Gary Allan

Gary Allan

Gary Allan and Joe Nichols head to the Hard Rock Casino Sioux City Battery Park on Friday, August 14th in an all-ages concert! Tickets are on sale now, starting at just $39.59!

GARY ALLAN

Dictionary.com defines freedom as “the power to determine action without restraint.”

Thus, Gary Allan’s Set You Free is a perfectly named, well-conceived album that embodies his own evolution toward personal, creative freedom. The album, sequenced with a storyline in which a man breaks the restraints of a failed relationship and conquers the loneliness of its aftermath, is the result of Allan’s own journey as a man and as an artist.

He took a number of new steps during the recording process – by mixing up the production team, playing lead guitar on a number of tracks, writing more of his own material and using a handful of new co-writers. As a result, he came up with the most optimistic album of his career, one that acknowledges the hurdles of the past and the ways in which they’ve helped to shape his current sense of renewal.

“It’s all about healing,” Allan says. “It’s all about the evolution of getting better.” He has, to be sure, drawn heavily from that viewpoint, mixing honky-tonk bravado and grainy isolation across eight previous studio albums, all the while mining the emotional turf that fuels a life well-lived: the joys of parenting, the heartache of personal loss, the testosterone of disagreement and the unpredictability of love. He registered four #1 singles – “Man To Man,” “Tough Little Boys,” “Nothing On But The Radio” and “Watching Airplanes” – in addition to such trademark hits such as the lonely “Best I Ever Had” and the swaggering “Right Where I Need To Be.” Allan’s amassed seven gold albums in the process – three of them certified platinum, as well – and maintained the admiration of critics for his unwavering uniqueness.

Set You Free is at once familiar and enlightening. Fans who have followed Allan throughout his 17-year recording career will recognize the dark crevasses in the project – the gnarled anger of “Bones,” the honest self-examination of “It Ain’t The Whiskey,” the sinister self-abuse of “Sand In My Soul.” But as the album’s cinematic plot unfolds, it opens into a refreshing glimpse of self-acceptance. Allan falls into a carefree, quasi-reggae groove on the upbeat “No Worries.” He couches past suffering as a tool for a promising future in the driving, penultimate “Pieces.” And he closes the album with a dramatic, lush proclamation, “Good As New.”

That latter title sums up the emotional place in which Allan finds himself, and he attributes much of it to music.

JOE NICHOLS
As far as where I’m at with my new music and my new label, Red Bow, this is more than a new chapter. It’s a new book. My new single “Sunny And 75” is getting as great a reception as anything I’ve ever done, and the album it comes from is something I might have hoped I could do at other points in my career, but have been held back from. And I’ll be the first to say that the holding back has mostly been me. What strikes me this time is how much freedom I’ve felt in this process, the depth I have in my relationships – personal and professional, it really is a family thing. And, to be honest, just how much fun I’m having. Freedom, family and fun … there’s your sound bite.

The hard part of this journey, if that’s not too cliché a word for it, was leaving my last label, because the wheels in Nashville just turn really slow sometimes. And time turned out to be our enemy and our friend. The more distance I was able to get from the last few years of stops and starts, the better. But our enemy was losing a consistent presence with the fans and radio. That hurt, but it set up some anticipation for something new; it was also very healing and kind of humbled me a little bit. The new music is going over awesome on the road, especially “Sunny And 75.” The other new songs we play get an incredible reaction, too. As far as the crowds go, I’ve been almost two years without a single at radio and people are still showing up in awesome numbers. I’m impressed and incredibly grateful for country fans, because they are amazingly loyal.

I’m also thankful radio is welcoming me back with open arms. I love that I have true friends there who care about me beyond the music and career stuff, because I care about them in the same way. So I’m especially proud to give them music they can play in good conscience. It’s not just my friends hooking me up with airplay, it’s something deserving, and I hope to continue giving them that. The biggest thing I feel is just that it’s a new day. I’m wiping the slate clean and starting something brand new. I love my old catalog of music – “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” “Brokenheartsville,” “The Impossible,” “Gimme That Girl” and the rest. But I’m starting the first chapter of that new book now. I’m pretty sure it’s got a happy ending, but I also hope there are a few surprises for people along the way.

Radio Works Summer BBQ Bonanza

Radio Works Summer BBQ Bonanza

The Radio Works Backyard BBQ Bonanza is back for another year!

Throughout the summer, people can sign up to win the ultimate summer prize package! All you have to do is sign up at participating business locations (listed below) and you're signed up to win your very own backyard BBQ! We'll draw a winner once a week!(Note: Be sure to check back often, as we'll add sponsor registration box locations in the upcoming weeks!)

What You Could Win 

Summer BBQ Bonanza Prize Winners

  • We do the grilling!
  • We supply 50 burgers, buns, cold salad, & Pepsi Cola beverages.
  • We do the serving (paper plates, napkins, generic condiments supplied).
  • BBQ celebration location must be within 60 miles of Radio Works Headquarters.
  • All BBQs will be at 6:30 p.m. (serving time).
  • BBQ celebrations must take place Monday-Thursday from July 8 - Sept 11

Sponsor Registration Box Locations

  • June 29 - July 3: Fareway in Worthington
  • June 29 - July 3: Lee's Locker in Lismore
  • July 13 - July 18: Countryside Inn in Adrian
  • July 13 - July 18: Noteboom RV in Sheldon
  • July 13 - July 18: Marthaler Ford in Worthington
  • July 20 - July 24: Brewster Heating & Cooling in Brewster
  • July 20 - July 24: Spartan Staffing in Worthington
  • July 20 - July 24: Ag Builders in Windom
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  • July 27 - July 31: Jackson Sports in Jackson
  • July 27 - July 31: Blossom & Blooms in Lake Park
  • July 27 - July 31: Graham Tire in Worthington
  • July 27 - July 31: Runes Furniture in Worthington
  • August 3 - August 7: Schwalbach Ace Hardware in Worthington
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Stay tuned for September, because you could win...

The Radio Works Summer BBQ Ultimate Prize Package

During the entire month of September, head back to any of the sponsor business locations to sign up for chances to win your very own BBQ prize package! This ultimate package contains everything you need to host your very own backyard BBQ cookout:

  • Set of wicker patio furniture
  • Weber charcoal grill
  • Fire pit
  • 3-piece cooler set
  • Tent canopy
  • Set of overwsized BBQ tools
  • Chimanea
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Be sure to check back in September and get registered, because someone is going to win the ultimate backyard BBQ package! We'll gather all the names and draw LIVE on air on October 2nd!

We Fest 2015

We Fest 2015

WeFest 2015 is back and stronger for another year, featuring headliners Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert in Detroit Lakes, Minn., August 6-8, 2015! Now Rascal FlattsDierks BentleyHank Williams JR., and Jake Owen join the party for the 33rd annual celebration!
Saturday - Main Stage

  • Blake Shelton
  • Jake Owen
  • Eli Young Band
  • Colt Ford
  • TBA

Friday - Main Stage

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Josh Turner
  • Eric Paslay
  • Randy Rogers Band

Thursday - Main Stage

  • Rascal Flatts
  • Hank Williams Jr
  • Big & Rich
  • Logan Mize
  • Maiden Dixi

Wednesday - Barn Stage

  • Maiden Dixie
  • TBA
  • Shane Martin

Tuesday - Barn Stage

  • TBA
  • Redline
  • Shane Martin

Tickets are on sale and many sections are already SOLD OUT so reserve yours today!


Since it’s inception in 1983, the WE Fest has been one of the leading country music festivals in the nation. Twice nominated for the Country Music Association’s prestigious Best Special Event award, the WE Fest is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding events of its kind in the nation.

Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini

Newcomer Kelsea Ballerini heads to the District in Sioux Falls on Friday, August 21st at 9 p.m. in an all-ages concert, along with special guest Hailey Steele!

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 17th at 10 a.m. and will be available at The District’s Woodfire Grill or online at www.thedistrictsf.com

Kelsea Ballerini's breakout hit, "Love Me Like You Mean It," is just a taste of the country-pop sound in her imaginative catalog. The Knoxville, Tennessee native has dedicated the better part of the last decade to creating inspiring music, based on her life, to motivate others to live without fear of their emotions. Due May 18th, her full-length debut, The First Time, has Kelsea's credit behind every song. The album radiates positivity while exploring all facets of the human experience. She is a true poet, and The First Time reflects that.

Newly crowned one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country,” Kelsea is featured on several “ones to watch” lists for 2015, including Billboard, Country Weekly, Rolling Stone Country, The Huffington Post, and Spotify. NBC's Today Show spotlighted "Love Me Like You Mean It" on “iHoda,” Hoda Kotb's Playlist. USA Today, The Washington Post, Just Jared, and many more have glowing pieces on Kelsea. Recently, Kelsea made her Grand Ole Opry debut and is currently co-headlining CMT’s inaugural “Next Women of Country” Tour. “Dreams do come true. I’m seeing it first hand. While I want to do it all, the arena tours and award shows, most of all, I just want to put out good music that matters.” The First Time is Kelsea’s first big opportunity to do that. “When I signed the record deal, in my heart I thought, ‘what do you want to say to the world? Because now, there are people who are going to help you say it.’” 

Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard

Legendary Merle Haggard has been confirmed for the Minnesota State Fair entertainment the night of Labor Day, Monday, September 7th at 7:30 p.m. with a special guest to be announced at a later date!

Tickets are on sale now at $35 a pop (all reserved seating). Tickets will be available through Etix at etix.com or by calling (800) 514-3849.

The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting 1.8 million visitors annually. Showcasing Minnesota's finest agriculture, art and industry, the Great Minnesota Get-Together is always 12 Days of Fun Ending Labor Day. Visit ww.mnstatefair.org for more information. The 2015 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 27 - Labor Day, Sept. 7.

Over the course of a remarkably prolific five-decade career, Merle Haggard has released close to 70 albums and 600 songs, 250 of which he has written himself. Some of his most memorable albums include The Fightin’ Side of Me, Someday We’ll Look Back, If We Make It Through December and A Working Man Can’t Get Nowhere Today. Haggard was elected to the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 1977. In 1994, his wealth of artistic achievements, including 38 No. 1 hits, earned him induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Since his music career began, he has launched an incredible string of classic hits, including "Swinging Doors," "The Bottle Let Me Down," "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive," "Branded Man," "Sing Me Back Home," "Today I Started Loving You Again," "Mama Tried,” "Workin' Man Blues," "The Fightin' Side of Me," "If We Make It Through December" and "Okie From Muskogee."

Shania Twain

Shania Twain

One of the world’s best-selling female artist in history, Shania Twain, will be extending her ROCK THIS COUNTRY tour into the Fall of 2015, due to overwhelming fan demand, including a second stop at the Minneapolis Target Center on Saturday, September 26th at 7:30 p.m.!

Tickets are on sale now!

Additionally, American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets through Front Of The Line for the Canadian shows only before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00 am local through Thursday, May 21 at 10:00 pm local. A limited number of exclusive VIP Packages also will be available. Theses offers can include premium reserved tickets, access to Shania Twain’s preshow VIP sound check, exclusive merchandise and much more. A $1.00 donation from each ticket purchased will go to the Shania Kids Can Foundation. Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw will be the special guest for most fall dates. 

This will be her first North American tour in more than 11 years, and the now 67 date run comes hot on the heels of her hit two-year residency in Las Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Presented by AEG Live, ROCK THIS COUNTRY will give fans one last chance to see Shania perform her extensive catalog of iconic hits in a brand new production. The fall leg kicks off in North America on September 12 in Spokane, WA, stopping in Portland, Columbus, and Albany. Additional Canadian dates include two nights in Calgary, as well as Quebec City, with the final show set for Toronto.

“This is a celebration tour. It’s party time! The ROCK THIS COUNTRY tour will have a different spirit than my past tours,” said Twain. “It’s a Shania they’ve never seen before. A lot of years have gone by and I’ve got a lot more to share.”

Beloved by millions worldwide, Shania has multi-platinum album sales in 32 countries with over 75 million albums sold, and 17 top 10 singles. Three of Shania’s albums (The Woman In Me, Come On Over, Up! ) reached Diamond certification, making her the only artist to have three consecutive albums sell more than 10 million copies in the US.

Rising to fame with her debut album Shania Twain (1993), Shania became a worldwide phenomenon with the release of Come On Over (1997), which became the best-selling country album of all time, and the best-selling album released by a female artist. Most recently, Shania performed 105 shows during her two-year Las Vegas residency, Shania: Still The One, beginning on December 1, 2012 at The Colosseum at Ceasars Palace and wrapping in December of 2014. The show garnered rave reviews throughout its tenure.

The Pain Killer Tour

The Pain Killer Tour

Little Big Town is expanding their "Pain Killer Tour" to reach the Brookings Swiftel Center on Saturday, October 24th! Tickets are on sale NOW!

Doors open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m. Join the Facebook event!

Be watching and listening for details on how you could win with US95!

Grammy award-winning country group Little Big Town--consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, and Kimberly Schlapman--have already hit over 50 markets on this highly-successful headlining tour. “Girl Crush” is currently Top 20 on the country radio charts and #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart for the third consecutive week, raking in total sales of over 700k to date.

The band offers a unique VIP experience for fans; allowing fans to choose from two limited packages including meet and greets, exclusive merchandise, and more.

For more information on VIP packages and pre-sale tickets, visit www.littlebigtown.com. Tickets available at the Swiftel Center Box Office, charge by phone at 800.745.3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information about the Swiftel Center, please visit www.swiftelcenter.com or call (605) 692-7539.

 

David Nail

David Nail

David Nail returns to the District in Sioux Falls on Thursday, September 17th in another all-ages show! Tickets are on sale now and available online and at the District's Woodfire Grill, ranging from $25-$35 (GA and VIP).

Doors open at 7 p.m. for VIP, GA at 8 p.m., with music starting at 9 p.m.

Born and raised in Kennett, Missouri, country singer and songwriter David Nail was drawn at first to sports, particularly baseball, but found himself dreaming of a music career too, and as time went by, he put more and more of his time and energy in the direction of music. He received a few college offers to play baseball, but chose to go with music instead, and moved to Nashville. Music City was just too overwhelming the first time around, and he was back home in Missouri within a year. He tried Nashville again, this time landing a recording contract with Mercury Nashville in 2002, and recorded a self-titled album with producers Keith Stegall and John Kelton.

The first single from the project, "Memphis," brushed near the Top 50 on the Billboard country chart, and the future seemed bright. Unfortunately, Stegall departed the label in a shakeup, and the album was never released.

Frustrated, Nail turned his attention to coaching baseball, but he wasn't quite through with his music dream. Introduced by a mutual friend to producer Frank Liddell, he ended up signing a recording deal with MCA Nashville in 2007 and tracking a second album. A pair of singles from the project, "Turning Home" and "Red Light," entered the Top 20 in Billboard's country chart. The album, I'm About to Come Alive, was released in August 2009.

Nail followed this success with widespread touring before entering the studio in early 2011. He then pre-released "Let It Rain" -- which hit number 11 just before his second album, The Sound of a Million Dreams, was issued in November of 2011 -- and it eventually went on to become Nail's first country chart number one in early 2012. Next, a summer 2012 EP provided a minor hit in the shape of "Someone Like You," a cover of the Adele song, before he began to make plans for a third solo studio full-length. Ahead of the arrival of I'm a Fire came the single "Whatever She's Got," which climbed to number two on the Billboard country charts (and number one on the Billboard country airplay charts) in the fall of 2013. I'm a Fire appeared in March 2014, preceded by its second single, "Kiss You Tonight."

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

Keith Urban brings the Raise 'Em Up Tour 2015 to the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on Friday, August 28th at 7 p.m., along with special guest Kelsea Ballerini!

Tickets start at $49 and go on sale Thursday, July 2nd at 11 a.m. 

Tickets will be available through Etix at etix.com or by calling (800) 514-3849. In addition, tickets may be purchased at the State Fairgrounds Ticket Office. See mnstatefair.org for specific ticket office hours. For additional State Fair ticket information, call (651) 288-4427.

Country music singer, songwriter, guitarist and American Idol judge Keith Urban has an impressive music career spanning the course of three decades. Hailing from Australia, the "Somebody Like You," "Days Go By" and "You'll Think of Me" artist has stacked up nearly 20 No. 1 hits. Urban's years of work and dedication to his craft have earned him accolades including three CMAs for Male Vocalist of the Year, four GRAMMY Awards, several Academy of Country Music Awards, a People's Choice Award and an American Music Award, among others. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with the likes of The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Vince Gill and countless others.

His latest album FUSE brings country music fans "Cop Car" and collaborations with Miranda Lambert on "We Were Us" and Eric Church on "Raise 'Em Up." Urban recently released his brand new single "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" which is the first release from his upcoming new album.

2016 Adrian Legion Post Raffle

2016 Adrian Legion Post Raffle

Join in on the fun and enter the 2016 Adrian Legion Post raffle! Anyone 18+ is eligible to purchase (and win!) raffle tickets (calendars) priced at $25 apiece. Raffle prizes are printed on the back of the calendar, and a complete list of all prizes is available upon request.

Calendars are available at the Adrian Glass, Adrian Hardware, Big Orv's, Kunkel's Auto Repair, Rustic Razor, Voss Lumber, Worthington Ace Hardware, Wilmont Oil Company, the Lake Benton Legion, and at the Valley Springs Bar. Contact any Adrian Legion member of Adrian Sons of American Legion member for sales of the 2016 Calendar Raffle. Find out what you could win below (click to enlarge)! Winners will be listed below after they have been notified!

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