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BAY CITY COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

at Wenonah Park

Fri Jun 18, 6:00p AT WENONAH PARK IN DOWNTOWN BAY CITY $40-60 Buy Tickets
Sat Jun 19, 6:00p AT WENONAH PARK IN DOWNTOWN BAY CITY $40-60 Buy Tickets
All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

JAKE OWEN

Multiple chart-topping singer/songwriter Jake Owen’s new single “Down To The Honkytonk” is rapidly climbing the Billboard Country Airplay charts. With seven #1 songs to his name, “Down To The Honkytonk” follows Owen’s fastest-rising career #1 single, “I Was Jack (You Were Diane).” Owen’s songs have resonated with listeners and audiences everywhere with 2X PLATINUM anthem “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” PLATINUM-certified hits “Beachin,’” “Anywhere With You,” “Alone With You,” “The One That Got Away,” and GOLD-certified “American Country Love Song.” Owen’s fifth studio album, AMERICAN LOVE, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and No. 4 on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart. Signed to Big Loud Records, Owen is reuniting with award-winning Joey Moi, who helped produce his breakout Barefoot Blue Jean Night album, which landed at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and garnered four consecutive #1 hits. Owen is gearing up to join Shania Twain as a celebrity panelist on USA Network’s Real Country, singing competition, premiering on Nov. 13th. For tour dates and more information, visit http://www.jakeowen.net.

RANDY HOUSER

With an inimitable voice the New York Times describes as “wholly different, thicker and more throbbing, a caldron bubbling over,” Randy Houser racked up three consecutive No. 1 hits and more than four million in singles sales to date with his Stoney Creek Records album, How Country Feels. He topped the charts with the title track, “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “Goodnight Kiss” (also his first No. 1 as a songwriter) and earned critical acclaim for his powerful delivery of the Top 5 smash and CMA Song of the Year-nominated "Like A Cowboy." Houser added a fourth No. 1 to his catalogue with “We Went” from his 2016 album, Fired Up. Randy Houser’s fifth studio album, Magnolia (available now), is his third album with current label home, Stoney Creek Records and marks a new era for the singer/songwriter which many have called “Houser at his best.” Listeners got their first taste of Houser’s critically-acclaimed rootsy project with the Top 30 hit “What Whiskey Does,” which debuted at Country radio as #1 Most Added and Rolling Stone immediately dubbed “a classic tears-and-twang drinking song.” The album which NPR claims is home to “some of the most expressive performances of his career,” also includes his current single, “No Stone Unturned,” a gypsy-hearted traveling song that Whiskey Riff calls “the best song, from the best album of 2019.”

Maddie & Tae

“We wanted to make an album that you celebrate to, that you cry to—that you party to,” says Maddie Marlow, discussing The Way It Feels, the 15-track second LP released by Marlow and her recording partner Taylor Dye. Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2014 with their brilliant take down of bro-country, “Girl In A Country Song,” and the full-length album that followed made good on the hit single’s glinting promise. Released in 2015, the whip smart Start Here cast a side-eyed glance at the high school cafeteria crowd—then just teens, it was a world they still knew well—and burned with the desire to break out, move out, and set the world on fire. They enter a new realm on the boldly honest The Way It Feels, a striking concept record that follows a relationship as it grows from flirtatious beginnings (“Friends Don’t”), into all-consuming love (“Trying On Rings,” “Write a Book”) before tumbling into woeful heartache (“Lay Here With Me,” “Die From A Broken Heart”). In time, it leads to moving on (“One Heart to Another”) and ends with the swaggering kiss-off “New Dog, Old Tricks,” a winking anthem that marks the first outside cut Maddie & Tae have recorded. The ambitious concept arrived as Maddie & Tae were finishing recording— Tae estimates they’d cut 30 songs before the idea took shape—but once it emerged, the duo knew how it had to wrap. Says Maddie: “The girl wins in the end. In the last songs, she’s gotten her power back. She’s not letting her trials and tribulations define her.” It’s a story arc the pair knows well. As Tae quips, “It’s what we’re living right now!” Following the release of Start Here, Maddie & Tae found themselves without a record label. Their own, Dot Records, which operated beneath the BMLG umbrella, had shuttered. “We were confused about what our purpose was and what our future held,” recalls Maddie. “We felt on top of the world and it all came crashing down.” They’ve since found a home at Universal Music Group on Mercury Nashville, and each say the experience pushed them creatively, ultimately making them better songwriters and, as the album reveals, building their confidence to new heights. “We were writing things that we had never written before,” says Tae. “We got deeper than we ever had—we were beating everything we had written a couple of years ago.” Maddie elaborates on the newfound perspective: “We had to figure out how to put the pieces back together. As an artist, so much of your self-worth is tied to what you do. We had to learn how to separate what we do from who we are. That allowed us to be able to make an album that we love and feel proud of. Now, it means so much more.” That sure-footedness is immediately on display as the album opens with the fluttering “Friends Don’t,” a should-we-or-shouldn’t-we-try-this. “We wanted to be as present as we possibly could,” says Maddie of capturing the early inklings of romance. “Everyone’s been in that situation—it’s so awkward! And there’s so much tension! We wanted to capture that stage of a relationship.” Format superstar Dierks Bentley appears as the twosome’s first ever feature on the heart-wrenching ballad “Lay Here With Me,” which begs for a truce in the middle of romantic strife over bluesy electric guitars. The choice, they say, was obvious. “He’s like our hero,” says Tae. “He took us on our first tour and, honestly, he taught us how to be the artists that we are; how to treat our band and crew.” Maddie & Tae have been honing their song crafting skills together since their early teens, when they’d routinely commute between Tae’s native Oklahoma and Maddie’s hometown in Texas. The long hours fully culminate on “Water In His Wine Glass,” the album’s most traditional styling and their most nuanced lyrical work to date. Inspired by a relative of Maddie’s, the delicate track finds them praying for an end to a family member’s struggle with alcoholism. “We wrote that song in 21 minutes,” the young songwriter admits. “Sometimes you’re convicted to write something like that.” Adds Tae: “Songs like that are so special; it’s like Jesus is moving through you. We knew we needed to find a place for it on the record. We felt like people could find healing through it.” Familial relationships also inspire and shape the concept of another remarkable cut: “Die From A Broken Heart,” where a phone call home to mom is spooled into a shattering moment of vulnerability. “You feel for every character,” says Maddie of her attachment to the tune. “There are so many times where I call my mom and she has to be like, ‘You’re going to be okay.’” The banjo and acoustic guitar that defined their debut never drift too far from the surface, but The Way It Feels also embraces modern production and a large swath of new sounds. Most notable is the warm tones of the organ; which Tae is currently mastering. But Maddie also recalls moments in the studio when the rhythm section found themselves banging on baking sheets, mini-tambourines, and triangles to get the right effect. “We like to leave room for some spontaneity!” she remarks, laughing. “Now the band guys are like, ‘Who’s going to play a baking sheet on tour?!’” To oversee the new sound, Maddie & Tae partnered with producers Jimmy Robbins (Keith Urban) and Derek Wells (Scotty McCreery) and, they say, an ability to collaborate defined their search. “We knew we wanted to leave a lot of space between instruments,” recalls Maddie of their sonic goals. “And we knew we wanted moments where it would be bluesy and gritty but still sexy.” The team-up worked. “It was magical,” says Maddie. “It felt too good to be true, except it wasn’t.” Both Maddie & Tae are equally enthusiastic when they think of fans hearing the entire collection of songs on The Way It Feels. “I’m so proud of how honest we were, and how specific we were,” says Tae. “The reason we’ve been able to connect with our fans so deeply is because we’ve let them into the nitty gritty of what we’re going through, the good and the bad. We aren’t afraid to talk about stuff that doesn’t feel good—things that are hard because what are we doing if we aren’t being real?”

TYLER RICH

Raised in Northern California, Tyler Rich found his love of music gathered around a Christmas tree alongside family singing holiday classics and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Fast forward to graduating college with a degree in Economics, Tyler moved to LA to pursue a different game of numbers – music – exploring various genres with songwriting and bands before taking the leap as a solo artist. His fanbase has grown organically from Sacramento to Nashville where in 2017 he signed a record deal with The Valory Music Co. and publishing agreement with Big Machine Music. While introducing his amplified sound and infectious energy coast to coast, the 2018 CMT Listen Up and 2019 Pandora Artist has toured with Brett Young, Justin Moore, LANCO and Dustin Lynch, plus shared bills alongside Sam Hunt, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay and more. Enlisting Tyler as one of their “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know, Rolling Stone touts him as “the newest member of country music’s radio-minded incoming class, with a homecoming king’s swagger and a valedictorian’s songwriting smarts.” His charm and fresh sound haveaccumulated 212M+ global streams to date with as SiriusXM chart-toppers GOLD-certified single “The Difference” and “Leave Her Wild” set the tone for his debut album TWO THOUSAND MILES, out now via The Valory Music Co. The title references the distance between his two homes in Los Angeles and Nashville where Tyler travels to chase his dream and be with his soulmate, actress and wife Sabina Gadecki. The 11-track collection appropriately begins with “Feels Like Home,” a sing-along anthem with an Irish flair he wrote inspired by a pub visit in Dublin and recorded with each musician contributing parts while sequestered in their homes on separate coasts during coronavirus sheltering. He connects virtually with fans through Instagram Live each week and offers an inside look at home life across several multi-million view clips on TikTok. Tyler began the Rich Rescues initiative while out on the road earlier this year, raising awareness for pet adoption at local shelters. Visit TylerRich.com for updates.

Tenille Arts

In a world of dreams, Tenille Arts has seen more come true in the last couple of years than even she could have imagined, and the latest of which is the release of her new full-length album. Love, Heartbreak, & Everything in Between is a collection of 12 songs that takes the listener on emotional journey with a glimpse into dreams that have come true, sacrifices made along the way and…well… everything in between.

“I’m so excited about this album,” said Tenille. “It’s everything I’ve been through this past year, so the title is very appropriate. It’s four love songs, four breakup songs and four songs about everything else in life.”

Tenille wrote two of the songs solo and partnered with the likes of Allison Veltz Cruz, Whitney Duncan, Derek George, Alex Kline, Palmer Lee, Josh Logan, Lizzy McAvoy, James Slater, Grand Vogelfanger and Adam Wheeler on the other 10 cuts. Kline, Vogelfanger and Wheeler, along with Matt Rovey, have production credits on the collection.

“I got to collaborate with new songwriters and producers, and I’m so proud of the creativity on this album.”

Born and raised in the small Canadian prairie town of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Tenille Arts’ dream of performing took root at the tender age of eight. A neighbor overheard her singing a Shania Twain song in her back yard and encouraged her mom to help her pursue music.

After years of honing her craft and touring across Canada, Tenille began making the long trip to Nashville to advance her songwriting skills. Her determination and talent led to steadily increasing successes, as she earned a publishing deal in Nashville. Her 2016 self-titled debut EP peak at #1 on the iTunes Canada Top Country Album Chart and crack the Top 100 on the U.S. iTunes Country Album Chart.

Arts released her full-length album Rebel Child in October 2017, having written 10 of the 11 songs. It debuted at #2 on the iTunes Canada Top Country Album Chart, #12 on the All-Genres Chart and reached #17 in the United States.

She made her national television debut on January 29, 2018 performing her original song “Moment of Weakness” for millions of viewers on the hit ABC show The Bachelor. The song debuted in the Top 20 on the iTunes U.S. Top Country Songs Chart. Six weeks later, Tenille’s accomplishments were rewarded in a huge way, as she signed a recording deal with Reviver Records – home to David Lee Murphy, Big & Rich and Thompson Square.

Immediately after signing her deal, Reviver released her “I Hate This” single. The groundbreaking music video was partially shot in a set that could rotate 360 degrees. As the cameras rolled, so did the set...and Tenille.

Tenille appeared on The Bachelor a second time singing “I Hate This” on January 21, 2019. The impact on her career was immediate, as the single hit #1 on both the US and Canadian iTunes Country Charts and #9 US iTunes all-genre. The appearance also propelled her 2017 Rebel Child album to re-enter the iTunes Country Albums chart at #5. “I Hate This” topped the Radio Disney Country Top 50 chart, the music video surpassed 2.8 million views on YouTube, and the overall streams are over eight million.

The new decade began with a Grand Ole Opry appearance at the Ryman Auditorium – her first at the historic venue - an unprecedented third appearance on The Bachelor performing her latest single, “Somebody Like That,” which hit #2 on the iTunes Country Chart and #10 overall and drove pre-sales of her Love, Heartbreak, & Everything in Between to #1. “Somebody Like That” spent three weeks at #1 on the Radio Disney Country Top 50 chart and was the #1 most added single the week it impacted Country radio, a rare feat for a new artist.

Back home, Tenille received seven trophies from the Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards in 2018 and 2019, including “Female Artist of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year” both years.

Media has also caught on to Tenille. Rolling Stone named her one of their “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know,” calling her “An edgy, Fearless-era Taylor Swift with crystalline vocals; ideal for hopeless romantics who are fire signs.” Massive entertainment site PopCulture.com named her one of their Artists to Watch. CMT included her in their “Ten Must-See Indies You Need to Know,” a video discovery program that spotlights rising independent artists and established artists signed to independent labels.

As 2019 heated up, so did Tenille’s profile. She sang the Canadian national anthem prior to game 3 of the 2019 NBA finals live on ABC. That same week, she performed for thousands of fans at the CMA Fest in Nashville and then headed back out west to appear on the 2019 ARDYs: A Radio Disney Music Celebration. In September, she stepped into the famous circle and made her Grand Ole Opry debut. A month later, she made her first trip across the Atlantic to perform two shows in London and three in Germany.

While Tenille may not wish to revisit all of the life experiences that inspired the songs that make up Love, Heartbreak, & Everything In Between, she choses to see the good that comes out of every situation. The dreams she realized, the wisdom she garnered and the friends she made over the last year have served to fuel her desire to take her music to the world.



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