Marty Stuart, Merle Haggard Lead 'Barnyard' Tour

This appeared on - June 2, 2003

Marty Stuart will shepherd a six-act country music festival through America's heartland beginning July 6 in Sierra Vista, Ariz. The two-month Electric Barnyard Tour will also feature Merle Haggard, BR5-49, Connie Smith, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, and the Old Crow Medicine Show.

Sponsored by Waffle House, CMT, and WSM Radio, the event is described by Stuart and Haggard as part tent-show, part honky-tonk. The schedule will eschew large markets in favor of small towns and rural areas. "We're going back to remember the forgotten ones," Haggard said in a statement.

Ticket prices will be kept to a low $25 in advance and $30 at the door, with music slated to start at 6 p.m., two hours after gates open. Interactive attractions such as bungee jumping and mechanical bulls will also be part of the festival, as will food vendors.

Stuart will be out in support of his latest album, "Country Music," due July 1 via Sony Nashville. As part of the sponsorship, his single "If There Ain't There Oughta Be" will be featured on jukeboxes in 1,400 Waffle House outlets in 26 states.

Here are Electric Barnyard Tour dates:

July 6: Sierra Vista, Ariz. (City Park)

July 8: San Bernardino, Calif. (National Orange Showgrounds)

July 10: Tulare, Calif. (Tulare County Fairgrounds)

July 11: Dixon, Calif. (El Dorado Fairgrounds)

July 12: Klamath Falls, Ore. (Dixon County Fairgrounds)

July 13: Walla Walla, Wash. (Walla Walla Fairground)

July 15: Longview, Wash. (Cowlitz County Expo Center)

July 17: Pueblo, Colo. (Colorado St. Fairgrounds)

July 18: Hutchinson, Kan. (Hutchinson Fairgrounds)

July 19: Tama, Iowa (Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel Grounds)

July 20: Peoria, Ill. (Peoria Civic Center)

Aug. 14: Rome, Ga. (Coosa Valley Fairgrounds)

Aug. 15: Detroit (TBD)

Aug. 16: Brooksville, Ky. (Foots Club Grounds

Aug. 17: Lynchburg, Va. (Plaza Mall)

Aug. 19: Tuscumbia, Ala. (Alabama Hall of Fame)

Aug. 21: Marshall, Mo. (Saline County Fairgrounds)

Aug. 22: Springfield, Ill. (Springfield State Fairgrounds)

Aug. 23: Middletown, Ohio (Butler County Fairgrounds)

Aug. 24: Medina, Ohio (Medina County Fairgrounds)

Aug. 26: Bean Blossom, Ind. (Brown County Jamboree Park)

Aug. 28: Saginaw, Mich. (Fairgrounds-Saginaw)

Aug. 29: Jackson, Mich. (TBD)

Aug. 31: Batavia, N.Y. (Genesee County Fairgrounds)

By Barry A. Jeckell

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