McGraw, Urban, Bryan headline new fest
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McGraw, Urban, Bryan headline new fest

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 – Hometown Rising, the first-ever country music and bourbon Festival, will make its debut in September as a two-day festival featuring Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan in Louisville.

The festival debuts Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center.

Other artists performing include Dwight Yoakam, Brett Young, Jake Owen, Bret Michaels and Frankie Ballard. More than 30 artists will play on three stages, including two side-by-side main stages, over the course of the weekend.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 15 at noon eastern.

"I am beyond thrilled to be playing the very first year of Hometown Rising, and to have the opportunity to be part of such a prestigious and eclectic lineup of modern country artists," said performer Alice Wallace.

Festival producer Danny Wimmer said, "Hometown Rising is a blend of the music and culture I grew up around, in a place I now consider a second home. While DWP (Wimmer's company) is best known for our rock festivals, I was surrounded by country music growing up in Jacksonville, Fla., and I'm excited to be expanding our portfolio with a genre and a place that are both close to my heart. I can't think of a better location to launch a country music festival than right here in bourbon country. Mayor Fischer and the Louisville community continue to be great partners as we take this next step in the marriage of great music, food and bourbon."

The current music lineup for Hometown Rising is:

Saturday, September 14: Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Dwight Yoakam, [artist TBA], Frankie Ballard, The Cadillac Three, Jimmie Allen, Lindsay Ell, The Steel Woods, Clare Dunn, Gabby Barrett, Kassi Ashton, J.D. Shelburne, Raelyn Nelson Band, Alice Wallace, Imaj

Sunday, September 15: Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Brett Young, Jake Owen, Bret Michaels, Lauren Alaina, LoCash, Drake White and The Big Fire, The Wild Feathers, Mason Ramsey, Noah Guthrie, Everette, Lauren Jenkins, Jeffrey East, Hannah Ellis, Kendall Shaffer

Bourbon authority and author Fred Minnick is the festival's official spirits curator and has helped assemble onsite experiences, including bourbon tastings and workshops for fans 21+ during Bourbon Heritage Month.


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