Maybe country music isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of New Orleans, but the announcement of the new country music festival Country Smooth Fest
proves you'll find a strong fanbase in the city and surrounding area.
Country Smooth Fest will take place October 20-21, featuring local, regional, and national artists, many hailing from Lousiana, such as headliner Hunter Hayes from Breaux Bridge.
Live country music will be performed on two stages at Motorsports Park in Avondale, and, of course, they’ll be serving Country Smooth whiskey.
- Hunter Hayes: At the age of 26, Hunter Hayes has been performing in front of live audiences since he was four years old, appearing on numerous TV shows and even performing at the White House at the age of seven. Being raised by parents with Cajun ancestry, Hunter learned to sing in both English and French, which reflects his Louisiana upbringing. With the release of his debut album in 2011, Hunter’s career hasn’t missed a beat, and he's landed number one on Billboard’s Top Country Albums, multiple Grammy nominations, and CMA’s Best New Artist of the Year in 2012.
- Justin Moore: Four albums later, Justin Moore has proven himself an artist with staying power, managing eleven songs on Billboard’s Top Country Songs. A self-proclaimed “redneck from Arkansas,” Justin moved to Nashville to pursue his music career, and it is there that he started writing his own songs. Justin, who’s no stranger to festivals, will undoubtedly put on a worthwhile show.
- Joe Nichols: Nichols, another Arkansas native, found his footing with the release of his second album, Man with a Memory, which earned him critical acclaim and has been followed by seven more successful albums. With the release of his newest album, Never Gets Old, Joe remains committed to his passion for a traditional country sound.
- Granger Smith: Smith’s career evolved from a 14-year-old teaching himself to play guitar to a country artist with nine studio albums (seven of them independently released), top-charted songs, and multiple performances at the White House. Granger’s career evolved through perseverance and self-motivation, using social media as a means to build a fan base, including the viral video that began his alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr.
The lineup includes many more talented country artists: Whiskey Myers, Tyler Farr, Raelynn, Josh Abbott Band, William Michael Morgan, Lindsey Ell, Austin Burke, Ray Johnston Band, Cody Cooke & The Bayou Outlaws, Scotty Mac Band, Aaron Woods Band, Lainey Wilson, Sonia Leigh, Reed Foley, Parish County Line, Laine Hardy, and The American Vagrants.
Tickets start at $50 for an early bird one-day pass, and there are VIP and 2-day passes as well. Get your tickets today!