Greenville Country Music Fest Offers Killer 2022 Lineup
The folks in South Carolina know how to throw a country music festival, at least the ones in Greenville who are behind the Greenville Country Music Fest set to happen Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th at the CCNB Ampitheatre. Instead of booking all the folks you hear on mainstream country radio, they booked the artists and bands that you should be hearing on country radio. But whether the industry wants to recognize them or not, they’re some of the hottest artists in country music at the moment.
Headlined by Zach Bryan on Saturday, and the Turnpike Troubadours on Sunday, other fast-rising names such as Charles Wesley Godwin, Flatland Cavalry, 49 Winchester, and Larry Fleet also round out the lineup. Greenville Country Fest also makes sure to include some native Carolina blood with the legendary Marshall Tucker Band and the criminally underrated Piedmont Boys. Add the two Faith girls in Carter Faith and Faith Schueler, and you have a well-rounded lineup worthy of traveling a state or two over to attend.
Greenville Country Music Fest was so successful last year, they decided to expand it from one to two days. But most importantly, instead of focusing mostly on mainstream acts like they have in previous years, they’re getting in on the rising tide of independent artists, and artists like Ernest who are offering a healthier alternative in the mainstream space. So you know what to do, grassroots fans. Show up and support, and make this move toward independent artists look savvy.
Tickets, and more information can be found at gvlfest.com .
Saturday, November 5th:
Charles Wesley Godwin
The Piedmont Boys
DJ Slim McGraw
Sunday, November 6th:
The Marshall Tucker Band
Them Dirty Roses
August 25, 2022 @ 8:22 am
I bought 8 VIP tickets the morning they went on sale. Going to have a family reunion and introduce them to some great music. Could not be more excited for this event! The only act it is missing the Mike & The Moonpies.
August 25, 2022 @ 8:24 am
Hmmm… maybe. We have one more Outlaw Fest date with Zach Bryan and if we survive that, I might go to this. Outlaw Fest in Buffalo a couple weeks ago was the wildest scene (in the lawn) I’ve ever seen at a concert in my life. These Zach Bryan fans are crazed! I don’t know how I feel about them. No doubt, they highjacked the concert (Charlie Crockett and ZZ Top were regulated to background music, they were pretty respectful and into Willie). I hate the beer can throwing and if we would have upgraded to seats, I would have been pissed. The rental chair surfing and 1/2 naked wrestling matches were a jolt of youth I don’t necessarily condone. It was amazing to just look at the footwear (I’m used to just seeing boots at concerts) and the makeup of the crowd: young, good looking guys 16-24 (not necessarily country music fans) who spend a lot of time getting ready for a concert (metrosexual on steroids). It’s a movement (not unlike Trump in 2016) that Bryan needs to rope in a bit (or be careful how he deploys his fanatics).
August 25, 2022 @ 1:50 pm
That one might be an outlier, Hop. I wouldn’t judge an artist’s fans based on a festival crowd in Buffalo. Buffalo is its own special place.
I grew up in southeastern Kentucky, and consider myself an expert in white trash. But, I also married a girl with a lot of family in Buffalo that we regularly visit. None of them would mind me saying that they are their own species of people.
Most people see the “Bills Mafia” on Sundays and assume it’s a group just putting on for the camera. It’s not. That’s just them.
August 26, 2022 @ 7:02 am
That’s possible. We saw Zach Bryan in Louisville last October and it was nothing like what we experienced in Buffalo. Also, that was the first time I’ve ever been to or near Buffalo.
There were a lot of other factors that helped derail this concert too. $25 lawn tickets (no fees, no tax) and no security. We saw 3 security guys just give up – they were overwhelmed. According to one of the girls working the beer booth, it was their 3rd concert in 4 days (one of the other shows was Metallica). I bet they misallocated their resources thinking Willie would be the tamest of the concerts.
We will see it all again in 3 weeks in Maryland. I’ll be curious if Buffalo is just the outlier.
I grew up in southwestern Kentucky – Hopkinsville.
August 26, 2022 @ 8:23 am
Near 101st Airborne Division.
August 25, 2022 @ 8:44 am
As a lifelong resident of Greenville, SC, I was in disbelief when this festival lineup was announced and that it would be taking place in my own backyard. I’ve been trying to see one of my all time favorites bands, Turnpike Troubadours, for quite sometime now… November can’t come soon enough!
August 26, 2022 @ 4:30 am
Same here Cap’n, I was shocked that we didn’t get the usual mainstream butt country lineup that normally comes through town.
August 25, 2022 @ 8:48 am
Is it worthy of traveling eight states down? Cause I’m doing it anyway
Wilson Pick It
August 25, 2022 @ 9:56 am
It’s ERNEST, not Ernest. He’s yelling at you in Caps Lock, that’s part of his image.
All kidding aside, outside of Flower Shops, is he really offering much of an alternative? Do you think this is a sign that he’s going all in for a more traditional style?
August 25, 2022 @ 10:06 am
I completely agree. I love flower shops and don’t like any of his other music I’ve heard, and don’t understand how he’s challenging the mainstream at all besides that one song. It seems like he’s constantly being touted as this traditional artist by a bunch of people though, and outside of flower shops it all still sounds like shitty mainstream country to me
The jeremy pinnell album from october 2021 rips
August 25, 2022 @ 10:23 am
I think it would be really interesting to see what ERNEST presents within a lineup like this. If he tries to get up there and starts white boy rapping, it won’t go well for him in front of this audience. His album was a mixed bag, but he had other songs aside from “Flower Shops” that fit the traditional or more-traditional country mold like “Comfortable When I’m Crazy” and “Sucker For Small Towns.” I’m not really sure what to expect from him, but I’m less concerned about seeing him in a lineup as opposed to someone like Mitchell Tenpenny, Walker Hayes, or some other B-level country hack. And by the way, “Flower Shops” is only one song, but it’s a monster hit.
Let’s appreciate, last year this festival was headlined by Sam Hunt. I hope they do well transitioning to independent country and help make this festival and Greenville a hub for artists who may otherwise not be able to get out to that part of the country. If they also have to include Morgan Wallen-adjacent artists like ERNEST and Larry Fleet on the lineup to smooth that transition and attract more folks, I say more power to them.
August 25, 2022 @ 10:38 am
I did see the under rated Piedmont Boys open for CWG here and they tore it up!!! Nice fellas too, came out and chatted with everyone.
August 25, 2022 @ 11:22 am
That’s a helluva lineup for a $150/head, 2 day ticket.
I also hope that this is the last year that 49 Winchester would be relegated to a secondary stage on a bill like this. See them in the small venues while you still can. They burn it down!
August 25, 2022 @ 1:25 pm
Jonathan Peyton and his wife are awesome. Saw them open for Godwin and they almost stole the show.
August 26, 2022 @ 2:48 am
Like Trigger said, I was absolutely astonished when I saw this lineup announced, specifically due to the fact that last year’s lineup is a complete 180 from what we are seeing this year. Not sure why they went in this direction, but I’m glad they did. Hope it works out and becomes an annual occurrence. Bought 2 VIP tickets back when they went on sale. I’m in Columbia, SC, and this is the first time we are attracting this much talent in South Carolina all at one time that I can recall. It doesn’t hurt that I get to see Turnpike in Raleigh, NC the week before either. Never thought I would see the day that I get to see Turnpike 2 weekends in a row ever again. Hope to see everyone in the upstate!
August 26, 2022 @ 5:51 am
Nice to see a festival like this in my home state, Still 3 hours away from me, but I’ll have to see if I can make it. Hopefully this will bring more concerts and bands like this around to SC. How the hell did Ernest get in there lol?
August 26, 2022 @ 6:51 am
They planned this for the same weekend as Clemson’s trip to Notre Dame on purpose and I am pressed about it
August 28, 2022 @ 2:33 pm
I’m not going to South Bend, but I imagine Zach Bryan’s set will be starting around the time of the 2nd half. I’ll probably turn my phone off and just rewatch the game when I get home that night.
August 26, 2022 @ 7:26 am
That really is a great lineup. Might be worth the 4-hour drive, but I’m seeing Turnpike in ATL the weekend before.
And there should be quotation marks around “The Marshall Tucker Band.” I’m fairly certain all the original members have shuffled of this mortal coil.
Rikki Rockett's Understudy
August 26, 2022 @ 10:58 am
Marshall Tucker is from around them parts. It is to get some of the local folks who like mostly classic rock but aren’t afraid to drink beer all day. The lead singer who sang most of the songs is still around.
August 27, 2022 @ 1:26 pm
Looks like part of the line up for Mike0Fest in Key West in Jan 2023……looks better than another festival
November 6, 2022 @ 9:14 pm
Who is the promoter for this event? It was a disaster except for Friday night. Read the comments on Facebook. The music was great, but the patrons were forced to walk miles in red mud to and from the event. The logistics were a complete FAIL.
November 6, 2022 @ 10:00 pm
Very sad to hear about this. Had heard some reports over the weekend about rain moving through and some logistical issues. But just now taking a swim through the comments, and yikes. Really sucks to hear because this was a great lineup and in an important location. I feel bad for the folks that dropped good money on a bad experience. This event has happened before just with a more mainstream lineup, so I’m really surprised to hear it was so poorly managed.