A Few Minutes With… Dan + Shay

July 9th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

Story and interview by Don Wilcock

Jake Owen, Montgomery Gentry, John Michael Montgomery, Scotty McCreery and Dan + Shay are all scheduled to perform at WGNA-FM’s 21st annual CountryFest at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds on Saturday (July 12). And Local 518 country faves Cryin’ Out Loud will open, the show which is expected to attract 15,000 people.

Headliner Jake Owen’s album Barefoot Blue Jean Night hit No. 1 on the country charts in 2011. The album’s title track and three more singles from that album (“Alone with You,” “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere with You”) also reached No. 1, and his newest single, “Beachin’,” off his latest album, Days of Gold, is currently climbing its way up the country charts. He performed in the area last year at SPAC, opening for Jason Aldean.

Meanwhile, Dan & Shay’s debut single, “19 You & Me,” went gold, and they were named one of Billboard’s “2014 Artists to Watch.” They recently received their first ACM nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year, as well as a CMT Music Awards nomination for Duo Video of the Year. Their debut album Where It All Began was released on Warner Bros. Records on April 1, and it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. Other than their appearance at CountryFest on Saturday, the duo is out on summer tour with Blake Shelton on his Ten Times Crazier 2014 Tour.

In the midst of their tour, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney took time out to chat with Nippertown earlier this week:

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Joe Diffie, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

July 12th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg
Joe Diffie

Joe Diffie

“I think that would be a Tom T. Hall record. I don’t remember the title of the album itself, but it was a Tom T. Hall record. Do you remember `Salute to a Switchblade’? It definitely had that song on it, and that was the first album that I ever went out and bought myself.

Oh yeah, the Ol’ Storyteller. I’ve always been a big fan of Tom T.’s. I think that a lot of the songs that I’ve recorded over my career have been in that same vein, as far as the humor and the real-life, Americana kind of thing, you know?”

Veteran country hitmaker Joe Diffie will take the stage on Saturday (July 13), for WGNA-FM’s 20th annual CountryFest at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds. In addition to Diffie, the fest will feature Easton Corbin, Mark Wills, Greg Bates, Joel Crouse, Chelsea Cavanaugh and two pop-gone-country headliners – Darius Rucker and Sheryl Crow. CountryFest kicks off at 11:45am on Saturday, but the fest is completely sold out.

LIVE: WGNA’s CountryFest @ Altamont Fairgrounds, 7/10/10

July 15th, 2010, 4:04 pm by Greg

The crowd at CountryFest

The crowd at CountryFest


In the words of one WGNA CountryFest fan, “It was awesome!” What a line-up. What a beautiful day. What great music. What more could you ask for?

Humble and a regular guy, country superstar Blake Shelton – with six No. 1 hit singles, including the recent duet with Trace Atkins, “Hillbilly Bone” – topped the bill with the lovely and in-your-face Gretchen Wilson commanding the stage just before him.

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Festival Fever: WGNA’s Countryfest, 7/10/10

March 25th, 2010, 2:06 pm by Greg

For years now, it’s been the biggest one-day music festival in all of Nippertown, and this summer’s WGNA Countryfest looks to be no different. Taking place on Saturday, July 10, the fest will held once again at the Altamont Fairgrounds.

Headlining the all-day bash will be Blake Shelton, who also performed at the 2006 Countryfest. Rounding out the line-up will be Gretchen Wilson, Jason Michael Carroll, David Nail, Chuck Wicks and the JaneDear Girls, featuring Susie Brown and Danelle Leverett.

Kicking off the festivities at 11am will be the Hillbilly Horns, the seven-piece, brass-kickin’, local country band led by lead vocalist Dave Ford.

Advance tix are priced at $35; tix purchased at the gate on the day of the fest will be $40. Children 10 and under are admitted free.

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