Country music fans are gearing up for this year’s four Country Thunder Music Festivals, the first of which takes place April 5-8 in Florence, Arizona. Announced as headliners for the event are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith and Cole Swindell. Aldean has just released a new single called “You Make it Easy;” the cut comes from his upcoming album Rearview Town, set to release on April 13, just a few days after his Country Thunder appearance. Bryan has a hot new album called What Makes You Country, Swindell has had a string of hits that went to the top of the charts, and Keith, a country stalwart, hitmaker and namesake of the Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill restaurant chain, has recently hit #1 on the comedy charts with his album The Bus Songs.
Swindell has the honor of headlining the festival’s opening night; warming up the crowd for him will be Bryan White (“God Gave Me You”), Lauren Alaina (“Doin’ Fine”) and two acts yet to be named. Fri. Apr. 6 finds Aldean in the spotlight with Tracy Lawrence, Neal McCoy, Lukas Nelson (Willie Nelson’s son), Arizona’s own Harry Luge and one other as yet unnamed act opening. Big in stature and big in the music world, Toby Keith headlines the festival on Apr. 7 when the roster also includes Big & Rich, Cody Johnson (“Wild as You”), Michael Ray (“Get to You”) and Runaway June, a trio of ladies who have been likened to a modern version of the Dixie Chicks.
The closing day features another powerhouse line-up with Bryan at the top and rising stars Brett Young and Lindsay Ell, who is currently on tour with Brad Paisley, in the two slots prior to his performance. Also playing on the festival’s final day will be Morgan Wallen, who has recently teamed up with Florida Georgia Line on his hit “Up Down,” and Michael Tyler (“Hey Mama”).
Fans who want to attend all of the Country Thunder Music Festivals happening this year can note that the others will take place July 12-15 in Craven, Saskatchewan, July 19-22 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin and Aug. 17-19 in Calgary, Alberta. Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Chris Young and Sam Hunt will be among the stars appearing at one or more of those events.
The festival grounds in Florence are located about 65 miles from the Phoenix metropolitan area. For Country Thunder Music Festival ticket information go here.