Troubadour Tuesday (9 photos)
It is not breaking news that mainstream country has alienated many longstanding country music fans in recent years. This has lead to many sub genres of country to come out of the shadows and many of these are thriving. In Texas / Oklahoma, the Texas music and Red Dirt scene is making national stars left and right. The Midwest seems to be behind the New Outlaw Country scene in a big way.
This past weekend in Peoria, Illinois, Outlaw Country took center stage at a riverfront festival dubbed Tailgate N Tallboys and by all accounts, it was a bonafide hit! Jamey Johnson, Tyler Childers, Aaron Lewis, Dallas Moore, Bryan James, Billy Don Burns, The Steel Woods, Josh Card and more put on a hell of a show for the crowd that was close to twice what the promoters were expecting.
The Backroom Lounge in Riverton, Illinois hosted the official after party with Billy Don Burns, TJ Hernandez, Casper McWade, Bryan James, Lyman Ellerman and guests to a standing room only, sold-out crowd. Yeah, I’d say real country music is alive & well in the heartland! Check out these pics of the action!