark Miller (lead vocals)
Duncan Cameron (guitar) 1991-2004
Shayne Hill (guitar) 2004-

American rapper born on November 2, 1978 in Austin, Texas, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Cadillac Three

Nashville
Originally known as The Cadillac Black.
American Country Rock / Southern Rock group

Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter, born 27 June 1995 in Swift Current - Saskatchewan, Canada.
His style is in folk, Americana, blues and country. His voice has resemblance to Johnny Cash, and performance and lyrics similar to Townes Van Zandt and Hank Williams

Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott Robinson (born October 22, 1990 in Bastrop, Louisiana) is an American country music singer and songwriter, better known by his stage name Dylan Scott. Scott is signed to Curb Records.

Scott's debut single, "Makin' This Boy Go Crazy", was released in June 2013. Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song three and a half stars out of five, writing that "the native Louisianan can really rumble when he reaches down to hit the low notes, but his performance won’t leave female fans tingling like the greats."It charted for 10 weeks on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, peaking at number 54 in April 2014. The song's music video premiered on CMT in December 2013.

Scott's second single, "Mmm, Mmm, Mmm", was released in July 2014. Markos Papadatos of Digital Journal gave the song a B+ rating, writing that "the song has a Jake Owen meets Colt Ford vibe to it, especially since he displays his smooth baritone and rap vocals."

Both songs are included on his extended play, Makin' This Boy Go Crazy, which was released on February 11, 2014. The EP was produced by Jim Ed Norman. It peaked at number 50 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

Scott released his debut studio album, self-titled Dylan Scott, in August 2016. It debuted at number five on the Top Country Albums chart, selling 9,000 copies for the week.

Whiskey Myers

WHISKEY MYERS
It would be an understatement to say that a lot has happened since Whiskey Myers was
last in the recording studio. Over two whirlwind years, the gritty Texas band hit #1 on
the iTunes Country Chart with their breakout third album 'Early Morning Shakes,'
earned raves everywhere from Rolling Stone to USA Today, and toured the US and UK
relentlessly, slaying massive festival crowds and sharing stages with Lynyrd Skynyrd,
Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, and more along the way. You'd be forgiven, then,
for expecting things to work a little differently this time around when the band
reunited with acclaimed producer Dave Cobb for their stellar new album, 'Mud.' But as
it turns out, success doesn't change a Southern gentleman, and they don't come any
more Southern than Whiskey Myers.
Fueled by larger-than-life performances honed tight from countless nights on the road,
'Mud' finds the band scaling new heights of songwriting and musicianship, with searing
guitars, soulful vocals, and indelible hooks. While their approach to the music and
humble, hard-working attitudes may not have altered, there have been developments
in the Whiskey Myers world, most notably with the arrival of new faces. For the
recording sessions, the band's five founding members—Cody Cannon on lead vocals and
guitar, Cody Tate and John Jeffers on guitars, Gary Brown on bass, and Jeff Hogg on
drums—fleshed out their sound with the addition of fiddler/keyboard player Jon
Knudson and percussionist Tony Kent, who are both now full-time members.
"They bring a great energy, and I think it's really helped our sound and makes the band
more versatile," explains Cannon. "There's less room onstage now, but sometimes a
family grows."
A glance through Whiskey Myers' lyrics will show you that Cannon is a man who chooses
his words carefully, so it's little surprise that he describes the band as a family. The
tight-knit group's roots stretch back decades into the red dirt of East Texas, where
Cannon, Jeffers, and Tate first began playing together before rounding out their initial
lineup with the addition Hogg and Brown (who is Cannon's actual cousin). They built up
a rabid local following on the strength of their 2008 debut album, 'Road Of Life,' and
then notched their first #1 on the Texas Music Charts with their 2011 follow-up
'Firewater.' It was 'Early Morning Shakes,' though, that introduced the rest of the world
to what Texas already knew. The album cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Country
Chart, a remarkable feat for a fiercely independent band and a testament to their
rigorous DIY work ethic and endless supply of passion and drive. Esquire called them
"the real damn deal," while Country Weekly said they combine "greasy Southern rock
riffs with countrified songwriting and Texas grit for something wholly unique," and
Playboy dubbed them "the new bad boys of country music."
Even in the face of their rapidly-growing profile and expanding lineup, the band found
they were able to pick up exactly where they left off when they returned to the studio
for 'Mud.'
"We don't want a high stress situation, and we don't want to feel uncomfortable while
we're recording, because we want to make sure everybody can get into their creative
mode," explains Brown. "Dave has a laid back attitude as far as making music and that
fits right in with the way we work. His ear is similar to ours and he has the same kind
of vision for what the music should sound like."
What the music sounds like is raw, visceral emotion: pride, faith, desire, defiance. The
songs on 'Mud' are stories of ordinary men and women standing up for their families
and honoring their roots. Home is sacred ground for Whiskey Myers, not just a plot of
land, but rather the cornerstone of an identity worth dying for. Fiddle-led album
opener "On The River" steps back to frontier times when the struggle for survival was a
daily one, while the epic title track promises a home-foreclosing banker "Ain't no man
gonna take it away / Because it's deep down in my blood / So step across the ol'
property line / And you'll die right here in the mud." "Frogman," written with Rich
Robinson of the Black Crowes, follows a Southern man halfway around the world, as he
risks his life to defend freedom and fight terror in the Middle East as a Navy Seal, and
the Darrell Scott co-write "Trailer We Call Home" finds the beauty in simple things,
concluding, "Times get tough but love is strong / Here in this trailer that we call
home."
"Where you come from and where you grew up influences your music a lot," says
Cannon. "As a band, we don't go into the studio with any preconceived theme. You just
sit down and you write and the songs come out naturally."
As a result, Whiskey Myers' music fits neatly into no genre. Sure, it's heavily influenced
by country music ("My first record was 'The Pressure Is On' / Ain't it funny how your life
can change with a song" Cannon sings on "Hank"), but the band credits everything from
Alan Jackson and Waylon Jennings to Led Zeppelin and Nirvana as inspiration. "Some
Of Your Love" channels old-school soul, while the bright, punchy horns of "Lightning
Bugs And Rain" flirts with Rolling Stones swagger, and "Good Ole' Days" captures a
stripped-down, folky vibe, as the whole band sat in a circle singing together live. It all
adds up to what Cannon perhaps describes best as "no frills, no bullshit rock and roll."
"The equipment we used on the recording process for this one was really important to
the sound, too" he adds. "Dave has these amazing old amps and we recorded
everything to tape for the first time. The piano was from, like, 1904 or something, and
I don't think it's been tuned since. Little things like that make a big difference. It
sounds authentic when you actually use the real, old gear."
In the end, there may be no better word for Whiskey Myers than authentic. This music
is in their blood, and it flows as naturally from them as a spring feeding a mountain
creek. While a record this good is sure to send their (lone)star rising higher than ever
before, you can rest assured that success still won't be changing this band any time
soon. They make music they're proud of that celebrates where they come from and
makes people feel good. As far as they're concerned, that's all the success anyone
could ever ask for.

$89 - $99

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Single Day and Multi Day tickets available. Ticket includes access for 1-individual to specified date(s).  NO lawn chairs allowed in VIP & Party Pit Section. Children 6 and under are free. No coolers allowed, No outside food or drink. Lawn chairs are allowed in General Admission area only.

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