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Spotlight On Country Thunder Arizona
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COUNTRY THUNDER Arizona Kicks off to Enormous Crowd of Country Music Fans

Country Thunder Rolls Out The Greatest Show on Earth!

Country Thunder rolled in to Florence, Arizona on April 11-14, 2013.  With 4 fantastic days of country music, they shook up the town with mind-blowing country music and down-home festivities.  On the First day, Thursday, more than 22,000 fans joined the party, and what a start to the weekend it was! Performers included country hit-makers and superstars alike.  Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, Sweetwater Rain and Chris Janson all graced the Thunder stage on, playing all of the hits that have propelled them into superstardom. Festival goers couldn't help but kick off their cowboy boots and strap on their dancing shoes.  

Chris Janson got the festival off to a rockin' start at 4pm.  Janson, a well-known Nashville songwriter and artist in his own right, played all of the hits.  Among these were "Truck Ya," a smash that he penned for music royalty Tim McGraw, and country chart-topper "Better I Don't."  Fans responded to Chris with open arms, proving to attendees that this year's festival would be one for the history books.  

Sweetwater Rain took to the stage next at 5:30pm, jamming for an hour to an audience that could not help but beg for more.  The country up-and-comers showed the audience that they have arrived.  They immediately familiarized the crowd with their new single "Starshine," and embraced the electric vibe in their own unique way.

Country music favorite Kip Moore took the Thunder stage by storm at 7pm. The show would not have been the same without Mr. Moore's undying energy.  Although he already has an extremely loyal fan-base, it is safe to say that he gained the support of each and every guest—especially the girls, with his smooth moves, captivating voice and rugged good looks.  Festival goers sang along and partied the night away as Kip played his repertoire of hits, including "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" and "Beer Money."

To close out the unforgettable evening, Brantley Gilbert brought his "A" game and made sure the crowd got their money's worth.  Mr. Gilbert went "More than Miles" for his loyal fans, knocking it out of the park.  Gilbert pumped out all of the songs that have made him the country superstar that he is today, including "Country Must be Country Wide" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do." By the time Mr. Gilbert walked off the stage, fans knew that they were in for a festival experience of a lifetime.

Friday's lineup kicked it up a notch on the second day of Country Thunder, the annual country music festival that has drawn an estimated 22,500 loyal country music fans. With over 5,100 campsites occupied, 7,926 hamburgers, 3,944 turkey legs, over 13,000 bottles of water and one lucky live duck. It is safe to say that fans were ready for a good time.

Today's musical festivities included Eric Church, Tracy Lawrence, Love and Theft, Jana Kramer, Greg Bates and Run Boy Run, with the finale including DJ DU at the Electric Thunder tent.

Greg Bates got the festival off to a booming start, and "did it for the girls," rockin' the Thunder stage at 2:30. The country up-and-comer had the crowd up on their feet, and jamming to every word. He played his new hit single "Fill in the Blank," among others.

Jana Kramer took to the stage next at 4pm, jamming for an hour to a fantastic crowd response. Kramer's voice captivated the festival goers, and kept them wired and engaged throughout. Kramer belted out her hit songs, like "Why you Wanna," and "Whiskey."

Love and Theft kept the good times rolling as they took the stage at 5:30pm. They made it known right away that they were there to partake in the incredible vibes of the event. They sprinkled all of the household songs into their set, including "Angel Eyes" and "If You Ever Get Lonely."

Country hit-maker Tracy Lawrence took the stage by storm at 7pm. His charming demeanor and silky smooth voice had the audience in love from start to finish. It is safe to say that the event would have not been the same without his unique mark on it. Lawrence gave the audience all of the songs they came to hear, and more, including "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" and "Lessons Learned."

To close out the unforgettable evening, Eric Church hyped the crowd and had them singing along to every word. Church understands how to throw-down country style, and he did not disappoint one bit. There is no doubt that this man created memories that fans will cherish for a lifetime. Church played all of his smash hits, including "Creepin'" and "Like Jesus Does." There is no hotter act in country music right now, and Church earned that title here on the stage tonight.

After the lights of the main stage went dark, festival goers made their way to the "Electric Thunder" tent, where they danced and partied the night away into the wee hours of the morning.

Country Thunder offers more on-site entertainment this year than ever before! Electronic Thunder, presented by Crown Royal and featuring DJ Du Cassell, and Moonshine Willy's, home of the official Country Thunder after party, are back and offering late-night entertainment to festival-goers. New to Country Thunder, the College Times Stage will feature local artists, including Dry River Yacht Club and Gospel Claws.

Day three of Country Thunder kept the party going with a musical extravaganza headlined by Toby Keith, Lee Brice, Diamond Rio, Parmalee and Morgan Frazier. The beautiful desert landscape, along with cooperative weather, has provided music lovers with an unforgettable experience.

Ticketholders got to soak in the final day (Sunday) of action at Country Thunder with main stage performances by Lady Antebellum, Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann and Aaron Lewis. Local artists, including Dry River Yacht Club and Gospel Claws, hit the College Times Stage while Electric Thunder and Moonshine Willy's kept the party going to the wee hours of the morning.


Country Thunder stage


Chris Janson


Chris Janson


Greg Bates


Greg Bates


Jana Kramer


Jana Kramer


Love & Theft


Love & Theft


Tracy Lawrence


Tracy Lawrence


Eric Church


Eric Church


Eric Church


Eric Church


Eric Church


Harry Luge


Morgan Frazier


Morgan Frazier


Morgan Frazier


Williams & Ree


Parmalee


Diamond Rio


Lee Brice


Lee Brice


Toby Keith


Toby Keith


Toby Keith


Toby Keith


Toby Keith


Toby Keith


Toby Keith


Toby Keith


Aaron Lewis


Aaron Lewis


Aaron Lewis


Justin Moore


Justin Moore


Justin Moore


Justin Moore


 


Lady Antebellum


Lady Antebellum


Lady Antebellum

 

 


Lady Antebellum


Lady Antebellum


Lady Antebellum

 


FUN FACT:

More than 50,000 rolls of toilet paper (and over 900 port-o-potties), 5,000 lemons for lemonade and 20 tons of trash made their way through the festival grounds.

25,000 Fans Roar as Country Thunder Arizona Announces Sell-Out

2013 was the Greatest Show in Arizona, Don't Miss 2014

Reserve Your 2014 Tickets Starting Tuesday, April 16

Florence, Ariz., became the premiere destination for country music fans, as the first-ever SOLD OUT Country Thunder music festival took place with an all-star line-up including Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, Kip Moore and more. As the capacity crowd of 25,000 fans are packing up their 5,100 campsites and saying goodbye to their home for the past four days, plans for 2014 are already underway. If you missed the action because tickets were SOLD OUT, don't delay and get your 4-day tickets and campsites for 2014 starting on Tuesday, April 16 for $99. Tickets and camping are available at www.countrythunder.com or call (866) 802-6418.

Thanks For The Music Country Thunder!


 

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