Randy Houser to Headline Friday Night at Riverfest 20139:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Country artist Randy Houser will headline the 19th annual Riverfest in Decatur, AL. Houser released his third album, How Country Feels in January 2013 and the first single from the album, “How Country Feels” was a No. 1 Billboard Heatseakers hit and a Top 10 single.
Houser's sophmore album, Anything Goes featured the #2 Hit Single “Boots On.” In addition his own music, though, Houser has also penned songs for and with such artists as Trace Adkins (“Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”), Justin Moore (“Back That Thing Up”), and Jessie James (“My Cowboy).
Josh Thompson7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Country artist Josh Thompson will join the Friday night lineup, playing right before Randy Houser takes the stage. Thompson's debut album, Way Out here produced three Top 40 hits - “Beer on the Table” (a Top 20 single), “Way Out Here” , and “Won't be Lonely Long.” Thompson is currently in the studio recording his second album expected to be released this year. He has also co-written songs for artists such as Jason Aldean (“Church Pew or Bar Stool”) and Brad Paisley (“A Man Don't Have to Die”).
Brent Cobb6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Brent Cobb, returns to Riverfest this year after having made his debut at the festival in 2012. He is a country/folk singer-songwriter-guitarist based in Nashville, has written songs for artists like Kellie Pickler, the Eli Young Band, Luke Bryan and the Oak Ridge Boys.
Hailey Whitters5:15 PM - 5:50 PM
Country newcomer Hailey Whitters makes her Riverfest debut this year. Whitters recently signed with Carnival Music Publishing, owned by producer Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Lee Ann Womack).
Ethan Thomas - Decatur Mall Jr. Idol WinnerFriday: 5:00 PM - 5:15 PM and Saturday: 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Ethan Thomas won the 2013 Decatur Mall's River City Jr. Idol Competition. At twelve years old, Ethan is an impressive piano player and vocalist. He won the competition with a performance of "Stay" originally recorded by Rhiannna and his own version of "Georgia on my Mind." Ethan is a student at Oak Park Middle School.
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The Cadillac Three9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Southern rockers The Cadillac Three will headline Saturday of Riverfest. Recently signed to Big Machine Records, The Cadillac Three (formerly known as The Cadillac Black) is a high energy trio that has opened for artists such as ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Church, and Eli Young Band. The band performed at the 2012 SXSW.
Rollin' in the Hay8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Get ready to groove the night away with crowd favorite Rollin' in the Hay. The Birmingham-based group credited with sparking a "newgrass" revolution has opened for artists like Greg Allman, Charlie Daniels, the Doobie Brothers, Alabama and Widespread Panic. Rollin' in the Hay has been a staple artist for Riverfest for several years now and is a crowd favorite for the festival. They will perform on Saturday night.
Jessta James6:50 PM - 7:40 PM
Up-and-coming country artist Jessta James recently released his latest album, Time to Get Right, which has a unique blend of country, rock, and hip hop. The Montana-native finds inspiration in outlaw country artists such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr., and Johnny Cash, playing tribute to their music, as well as classic country, rock, and southern rock in his own songs. His song, "Stampede," was featured on an episode of MTV's BUCKWILD. Jessta will perform on Saturday night.
JJ Lawhorn6:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Average Joe Entertainment’s JJ Lawhorn recently released his debut album, Original Good Ol' Boy this summer after having opened for lablemate Colt Ford. The first single from the record is, “Stomping Grounds.”
The awards for the Pro and Backyard Barbecue Competitions will be announced at 5 p.m. in front of the Riverfest stage.