Herald JournalHerald Journal, Jan. 31, 2005

Second stage new at Winstock 2005

By Ryan Gueningsman
Staff Writer

In addition to having some of Nashville’s hottest singers in the lineup, Winstock is also planning on bringing some of Music City’s newest up-and-coming talent to perform on a special new stage at Winstock 2005.

The 12th annual two-day country music festival takes place just south of Winsted at the festival grounds. Co-headlining the event is Lee Ann Womack and Neal McCoy.

Beginning the Winstock fun Thursday, June 2 will be the annual Winsted Fire Department’s spaghetti dinner, as well as music near the beer tent and beverage specials to get the weekend going.

Kicking off the music Friday, June 3 at 5:15 p.m. will be local favorite Joe McPherson of the Hutchinson area. McPherson has opened at the Medina Entertainment Center for nationally known acts, and plays a variety of country favorites.

Following McPherson, country legend Charley Pride will hit the Winstock stage at 6:45 p.m. as the first national act of Winstock 2005.

Pride is widely known across the world, and dozens of his chart toppers now stand as modern classics.

“Kiss An Angel Good Morning” went on to be a million-selling crossover single and helped Pride land Country Music Association (CMA) awards as Entertainer of the Year in 1971 and Top Male Vocalist in 1971 and 1972.

Pride was the first African American entertainer asked to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and he continues to tour and record.

Arkansas native Joe Nichols brings his constantly growing selection of hits to Winsted, and is set to take the stage at 8:30 p.m., following Pride.

Nichols has hit the big-time with slower songs like “Brokenheartsville,” “If Nobody Believed in You,” and “She Only Smokes When She Drinks,” but has his share of up tempo songs to perform as well, and has opened many shows for Alan Jackson.

Nichols’ current single on the radio is “What’s A Guy Gotta Do.”

Rounding off the entertainment Friday is Lee Ann Womack.

Womack shot to fame with her crossover hit “I Hope You Dance,” which spent five weeks at number one on the charts and crossed over to the pop and adult contemporary scene.

She earned the Country Music Association female vocalist award in 2001, and then was named the association’s song and single of the year.

Her new song, “I May Hate Myself in the Morning,” currently is at number 14 on the Billboard charts.

Saturday kicks off with the annual pre-show beer tent party, featuring the Chace Roberts Band on Winstock’s second stage.

Ex-military paratrooper Craig Morgan is the first national artist to hit the big stage at Winstock Saturday afternoon.

His biggest hit, “Almost Home,” and songs like “Paradise” and “Something to Write Home About” have set Morgan on the path to become one of the hottest newcomers of today.

Following Morgan is another singer with strong ties to the military – Darryl Worley.

While he had several hits including “Good Day to Run” and “I Miss My Friend,” Worley launched himself into the limelight with the anthem “Have You Forgotten?”

“I have to accept the fact that ‘Have You Forgotten’ is going to get the best response of the night whenever we play it, for the rest of my life,” Worley said. “And I’m very thankful for the song.”

Even with the monstrous success of that song, Worley needed a way to move on and continue pushing his career forward. After taking a six-month hiatus, he returned to the scene with a new, self-titled album, and his first single, “Awful Beautiful Life,” is currently sitting at number one on the charts.

Joining Pride in the legend category is “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer Glen Campbell, who is scheduled to take the stage following Worley.

From the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour television show, to making history by winning a Grammy in both country and pop categories in 1967: “Gentle On My Mind” snatched the country honors, and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” won in pop.

He owns trophies for male vocalist of the year from both the CMA and the Academy of Country Music, and took the CMA’s top honor as Entertainer of the Year.

During his 40 years in show business, Campbell has released more than 70 albums. He has sold 45 million records and racked up 12 gold albums, four platinum albums and one double-platinum album. Of his 75 trips up the charts, 27 landed in the top 10.

“What Was I Thinkin’?” singer Dierks Bentley hits the stage after Campbell, bringing a traditional sound with a combination of both fun and serious lyrics to his show.

Since making his name known with that song, and others like “My Last Name” and most recently “Lot of Leavin’ Left To Do,” Bentley has kept himself plenty busy, touring with the likes of Kenny Chesney and George Strait.

Come Winstock time, Bentley fans can also expect to find an album full of new tunes from this Arizona native.

Country music’s hottest sister act, SHeDAISY, will hit the Winstock stage following Bentley. The trio, Kelsi, Kristyn, and Kassidy Osborn, hail from Magna, Utah, located near Salt Lake City.

The girls’ most recent release, “Come Home Soon,” has hit home with many people who have family and friends fighting overseas.

Other hits like “Get Over Yourself,” “Little Goodbyes,” “I Will . . . But,” “Passenger Seat,” and “Punishment,” have kept SHeDAISY on the country music radar since 1999, and the girls show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. They recently released an album called “Sweet Right Here,” and are currently promoting the song “Don’t Worry ‘Bout a Thing.”

Closing out Winstock 2005 will be long-time Winstock favorite Neal McCoy.

Always good for an entertaining show, look for him to perform his standard hits “Wink,” “No Doubt About It,” “They’re Playing Our Song,” You Gotta Love That,” “The Shake,” and “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” among others in his third appearance at Winstock.

Several things to watch for in 2005

In between the national acts on the main stage, Winstock is planning to bring some of the hottest new singers from Nashville to perform on a special second stage located on the Winstock grounds.

Local favorites Chace Roberts and Rockie are already booked to perform on this stage, with several national acts to be announced in the near future.

Another event that is becoming a Winstock favorite is the annual campsite decorating contest. This year’s theme is “Rhinestone Cowboy,” based on Campbell’s hit song.

Updates and ticket purchases are available online at www.winstockfestival.com, or by calling 888-946-7865.

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