’90s Key Western Fest Announces All Women Lineup for 2024

Wynonna Judd / Tanya Tucker

In February, the inaugural Key Western Fest in Key West, Florida asked the question if you could throw a festival primarily focused on resurgent performers from the ’90s era that are coming back into vogue in country music. According to the fans that flocked to the southermost town in the United States, the answer was a resounding “yes.”

As Saving Country Music observed while attending the first year festival, “One of the biggest conversation points throughout the weekend was how the women were outclassing some of the men on the lineup.” In that spirit, the 2nd Annual Key Western Fest is going all women, bringing country legends and Hall of Famers like Wynonna Judd, Tanya Tucker, Jo Dee Messina, Pam Tillis, Terri Clark, and more to paradise for a 4-day excursion into the best of ’90s country music January 31st thru February 3rd, 2024.

According to organizers, they didn’t start out booking the 2nd-year festival with women only, and they’re not trying to make some sort of statement necessarily. But as they were putting a lineup together and were working through the availability of performers, the idea just started to materialize with the artists they were booking, and how it could be a great illustration of the importance of women to ’90s country.

“In an ever-growing festival landscape, Key Western Fest truly does offer an incredibly unique live music experience in one of the most beautiful locations on our continent,” says Key Western Fest co-founder Kyle Carter. ”Last year, we put together a fantastic show that captured the essence of the golden era in country music and to do it on a two-by-four mile island, makes it that much more special for festivalgoers. We’re thrilled to do it all over again in 2024 with a dream lineup that boasts some of the best female voices and songwriters in the rich history of the genre.”

The ’90s were really the last time that women were given a major stake in mainstream country music and went on to help define the sound of that era, illustrated by The Women of Country TV special that aired 30 years ago this year. Key Western Fest happens the week after its sister festival, the Texas/Red Dirt-oriented Mile 0 Fest, which will be celebrating its 7th year in 2024. In previous years, Mile 0 Fest performers have gotten together to toast the women of country from the ’80s and ’90s.

Key Western will also feature more contemporary artists as well, with Lillie Mae also announced for the lineup. More names will be announced in the coming weeks, including potentially some more headliner-level performers.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit keywesternfest.com .

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