6 New Artists I Can’t Wait To See at Country Thunder

“We got a cooler, that’s right.
Sunscreen, uh huh.
Lotsa water, you know it.
Beef jerky, getcha some.
Anti-Bacterial wipes, keeping it real….clean.”

Inside my head that read like a country song which makes sense…since we’re getting ready for this weekend’s Country Thunder Festival in Arizona (April 7-10)!

road trip with bill

I couldn’t be more excited to be attending and several of us Country Music #CMchat-ers like Liz Kellogg, Billy Shaw Jr and Shannon Black will be there.  Country Thunder is the premier Country Music Festival to roll into southwest Arizona for the past 23 years. Performers at Country Thunder Festival have included huge country artists like Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Big & Rich,  Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Eric Church to name a few.  Last year was my first time going and needless to say I am going back for more because I loved it so much, but this year I have a plan and a WAY better phone for streaming, pics and good times plus I have Verizon service because you know, #BetterMatters especially when you’re out and about.

Here are some New Artists I’ve NEVER seen live before that I just can’t wait to see on the main stage, as well as the Courtyard.


Mo Pitney

Brooke Eden

Chase Bryant

Courtney Cole

Ryan Hurd

(I’ve had Ryan Hurd, Courtney Cole and Brooke Eden as Twitterview guests but haven’t had the chance to catch one of their live shows. )

Not on this list are people I’ve seen before, but that doesn’t mean that I am not excited to see them all again: LoCash, Drew Cooper, Cole Swindell, Eric Church, Kip Moore, Old Dominion, Bryan White, Cadillac Three, Chris Janson, Jake Owen, Randy Houser and of course my fiddling boyfriend Billy Shaw Jr (performing with Drew Cooper). (heck I need to do a whole other post with this list, huh?)

Over the years, Country Thunder’s lineup will keep on dazzling spectators and exceeding expectations, so grab a cowboy hat, a RV or tent if you want to camp, and come and enjoy the world’s premier country acts with the camaraderie of over 100,000 fans!

Who would you put on your ‘MUST SEE’ list new or established artist especially if I missed someone new you think I need to see!?!? I am all ears!!

Country Thunder Schedule

Author: Jessica Northey

Everyone asks “what exactly do you do Jessica?” What some of my family members say, “she tweets for a living” is my favorite, but really the title that puts food on the table is “Social Media Influencer,” the definition sounds simple, someone who influences others through social media, but I consider myself a Citizen Journalist broadcasting and entertaining with news, thoughts, opinions, delivering information in my own unique way. Famous for my ‘sass wit and straight from the hip’ style I’ve always been called a “Social Media Pioneer” in the music industry. I’m also an On-Air/Online Broadcasting Host and Personality, Digital Media Strategist, Country and Music Blogger/Journalist as well as a Nationally recognized Speaker and Founder of Country Music Chat, News and Views Entertainment Website CMChatLIVE.com. My favorite accomplishment is starting the largest Country Music Hashtag community in the world Country Music’s #CMChat. It all started with a hunch...back in the early 2000’s I would dial up the internet via AOL and join chat rooms whilst watching my favorite programs on TV. Loved watching Reality Shows with my Mom in Tucson, and blowing her mind with how I always knew who was going home on the Bachelor or Big Brother. Don’t think she ever caught on that I was talking to people via computer on the East Coast, where it had already aired. (We didn’t have the uber-spoiler Twitter or Facebook to ruin results and awards shows for us yet.) I’ve been taking over the internet, one tweet at a time and have accumulated over 3 Million followers/friends/fans across all my Social Media networks. Over the years I’ve been consistently ranked as an influential online personality and even named as a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer. I was the first person Merle Haggard followed when he got on Twitter and spent the day with Garth Brooks at Twitter and Facebook when joined the social media world.

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