July 2, 2014 — What began as a cookout and fireworks in a Carter City backyard has turned into a two-day event that brings thousands to the Carter County Fairgrounds.
The Carter County Thunder leadoff concert will begin tonight (Wednesday.) The gates open at 5 p.m. Dustin Savage will perform at 7 p.m., followed by Devin Hale. Headliner Sundy Best will take the stage at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the gate.
This is the second year that Sundy Best has taken the Thunder stage. Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley began as a high energy Lexington, Kentucky, bar act.
As kids coming up together in Prestonsburg they played music in church and formed their own band in high school.
The duo has gained widespread popularity within the last few years, appearing on CMT and Billboard charts, performing at the Country Music Awards festival, and creating the social media movements for the #KinfolkMovement and #Wald.
Thunder organizer Lincoln Theinert said he didn't like to charge for the leadup concert but it was the only feasible way to make the event happen.
“They know locally they will sell out every venue,” Theinert said. “I think this will be their largest crowd locally speaking, because the venue has no limit.”
Thursday's event is free to all. Gates open at 5 p.m. Opening acts by Shelby Lore and Brand New Day then Dustin Burchett and Sothern Ground begin at 6 p.m. The National Anthem will be performed by Katie Bates. A fireworks display will happen after dark.
Taking the stage at 9 p.m. will be Texas native Eric Paslay. His song, “Friday Night” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country chart and the follow-up album and popular single “Song about a Girl” are still climbing. “Song about a Girl was #14 on Monday.
He penned the Rascal Flatts’ song “Rewind” which is his most recent song to top the charts.