Now THAT'S Country

This appeared on - June 5, 2003

Country legends Marty Stuart and Merle Haggard are starting their own festival this summer. Aimed at rural areas and modeled after the country package shows of the WWII-era, The Electric Barnyard Festival kicks off in Sierra Vista, Arizona on July 6th. Stuart and Haggard, along with country swingers BR549, newgrass stars Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Old Crow Medicine Show and Stuart’s wife Connie Smith, are excited about the festivals and getting to visit the heart and soul of America. The Electric Barnyard tickets will run $25-30 and the tour wraps up in Batavia, NY on Aug. 31. The fest is being sponsored by Waffle House and will feature a carnival type setting with games and booths.

Stuart will be releasing his latest album County Music on July 1st. The set will be Stuart’s first for Sony Nashville and his first studio album since 1999’s The Pilgrim. The new single “If There Ain’t There Oughta Be” is already in rotation on CMT. This will also be Stuart’s first tour with his new band, The Fabulous Superlatives.

If you get a chance, definitely check out this great value package. Chances are it’ll be coming to a small town near you, so you won’t have to fight too much traffic or deal with any of that city-stuff. Plus, maybe if we give all of our money to guys like Stuart and Hag, Lee Ann Womack will finally go away forever.

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