The third annual Country Throwdown Tour Fired Up by Kingsford® has had fans clamoring for more at each stop, and as the tour prepares to come to a close with a July 8 Nashville stop at The Woods at Fontanel, the buzz is being heard all around Music City.
Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, Justin Moore, Josh Thompson, Eric Paslay and Sunny Sweeney have headlined the popular outdoor amphitheater trek that features three stages. In addition to performances on the two main stages, the Bluebird Cafe Stage will spotlight the talents of emerging singer-songwriters Channing Wilson, Rose Falcon and Carly Pearce for intimate "in-the-round" sets throughout the day, along with nightly performances during main stage set changes.
Special guests Jonathan Singleton and The Grove, Drake White and Mama's Blue Dress will also join the show in Nashville.
Sweeney tells Billboard.com that she has definitely felt the love from the crowds during the tour. "It's been good. The fans on this show have been awesome," she says. "They're like the ones that come to the CMA Music Festival. They're the ones that bring the pictures back from every show they have ever seen you at. There are a lot of country fans out here."
The Republic Nashville recording artist says that she has been thoroughly impressed with the talent that is represented. "Josh is a friend of mine, and so is Eric," she says, adding that she has been impressed with some of the newcomers. "Channing Wilson is a great singer/songwriter that I just found about on this show. There are so many songs floating around in the air… I think there's so many bands - about ten acts, and there are so many different flavors of country - pop-country, old school country, it's really diverse and really fun."
The singer is looking forward to playing Music City on July 8, which will be her first full show in Nashville. "I'm always excited to play there. The label comes out, and it gives a chance for the people that work with and around you to see you, because we're always on the road," she says.
After hitting the Country Top 40 with songs like "From A Table Away" and "Drink Myself Single," Sweeney tells Billboard that she is in pre-production stages of her next album.