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.

Cole Swindell released his second single, "Middle Of A Memory," from sophomore album You Should Be Here, and within just days was the most added song at country radio. "Middle Of A Memory" is streaming close to 1.5 million streams/week.

The multi-week No. 1 single "You Should Be Here," the debut and title track from his just released sophomore album shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Country chart and Top 10 on iTunes All Genre within hours of its release. The song was the most added at country radio the day it released. "You Should Be Here" vaulted to the Top 25 on Billboard Country singles chart before the song officially went for adds at radio. "You Should Be Here," his fastest rising single to date hit No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart in just 15 weeks. It was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart (which includes streaming, radio airplay and digital sales) for four consecutive weeks and was a multi-week No. 1 on both Billboard and Mediabase country singles charts. The song already boasts over 50 million streams, 700,000 tracks sold and the video for "You Should Be Here" has more than 24 million YouTube views.

Cole Swindell's self-titled debut album, certified Platinum by the RIAA, includes four back-to-back No.1 singles "Let Me See Ya Girl," and the first three Platinum-certified singles "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," "Ain't Worth The Whiskey" and "Chillin' It" making him the only solo male artist in the history of Country Aircheck/Mediabase to top the chart with his four singles. To date, Swindell has sold over 1.4 million total album equivalents in the two years since his debut, including 4.8 million tracks sold and 330 million streams. In 2015 the Georgia native won the ACM New Artist of the Year, was named to Billboard's Top New Country Artists, awarded CMA's "Triple Play Award" for having (at least) three No. 1 songs in the past twelve months, and was the only performer to claim the title in 2015. He was nominated for CMA Awards' "New Artist of the Year" and named Music Row's Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, with celebrated songwriting credits which include "This Is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line, "Get Me Some of That" by Thomas Rhett, and several songs with Luke Bryan such as his No. 1 single "Roller Coaster," among others. Swindell toured with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and headlined his own sold-out "Down Home Tour," as the inaugural country edition of "Monster Energy's Outbreak Tour." He is currently touring with Florida Georgia Line's "Dig Your Roots Tour."

With two No. 1 singles, multiple awards and nominations, plus performances on some of the biggest stages in the world, Mercury Nashville’s Easton Corbin has made a lasting impression on the country music landscape. He is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. American Songwriter says, "Easton Corbin has one of those rare, glorious voices that was made—just made—for singing country music.” His self-titled debut album released in 2010 and spawned back-to-back hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It;” making him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. In 2012 the Gilchrist County Florida native released his sophomore album, All Over The Road, which included the Top 5 hits “Lovin’ You Is Fun” and “All Over The Road.” Corbin set a career-best debut on Country Airplay with his top 5 hit single, “Baby Be My Love Song," from his No. 1 debuting album About To Get Real. His latest single, “Are You With Me,” was most added song at country radio the day it was released. “Are You With Me” first appeared on All Over The Road and was such a special song to Corbin he carried it over to About To Get Real in hopes it would be a radio single. Corbin spent 2016 on one of the biggest tours in country music -Carrie Underwood’s The Storyteller Tour. Corbin is currently in the studio working on new music for his fourth studio album.

Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye never intended to hit a nerve when they sat down on St. Patricks Day and wrote "Girl In A Country Song." Merely expressing their own reaction to the reductive tilt of today's BroCountry, the pair and co-writer Aaron Schwerz shamelessly skewered its Xeroxed stereotypes; "Girl" was as much a lark as it was ever "meaningful social commentary."

Yet the response was so instant and intense, there was no denying it. NPR's "All Things Considered" cited Maddie & Tae for "turning heads in different ways with their very first single," Rolling Stone cited them as one of "10 New Artists You Need to Know" and David Letterman couldn't get the plucky duo to New York fast enough. Even elevated cultural think-tank The Atlantic marveled, "Cheekily appropriating much of the sound of modern country, the two young women directly quote well-known bro-country lyrics and titles..."

No one was more surprised than the natives of Sugar Land, Texas and Ada, Oklahoma. Still in the studio tracking overdubs for "Girl," they signed their record deal before Dan Huff had even finished four sides on the sunshine'n'moxie pair.

"We wanted to go at it from a girl's perspective, and we wanted to put ourselves in the shoes of this girl," says Dye. "You know, how does she feel wearing those cut-off shorts, sitting on the tailgate?"

"Boys, we love you, we want to look good, but it's not all we're good for," Marlow cautions with a laugh. "We are girls with something to say. We were brought up to know how we should be treated."

Simple as that. But there's so much more to Maddie & Tae than the song that is either a feminist declaration, an echo of Janet Jackson's rebuke "I've got a name, and it ain't 'Baby'," or this year's feel-good finger-wag to dumb boys. NPR's lead pop critic Ann Powers agrees, "Maddie and Tae are more. They're songwriters, powerful harmonizers, and in the video for 'Girl In A Country Song,' natural comediennes."

One listen to their self-titled EP shows that. The reeling mean-girl send-up "Sierra," with its bending steel and trotting acoustic guitar, boasts harmonies that turn in on each other and the kind of truth that's hilarious and straight-up.

"There was this beauty-queen bully from high school who sent my friends and I home in tears plenty of times," Marlow explains. "In order to get over it, I had to write a song. So I brought the idea of 'Sierra,' and started singing, 'I wish I had something nice to say...'
"Tae and our co-writer Aaron Scherz lit up and ran with it."

Any one who's suffered through and survived high school can relate. But the ability to rhyme "Sierra, Sierra, life ain't all tiaras..." and taking the rejoinder "you're gonna find out karma's a..." to the brink is what sets these two late teenagers apart.

Effervescent and savoring every moment, Maddie & Tae laugh when they lean into the cautionary "That high horse you're riding... can buck you off clean," then let their harmonies swoop free and high on the outro.

Like a lot of young women, Maddie & Tae grew up on the Dixie Chicks' full-tilt acoustica. Both dreamers who knew what they wanted early, the pair met at 15 through their vocal coach and came to Nashville for "a summer camp publishing deal." They met Big Machine's SVP of A&R Allison Jones – and fate stepped in.

As Tae recalls, "She said, 'If you really want to pursue this, you will need to move to Nashville.' I knew that was what I wanted, but moving to Nashville also meant I had to figure out how to graduate from high school early, and Maddie had to turn down college."

In 2013, it was decided. The pair relocated – and never looked back. Publishing deal in hand, they were immersed in creativity, seeking a voice that was both authentic and truly their own. Like Taylor Swift, the duo knew by speaking their truth, their uniqueness would set them apart.
As Marlow told Rolling Stone Country, "Our whole project revolves around keeping it real and being honest. We didn't filter anything, because we felt like when it comes from an honest place, the truth will resonate so much better. The thing about Taylor, everything is real and relevant to what she's going through, and that's why people connect with her."

Listening to the double harmonies over an acoustic guitar hope-strung-over-doubt mid-tempo "Fly," Maddie & Tae's conviction is evident. Will what's been built be betrayed? How do you keep the faith when you're so unsure? Where is the courage to maintain your place when you're afraid of the outcome?

Not since "Wide Open Spaces" has an act embraced the will to grow so unabashedly. In perfect synchronization, Maddie & Tae sing, "Keep on climbing, though the ground might shake, keep on reaching through the limb might break/ we've come this far, don't be scared now 'Cause you can't learn to fly on the way down..."

It's the sort of song that empowers people wherever they are in life, whatever challenge they may be encountering. Yes, it is about coming of age, but it's also facing the things that scare you – and having the faith to transcend.

"'Fly' hits home every time we listen to it," Dye offers. "We really wanted to write a song that was, 'You may not have anything figured out, but it doesn't matter.'"

Indeed. Townes Van Zant wrote, "To live is to fly..." For Maddie & Tae, their wings are in the music. What they feel, how they live, what they dream – this is where they rise. One need only listen to the tumbledown hoedown "Your Side of Town," that's all high jinx and higher spirits as they pair warn off a no-good man for the last time, to understand.

Even in the hardcore throw-down, all bucking backbeat and bee-sting guitar, there is a romp and a plucky audacity that shows these young ladies have no interest in letting anything break their spirits. Just as importantly, they fear no fiddles, no banjos, no steel guitars, even as they have bulked up drums that crash and guitars that slash and sting like the big boys.

While Rolling Stone observed, "Cheekily appropriating much of the sound of modern country," there is so much more to Maddie & Tae than that. Independent thinkers, strong livers, hardcore dreamers, the pair are reaching for the sky – and winking at us all while they do it.

Sometimes, it's the freshest faces and brightest sounds that pull us in. For Maddie & Tae, who embrace real country, it's that merge of what's right now and what they love that sets them apart/captures our imaginations in the best possible way.

Devin Clemons Band

When you wanna hear country who do you think of.... Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean? Well I want you to add another one to your list, Devin Clemons Band!!

Devin Clemons Band "DCB" exploded onto the Midwest country scene in just a few short months! After forming DCB in late February early March of 2012, members Devin Clemons (Lead Vocals Rhythm Guitar) Brett Moffitt "Ube" (Lead Guitar Backup Vocals) and Jason Ritter (Bass Guitar Backup Vocals) have since shared the stage with Casey Donahew, Lee Brice, Frankie Ballard, Confederate RailRoad, Greg Bates, Jason Michael Carroll, Florida Georgia Line, and the list continues to grow!!!

"We received three show offers our first show opening for Casey Donahew. I never would have thought that possible," said Devin Clemons.

In between opening for that list of Great Artist, DCB signed a contract with Blakeley Promotions, recorded a single "Illinois Country Boy" at Water Front Studios, and added their fifth member Robert Britenstine "Big Country" (fiddle player and backup singer).


"Looking back at how the band formed, it just seems right!" Says Devin." I've known Brett my whole life, his mom was my babysitter growing up. After High school we got a place together, and during that time I used to watch him play guitar and it motivated me to want to play. So I bought a guitar and he actually pushed me to start singing in front of people. He is great inspiration for me!! I soon joined the Illinois Army National Guard and lost contact with him but after a few years had passed, Ube and I got back together and started doing acoustic shows and writing."

Through the buzz that Devin had created at the local scene, Dan noticed people from their hometown talking about Devin on Facebook. Devin was doing some acoustic shows, so he contacted him to see if he would want to put together a band. Devin replied, "that is exactly what I want to do." They got together at an open mic and jammed. Everything flowed very well. The only thing missing was a bass player.

Fortunately Dan knew of one, a past band member and good friend, Jason Ritter. Jason immediately said he would help Dan out but didn't know if he could be a permanent member." I had always wanted to be in another band with Dan, he is a great drummer and even better friend. I just wasn't sure if this was the one" said Jason. So he went and checked them out at open mic and instantly,after hearing Devin sing and Ube play guitar, he knew that there was alot of potential for this band. "I didn't know what would happen. I just new that this is a band I wanted to be apart of!!" replied Jason.

After a few months of shows and the strong support of fans, the Band found their fifth member, Robert Britenstine, through mutual friends. Although Rob had been playing for years, he had never been in a band before but you couldn't tell from the cover of orange blossom special at his first show in September. Rob has been filling out DCB's Country/Rock wall of sound every since.

In January 2013 DCB inked a new deal with Solitaire Productions for Management / Booking representation.

In May 2013, DCB lost it's drummer Dan Darnell who admirably needed to focus on his family and step back from the hectic touring schedule. Drew Cox came on board to slap the skins that very next month and instantly became a member of the family.

Now DCB looks forward to gaining new fans, growing the set, adding to their list of great artist they will rock the stage with, and writing new songs for their debut EP set to be released in 2014. What came out of a couple friends playing guitar and singing together grew into a full band with a raw modern country sound that is taking the midwest by storm, but still doesn't forget where it came from. They are the "Country Boys from Illinois."

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.”

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COLE SWINDELL & More - Saturday September 30.

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