Thunder On The Mountain – Day 2 – Through The Eyes Of HaleighT. After some eggs and bacon bright and early, I showered and cleaned up and was ready for day two of Thunder On The Mountain! I was really excited to try EVERYTHING that Thunder had to offer, but unfortunately, because of the storms the previous week, there was no Ferris wheel. However the water-slide was set up and ready to go. I gave it some good thought and decided it just wasn’t hot enough for me to cross that off of my TOTM bucket list (there’s always next year). The Music. The music started early again and I made my way throughout the grounds to catch as many shows as I could. I started out with Woodshed at the George’s Majestic Backwoods Stage. I then split my time between Kelly Road, Kevin Fowler and Aaron Watson. I caught the first half of Kristen Kelly and the last half of Reckless Kelly. I really enjoyed RK’s set, especially because Cody Canada joined the guys. It’s always fun to see a long friendship like those guys have, play out on stage. Easton Corbin really impressed me. I loved his latest album and it was fun to see some of those songs live. After participating in a press conference earlier in the day for Sunny Ledford, I had to catch his show. It was a good time…he’s fun on stage and honestly does not care what anyone thinks of him. I must also add that the crowd for that show was interesting, but fun. After Sunny, I had a quick dinner and caught the second half of Montgomery Gentry. The night really got started when Luke Bryan hit the stage, I was with all my friends and we danced and danced while Luke shook his stuff on stage. Anyone who has ever been to one of his shows knows the crazy amount of energy he has and how contagious it can be! After Luke a small group of us decided to head to the Hideout, which was the dance club/karaoke part of TOTM. It was fun to watch people, but sadly for us we didn’t get to get on stage. The list of people wanting to sing was extremely long and if I would have known I would have signed up earlier in the day…because I’m all about some karaoke! For the second night in a row, I went to bed in the early hours of the morning. But again, I was up bright and early for the final day of TOTM!
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Thunder On The Mountain – Day 1 – Through The Eyes Of HaleighT. It is hard to believe that after months of preparation and exited jitters, the first-ever Thunder On The Mountain is behind us. After the three days of non-stop music, I find myself still trying to recover from my sleep deprivation and the loss of my voice. My fun filled work-cation began Wednesday night, June 7. I drove through the beautiful Mulberry Mountains and arrived at the festival grounds to check in and get my media credentials. I then drove to Ozark and had supper at Rivertowne BBQ, the smoked bologna with baked beans was to die! While eating, my partner in crime for the weekend, Melissa and I made some new friends. They were a group, I believe from Iowa, who had floated the river all day and would also be attending TOTM. Campground Set Up. The next morning was a bit of a hectic one, not for me but for those campers who decided to be at the festival gates when they opened at 6am. My cousin, Amme, rolled into the area with her fiancé and a group of friends around 4am. They had eight trucks and 11 campsites between them, over 20 people in their own little village. To say this group came prepared and ready to party is an understatement! Their headquarters were fully equipped with tents, canopies, ice chests, generators, grills, yard games and more. Fortunately for those festival goers who decided to wait for the sun to rise before they showed up, their entrance to the campgrounds and set up went a little smoother. In my down time between morning responsibilities and the first show, I along with Melissa, Riley and Tia (two of my weekend neighbors) went to get the feel of the land. We saw some interesting campsites, passed out fans to cool off festival goers and crossed a treacherously muddy field. At one point we had to cross a newly formed river by using an air mattress that was left behind from Wakarusa as our bridge. We really should have followed the flags that marked off the rough areas…oops. The Music Although campers and festival goers were still rolling in, the music for the day and the entire weekend began at 12:45pm. The first band to take the Country Pavilion stage was Whiskey Myers and boy was this an excellent choice! They definitely set the mood for the weekend and got the crowd primed and ready to go. As soon as Whiskey Myers set was over, the hardest part of TOTM began, choosing which stage to go to and what act to see, because from this point on there were multiple stages occupied with live performances. My day seemed like a whirlwind, I saw Aaron Watson, Shooter Jennings, parts of Bucky Covington, Greg Bates and Reckless Kelly before a short dinner. I then, was BLOWN AWAY by Randy Houser’s performance. I had seen him before, but his type of Continue reading Thunder On The Mountain-Day 1
Like the roads leading up to Mulberry Mountain, the talent of the musical acts appearing at the first ever Thunder on the Mountain country music festival was steep. With headliners Luke Bryan and Toby Keith and over 50 other acts including Justin Moore, Easton Corbin, Montgomery Gentry, Casey Donahew Band and Thompson Square, this festival did, in fact, bring the thunder. In addition to three days and three stages filled with booming entertainment, the festival’s setting was a force to be reckoned with. Located on 650 acres of breathtaking hills, big skies and gorgeous scenery, it was hard not to consider your surroundings as another main act. Camping, fishing, rafting, hiking and even helicopter rides were available to festival goers – along with a wide selection of food and shopping options. The Bud Light Main Stage housed the festival’s bigger acts. If you were looking for a more private show, the Country Pavilion and George’s Majestic Backwoods Stage provided a smaller, more intimate backdrop. The great thing about country music is how gracious the artists are when it comes to their fans. Recurring statements such as, “Thank you,” “We couldn’t do this without you,” and “We love you,” were uttered from artists’ lips throughout the entirety of the festival. On Saturday night when the last of the tour buses rolled out and the dust settled, hearts sank, yet simultaneously fluttered with excitement at the thought of what is in store for next year. If you couldn’t make it to Thunder on the Mountain this year, do yourself a favor and don’t make the same mistake twice. Make the drive up that curvy, winding road in 2014. You won’t be disappointed.
Your Chance to Win Tickets to the 2013 Thunder On The Mountain Festival in Ozark, AR! The first ever Thunder On The Mountain country music festival is very quickly approaching (taking place June 6th-8th), and we can hardly contain our excitement! We are so excited, in fact, that we are giving away a pair of three day passes to one very lucky reader! This new fest boasts a fantastic line-up including headliners Toby Keith and Luke Bryan along with Gretchen Wilson, JT Hodges, Big & Rich, Thompson Square, Shooter Jennings and many, many more. Added bonus, the concert event is taking place on Mulberry Mountain nestled in the beautiful Ozarks! So, don’t miss this chance for a great weekend of live music, fun events, and gorgeous surroundings…for free! Just follow the directions below. Giveaway Guidelines: Step 1: (If you aren’t already!) Follow us @CMNBlog and @THUNDERontheMTN on Twitter! Step 2: Send out the following tweet: “I entered to win tix to @THUNDERontheMTN ft @TobyKeithMusic and @LukeBryanOnline from @CMNBlog and you can too: http://ow.ly/kd0oe” Step 3: When we receive your tweet, you’re entered to win! Important Info: Winners will be randomly selected and notified individually via Twitter. Prizes provided by Thunder On The Mountain. Tweets must be received by 12:00pm Tuesday, April 30th. Winners will not be eligible for another prize drawing until 90days after this one.
Thunder On The Mountain Festival in The Ozarks Announces 2013 Daily Schedule. The Thunder On The Mountain Festival will kicking off June 6-8, 2013 on Mulberry Mountain in Northwest, AR, and in case we hadn’t mentioned it enough yet, we’re really excited! This brand new country music festival boasts a fantastic line-up, and now, we have the daily schedule breakdown for all those fans who are just excited as us!! Head on over to the official festival website for your ticket info! Read why this festival is helping transform the country scene in Northwest Arkansas! Thunder On The Mountain Daily Lineup Schedule: THURSDAY JUNE 6 Big & Rich Thompson Square Randy Houser Kevin Fowler Greg Bates Bucky Covington Roger Creager Reckless Kelly Aaron Watson The Cadillac Black Sturgill Simpson John D. Hale Band Matt Stell FRIDAY JUNE 7 Luke Bryan Montgomery Gentry Easton Corbin Pat Green Kevin Fowler Casey Donahew Band Todd Snider Reckless Kelly Cody Canada & The Departed Aaron Watson LoCash Cowboys Moonshine Bandits Sunny Ledfurd Bleu Edmondson John D. Hale Band SATURDAY JUNE 8 Toby Keith Justin Moore Gretchen Wilson Colt Ford Randy Rogers Band Josh Abbott Band Moonshine Bandits Lost Trailers Stoney LaRue The LACS JT Hodges Clayton Anderson Adam Craig Band Brandon Jenkins Matt Stell The Sarah Hughes Band Lance Carpenter
2013 North of Nashville – The Ozarks Go Country with New Festivals, More Concerts and Local Talent On The Rise! To answer the question of what will be big for country music in 2013, I decided to look close to home, Fayetteville, AR that is, and the closely surrounding area, the Ozarks, River Valley, etc. With so much already happening this year from big album releases to even bigger tours to country stars new and seasoned shining brighter than ever, I think you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t think the next few months are going to be huge for country music. What has me excited though, is the potential for our area up here, north of Nashville, to become a go to spot for for all things country music! Local Festivals: Thunder On The Mountain. If there is one thing we’re excited about in Northwest Arkansas for 2013, it’s the upcoming and brand new country music festival, Thunder On The Mountain! Nestled into the beautiful Mulberry Mountain, this fest will encapsulate the best of the area: beautiful views, a wonderful landscape and live country music! The festival claims a really impressive line-up that includes Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, JT Hodges, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Justin Moore, Gretchen Wilson, Easton Corbin and so many, many more. Taking place June 6th – 8th, this festival is going to be one of the major events for the surrounding states of the summer! We’re proud to welcome them to our backyard, and can’t wait to experience the new country fest front and center. Local Venues: The Amp & Georges Majestic Lounge. Truth be told, there are a lot of amazing venues in “our area” (which we broadly claim to be anywhere between the Ozarks, Northwest Arkansas, OKC, Tulsa and everything in between!) from the newly opened Longhorn Saloon in Ft. Smith, AR to the historic Cain’s Ballroom in Tusa, OK, on any given weekend there is going to be a country concert to attend. Today, though, I want to highlight two specific venues, mere miles from our HQ in Fayetteville, The Amp (Arkansas Music Pavilion) and Georges Majestic Lounge. Last year, The Amp hopped locations moving from a concrete spot to greener pastures, and it’s clear they are on the verge of unleashing something big. This something “big” has a whole lot to do with a whole lot more country acts coming to this area. In 2012 they quietly unveiled the 1st ever Taste of Country Festival bringing such popular folks as Miranda Lambert along with the Pistol Annies, Randy Houser, noteworthy songwriter Chris Knight and on the rise Adam Hood. Outside of this one night shindig, they also brought other big names to the area like Hank Williams Jr. and Luke Bryan. Their new concert season will kick off in the spring, and they already have Little Big Town scheduled as the first country act to perform on the new grounds in 2013. If last year is any indication, Continue reading Country Music Blog Rodeo: 2013 North of Nashville – The Ozarks Go Country
First Ever Thunder On The Mountain Tickets Officially On Sale Today!! The first ever Thunder On The Mountain country music festival is headed to Mulberry Mountain in Northwest Arkansas, and we here at CMNB could not be more excited! The amazing, and I mean really, really great, line-up for the 2013 fest, taking place June 6th – June 8th, was announced last week (see it here!), and it has country music fans ready for the weather to warm up so we can let loose in the Ozarks! Well, tickets go on sale TODAY, and you better start thinking and planning because I think these tix are going to sell fast! Find a helpful guide below to help you decide which tickets you need, and head on over to the official festival website for your ticket info! 2013 Thunder On The Mountain Ticket Guide!
New Country Music Festival In Northwest Arkansas, Thunder On The Mountain, To Announce 2013 Line-Up Wednesday, December 5th! How’s this for exciting? There’s a brand new Country Music festival debuting in 2013, and its going to be right our back yard! The first ever Thunder On The Mountain festival will be taking place June 6th – 8th on the Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, Arkansas! The fest will be jam packed with an awesome line-up of country artists, food & craft vendors plus the outdoor activities that Northwest Arkansas is known for like hiking, fishing, river floats, camping and more! It might be December, but thinking about this festival makes me wish it was warm already! Tomorrow, the event organizers will be unveiling the artist line-up via a special announcement on Facebook at 10am! So, be sure to head on over now, and “Like” their page so that you won’t miss any of the big news! You can also find more info via the official website.