Blu Events & Entertainment Presents:
2014 Country Life Music Festival - Saturday Pass
Brad Paisley, Randy Houser, Leah Turner, Charlie Worsham, Outlaws, BlackHawk
5326 W Charter Oak Road
Peoria, IL, 61615
12:00 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
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2014 Country Life Music Festival - Saturday
Country Life Music Festival is one of Central Illinois' largest country music festivals for 2014 - with today's top country music artists, camping options, and more!
Brad Douglas Paisley (born October 28, 1972) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. His style crosses between traditional country music and Southern rock, and his songs are frequently laced with humor and pop culture references.
Paisley was the 2008 CMA and ACM Male Vocalist of the Year winner. Starting with the release of his 1999 album Who Needs Pictures, Paisley has recorded seven studio albums and a Christmas compilation on the Arista Nashville label, with all of his albums certified gold or higher by the RIAA. In addition, he has charted 25 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 16 of which have reached #1 with a record 10 consecutive singles reaching the top spot on the chart. On November 10, 2010, Paisley won the Entertainer of the Year award at the 44th annual CMA Awards.
Randy Houser is a man refreshed. "I don't know how it happened, but everything in my life has started lining up," says the Lake, Mississippi native. "I must have done somebody right in the past."
Houser's own past contains no shortage of achievement, including multiple nominations for ACM and CMA Awards, a #2 single in the form of "Boots On," and songwriting credits for major names such as Trace Adkins, Justin Moore and Chris Young. In 2008—mere months after the release of his debut single, "Anything Goes"—Houser was even asked by David Letterman himself to appear on the Late Show. The singer's first full-length, Anything Goes, came out later that year, followed in 2010 by They Call Me Cadillac.
And yet despite this early success, Houser now admits that he wasn't truly happy. "It seemed like professionally things weren't as great as they could be, and that was part of it," he says. "But the biggest thing was not having a homebase. I needed an anchor." He found one last year when he married his wife, Jessa. "All of a sudden it was like I had this piece that had been missing," he says with audible gratitude. Another piece—son West Yantz Houser—arrived this past spring, as did a crisp new look and a pact with Stoney Creek Records.
"Everybody there feels like part of my family," Houser says of the independent imprint, where he happily signed following a long stretch of intensive touring. (How intensive? Think 150 shows a year.) "You walk in the door and everybody seems really happy with their job; there's no strife in the air. That's really important for me to have right now. It's comforting."
Those positive vibes ripple through "How Country Feels," the sparkling first single from Houser's upcoming Stoney Creek debut, which he's currently cutting with producer Derek George, a fellow Mississippian Houser's been wanting to work with for a decade. "It was the obvious choice for a leadoff," Houser says of "How Country Feels." "It caught my ear the first time I heard it—like, 'I wanna hear that again.'"
Other new tracks echo the single's sunny self-assurance, including "We're Just Growing Younger" and "Along for the Ride," which Houser co-wrote with Zac Brown. "We were playing a festival and I just had this song rolling around in my head," Houser remembers of the latter. "I stayed up till about 5 in the morning but then got stuck. So I called up Zac and we went on his bus and knocked it out of the park."
There is contemplation, too: "Like a Cowboy" is about "me coming home for a few days, then having to leave again," Houser says, while "Route 3 Box 250D" provides an intimate snapshot of the singer's upbringing. "That one's kind of hard to listen to," he admits. "It hits almost too close to home."
As for the album's sound, Houser says it's shaping up as his most expansive outing yet, with more bells and whistles than he's used in the past; it also showcases the remarkable voice that led Vince Gill to call Houser "one of the best in the new crop of country singer-songwriters" and caused his pal Jamey Johnson to say, "I watched a blind man jump to his feet and drop his crutches the first time he heard Randy Houser sing."
Still, the heart of the album—of Houser's entire outlook right now—remains the story of a man who's moved through darkness into light. "I feel like I've reached such a special moment," he says, and it's a true pleasure to hear him inside it.
Signed to Columbia Nashville in July 2013, singer-songwriter Leah Turner’s co-penned debut single, “Take the Keys” is set to launch at country radio on October 7th. Co-written by Leah, Cary Barlowe and Jesse Frasure and produced by Jim Catino, Cary Barlowe, and Jesse Frasure, “Take the Keys” houses a heavy rock influence and showcases Leah’s distinctive vocals. Her unique mix of strength and vulnerability echoes across all of her melodic anthems, particularly her first single.
A California native, singer-songwriter Leah Turner grew up in the Morongo Valley on a ranch filled with horses, goats and chickens. Her unique Western upbringing as a West Coast cowgirl, complemented by father’s occupation as a championship header in the rodeo, strongly influenced even Leah’s earliest musical taste, from Paul Overstreet, Chris Ledoux, George Strait and Loretta Lynn to Trisha Yearwood, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson. She began writing songs when she was six years old, while coming back from church, singing a song that she wrote. “That was the start of it, I just kept writing songs, making them up, singing and performing them.”
While at college at UCSB, she found herself gravitating towards music and songwriting classes when, as part of a class final, she was selected to sing in front of celebrity guest KennyLoggins, who convinced her to move to Los Angeles as soon as possible. While working her way through the Los Angeles music scene, she encountered a by-chance meeting with Beverly Gatica, famed music-producer Humberto Gatica’s wife, who offered to play Leah’s music for her husband. After sending her demo, she began writing and working with David Foster and Humberto Gatica (Whitney Houston, Celine Dion), but after receiving the music back, she realized it was not her. “I was working with these amazing producers, which was a dream come true. But the music just wasn’t me. It wasn’t who I was.” Two weeks later, she was on a one-way flight to Nashville, and her official move came next. After a successful five-year run in LA, she had returned home to the music she loved, country.
“I just kept feeling like even with the amazing producers in LA and the amazing opportunities I had been given, country music is what I was, and where I wanted to be. I stopped trying to pull out my roots, and started to water them.”
See Charlie Worsham on a stage and you immediately understand what he understood from the beginning: It's where he's meant to be. For him, music wasn't just a thing, it was the only thing. "I kind of feel like I didn't have much choice. The songs... the playing... those were the only things that ever really kept my attention." As a ridiculously talented multi-instrumentalist and student of great songs, he's developed a unique modern country sound built around the traditional acoustic instruments he grew up on.
Starting in his hometown of Grenada, Mississippi, Charlie was always out playing somewhere. From the Opry at age twelve to the local Missionary Baptist Church to the back-road blues joints he wasn't even supposed to know about, much less play in, wherever he found a stage, he played. And when he wasn't playing, he was listening to everything from Don Williams to Tom Petty to Earl Scruggs. With his energy and showmanship onstage and his understated Mississippi "yes sir" and "no ma'am" offstage, it's easy to understand why so many in Nashville's music community are rooting for him.
Charlie is currently writing and recording to finish out his major label debut album for Warner Music Nashville. After studying at Berklee School of Music in Boston, he moved South to Nashville. For the last two years, he's divided his time between writing songs, being an in-demand studio musician for other artists and playing his music live — sharing stages across the country with Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and others.
For The Outlaws, it was always about the music. For 40 years, the Southern Rock legends celebrated triumphs, endured tragedies and survived legal nightmares to remain one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. Now The Outlaws return with new music, new focus and an uncompromising new mission: It’s about a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road. It’s about a group that respects its own legacy while refusing to be defined by its past. But most of all, it’s about pride.
Multi-platinum-selling country group BlackHawk is Henry Paul (guitar, mandolin and vocals) and Dave Robbins (keyboards and vocals). They along with third founding member Van Stephenson exploded on to the country music landscape in 1993 with their debut smash "Goodbye Says It All". With a dozen top ten hits including two number ones to their credit and album sales that exceed 7 million records, they continue to carve out their own place in music history. In 1999 tragedy struck when Van was diagnosed with melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. In 2001 after a long courageous fight Van lost his battle. Henry and Dave have since followed through with his dying wish that BlackHawk continue to make great music and that they try and help find a cure. They established the Van Stephenson Memorial Cancer Research Fund in his memory, donating the proceeds of their efforts to the Vanderbilt Cancer Research Center. They continue to write and record new music and with their incredible band continue to spread BlackHawk's unique musical message. There is a sincerity and originality in what they do that rings true with audiences everywhere. Great songs are the cornerstones of their career and these songs have touched people both young and old. Their unique musical character has been a catalyst in bringing non-country music fans to the genre. BlackHawk's faithful followers have continued to grow in numbers over the years based on the consistency of quality in their live show. Night after night BlackHawk puts on an inspired performance that resonates in the hearts and minds of music enthusiasts everywhere. BlackHawk continues to soar!!