Wild Hare Country Fest Helps Texas/ Red Dirt Expansion for 2nd Year
Texas and Red Dirt music isn’t just for folks in Texas and Oklahoma. The title of the music may imply that it’s a regional thing, but the appeal is international, and the talent is world-class. No matter where you are, Texas/Red Dirt is a much more healthy alternative to the mainstream. That’s the reason the Wild Hare Country Festival in Canby, Oregon near Portland has commissioned a second installment to take place July 19th and 20th, bringing Texas and Red Dirt acts to the West Coast, along with other worthy national and regional performers.
This year the festival will be headlined by Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, whose 2018 record Hard Times & White Lines is still melting faces, and Cody Johnson, whose name has become so big, he had to co-partner with Warner to release his last record Ain’t Nothin’ to It, which promptly shot to #1 on the charts.
Also taking the stage at 90-acre wooded site at the Pat’s Acres Racing complex will be Saving Country Music’s Best Live Act of 2018 and the newly-minted Ameripolitan Outlaw Group of the Year, the surging Mike and the Moonpies. They will join Micky and the Motorcars, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, recent Real Country contestants Bri Bagwell and the Scooter Brown Band, Kaitlin Butts, The Dirty River Boys, The Piedmont Boys, Tylor and the Train Robbers, Brass Tacks, and The Lowdown Drifters. A few more names will be added to the schedule in the coming weeks as well.
“There is a revolution happening in country music that is centered around real deal, honest, heartfelt songwriting and performances that resonate with true country fans,” says festival co-founder Joan Monen, who is also the proprietor of the Wild Hare Saloon.
The Wild Hare Country Festival will transpire on three separate stages, with camping, glamping, RV, and VIP options available, and food and beverages on site. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to wildharecountryfest.com .
February 27, 2019 @ 8:17 pm
Last year was great, can’t for this year. Don’t sleep on The Lowdown Drifters, they kill it!
February 28, 2019 @ 3:36 pm
I just sampled the upcoming album on iTunes. Sounds good!
I may get they EP.
February 27, 2019 @ 8:27 pm
It really looks like this festival can be done in one day. What does one do in between the music besides eat and sleep?
February 28, 2019 @ 8:05 am
February 28, 2019 @ 10:56 am
Schedule page provides some good insight: http://wildharecountryfest.com/schedule – there’s really no downtime. Friday music at 6-midnight. Saturday music goes from 11:30am to midnight, and there is ZERO time in between sets because there are multiple stages. The only way to get bored at this event is if you like pop country 🙂
February 28, 2019 @ 12:03 pm
So there’s more artists than listed on the flier and a bunch of TBA slots to be filled.
February 28, 2019 @ 12:59 pm
Yes, although not really a ‘bunch’ per se. There are only 4 unfilled slots… 3 are for local/regional artists on the “Field Stage” for Sat (11:30am-3:30pm), and 1 more slot on the Wild Hare Stage.
February 28, 2019 @ 7:28 am
13 bands in one day? That’s a loooooonnng day.
February 28, 2019 @ 9:18 am
Lately, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic’s are usually 15-18 acts. When I went, we walked into the venue at noon, left at 1:30 am. I’d prefer that, than dividing it over two days.
Billy Wayne Ruddick
February 28, 2019 @ 9:51 am
It’s two days.
February 28, 2019 @ 8:57 am
If you have not heard The Lowdown Drifters “We Three Kings,” do it now.
Here in Oregon this summer we have not just Wild Hare Fest, but Backyard Bash (Randy Rogers, Micky and the Motorcars, Parker McCollum, Mike and the Moonpies, Shane Smith), Jackalope Jamboree (America Aquarium, Shane Smith, Lilly Hiatt, Jamie Wyatt) and Wheatstock (Reckless Kelly, more TBA). A big step up from the old days when we got a few red dirt bands a year, usually on their way to or from BBR in Idaho.
February 28, 2019 @ 10:02 am
*insert complaint here*
Putting this here as a placeholder because I can’t think of anything to bitch about.
February 28, 2019 @ 10:53 am
The final tally will actually be 17 bands across two days. Here’s the lowdown on the schedule: http://wildharecountryfest.com/schedule/
Billy Wayne Ruddick
February 28, 2019 @ 12:09 pm
That friday night looks awesome. Hard to beat Jason Boland opening for Whitey Morgan.
February 28, 2019 @ 12:36 pm
I love it.
I love festival atmosphere and was getting really annoyed when all the mainstream ones started to sound terrible.
Bring on the real music festivals.