Herald JournalHerald Journal, Feb. 9, 2004

Winstock 2004 line-up announced

By Ryan Gueningsman

Winstock 2004 brings back some familiar faces, and introduces the Winstock community to some new ones.

The biggest new face coming north from Nashville to Winsted this year is Keith Urban, who will be headlining Friday evening's show June 4.

Urban actually comes from a lot farther than Nashville. He was born and raised in Caboolture, Australia.

Since landing a record deal in 1992 with a band called The Ranch, Urban has released two solo albums and has hit the top of the charts with several songs.

Some of his hits include "But For the Grace of God," "Somebody Like You," "Where the Blacktop Ends," "Who Wouldn't Want To Be Me?" and his current single "Whenever I Run."

Urban will hit the stage Friday at 10 p.m. Before Urban, past Winstock-rockers Sawyer Brown will be performing at 8 p.m.

Sawyer Brown recently celebrated 20 years, after being founded in 1982 by leadman Mark Miller. Joining Miller will be drummer Joe Smyth, bassist Jim Sholten, lead guitar player Duncan Cameron, and keyboardist Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard.

Winstock 2004 line-up recently announced

Canadian cutie Carolyn Dawn Johnson hits the stage in her Winstock debut, and is also the lone female artist in the Winstock 2004 line-up.

Johnson has had success with "Complicated," "One Day Closer to You," and her current single, which is rising up the charts, "Simple Life."

Local favorite White Creek, based in Fargo, will entertain the crowd beginning at 5 p.m.

Saturday, June 5

Beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5, White Creek will be back in action, performing at the pre-show beer garden party, which includes a variety of prizes to be given away.

Prairie Rose comes back again to Winstock 2004, kicking off the entertainment on stage at 12:30 p.m.

Newcomer Jimmy Wayne, who was voted one of People Magazine's "50 Sexiest Men" for 2003, will begin his show at 2 p.m.

Wayne hit the ground with his hit "Stay Gone," and currently has "I Love You This Much," doing well for him.

Country music's piano man Phil Vassar is up next, taking the stage at 3:30 p.m.

Vassar hit the country music scene big several years ago with songs like "Carlene," "Six-Pack Summer," "Just Another Day in Paradise," and "American Child."

He is also an accomplished songwriter, penning tunes for the likes of Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, and Collin Raye.

After Vassar comes long-time country music favorites The Oak Ridge Boys at 5 p.m.

"Elvira," "Thank God For the Kids," and "American Made," are just a couple of their many hit songs.

The Oak Ridge Boys performed at Winstock 2001.

Also returning to the Winstock line-up is Trace Adkins, who will follow The Oak Ridge Boys at 6:45 p.m.

Adkins has his single "Hot Mama" currently in the 20s on the music charts, and it is still climbing.

He has hit big with many songs in recent years, including "I Left Something Turned On At Home," "Then They Do," "I'm Tryin," and the catchy "Chrome."

Also back for his sophomore Winstock performance is Tracy Byrd. Byrd performed at Winstock 1999.

Byrd has hit the charts recently with "The Truth About Men," and also has hit big with some of his ballads, including "Keeper of the Stars."

Byrd takes the stage at 8:15 p.m. Headlining Winstock 2004 is country partiers Montgomery Gentry.

Bringing life to any stage they are on, Montgomery Gentry has a way of working a crowd that can only be experienced by seeing these guys live.

Some of their hits include "Hell Yeah," "Daddy Won't Sell the Farm," "Lonely and Gone," and "Hillbilly Shoes."

They will close out the show Saturday at 10 p.m.

Winstock notes

· The camping theme at this year's Winstock will be "My Town," based on Montgomery Gentry's hit song. Decorate your campsite with items and decor representing your town.

· Thursday, June 4, the Winsted Fire Department will be serving spaghetti, beginning at 4 p.m., at the Winstock beer tent. A local band is also in the works for Thursday evening to perform in the beer tent.

· www.winstockfestival.com has frequent updates and more information about the festival.


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