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Craig Campbell
with Special Guest: Joel Crouse

Saturday, August 31st, 2013
Kearney Amphitheater
Sponsored by Super 8 of Kearney & La Fuente Mexican Restaurants
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Price: $30.00 at the Gate Day of Event
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Craig Campbell

The voice is straight-forward and powerful. The songs are down-to-earth portraits of real people from the American heartland. The sound is traditional, unapologetic country.

Craig Campbell is a proud reminder of one of country's strongest creative periods, building on the early-'90s legacy established by some of the genre's most successful figures: Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Clint Black and Travis Tritt.

The Georgia-bred Campbell was introduced with a five-song EP that landed in the Top 20 on iTunes. His self-titled debut album expands on the central themes of his life-family, friends, purpose and self-determination-with a bundle of self-written songs, all delivered with the force and conviction of someone who's lived every sentiment in every word.

"I have to believe every one of my songs," Campbell says matter-of-factly.

It's a simple premise learned through years of touring at the club level, writing songs in Nashville and playing the bars on Lower Broadway in Music City. Campbell honed his craft in bands backing Luke Bryan and Tracy Byrd, on stages where he covered Alabama and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and at an annual hometown talent contest where he won twice and eventually became the leader of the house band for other contestants.

Now his debut album blends Campbell's masculine, no-nonsense vocal style with solid, salt-of-the-earth songs about America's working class and a classic sense of wordplay. It's a timeless sound, one that links him directly to Travis Tritt and Alan Jackson, who likewise built their style on such predecessors as George Jones and Hank Williams Jr.

"It's traditional, back-to-basics, true country music," Campbell says. "It's what I am. I can't be anything else."

 

Joel Crouse

By the age of 20, Show Dog - Universal Music's Joel Crouse has already accomplished more than many artists ever dream of doing. He wrote his first song at the age of 14, started a band when he was 15, graduated from high school at the age of 16 and was signed to his record deal not long after his 19th birthday. He has opened shows for Toby Keith, Darius Rucker, Rodney Atkins, Sara Evans, Taylor Swift and The Goo Goo Dolls.

Joel and his grandfather share a strong bond, which is where his love for country music began. His grandfather lived with his family off and on throughout his childhood and during that time Joel was introduced to the music of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Merle Haggard. Crouse also grew to love classic rock music from the 70s, particularly story songs like those performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac, to name a few. At the young age of 20, Crouse is an old soul who loves the classics and thinks there's no better sound than listening to a vinyl recording.

As a songwriter, Crouse feels and writes with a lot of emotion, which he reflects on his debut album as a co-writer on all of the tracks. He has written with some of the biggest songwriters in Nashville including BMI Songwriter of the Year, Luke Laird ("Pontoon", "Drink In My Hand"), Craig Wiseman ("Live Like You Were Dying", "Summertime") and Bob DiPiero ("Gone", "Southern Voice"). His debut single will be released in early 2013 to country radio and with the buzz already starting about this artist you can expect to hear a lot more about him in the near future.




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