Tree Town Music Festival

Tree Town Music Festival

If Country Music falls in a forest and there IS someone around to hear it, does it make a sound? It certainly will in Forest City, Iowa this Memorial Day weekend (May 24-25, 2014)! It's the inaugural Tree Town Music Festival, with Brad Paisley and Toby Keith as headliners, in addition to Brantley Gilbert, Chris Young, Tyler Farr, Charlie Worsham, David Nail, JT Hodges, Leah Turner, Sarah Darling and The Last Ride to the star-studded line-up.

Tree Town Music Festival will also feature "Little Nashville,” a stage bringing the excitement of Nashville’s world-famous Broadway to Iowa (opens to campers and ticket-holders on Friday, May 23 from 6pm to 2am as well as during the festival), beer tents, a variety of food vendors, rock climbing, bounce houses and much more for the entire weekend. It's fun for the whole family! Buy your tickets early in order to save!  Two-day general admission passes (May 24-25) are available for the early-bird price of $120 until March 14th. Campsites are available starting at $100.

VIP tickets are also available for those looking for the premium Tree Town Music Festival experience. VIP ticket holders will be given prime seating, with the best view of the main stage, the closest parking to the festival entrance, access to mouth-watering catered food from 1:30pm to 8pm on May 24-25 and discounted drinks at a private bar.

For more info on tickets, camping or for any of your Tree Town Music Festival needs, please visit: or call 877-569-7767.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Heritage Park, Tree Town Music Festival is bringing Nashville to Iowa with non-stop music from two stages and other on-site entertainment during the day and a Country Music party night under stars. If you’re looking for the full-festival experience, the campgrounds boast over 1800 campsites on more than 200 acres.

The fun continues in the campgrounds, with flip cup competitions, golf cart taxis, food and drink vendors and more. Make your Memorial Day Weekend one for the books at the Tree Town Music Festival May 24-25th in Forest City, Iowa!

The 2014 Tree Town Music Festival Lineup

Friday, May 23
Little Nashville Stage

  • Megan Ellis
  • David Ray
  • Hali Hicks

Saturday, May 24
Main Stage

  • Leah Turner
  • JT Hodges
  • Charlie Worsham
  • Scotty McCreery
  • Brantley Gilbert
  • Brad Paisley

Sunday, May 25
Main Stage

  • Big Medicine
  • The Last Ride
  • Sarah Darling
  • Tyler Farr
  • David Nail
  • Chris Young
  • Toby Keith

In addition, Tree Town Music Festival is proud to announce The American Legion is the official charity of the Memorial Day weekend event featuring top country music artists in Forest City, Iowa. Tree Town Music Festival and The American Legion have created special ticket rates to make this an even more accessible destination event for active-duty military, veterans and their families.


Let It Ride Tour

Let It Ride Tour

Country rocker Brantley Gilbert has been on fire ever since his music hit the airwaves. Now, for 2014, BG is bringing the "Let It Ride" tour to the Sioux Falls Arena on Friday, May 16th! Coming along for the ride are newcomers Thomas Rhett ("Get Me Some of That") and Eric Paslay ("Friday Night"). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with music slated to start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for reserved or general admission range from $24 to $37 (processing fees not included) and ARE ON SALE NOW! Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.comWant to win tickets before you can buy them? Check out the US95 Facebook page for details on how you can win!

Impacting Country radio today, "Bottoms Up" is the first new music the Georgia native has produced for his loyal BG Nation fans in over four years. The lead single from Brantley's forthcoming album on The Valory Music Co. was made available in late December and quickly shot up the iTunes charts peaking at #1 on the Country Singles Chart and #8 All Genres. Coinciding with the single release, fans were also able to purchase the accompanying video, which was shot in Nashville and flashes from 1930’s vintage to modern day party scenes. Directed by CMA Award-winning Shane Drake, the video has already garnered over 1.2 million views on VEVO. Watch here.

This is BG's second second headlining tour, which makes stops at arenas across the country; here, fans can also expect to hear the GOLD-certified #1 hits, “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.”

“I’m really excited to get this new music out to the fans! The response from the BG Nation has blown me away. They always come out in full force,” said Brantley. “Can’t wait to see the reaction we get on the road.”

Thomas Rhett signed his first publishing deal with EMI while still a student at Lipscomb University in Nashville, and shortly thereafter, signed a record deal with The Valory Music Co. The talented singer has scored two Top 15 hits – the poignant “Beer With Jesus” and debut single “Something To Do With My Hands” – both of which are on his debut album, IT GOES LIKE THIS, out now. The project also features Thomas Rhett's new single, “Get Me Some Of That,” as well as the multi-week #1, “It Goes Like This,” which has been certified PLATINUM for sales of over 1 million downloads.

In the last year, Eric Paslay has been hard at work, and has co-penned three #1s singles including "Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen) and “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft). Paslay was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song, for ACM Song Of The Year and CMA Song Of The Year for his hit "Even If It Breaks Your Heart." Now, Eric features a fresh single "Friday Night" which was chosen by ESPN for use in their weekly ESPN College Football Primetime broadcasts this past fall.

Love and Theft

Love and Theft

The dynamic duo Love and Theft will make a tour stop at the Jackpot Junction Casino in Morton, Minn. on May 17th! Joining them is rising star Jana Kramer. This is an 18+ show with doors opening at 6 p.m., music slated to start at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and range from $30 to $50 (taxes and applicable fees not included), available at all Ticketmaster outlet and online.

Love and Theft may be celebrating the release of their second studio album, but to the ACM-nominated country duo, the self-titled release might as well be their first. And in a way, it is. Love and Theft is Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson’s first album since joining RCA Nashville, the home to many of their musical inspirations.

“We feel like people will be hearing us for the first time,” says Eric.

Stephen agrees and credits the label’s storied history with helping to reenergize the band. “The history of RCA Records is incredible. Just knowing that we are on the same label as some of our biggest influences, like Elvis Presley, is an awesome feeling.”

That excitement is palpable throughout the 11 songs that comprise the album, a fluid mix of country melodies and sing-along choruses, all driven by Eric’s earthy voice and Stephen’s high-altitude tenor. The guys share lead vocals, harmonize like a church choir, and bolster their songs with their own guitar playing.

“We sound like brothers when we sing,” says Eric. “Stephen and I have always been on the same page as far as the vision for the band, and we feel like we have made the record we’ve always wanted to make.”

Jana is no stranger to the bright lights with her impressive string of movie and television roles, but she credits her recent break into the music industry as her most important accomplishment to date.

“I love acting, but my heart and soul is in singing. I’ve been terrified to pursue this dream because it’s so personal to me. If someone tells me they don’t like my voice, it’s a lot harder of a hit to take,” said Jana. “This is what I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve wanted to do music my entire life."

Growing up in Michigan, Jana is no stranger to the rich history of country music, crediting one of her favorite memories to baking cookies with her grandmother while listening to Patsy Cline. These little moments are one of the many reasons why Jana hopes to share her music with others.

Country Fest 2014

Country Fest 2014

Country Fest 2014 is back for another year with another unbelievable lineup June 26-29 in Cadott, Wisconsin! Check out the latest lineup!

Thursday, June 26

  • 9:00 Rodney Atkins
  • 7:00 Tyler Farr
  • 5:00 Dan + Shay
  • 3:00 Hitchville

Friday, June 27

  • 9:00 TBD
  • 7:00 Love and Theft
  • 5:00 Casey James
  • 3:00 Jon Pardi
  • 1:00 The New Black 7
  • 11:00 Maiden Dixie

Saturday, June 28

  • 11:00 BRAD PAISLEY
  • 9:00 Gary Allan
  • 7:00 Randy Houser
  • 5:00 Jana Kramer
  • 3:00 Joel Crouse
  • 1:00 Big Back Yard
  • 11:00 Raised Reckless

Sunday, June 29

  • 8:30 Eli Young Band
  • 6:30 Charlie Daniels Band
  • 4:30 Eric Paslay
  • 2:30 Will Hoge 1
  • 2:30 Back Home Boys

Regional Bands for CF’14:

  • Hitchville
  • The New Black Seven
  • Maiden Dixie
  • Big Back Yard
  • Raised Reckless
  • Back Home Boys
  • Slamabama


Country Fest will be removing existing concrete thrusts, and lowering the Grade in front of the stage and adding a Pit Pass. Pit Pass will be in addition to Concert Ticket. Of course, the amazing VIP view & seating experience will be unaffected and will not change. The Pit Pass will enhance the overall experience for Artists and Fans, and will be available for a very reasonable price per show, or as a Weekend Pass in addition to a VIP, Reserved or General Admission Concert Ticket for those that choose to experience it.

How do you get a PIT PASS? If you already have VIP, Reserved or General Admission Tickets: Go to and select which Artist(s) you would choose the Pit Experience for, or if you would like to purchase a Four-Day Weekend Pit Pass for all Artists. Check out as normal, as you do with your Concert Tickets and Camping. Print the Pit Pass and bring it with you to the Fest! If you have a Four-Day Pit Pass, you will turn it in at the VIP Booth to be scanned at the beginning of the weekend and will receive an armband. If you have individual Pit Passes for certain shows, you will bring your printed Pit Pass to the Entrance of the Photo Line at least 15 minutes prior to each show to be scanned. More details and FAQs can be found at

Winstock 2014

Winstock 2014

Headliners Toby Keith (Saturday) and Rascal Flatts (Friday) will be joined at Winstock 2014 by Justin Moore, Billy Currington, Jerrod Niemann, Mel Tillis, Ashley Monroe, Danielle Bradbery, Chase Rice, and Krystal Keith. Also announced were local acts Shane Martin Band, Maiden Dixie, Roadhouse 6, and Tim Sigler Band.

Winstock 2013 sold-out for the first time in its history, and with such a stacked line-up, tickets are going fast! Make plans for one of the biggest country music festivals in the Midwest: 2014 Winstock Country Music Festival Friday, June 13th and Saturday, June 14th in Winsted, Minnesota! Tickets to Winstock ‘14 are on sale, and can be purchased online at or by calling 888-946-7865. Winstock’s VIP seating, along with campgrounds A and B, are already sold out.

Friday Main Stage 

  • Rascal Flatts
  • Billy Currington
  • Danielle Bradbery
  • Maiden Dixie

Friday Emerging Artist Stage

  • Chase Rice
  • Roadhouse 6

Saturday Main Stage

  • Toby Keith
  • Justin Moore
  • Jerrod Niemann
  • Mel Tillis
  • Ashley Monroe
  • Tim Sigler Band

Saturday Emerging Artist Stage

  • Krystal Keith

We Fest 2014

We Fest 2014

We Fest version 32 is back for another year, bringing headliners Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley and the Zac Brown Band for the 2014 We Fest three-day annual country festival running August 7, 8, and 9th.

Claiming the title of "America's Best Country Music and Camping Festival," 2014 We Fest is something you're definitely not going to want to miss out on. Not only are the headliners amazing, but even supporting acts are of the highest quality, bringing the The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line and Brantley Gilbert to Detroit Lakes. 

Tickets are already on sale and going quick with several reserved and VIP selections sold out! Visit the official We Fest website to purchase your tickets!

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The Outsiders World Tour

The Outsiders World Tour

Who's going to CHURCH?

Eric Church brings The Outsiders World Tour to Sioux Falls, S.D. at the new Denny Sanford Premier Center on December 6th, along with Dwight Yoakam and rockers Halestorm. Tickets go on sale April 18 with prices ranging from $39.50-$59.50 (applicable fees not included) and are available at

Stay tuned for additional details -- and maybe information on how you could see Eric Church, Halestorm, and Dwight Yoakam for free on US95!

Hailed as a top entertainer by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, SPIN Magazine, and more, Church will bring his rip-roaring attitude when he performs at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the Sprint Center in Kansas City, the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Atlanta, Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, and FedExForum in Memphis, among others. Church will also return to the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. where he sold more than 15,000 tickets in 2012 as part of his headlining arena tour, The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour—which Pollstar named a Top Tour of 2012.

Church’s current album, The Outsiders, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and the Billboard Country Albums Chart earlier this year, and his current hit single “Give Me Back My Hometown,” is Top 5-and-rising. “Eric Church is working on a level that few other country artists of his generation can touch,” said Ken Tucker at NPR Music in his review of the album, continuing, “Shrewd, defiant, sly and funny, Eric Church has succeeded in what he set out to do: He’s using the power he’s accrued from making hit records to make exactly the kind of album he wants, heedless of industry approval. And this is how good he is: Now he’ll go out and — through the singles he’ll release, the touring he’ll do and the videos he’ll make — probably turn this personal project into a big commercial deal. The Outsiders deserves nothing less.”

After scoring two top 10 singles (“I Get Off” and “It’s Not You”) from Halestorm's self-titled debut and touring steadily for two years with acts as diverse as Shinedown, Stone Sour, Disturbed, Megadeth, Papa Roach, Godsmack and countless others, Pennsylvania quartet Halestorm are back with their second full-length, The Strange Case of…. Musically diverse and emotionally revealing, the album resonates with a newfound poignancy that takes Halestorm to a new level of creative achievement.

Upon its release, The Strange Case Of…, the second album from Atlantic Records artist Halestorm, shot to the No. 1 slot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart. The first single, “Love Bites (So Do I),” marked the first song by a female fronted group to top the active rock chart and earned the band a GRAMMY award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. The song was also the No. 1 song of 2012 on SiriusXM’s Octane. The band’s second single “Freak Like Me” also hit No. 1 on the Active Rock chart and their third single “Here’s To Us” saw incredible chart success as well. Halestorm also released their second covers EP last fall, ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP, which saw the band putting their distinctive brand another eclectic collection of classic songs. In addition to releasing her own clothing and accessory line this past fall, “Scissor Happy,” frontwoman Lzzy Hale has also garnered national media attention appearing on the cover of Revolver’s “Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock” issue twice. The band has also performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. For more information, visit

Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, placing him in an elite group of global superstars. Nearly 40 of Yoakam’s singles have charted, with 14 peaking in the Top 10, including the hits “Honky Tonk Man,” “Please, Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” and “Fast as You.” He is a 21-time nominated, 2-time GRAMMY Award winner. In celebration of his latest critically acclaimed album, 3 Pears, he received the Artist of the Year award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award offered by the organization. In 2014, Yoakam will appear as a recurring guest star in multiple episodes of the thrilling CBS series, “Under the Dome,” based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel of the same name. For more information, visit

SD Cattlemen's Gala: Gary Allan

SD Cattlemen's Gala: Gary Allan

The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation (SDCF) has revealed details of the first annual Prime Time Gala, an upscale banquet and entertainment event that will raise funds to fight hunger in South Dakota.

“The SDCF is excited to announce that country music artist Gary Allan will headline the Prime Time Gala concert event slated for June 14, 2014, at the Sioux Falls Arena,” said Ryan Eichler, SDCF board member. “All proceeds of the Gary Allan concert will be donated to Feeding South Dakota to assist their efforts in providing more protein to food insecure families in our state.”

Gary brings with him Brett Eldredge, an up-and-coming country music artist. Tickets are available for the upscale beef banquet dinner, as well as the concert, and are available for purchase separately or in a package. Get more details and ticket information/purchase options at the SD Prime Time Gala official website.

Rooms at the Sheraton Sioux Falls have been blocked for the South Dakota Cattlemen's Foundation Prime Time Gala for June 13 and 14 at a special price available to guests of the event. To reserve your room at the discounted rate of $124 - $134 each night (plus taxes), you may call the Sheraton staff directly at 605-331-0100 and mention the code: "SD Cattlemen's Gala."

 There are four and a half times as many cattle as there are people in South Dakota. When SDCF board members, cattle producers themselves, learned that securing protein is one of the most critical needs for Feeding South Dakota, they immediately wanted to find a way to help.

“It was eye-opening to learn how severe the hunger problem is in South Dakota. In a state with an abundance of beef, if we as producers and the livestock industry can’t work together with Feeding South Dakota to provide more nutrition to hungry people in our state, then we’re missing the mark. This is our way to step up to the plate,” said Todd Wilkinson, cattle feeder from DeSmet, S.D., and SDCF board member.

Of the approximately 12.5 million pounds of food that was distributed by Feeding South Dakota to hungry individuals in need in 2013, only 4 percent (or 536,774 pounds) was meat. Considering the percentage of protein that is required for a healthy diet, there is definitely a need for more donated protein products.

“Beef, and proteins in general, is critical to a balanced diet. Oftentimes, it is one of the most difficult foods for us to secure and get to those who are hungry,” said Matt Gassen, executive director of Feeding South Dakota. “We’re honored to partner with the Cattlemen’s Foundation. The money raised through this event will be a blessing to those we serve.”


Fresh Thoughts Trivia


Fresh Thoughts Trivia is BACK on US95! Tune in Monday, Wednesday and Fridays for trivia questions with Barry Roberts in the Afternoon. Correct caller and answer receives a certificate for a free six inch sandwich from Subway!