The East Coast’s largest outdoor country music fest, in conjunction with Southern Entertainment and Visit Myrtle Beach, announces Country Music Hall of Fame members, ALABAMA, as the first headlining artists of the 5th Annual 2019 Carolina Country Music Fest and just announced, Dierks Bentley!
With over 21 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, 43 number one singles, 21 number one singles in a row, 178 CMA, GRAMMY and ACM Awards and over 80 million albums sold world-wide, ALABAMA has cemented themselves as a staple in country music. The group came from humble beginnings in Alabama and grew to fame with their performances at The Bowery, a local favorite in Myrtle Beach. After almost 50 years in the industry, their timeless music continues to thrill country music fans today.
“The fact that ALABAMA is going to celebrate their 50th anniversary at CCMF during our 5-year anniversary is absolutely surreal. We are ecstatic to bring a group of this caliber to CCMF,” said Bob Durkin, President of Southern Entertainment. “They got their start in Myrtle Beach, so they will feel right at home on our stage. It’s going to be a performance of a lifetime.”
Seven albums into one of country music’s most-respected and most-unpredictable careers, award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley continues to grow. His latest evolution comes in the form of RISER, a project due early 2014 that stands as his most personal to date.
Written and recorded in the year following his father’s death, the album draws its title from “I’m A Riser,” a song about resilience and determination. “I’m A Riser” works as a commentary on spiritual, personal and societal recommitment, but it also applies to the competitive battlefield of the music industry. It’s particularly appropriate for an album about rejuvenation delivered by Bentley.
“Life in general has a way of knocking you down,” Bentley says. “It’s different reasons for different folks – could be personal reasons, could be family reasons, your job, drugs, alcohol. That song really applies to anybody that’s lived. There have always been those moments when we have to get back up and get on our feet. They are defining moments…breakthrough moments.”
Two sons from a working-class family, John and TJ Osborne grew up in a small, Maryland water town writing and playing songs for friends and family in their father’s shed. John moved to Nashville first to play in other bands and two years later, TJ joined him. It was then they formed Brothers Osborne as a twang-and-crunch duo that blends equal parts country and rock into one of the freshest, most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years. The singer/songwriter siblings recently earned back-to-back ACM Vocal Duo of the Year Awards along with ACM Music Video of the Year for their Top 10, GRAMMY-nominated single, “It Ain’t My Fault.” The award-winning video also stands as the current CMA Music Video of the Year. Brothers Osborne also currently reigns as the two-time CMA Vocal Duo of the Year. Brothers Osborne’s debut album PAWN SHOP was released January 2016 and was recently certified Gold by the RIAA. PAWN SHOP features three GRAMMY-nominated tracks including “It Ain’t My Fault,” the Platinum Certified No. 1 smash hit “Stay A Little Longer,” as well as Top 25 hit “21 Summer.” They just released their sophomore album, PORT SAINT JOE, in April and had a recent hit with the single “Shoot Me Straight”. Their new single, “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” is currently at radio. Brothers Osborne has previously toured with Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert and more. This past summer they toured with Dierks Bentley after coming back from a sold out headlining tour in the UK.
With all the chest-thumping going on in Nashville today, where bluster and swagger have replaced heart and soul, you half expect some of country music’s male stars to be sporting bruises. Which is what makes Midland, a trio of friends based in Dripping Springs, Texas, so undeniably refreshing. Made up of singer Mark Wystrach, lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy, Midland is the embodiment of Seventies California country, all smooth Eagles harmonies and heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics. Their songs are intoxicating, sung with the twang of George Strait.
And it’s impossible to resist.