Country Fest 2024 is closer than we think - are you ready?! Soon, famous country artists like Thomas Rhett, Lainey Wilson, and Cody Johnson will be singing their hearts out at our top-rated Ohio campground, Clay's Resort Jellystone Park™! With 14 of the 15 artists announced for this upcoming festival, it's officially time to get excited!
With his easy charm and friendly voice, Thomas Rhett slipped into the space opened up by Sam Hunt's smooth fusion of modern country and R&B. Rhett debuted at the tail-end of the bro country craze of the 2010s, eventually finding his groove in 2015 with "Crash and Burn" and "Die a Happy Man," a pair of Country Airplay number ones from 2015. Over the next few years, long-term love songs, epitomized by the 2017 number one "Marry Me," kept Rhett at the top of the charts, a position that he owned into the early years of the 2020s. By the time he released Where We Started in early 2022 -- it followed swiftly on the heels of 2021's Country Again: Side A -- Rhett had racked up 17 number one singles on the Billboard Country Airplay charts, cementing his place as one of the biggest country-pop singers of his era.
One of the first signings to the Big Machine Records subsidiary Valory Music Group, Justin Moore aimed for the sweet spot dividing straight-ahead mainstream country and bro country swagger. He first developed this sound in the early 2010s, racking up a string of Billboard Country Airplay chart-toppers, ranging from "Small Town USA" and "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" early in the 2010s to later hits like "Somebody Else Will," "The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home," abd "We Didn't Have Much".
A native of Poyen, Arkansas, Justin Moore picked up music as a high school student. Upon his graduation, he played with his uncle's band for a bit before heading to Nashville to take a stab at the country music business. Eventually, he signed to Big Machine's fledgling Valory Music Group imprint in November 2007.
Priscilla Block is a country-pop artist who found success in 2020 with a string of relatable singles ("PMS," "Thick Thighs," and "Just About Over You,") that effectively paired melodies with unfiltered lyrics. She followed up on that success in early 2021 with the single "I Bet You Wanna Know," which helped send her 2022 debut, Welcome to the Block Party, into the upper half of the country charts.
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Block moved to Nashville after graduating high school to pursue a career in music. After enduring a litany of odd jobs to make ends meet, she had a surprise encounter with Taylor Swift -- her longtime idol -- which gave her the morale boost she needed to go all in on her musical dreams.
A country singer and songwriter with a rich, warm voice, and a gift for stories about the joys and challenges of everyday life, Nate Smith didn't find success in Nashville until his second try in Music City, after he was given a powerful reminder of what he loved about his hometown. Smith's music is strongly emotional but with a natural, low-key approach that complements the strength of his instrument, and he communicates an honesty that meshes with the home truths of his lyrics. He first made a name for himself when his deeply personal "One of These Days" became a viral success, and independent hits like "Sleeve" and "Under My Skin" led to his signing with Sony Music and scoring another success with the tender tale of long-term love, "I Don't Wanna Go to Heaven." In 2023, he released his full-length debut, Nate Smith, anchored by the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Songs single "Whiskey on You."
With his Top Five single "That Ain't My Truck," Rhett Akins became a sensation, however briefly, in the summer of 1995. Like many new country singers, he wasn't able to follow the record up with an equally successful second record, but he managed to cultivate a following of dedicated fans.
Aikins grew up in Valdosta, GA, learning to play guitar and forming his first band with his two younger brothers by the time he was 11. In 1992, he moved to Nashville, where he began singing on demos, as well as securing a publishing deal of his own. Eventually, Decca Records secured a demo of one of Akins' songs and the label offered him a contract.
With this all-start studded line-up The Country Fest 2024 is one that you won't soon forget! Are you ready to book your tickets?! The time is now! Tickets and accommodations are selling out, so it's best to book sooner than later. If you would like to learn more about our Camp-Resort, you can visit our website here. If you'd like to see the full line-up of performers, check it out here. June can't come soon enough!