By Brad Simm
Country Thunder is a three-day C&W throw-down set once again to roll through Calgary mid-August with guitars, amps and drums cracking a hole in the prairie sky.
This year there’s a clear focus on female artists who dominate the first night’s line-up ranging from the outlaw swagger of Tanya Tucker to the fiery sass of country’s leading cutting edge, Miranda Lambert.
Country Thunder’s loads the barrel with the colourful vibe of Jason Owen and his feel good honky-tonk, the heartfelt hometown hero Jason Aldean, the rousing Hunter Brothers and the spirit of South Delaware pop-rocker, Jimmy Allen. Closing the weekend is Medicine Hat’s sweetheart of the rodeo, Terry Clark.
Based in the U.S., the festival cherry-picks country talent that consists of current chart-toppers, 90s-tinged roots rock, rowdy Southern grit, infectious female songbirds along with showcasing Alberta’s prime performers.
Country Thunder comes on strong from all directions, winning over the city with sold-out shows.
Prairie Winds Park / August 16-18 / Tix: $179Miranda Lambert, Prairie Winds Park