Michael Ray kicks off the national music acts on Thursday night. He
loves a good story. So, it’s only natural that when it came time to tell his own, he gravitated to country music.
“I feel like in music in general, but especially in country music, the story lines have always been the foundation,” he says. “No matter what changes may happen with the sound, I feel like when you listen to a song, no matter what walk of life you come from, you can really lose yourself in that song and put your own story to it.”
His dynamic sophomore album, “Amos,” named for his grandfather and produced by the legendary Scott Hendricks (Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton) picks up where that record left off, combining the vintage sounds he absorbed growing up with a contemporary polish that puts him at the forefront of a class of fresh young voices.
Ray runs the emotional gamut on “Amos,” from vulnerable ballads to boot-stomping rockers, showcasing a musical and vocal dexterity he has long admired in heroes like Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.
Tracey Lawrence continues the entertainment on Friday. Tracy Lawrence’s most recent studio album GOOD OLE DAYS, released on November 10, 2017, is an album of duets, pairing a selection of his most iconic hits with some of Country and Rock’s contemporary superstars and newcomers. It includes guest appearances by Jason Aldean, Brad Arnold, Big & Rich, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Easton Corbin, Dustin Lynch, Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler and Chris Young. Upon its release, the album appreciated impressive sales history: #1 position on iTunes Country Chart, debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, #25 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums, #87 on the Billboard 200 Chart, #11 on Billboard’s Digital Album’s Chart and #2 on the country portion of that chart.
Justin Moore takes the stage with his 7 #1 singles on Saturday night and its sure to be a great show. Late Nights and Longnecks releases in April, Moore will be looking for his 4th straight #1 album building on singles
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