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Spotlight On Country Thunder USA 2015 in Florence, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee

Tens of Thousands of Country Music-Lovin', Cowboy Boot-Wearin' Fans Descend on Florence, AZ for Day One of Country Thunder.

Day One of Country Thunder kicked off on April 9, 2015 in Florence, Arizona, with performances by "Mean to Me," "Don't Ya" and "Beat of the Music" singer Brett Eldredge, Dallas Smith, The Railers and more. When attendees weren't singing and dancing at one of the multiple stages showcasing a variety of music, including classic and new Country and EDM, they were riding the sling shot and the mechanical bull, going up in a hot air balloon and more. And the fun was just getting started, with nothing but clear skies and great Country music for the entire weekend.

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Sun Shining & Ground Shaking - Country Thunder Rumbles into Day Two

Country Thunder turned up the heat on day two, with over 24,000 fans soaking in the beautiful AZ weather, great Country music and more onsite entertainment than ever before. Once again, Country Thunder brought the perfect mix of traditional, legendary and up-and-coming Country artists to the main stage, including rising duo Maddie & Tae, Country icons Diamond Rio, "Sunny and 75" and "YEAH" singer Joe Nichols, electrifying and multi-platinum duo Big & Rich and more. After the lights of the main stage went dark, festival goers made their way to Electric Thunder, a vintage circus tent whose lights could be seen miles away. Party-goers broke out their mood rings, windbreakers and Kelly Kapowski one-piece bathing suits for Throwback Beach Bash (picture Spring Break 1995) night. 

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Country Thunder Continues to Ignite on Day Three with Performances by Megastar & Judge on NBC's The Voice Blake Shelton, Jerrod Niemann, Phil Vassar & More
 
Third day of Country Thunder was the biggest yet-the sun was up, a cool breeze was blowing, and sweet-sounding Country music filled the air. Superstar and judge on NBC's The Voice Blake Shelton hit the stage at 10pm and blazed through a hit-filled set that had country boots stompin' and fists pumpin' in the air. The main stage also featured performances by chart-topper Jerrod Niemann, fan favorite Phil Vassar, singer/songwriter Chris Janson and up-and-comer Jamie Lynn Spears.

In addition to featuring the biggest names and brightest stars in Country music on the main stage, Country Thunder partnered with legendary Jack Daniel's to showcase the hottest newcomers on the local scene. The Jack Daniel's Courtyard kept the party going all day and into the night.

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Country music fans

Country Thunder Sells Outs on Day 4 with the Biggest Year to Date - Record-Setting Crowd of Over 27,500, Beautiful Weather & Luke Bryan!

Country Thunder 2016 Tickets Available Now; Festival Set for April 7-10, 2016

Stay Tuned for a HUGE Line-Up Announcement!
 
The Country Thunder Nation has another year under their belt. With a record sell-out of over 27,500, who wouldn't want to renew their experience for next year?  Thousands of sun-kissed fans soaked in gorgeous weather and performances by the most talented performers in Country music. The finale began with Cowboy Church, a service given by local pastor, Randy Helm involving local mustangs trained by his team at BLM. The night ended with a high-energy, booty-shakin' performance by one of Country music's biggest stars, Luke Bryan. The reigning CMA ‘Entertainer of the Year' and ACM co-host performed hit after hit, including "That's My Kind of Night," "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)," "Roller Coaster" and many more. Other performances included Dustin Lynch, who incited massive swooning from the ladies in the audience, John Michael Montgomery, Love and Theft and Logan Mize.

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Country Thunder Executive Producer

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and Glenda S. Paradee of Thanks for
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This year's festival offered more onsite entertainment than ever before. Attractions included the Jack Daniel's Courtyard, which showcased the hottest local talent, the sling shot, hot air balloon rides, mechanical bull rides, food and retail vendors and Electric Thunder, which featured theme parties for the first time, including throwback beach bash, neon rage, foam disco and more.

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The end of the 2015 festival is just the beginning for Country Thunder organizers. Plans for 2016 are already well underway, with a huge line-up announcement coming later this year at KMLE Country Thunder Launchfest. Tickets for the event, which will be held April 7-10, 2016, are available for $99 (while supplies last), and starting on April 20, campsites will be available starting at $160, VIP tickets will be available for $550, and RSVD seating will be available starting at $250. For more information or to purchase tickets, camping and any of your Country Thunder needs, visit www.countrythunder.com or by calling (866) 802-6418.

Stay up-to-date on all things Country Thunder by liking them on Facebook at facebook.com/countrythunder, following them on Twitter at twitter.com/countrythunder, following them on Instagram at instagram.com/countrythunder, or by texting ARIZONA to 44622 for text updates.

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