Craig Campbell to Headline Friday Night at Riverfest 2014
9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Country music singer-songwriter Craig Campbell will take the stage on Friday night. Campbell reached the top of the country music charts with several of his songs, including: "Outta My Head," "Family Man," and "Keep Them Kisses Comin'." Campbell is a proud reminder of one of country's strongest creative periods, building on the early-'90s legacy established by some of the genre's most successful figures: Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Clint Black and Travis Tritt. He played keyboard for Luke Bryan and Tracy Byrd before he began his solo career and has now been nominated for two American Country Awards.
7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Joey Hyde grew up listening to his dad's record collection. His early influences were such bands as Led Zepplin, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, and Pink Floyd, which led him to a love of the guitar. Later on, he found himself appreciating the songs of Merle Haggard and Tom Petty, which led him to a love of songwriting. He came to Nashville to start school at Belmont in 2006, but spent most of his time playing the honkytonks on lower Broadway, and across the Southeast. It wasn't long before he hit the road playing guitar across the country for a few artists including Broken Bow Records' James Wesley. After a couple years on the road, he realized he wanted to be the front man and focus on his own artist career. Signed to Sony/ATV Joey is writing for his artist project and is continuing to build his fan base. He has teamed up with WME and this year has opened for such artists as Lee Brice, The Band Perry, The Cadillac Black, and many others. He signed a record deal with Capitol Records in November of 2013 and is currently writing and recording for his debut record release, due out Spring 2015. Joey is currently out on his radio tour supporting his debut single, "Get It On" which is available now on iTunes.
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Backroad Anthem is a country rock band that captivates audiences with their unique style and undeniable chemistry made obvious through their original music and high-energy onstage performances. The six-man group based out of Fayetteville, AR established the vision for their band in October 2012 and have dedicated themselves to “doing” country music their way ever since. In just its first six months of being a band, Backroad Anthem has opened for artists such as Casey Donahew Band, Dustin Lynch, and Eli Young Band. In June, the band will share the stage with Toby Keith and Luke Bryan at the Thunder Mountain Country Music Festival. Backroad will also release their first EP on May 2, 2013, which will include 5 songs and 2 live bonus tracks. The band started as a group of acquaintances with a common love for music, but by the end of their first performance the band knew they had caught lightening in a bottle. With the ability to play off each other, engaging a crowd came naturally and they quickly found the identity and sound they desired to express to fans. “With these pieces in place, we’ll be able to build a fan base that will fall in love with our music,” Craig explained. “The stars are aligning for this band.”
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Dean is a Husband and Wife duo from Decatur, Alabama. They have played music together for 8 years and shared the stage with artists such as Loretta Lynn, Colin Raye, John Anderson, Sammy Kershaw, and Richie McDonald from Lonestar. Dean builds their show around driving acoustics and powerful vocals. They have a passion for performing and sharing their energy and music with others.
9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Blackberry Smoke will entertain from the stage on Saturday night. The Southern rock jam band with a touch of bluegrass, gospel and soul has toured with The Marshall Tucker Band, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and George Jones. Blackberry Smoke's most recent album, The Whippoorwill released in 2012, peaked at No. 8 on the country music chart. Blackberry Smoke created a large following for themselves in Nashville and have been a hit on every tour stop since!
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Drake White is an aspiring singer songwriter out of Nashville, TN. However, he is an Alabama native from Hokes Bluff coming back to his roots to take the stage on Saturday night. Drake white is said to have ‘a very different country feel with a freestyle twist on many of his original songs.’
6:50 PM - 7:40 PM
The Wheelers are bringing their act back to where it all began on Saturday night. Their band first got its start right here in the River City. Bridging between Southern Blues and Progressive Rock, from Funk to Rock and Roll, the band finds itself molding into different genres throughout every transitions. Riverfest is proud to present the Wheelers as a local act - They are sure to be a crowd favorite!
6:15 PM - 6:45 PM
A native of Shueyville, IA, Whitters moved to Nashville in 2007 and signed with Carnival Music in 2012. Since then she has shared stages with Josh Thompson, Randy Houser, Chris Knight, Granger Smith, Jo Dee Messina, & Casey Donahew Band. She has also garnered critical acclaim in Nashville's music community. The Nashville Scene proclaimed, "Hailey Whitters summons the space-country aesthetics that Daniel Lanois brought to Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball and Willie Nelson’s Teatro in the late ’90s". In addition, Music Row critic Robert K. Oermann cited Hailey as an answer to country radio's lack of female artists with his praise--"I like her drawling delivery, the working gal lyric, the soulful backing guitar work, and the girlfriend chit-chat touches. Very, very promising. Keep your ears on this newcomer".
The awards for the Pro and Backyard Barbecue Competitions will be announced Saturday night at 5 p.m. in front of the Riverfest stage.