Sara Evans Promises New Hits & Classics at Alabama's Rock the South Festival
This weekend promises to be a huge one for country music fans around Cullman, Alabama. Thousands of fans will descend upon the city for the annual Rock the South festival. One of this year's headliners is Sara Evans, who can't believe it's already fair and festival time.
"It's amazing that it's almost here. This year has flown by," the RCA recording artist told Billboard, adding that the event is a family affair. "It's a festival that my husband is a part owner of. He and one of his buddies came up with the idea for it. This is our third year, and it's been really successful. I'm really looking forward to it."
Originally held in 2012 to help raise funds for those affected by the 2011 tornadoes in the state, Evans said that many organizations are helped out by the event. "Alabama Forever is one of the charities that we raise money for, as well the Children's Hospital and many of the local charities in Cullman."
Fresh off of her appearance at the CMA Music Festival, Evans is set to kick her touring season into high gear -- at least for a few months. "Until school starts, we try to get as much work done as possible during the summer." The singer and her husband, onetime Alabama quarterback Jay Barker, are very devoted to their children and their activities. "We have seven together, and six of them play sports. Between football, baseball, softball and volleyball, it's a weekly thing -- around the whole school year." Evans said it's important for her to be a presence at those games. "That's why it's so important for me to work a ton in the summer. When we start school, I have to block off so many days to make sure I don't miss anything. It's a challenge, but we're pretty much used to it by now."
Rock the South promises a diverse lineup, with Alan Jackson, Brantley Gilbert, Tyler Farr and the Chris Weaver Band making appearances during the two-day event (June 19-20). Evans says there's one of her longtime favorites on the bill as well. "I haven't seen Travis Tritt in so long. I'm really looking forward to seeing him."
Evans promises a full dose of all her hits, from last year's "Slow Me Down" to "No Place That Far." She also plans to include 2005's "A Real Fine Place to Start" in her list, a song that is very special to her. "Radney Foster and George Ducas are so amazing. It's kind of taken on a life of its own. I have a blog that is called ARealFinePlace.com, so it's become a very special record for me."
Evans plans to start recording a new album for RCA later this year and is in the beginning stages of lining up a Christmas tour to promote At Christmas, her holiday release from last year.
For more information about Rock the South, visit RockTheSouth.com.