Emerging music stars

Stampede staple has been entertainers headed to the stratosphere

The dynamic exuberance dating back to when Country Stampede was a still-flourishing music festival came in large measure from rising stars destined for the road to stardom. Rising the charts, destined for stardom but not quite ascending that launchpad to full-fledged fame and widely-hailed celebrity.

One indubitable instance reaches back to the festival’s roots. LeAnn Rimes was a precocious 14-year-old when she performed at Stampede No. 2 with another mega-powered group known as Alabama, long entrenched by then (1997). No doubt, Stampede fans make the Manhattan pilgrimage to see superstars like Alabama, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. 

That much hasn't changed. The "semi-unknowns" give fans a giddy gumption about these multi-performer concerts like Stampede.

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Brett Young's rising star heads to Stampede for 2018 music festival

Stampede presents those equally thrilling opportunities to catch newcomers like Dierks Bentley (2005) or Old Dominion (2015) on their rise to stardom. Still driving to the top. This year, Brett Young is one blossoming star. ACM’s New Male Vocalist of the Year has been hitting all the right notes with “Like I Loved You” and “In Case You Didn’t Know” – both rose to No. 1 -- and rising top-15 single “Mercy”.

During Kicker Country Stampede 2018, Young makes an opening-night (June 21) appearance and hands the mic to growing industry sensation Cole Swindell. The SoCal native was a one-time MLB-aspiring pitcher at Ole Miss before Young exchanged spikes for spurs of the country-western stage following elbow surgery.

Young’s Pacific Coast-meets-Music City off-speed delivery has been labeled Caliville, ever-present in his powerful self-titled debut album released 15 months ago.

Brett Young first impression debut album

“The glamourous side of it that everybody thinks is there and that you expect,” Young told an interviewer at the Billboard Music Awards … “this is like a quick little run down the red carpet but for the most part it’s a lot of hard work and it’s a lot of long hours. That’s my favorite part about it, the athlete in me loves that.

“You think you’re going to sing songs for a living -- and it’s kind of sleep in, show up and sing -- and it (ends up being) a lot of work. And I love that, but I never knew.”

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The same Billboard chart lists a couple of Florida Georgia Line collaborations, including a six-month run to the top with Bebe Rexha and “Meant To Be,” edging out Kane Brown’s “Heaven” for the No. 1 spot. Swindell’s “Break Up in the End” spent three months charging near the top 10. Aussie Morgan Evans holds similar chart territory to Swindell, a native Georgian.

They’ll all find their way to the main Stampede stage June 21-23 at Tuttle Creek State Park. Three nights of glorious performances. Or, as Brown sings in his No. 2 single, “I swear this is perfect.” Join the festive summer crowd and catch Young, Swindell and Brown on the road to stardom. Not long now to Stampede 23.

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