You’ll probably be a bit tired and probably a little hungover (you know it’s true) from Night 1, but the party is just getting started! Friday night is when the real fun begins at Country Thunder, and this year won’t be any different, especially with this star-studded lineup.
Taking the stage on Friday, we have Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys, Runaway June, Aaron Watson, Maddie & Tae, Jon Pardi, and headlining the night is hometown boy Dierks Bentley!
Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys
Debuting in 2009, the Michigan natives opened up for country star Justin Moore to a sold out crowd. Since then, they’ve been busy playing major music festivals across the country and have even put out two albums! With their great stage energy, it’s no wonder that they were chosen to kick off Night 2!
You might know them for their song “Lipstick”, and if you were lucky enough to score tickets to KNIX’s Second Secret Show, then you got to see them live! The trio – made up of Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne – has a great, raw sound, and some might even say that they are the next Dixie Chicks!
Fun Fact: Singer/guitarist Jennifer Wayne is married to singer William Michael Morgan and also happens to be the late John Wayne’s granddaughter! Pretty cool!
With a 17 year career under his belt, Aaron Watson has quite the resume! You’ve probably heard a song or two (or all) from one of his 10 albums – including his most recent, Vaquero! Aaron’s hardworking and persistent attitude makes him the perfect addition to the Country Thunder lineup!
Maddie & Tae
Maddie & Tae’s hit single “Girl In a Country Song” put them on the map in the country music world! The pair’s quirky humor also came through in their song “Shut Up and Fish”.
With just one album so far, and a few awards under their belt, we know we will be hearing more of them very soon!
You’ve had “Dirt On My Boots” and “Head Over Boots” stuck in your head (the man has a thing with footwear) and now you get to sing along on Friday night at Country Thunder! You’ll notice that John Pardi’s traditional sound is a bit different than the music you typically hear on country radio, but he’s unapologetically channeling his inner George Strait and Marty Stuart. And we can’t say that we are complaining!
And now, a man who needs no introduction in Arizona, Dierks Bentley! Chances are, if you’re from Arizona, you’ve seen Dierks Bentley more than one time, and every time it just gets better and better! His hometown sets are filled with stories reminiscing of his younger, rebellious years from when he lived here with at least one shout out to his supportive parents in the crowd. A Dierks concert is one big party, which is why him and the Country Thunder crowd are the perfect match!
Electric Thunder – Friday Night:
2:00 – Karaoke
3:00 – Silent Disco
4:30 – Line Dance Chance
5:00 – Karaoke
6:00 – Silent Disco
7:30 – Line Dance Chance
8:00 – Karaoke
9:30 – David Fanning
11:30 – HISH
And just announced this week, the Whiskey Row Stage lineup:
Who are you most excited to see during Night 2 of Country Thunder? For the entire festival lineup and schedule, click here.