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Bentley, Underwood, FGL headline Watershed

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood top the fourth Watershed Music and Camping Festival coming in late July in Washington.

Gary Allan, Frankie Ballard, Mark Chesnutt, Easton Corbin, Clare Dunn, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Jana Kramer, Joe Nichols, Parmalee, Michael Ray, Thomas Rhett and Chris Young will also play the festival, coming July 31-Aug. 2 at The Gorge, Wash., with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

"Watershed is so special to me personally, and I feel that the "'Shedders" are part of a huge extended family," said Brian O'Connell President of Live Nation Country Touring.

"We try as hard as we can to continue to improve on one of the greatest experiences I have had the privilege to be involved with in my career, and this year will be no different. 2015's lineup is loaded, and I am particularly excited to have Dierks back this year since he was there with us at the very first Watershed. It'll be fun to show him around again and see how far we've come. I cannot wait until July 31."

Passes for the three-day music and camping festival go on sale March 3 at 10 a.m. Pacific at www.watershedfest.com.

Watershed will also host a second stage becoming a "Next From Nashville" stage, showcasing emerging country acts. This stage will also host Watershed's "Late Night" set, which will return with Sam Hunt playing the special Friday night slot in addition to his main stage appearance.

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Riser CD review - Riser
Change was in store for Dierks Bentley when it came to recording his seventh album, "Riser." On the personal front, he lost his father and added to his family, clearly affecting the subject matter of his latest. On the musical front, he traded long-time producer Brett Beavers, producer of every disc except "Up on the Ridge," for Ross Copperman, who has enjoyed more success as a writer, including several previous tracks for Bentley. Bentley embraces current trends in country »»»
Up on the Ridge CD review - Up on the Ridge
Dierks Bentley takes a left, turn, sort of, on his fifth studio disc. Bentley has built a solid reputation as a country artist with a slew of hits and catchy songs with edge. But here, Bentley goes bluegrass or at least 12 songs steeped in that sound. This is nothing new for Bentley, who previously has recorded bluegrass songs. Much to his credit, Bentley does not come off as a dilettante, but, instead, someone who feels comfortable with the music from the lead-off title track to the closing sad »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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