Giddy Up for Boots and Hearts

Casey Dobson – Assistant Editor in Chief

Canada’s largest country and camping music festival kicked off on August 8 at the Burl’s Creek Event Grounds and as usual is bringing with it a star-studded line up. Bandersnatch is proud and excited to provide all-around coverage of the Saturday festivities, so excited in fact, that we had to give you a sneak peak of what’s in store.

Main Stage

            Eric Ethridge kicks off the main stage festivities at 2:45. The Canadian-raised breakout star is coming off of a monumental career change; pivoting from being a doctor to making crowds of tens of thousands rise to their feet.

            Tyler Rich will take over from Ethridge at 3:40. Hailing from northern California, the self-made star has built a fan base from coast to coast with energetic hits and infectious energy.

            Girl-boss Raelynn keeps the party going at 4:50. The world got to meet her while she was a contestant on season two of The Voice and she has done nothing but rise since, securing a spot on Marren Morris’ “Girl: The World Tour” and having already been booked as the halftime show for the Titans and Jaguars Thursday Night Football match-up on December 6.

            The breakthrough group LANCO takes the stage at 6 and you can believe the audience will be swooning. Their original hit, “Greatest Love Story”, broke records by going platinum before the album ever saw the light of day and there is little doubt that the boys from Nashville aren’t done yet.

            The deeply soulful Kip Moore will be front and centre starting at 7:45, treating fans to his signature honest style. This is a must-see show for anyone who fell in love with country music for its authenticity, as well as its fun.

            Finally, Miranda Lambert will wrap up the action on Saturday night at 9:30. A trailblazer for female-country stars, Lambert has been starting dance parties since her days on Nashville Star back in 2003. Her beloved rock’n’roll edge blends seamlessly with everyone’s favourite country kick-back vibes that promises to give festival goers a show to remember.

Front Porch Stage

          Tenille Arts, the Saskatechwan native who rose to fame following appearances on “The Bachelor” franchise, will be the first to take the spotlight on the Front Porch Stage at 2:20 on Saturday. Ending up on nearly every publication’s version of a ‘must-watch’ list, Boots and Hearts goers should count themselves lucky if they get to jam with Arts.

            Taking over from Tenille Arts at 3:10 is the Texas-made SmithField. The duo’s on-stage chemistry is undeniable and their fusion of classic country with rock influences sets their sound apart from the rest of the fest.

            Mississippi native Jameson Rodgers keeps the party going at 4:10 and the audience better be ready to fall in love, the same way some of the biggest names in country music have already. Rodgers has earned writing credits with Florida Georgia Line and Chris Lane, toured with Sam Hunt and Old Dominion, all while selling out clubs in his native South.

            The Wild Feathers come on at 5:25 to give audiences perhaps the most diverse show of the weekend. With music spanning country, rock, rap, and soul, the multi-singer group is sure to have fans, old and new, getting wild.

            Closing out Saturday on the Front Porch Stage is Mitchell Tenpenny at 7. The Nashville native is fresh off the release of his major label debut album “Telling All My Secrets” and if the reception of its single “Drunk Me” is any indication (certified Platinum) it won’t be a secret that he could become a festival favourite.

            With so much amazing entertainment lined-up, it’s a guarantee that this year’s Boots and Hearts will create memories that won’t come out in the wash…

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