By Ryan Gueningsman
DHJ Managing Editor
WINSTED, MN With thousands of club, festival, and arena stages under his boots since playing his first gig at 14 years old, country music superstar Jason Aldean has been announced as a headliner of the Winstock Country Music Festival for Saturday, June 11 in Winsted.
Aldean’s newest album, “My Kinda Party” was released Nov. 2 and moved an impressive 193,000 units its first week, earning the biggest first week debut by a male vocalist in over three years. After selling nearly four million copies of his first three albums, the 15-track disc builds on the sound that brought him to the party, while continuing to push the boundaries of country music with his own unique style.
Aldean is currently nominated for two American Music Awards in the “Favorite Male Country Artist” and “Favorite Country Album” categories, as well as “Male Artist of the Year” at the American Country Awards. He will also be honored as one of five CMT Artists of the Year with a television special on the network in December. Some of Aldeans’ hits include “My Kinda Party,” “Crazy Town,” “Big Green Tractor,” “She’s Country,” “Amarillo Sky,” and “Hicktown.”
Darius Rucker recently had his fourth number one country song with “Come Back Song” off his latest album, “Charleston, S.C. 1966,” which was released October 12. The album also debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Albums Chart at number with over 100,000 album sold in the first week. Rucker will be closing down the show Friday night June 10 at Winstock 2011.
Rucker’s debut country album, “Learn to Live,” produced three number one hits: “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” (two-week number one), “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” (three-week number one), “Alright” and also the top five “History in the Making,” all of which were co-penned by Rucker. His latest single, “This,” is at radio now making its way up the charts.
With those songs under his belt, Rucker feels pretty grateful these days . . . grateful that the millions of fans who also knew him as the voice of Hootie & The Blowfish, the Grammy-winning group whose album “Cracked Rear View” sold more than 16 million copies, happily followed the singer/songwriter in his natural evolution to country music.
The 18th annual Winstock Country Music Festival will take place at the festival grounds in Winsted, Minnesota Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, 2011.
Just west of the Twin Cities, Winstock is one of the Upper Midwest’s premier outdoor country music and camping festivals organized entirely by volunteers, with all proceeds from this event used to help fund private education for students from Winsted and surrounding communities.
More than 1,000 people volunteer more than 5,000 hours to bring you the opportunity to enjoy country music’s finest entertainment, food and fun.
Tickets to the two-day festival can be purchased online at www.winstockfestival.com or by phone at 888-946-7865. Costs are $85 for early bird general admission; $150 for reserved seating; $260 for VIP, and $90 for camping. The early bird ticket deadline is in mid-April. Tickets purchased online will be mailed out in April.
Watch www.winstockfestival.com for artist updates and everything Winstock 2011. More artists will be announced soon.