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Country Thunder USA announces new acts for May concert
The talent roster for Country Thunder USA’s upcoming Ennis area concert gets more impressive by the week.
The national country music festival that’s making its Texas debut May 24-27 originally announced 25 major acts that included Reba McEntire, George Strait, Gretchen Wilson, Ronnie Milsap, Big & Rich and Cross Canadian Ragweed. The concert-producing giant has now augmented the list of country music royalty who will hit Ellis County for what is expected to be one of the biggest local events in recent history.
“People in the area are very excited about the event,” said Country Thunder’s James Lamoureux, vice-president of marketing and event management. “And we’re looking forward to showing them a great Texas time.”
Tried and true names such as Sawyer Brown and Charlie Daniels will join promising newcomers like Johnny Cooper, 32 Below and Doo-Wah Riders.
Other newly scheduled performers are Reckless Kelly, Pat Green, the Randy Rogers Band, Neal McCoy, Bomshel, Corb Lund, Heartland, Jamie Lee Thurston, Poverty Neck Hillbillies, Montgomery Gentry and Rio Grand. In all more than 40 top country singers and bands will appear.
The mega-concert not only promises to make the day of local country music fans but is expected to have a major economic impact on Ennis and Waxahachie.
After 15 successful years producing concerts in Arizona and Wisconsin, Country Thunder USA –– sometimes called the “Woodstock of country music” –– bought land between Ennis and Waxahachie in July of last year for its foray to Texas. Situated in a 300-acre field east of Bardwell, near Little Onion Creek, and linked only by country roads, the rustic site will be fitted out with state of the art stages and fully equipped camping facilities for the May opening.
Remote though the meadow, dirt roads and creek north of Hwy 34 may be now, they won’t be for long, Lamoureux predicted, as Bardwell, Ennis, Waxahachie and other surrounding communities reap the benefits of increased tourism as well as of Country Thunder’s own projected real estate and advertisement investment in the area.
“Our event will be continually developing the property over the next five years,” he said. “That by itself will benefit this area. In a recent study done at our event in Wisconsin, the economic impact of Country Thunder USA on the community there was estimated at about $40 million for tourism –– local hotels, restaurants, shopping, gas, groceries, etc. That is in addition to what we will be spending to develop and host the big events.”
Lamoureux said Country Thunder’s marketing campaign alone is expected to exceed $5 million, adding that the Ennis area show is expected be the biggest debut the company has hosted.
“The crowd will be larger than normal for a first year event,” he said. “The line-up we’re bringing is top-shelf talent. It’s too early to be projecting numbers but we expect to exceed over 100,000 for the four days.”
For more information on tickets and camping, log onto www.countrythunder.com.

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