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COUNTRY THROWDOWNSaturday, May 26th, 2012 3:00 PM

Gary Allan / Justin Moore / Josh Thompson
Corey Smith

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Parking Opens: 1:00 PM
Doors Open: 2:00 PM

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Gary Allan

Gary Allan hit the honky tonk circuit in his native Southern California at the seasoned age of 12. Playing in and out of the smoky, sweaty bars with his dad's band led Allan to follow in his father's footsteps and start his own band. When Allan returned to those same honky tonks with his own combo, the sound was true Bakersfield country: Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and the rest. Allan spent most of his twenties honing his skills as a new traditionalist country singer.

Signed to Decca Records in 1996, Allan made his debut on the United States country music scene with the release of his single "Her Man", the lead-off to his gold-certified debut album Used Heart for Sale, which was released in 1996 on Decca Records. A second album, It Would Be You, followed in 1998 on Decca. Allan's third album, Smoke Rings in the Dark, was his first album for MCA Nashville (to which he has been signed ever since) and the first platinum album of his career. Its successors,Alright Guy (2001) and See If I Care (2003), were all certified platinum as well, while 2005's Tough All Over and 2007's Greatest Hits were both certified gold. A seventh studio album, Living Hard, was released later in 2007.

Overall, Allan's seven studio albums and Greatest Hits package have produced 24 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three that reached Number One: "Man to Man" and "Tough Little Boys" in 2003, and "Nothing On but the Radio" in 2004. Seven more of his singles have reached the Top Ten on this chart as well: "Her Man", "It Would Be You", "Right Where I Need to Be", "The One", "Best I Ever Had" (a cover of a Vertical Horizon song), "Life Ain't Always Beautiful", and "Watching Airplanes". Allan's latest album, Get Off on the Pain, was released on March 9, 2010.

Did You Know? Prior to being discovered, Allan took a job selling cars. He left a demo tape in the glove box of a car purchased by a wealthy couple. When the couple discovered that he was the singer, they wrote him a check for $12,000. This independent funding allowed Allan to go to Nashville to record some of the songs that were on that early demo tape with Byron Hill as producer.

Justin Moore

In mid-2008, Moore’s first radio single, "Back That Thing Up", was co-written by his producer Jeremy Stover and Universal South Records artist Randy Houser. It reached number 38 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He continued working on his debut album, which was part of a special promotion called "So You Want to Be a Record Label Executive". This promotion placed his music on social networking sites such as MySpace and iLike, where fans were allowed to create playlists comprising ten of his songs; the top ten songs picked were then included on the final album. His next single, "Small Town USA", entered the charts in February 2009, followed by a digital EP entitled The "You Asked for It" EP.

On August 11, the label released his self-titled debut album, on which he co-wrote nine of ten tracks. Justin Moore debuted at #3 on the Top Country Albums chart. He promoted the single and album on a "Small Town USA" tour which began in his hometown of Poyen and included several stops in small towns, as well as acoustic shows at Walmart stores. On the Billboard charts dated for October 3, 2009, "Small Town USA" became his first Number One hit. "Backwoods" was released as the album's third single in October 2009; the song was his second Top 10 hit with a peak of #6 in April 2010. The album's fourth single, "How I Got to Be This Way", debuted at #54 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of June 12, 2010; it became his third Top 20 country hit.

In February 2011, he released the song "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away", which was originally recorded by Rhett Akins on his 2007 album People Like Me but did not chart. Justin Moore's rendition debuted at #46 on the Hot Country songs chart. In June 2011, the song became his third top ten hit on that chart, and a month later, reached Number One. "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" serves as the lead-off single to his 2011 album Outlaws Like Me, released June 21, 2011.

Did You Know? When Justin Moore found himself homesick and missing his mother’s Southern cooking after moving to Nashville several years ago to pursue his musical dream, he was inspired to write "Small Town USA," an ode to the spirit and simplicity of small-town life. "A lot of people called it prison when I was growin’ up/But these are my roots and this is what I love," sings Justin about Poyen, Ark.

Josh Thompson

Josh Thompson was born on January 28, 1978 in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. He worked in construction starting at age twelve. As a young adult, he took a nature course in the Nicolet National Forest.

Thompson moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2005. He worked as a songwriter, with his first cut being the title track to Jason Michael Carroll's album Growing Up Is Getting Old. By 2009, Thompson had signed to Columbia Records' Nashville division. He released his debut single "Beer on the Table" in late 2009, and it debuted at #55 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week ending August 15, 2009. This song was followed by a four-song digital extended play which included that song and three other tracks.

Way Out Here, his debut album, was released in February 2010 under the production of Michael Knox. Thompson co-wrote nine of the album's ten tracks, and promoted the album at the Northern Lights Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

"Beer on the Table" peaked at #17 on the country music charts in February 2010 and #3 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100. The album's second single, its title track, was released to radio in March 2010. Besides the two singles, the tracks "Won't Be Lonely Long" and "Blame It on Waylon" were made into music videos.

Did You Know? "I was quite a rambunctious kid," Josh says with a laugh, "and instead of putting me on Ritalin, my parents opted to put me in gymnastics." His twelve years as a first-rate gymnast included two as all-around state champion, and he was active in football and track in high school.

Corey Smith

Corey Smith was named one of country music's hottest new artists by Country Weekly and Music Row Magazine and was featured on the cover of Pollstar as a Hotstar Top Artist.

He has hundreds of sold-out performances under his belt and a growing, dedicated fan-base whose passion for Corey’s music has led to some of the music industry’s leading professionals shaking their heads in astonishment at his rise as a touring sensation. Corey has the ability to relate to crowds like few other modern-day live acts - in one moment singing frankly of wild days spent partying, followed by showcasing his wisdom with songs that touch on much deeper issues of life.

In 2011 Corey released his album, 'The Broken Record' which features refreshing remakes of longtime fan favorites "Twenty-One," "Maybe Next Year," and "If I Could Do It Again" along with new tunes like "I Love Everyone," "Broken Record," and "Silly".

Sunny Sweeney

Sunny Sweeney put out her first album with the production help of Tommy Detamore. After gaining a following on the club circuit in her native Texas, Sweeney signed to the independent Big Machine Records label. She also toured throughout Europe in 2007. Her debut album, Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame, was initially self-released, and was reissued in 2007 on Big Machine.[5] The album produced three singles in "If I Could," "Ten Years Pass" and "East Texas Pines".

In 2009, Sweeney was signed as the first artist to Republic Nashville, a newly-founded joint venture between Big Machine and Universal Republic Records. Her first single for the label is "From a Table Away," which was released on June 28, 2010. It became her first chart single when it debuted at #58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of June 26, 2010. In March 2011, the song entered the Top 10 of the chart.

Republic Nashville released Sweeney's second studio album, Concrete on August 23, 2011. The album was produced by Brett Beavers consists of ten tracks, including one co-written with Radney Foster. The album's second single, "Staying's Worse Than Leaving," was released to country radio on May 2, 2011. "Drink Myself Single" followed late in the year.

Did You Know? Sweeney was a gutsy, musically inclined girl, if a tad unpredictable. In her senior year of high school, she busted into choir class and demanded to be allowed to sing Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" in the school's year-end show. Sweeney, who didn't even belong to the class, proceeded to belt out the song, much to the choir teacher's surprise. She got the spot in the year-end show

Eric paslay

Honesty is a powerful magnet that always draws an eager audience and it has proven to be a potent tool in Eric Paslay’s (Pass-Lay) creative arsenal. Sometimes playful, often poignant and always poetic, the 6’ 4” singer/songwriter with the fiery red hair and easy smile has quickly earned a reputation as an artist who radiates integrity. His songs have substance and depth, but his EMI Records Nashville debut album is every bit as entertaining and accessible as it is meaningful, and therein lies Paslay’s charm.

From the sly, sexy romp “If the Fish Don’t Bite” to the emotionally riveting “Deep As It Is Wide,” Paslay proves to be a compelling storyteller and versatile performer. It’s a gift he comes by honestly. “My granddad was a musician,” says Paslay, a native Texan, who was born in Abilene and raised in Temple. “Granddad and his brothers had a band called Arnold Schiller and the Moonlight Serenaders. My grandfather was Arnold, and they played at dance halls. I was two and a half when he died. It’s interesting how he rubbed off on me even though I didn’t really know him very well. He had red hair and it’s kind of funny because I like all the things he liked.”

Paslay says his family never pushed him to play music, but supported his interest when he began playing guitar at 15. “I love melodies. My dad always had oldies on in his ’68 Mustang, and listening to that music growing up influenced me. There are so many cool melodies and it was great ear candy.”

Did You Know? Paslay briefly flirted with a more stable career and during high school, he planned on becoming a pediatric endocrinologist. “I have juvenile diabetes and I thought I could help kids with diabetes because I could relate to them,” he says.

Florida-Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line: where country soul meets rock n’ roll. This dynamic duo, comprised of members Tyler Hubbard of Monroe, Georgia and Brian Kelley of Ormond Beach, Florida, combines electrifying, hard-driving rock with honest, expressive lyrics for a modern country sound.

A mosaic of authentic music is exactly what you will find on their newly released "Anything Like Me" EP. The EP ranges from poignant pieces such as, “Man I Am Today,” “Black Tears,”and “Never Let Her Go,” to fist pounding, feel-good songs such as “Anything Like Me,” “Backwoods Beauty Queen,” and “Now That She’s Gone.”

Did you Know? The name of the band is based on where the each of the duo hailed from Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (from Ormond Beach, Florida).

Show Schedule

1:00 PM: Parking Opens
2:00 PM: Doors Open

Bluebird Café Stage

3:45 - 4:25 & 4:45 - 5:15

Channing Wilson, Rose Falcon and Carly Pierce

Side Stage

Maggie Rose 2:35 – 3:00

Florida-Georgia Line 3:15 – 3:45

Eric Paslay 4:15 – 4:45

Sunny Sweeney 5:15 – 5:50

Main Stage

Corey Smith 6:00 – 6:40

Josh Thompson 7:00 – 7:40

Singer Songwriter Group 1 7:40 – 7:55

Justin Moore 8:00 - 9:00

Singer Songwriter Group 2 9:10 – 9:25

Gary Allan 9:40 – 10:55

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