The lineup for 2019 Country Thunder Arizona, the reigning ACM festival of the year, will feature Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Brett Eldredge, Chris Stapleton and many more, Billboard can exclusively reveal.
Each evening of the four-day spring event features one of country music’s top performers, with many of the format’s rising stars and beloved icons listed among the bill.
“2018 was a record-breaking year in Arizona and we knew that we had to up the ante for 2019,” says Country Thunder Music Festivals CEO, Troy Vollhoffer. “We are excited to announce these headliners for the incredible fans who have made Country Thunder Arizona what it is.”
Kicking the festival off on Thursday, April 11 will be longtime comedy favorites — and hosts — Williams and Ree, veteran hitmaker Adkins, and Eldredge will headline.
With seven top 10 hits and four top-5 albums to his credit, Eldredge has earned his stripes through nine years of relentless touring, and a reputation as one of the top live performers in country music. His Thursday evening headline slot is a guaranteed early weekend highlight.
On Friday, April 12, attendees can catch a pair of the format’s hottest newcomers: Brandon Lay and Black River’s Abby Anderson, plus two of the genre’s biggest acts of the past two decades, Clay Walker and Tim McGraw, who will headline.
Since he burst onto the scene in 1994 with “ Indian Outlaw,” McGraw has carved out one of the most impressive resumes in country music history, including a CMA entertainer of the year trophy in addition almost 60 top 10 singles. His recent hit single, “Neon Church” is making an impact with his devoted legion of fans.
Day three will feature newcomers The Hunter Brothers and Warner Brothers’ High Valley, as well the classic sounds of Lonestar. Stepping into the headlining role will be Arizona’s hometown boy, Dierks Bentley.
During a roll which has lasted the better part of the past two decades, Bentley has amassed a string of hit singles, many of which he will perform for the hometown crowd, as well as tracks from his critically acclaimed LP The Mountain. The Country Thunder stage might even inspire a little bit of a collaboration on Saturday, as Brothers Osborne — Bentley’s opening act this year –will precede him on stage.
The final night of the festival will offer a trip back in time as the classic 1980s sounds of Restless Heart will be on full display. During the decade, the group dominated the charts with hits such as “That Rock Won’t Roll,” “A Tender Lie,” and the crossover smash “I’ll Still Be Loving You.” But, as Country Thunder Arizona always does, organizers have saved their biggest splash for last — reigning CMA male vcalist of the year Chris Stapleton.
Stapleton has never played Country Thunder Arizona, but he is definitely a fan favorite. The announcement of the five-time Grammy Award, and astonishing 14-time ACM and CMA winner, has been a major coup for the festival.
Festival-goers have until midnight for the early-bird $130 four-day passes, after which time, they will be available for four payments of $40 plus taxes and fees. Visit countrythunder.com to purchase, or order by phone at 1-866-388-0007. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all @countrythunder.