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DEADWOOD, SD. (09/16/19) – Now in its fifth year, the Deadwood Red Dirt Festival has fast become one of the biggest music festivals in the upper mid-west. After previous year’s colossal successes, event organizers are eager to bring back two incredible days of music featuring the Casey Donahew Band, Aaron Watson, Chris Colston, Tyler Booth, Parker McCollum and Kenny Feidler and the Cowboy Killers, January 10th & 11th in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center.
The event debuted in 2015 with nearly 5,000 fans attending two days of the best in music from the Red Dirt genre. Red Dirt is the color of soil found in Oklahoma and Texas. They are the homes of a music genre that spawned Outlaw Country legends like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson and created a home grown movement of Americana, folk and alt-country sounds. Some define Red Dirt music as “country music with attitude”. Others say it’s a state of mind as much as it is a sound – a sound that successfully closes the gap between rock and country.
Regardless of definition, Red Dirt fans are loyal and came in droves last year to the show at Deadwood Mountain Grand. “We absolutely love this event,” said Susan Kightlinger, General Manager of Deadwood Mountain Grand. “The music is incredible, the fans come to party and the atmosphere is electric. It really is one of my favorite events of the year.”
Headlining the Friday night performances will be Aaron Watson. Watson continues to be “one of country music’s biggest DIY success stories” (Forbes) with his latest effort, “Kiss That Girl Goodbye,” the solely self-penned lead single from his forthcoming studio album. The lyrically driven, up-tempo percussive stunner is the first glimpse into Watson’s brand-new project, “Red Bandana”. Released June 21, 2019 on his own BIG Label Records and distributed by ADA Worldwide, the album debuted with over 11,000 total consumption, including more than 2 Million first week album streams, for the 20-song collection. Watson’s last studio album Vaquero launched into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with his biggest career sales debut to date, and at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart.
Texas Monthly, Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, Noisey, CMT, The Boot and more have all featured the new music. Vaquero is the follow up to his history-making album, The Underdog, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, making him the first-ever independent, male country artist to debut in the coveted top spot. The album features “Outta Style,” his record-breaking Top 10 and BMI award-winning hit on country music’s national radio airplay charts and top 40 hit “Run Wild Horses.” Watson wrapped 2018 with two new projects, Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show, Watson’s 14th album and his first live album in nearly a decade, and his first ever Christmas collection, An Aaron Watson Family Christmas. Also schedule to appear for the Friday night performances are Tyler Booth and regional favorites Kenny Feidler and the Cowboy Killers.
Saturday will feature Casey Donahew, Parker McCollum and Chris Colston for a full night of music. Casey Donahew has carved out quite a career over the past decade, attracting a solid base of loyal fans that flock to his legendary live shows. Building his career from the ground up one show at a time, he’s managed to perform on countless stages night after night in front of thousands, topped the Texas music charts several times, released four albums independently to critical acclaim, and forged a path all his own through the music scene without the aid or muscle of a major record label or power-suit management company.
Chris Colston will be opening the show in the Grand Event Center Saturday night. An east Texas native, Chris Colston has recently sent a storm sweeping through the Texas music scene with the release of his latest EP, “Gone.” The title track has surpassed more than 200,000 streams on Spotify in just three short months after its release, and with that, Colston has set the bar quite high for himself as well as other upcoming artists in the scene.
Tickets go on sale for Deadwood Mountain Grand Reward Members at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 17th and to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, September 20th. They will be available at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Box Office – The Company Store – or at ticketmaster.com. Both hotel reservations and ticket arrangements may be made by calling 877-907-GRAND. Please be aware of third party ticket brokers as Ticketmaster is the only official ticket outlet for Deadwood Mountain Grand.
For more information, visit www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com or call 605-559-1188. To open your free Grand Rewards Center membership and enjoy the benefits of purchasing advance tickets ahead of the general public, bring a photo ID to the Grand Rewards Center counter, located in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort Casino.