So much damn country music talent will be assembled all in one place, it very well my cause a rip in the country music space-time continuum, and Merle Haggard himself might waltz on out and sing “Mama Tried” one more time for posterity.
It’s called the Buckeye Country Superfest, and in 2024 it will most definitely live up to its name as arguably the greatest assemblage of country music talent on plant Earth will take the stage at Ohio Stadium in Columbus June 22nd. Even folks who swore off stadium shows years ago will be sweating bullets come ticket time to try and get into this thing.
Zach Bryan and his behemoth fan base, bluegrass savior Billy Strings, Red Dirt legends The Turnpike Troubadours, the ultimate throwback country revivalist Charley Crockett, Appalachian superstar Charles Wesley Godwin, along with up-and-comer Levi Turner will all take the stage, and on the same day. Cody Jinks will be held at a secure location just in case they’re all taken out and someone needs to repopulate the independent country universe like they do for the State of the Union.
Along with assembling a killer lineup, the 2024 Buckeye Country Superfest symbolizes the massive growth and support for artists that didn’t receive a lick of support from Music Row on their way up. In 2023 the lineup was George Strait and Chris Stapleton. Two years ago it was Luke Combs headlining, with Zach Bryan opening. It just speaks to how far this music has come that it can now fill a stadium, and to many fans, it is preferred over the mainstream country radio stars.
About the only beef with this lineup is … yeah, I’m going there … would it kill them to put Kaitlin Butts, Sierra Ferrell, Morgan Wade, Lainey Wilson, or some similar surging woman of country on this bill and give them an opportunity to make a few new fans as folks are filing in? But hey, they have darn near a year to rectify that.
Zach Bryan’s appearance will be part of his “The Quittin’ Time Tour” that will also feature mostly stadiums, as well as the Turnpike Troubadours and Levi Turner opening on certain dates, along with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Sierra Ferrell, Middle East, Matt Maeson, and Sheryl Crow filling out the slate of openers, because everything must include Sheryl Crow, apparently.
What this all means is that this music has officially reached the stadium level. This is a long way from loading out the Econoline van at the Mercury Lounge in Tulsa on a Tuesday. And thankfully, this is not a LiveNation event, but AEG.
As much as some may complain that they no longer are able to see their favorite artists in smaller venues, this is all an important reminder to see your favorite artists in smaller venues when can. Pass those opportunities up, and you may be cheering from the nosebleeds.
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Presale for the Buckeye Country Superfest starts on Wednesday, September 6th at 10 am ET. For more info, go to buckeyecountrysuperfest.com .
Presale for the Zach Bryan tour will start on September 6th at 10am local time and go through September 7th at 10pm local time. For more information on the presale, go to zachbryanpresale.com .