The line up at WGNA’s Countryfest 2016 is heating up. Festival organizers announced last week that Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum fame will be stopping at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in Schaghticoke, New York for the July 9 festival. Kelley is currently touring the country in support of The Driver, his solo debut released this February on the Capitol Nashville label. Kelley joins headliner Lee Brice, Eli Young Band and Granger Smith at the annual festival, which is touted as the largest one-day country music event in the region.
Kelley released The Driver in February, a project he has been working on since Lady Antebellum took a much-needed break following the completion of their 2015 tour. The title track was released in 2015 as a single and features Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay. The driver of the song is a tour bus driver, and the strength of the track drove the song to a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance award. Kelley is noted for his strong songwriting (he penned many of Lady Antebellum’s hits) and smooth style that borders on soft rock.
Festival organizers also announced the addition of Thompson Square to the lineup. The duo of Shawna Thompson and Keifer Thompson’s single release “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” in 2010 proved to be a crossover hit, topping the Hot Country Songs chart and reaching 32 on the Hot 100. This success was followed by a second hit with “If I Didn’t Have You.” Additional acts will be announced as the festival date draws near.
This summer’s festival marks the 23rd year radio station New Country WGNA in Albany hosts Countryfest. The much-anticipated event brings national acts to the fairgrounds, which are located 25 miles Northeast of Albany, New York.
Gates open at 11 a.m. Tickets are available in three categories: Super VIP, $199, VIP, $75, and General Admission, $35. Tickets may be purchased here. Following the festival, the Rustic Barn Pub in Troy, New York will be holding an After Countryfest Party featuring Whiskey Highway and True Grit Outlaws.
Parking is available on the fairgrounds, although there is no camping available. Outside food and beverages are prohibited, as are professional cameras. For more information, visit WGNA.com.