GEORGE — Jason Aldean, the Zac Brown Band and Miranda Lambert – along with her friends in the Pistol Annies – will be the headliners of the annual Watershed Festival Aug. 2 through 4 at the Gorge Amphitheater.
Actually a lot of well-known country acts will be on stage during the weekend; 17 different solo artists, duos, trios and bands are scheduled for the main stage. Another 17 acts will appear on the “Next from Nashville” stage.
The gates open at 1 p.m. each day, with musicians playing on the Next from Nashville stage until after midnight. Sunday’s show will end at about 11 p.m.
Lambert has been a star for almost 15 years. All six of her albums have topped the country charts, she has numerous country music awards and two Grammy Awards. In 2011 Lambert and friends Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley formed the Pistol Annies and have released three albums. Like Lambert, Monroe and Presley are solo artists.
The eight-member Zac Brown Band has been playing together in its current iteration since 2014, but the band has been a popular act for longer than that. The band’s career includes 13 No. 1 hits, three Grammy Awards and numerous country music awards.
Jason Aldean also is a longtime country star, with eight albums, 19 No. 1 singles and a Grammy.
Other performers scheduled for the main stage are Chris Young, Kane Brown, Maren Morris, Danielle Bradbery, the Brothers Osborne, the trio Midland, Kip Moore, Cody Johnson, Michael Ray, the solo artist Cam, Carly Pearce, Mitchell Tenpenny and the Randy Rogers. Travis Denning, who spins tunes as Dee Jay Silver, will be on the main stage between sets.
Kane Brown’s first album was released in 2016, and in late 2017 the album itself and music from it put him at the top of five country charts at the same time. One of the songs on the album was duet with Young, a familiar name in country music for more than a decade. He has multiple No. 1 hits and was nominated for a Grammy.
Denning also is one of the performers in the “Next from Nashville” lineup. Next from Nashville showcases new artists on the country music scene.
The Next from Nashville lineup also includes Austin Jenckes, Brandon Lay, Matt Stell, the four-man James Barker Band, the duo Seaforth, Dillon Carmichael, Caylee Hammack, the duo Waterloo Revival, Ross Ellis, Steven Lee Olsen, Lauren Jenkins, Ingrid Andress and Curt Carpenter.
Along with the music are other activities, from line dancing class to a bouncy house with a water slide.
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