Check out our acts for the 2021 CLCS Festival
Can Clay Walker deliver? That’s the question, and he’s not afraid of it. In fact, he’s positioned himself to answer it squarely – one way or another – this year. With new creative and business teams and a deep well of hard-earned wisdom, Walker relishes the challenge. “I’ve prepared myself for this moment in my career – mentally, physically and artistically,” he says. “I’ve never been more ready.”
In a sense, the question is absurd for a recording artist, songwriter and entertainer with 31 charted singles, 11 No. 1s, four platinum albums and decades of performances to his credit. Titles spanning 15 years and still receiving strong airplay include “Live Until I Die,” “Dreaming With My Eyes Open,” “This Woman And This Man,” “Hypnotize The Moon,” “Rumor Has It,” “Then What,” “The Chain Of Love,” “I Can’t Sleep” and “She Won’t Be Lonely Long.”
Walker’s still robust touring schedule – 80 shows last year – continues to fuel interest in his releases, most recently the 76-song compilation Clay Walker – The Complete Albums 1993-2002. Among them is the chart-topper “If I Could Make A Living,” which just celebrated the 25th anniversary of reaching its airplay peak, despite its singer showing no slippage in his celebrated matinee idol looks and megawatt smile. Meanwhile, Walker’s native Texas continues to be a centerpiece, whether it’s performing the National Anthem at the 2019 World Series in Houston, or giving back at February 2020’s Basin Strong concert benefiting victims and families of the recent shootings in Odessa.
6 Number One Singles
18 Top Ten Singles
11 Studio Albums
Radio & Records "Best New Male Artist" 1993
Country Song Roundup "Best New Male Vocalist" 1995
ACM "Top New Vocalist" Nominee
AMA "Favorite Country New Artist" Nominee
Top 5 Singles:
"What's It To You" (#1)
"Live Until I Die" (#1)
"Dreaming with My Eyes Open" (#1)
"If I Could Make a Living" (#1)
"This Woman and This Man" (#1)
"Rumor Has It" (#1)
"Then What" (#2)
"Who Needs You Baby" (#2)
"Hypnotize the Moon" (#2)
"You're Beginning to Get to Me" (#2)
"The Chain of Love" (#3)
"She Won't Be Lonely Long" (#4)
"Watch This" (#4)
"Only on Days That End in 'Y'" (#5)
JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY
John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music's most storied careers. Behind the string of hit records, the roomful of awards and the critical and fan accolades that have defined his phenomenal success lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. Since the days when "Life's A Dance" turned him from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets--believability. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist.
• 16 million albums sold
• 15 Number One Singles
• 4 ACM Awards
• 3 CMA Awards
• 1 American Music Award
• American Songwriter Magazine— Artist Of The Year
• 4 Billboard Awards—Single, Top County Artist, Top Male Artist
• 2 Grammy Nominations
Top 5 Siingles:
"I Love the Way You Love Me" (#1)
"I Swear" (#1)
"Be My Baby Tonight" (#1)
"If You've Got Love" (#1)
"I Can Love You Like That" (#1)
"Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" (#1)
"The Little Girl" (#1)
"Rope the Moon" (#2)
"No Man's Land" (#2)
"How Was I to Know" (#2)
"Cover You in Kisses" (#2)
"Home to You" (#2)
"Letters from Home" (#2)
"Life's a Dance" (#3)
"Ain't Got Nothin' on Us" (#3)
"Cowboy Love" (#4)
"Long as I Live" (#4)
"Angel In My Eyes" (#4)
"Hold On To Me" (#4)
"I Miss You a Little" (#5)
Confederate Railroad first rolled onto the national country music scene in the early 90s with its unique style and sound. Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records. The first single from their debut album ("Confederate Railroad") was "She Took It Like A Man". It went to No. 26, a preview of what was to come. "The next two singles, "Jesus and Mama" and "Queen of Memphis" went to the top of the charts. Three more huge hits followed, "Trashy Women", "When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back", and "She Never Cried". "Trashy" would lead to a Grammy nomination and become their signature song. That album with six hits and nearly three million sales brought Confederate the Academy of Country Music's Best New Group Award in 1993 as well as numerous nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation.
• 5 million albums sold
• 5 Top 10 Singles
• 18 Charted Hits
Top 10 Singles:
"Queen of Memphis" (#2)
"Jesus and Mama" (#4)
"Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind" (#7)
"Elvis and Andy" (#8)
"Trashy Women" (#10)
Thomas Mac singer/songwriter, Nashville recording artist, born in Dayton Ohio, comes by country music naturally. He started giving live performances when he was 14 years old playing on the stage at a local Opry House in Lebanon, Ohio. After performing for the first time that night with a live band, Thomas had one goal in mind…to work hard, perfect his craft and one day become a Nashville recording artist.
Thomas began learning on his own by listening to great country performers he admired and respected in the industry, like Johnny Cash, George Strait, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney. These and many other artists have influenced his writing and singing. His voice has a tone that keeps you wanting more and his writing skills blend traditional with pop country. Thomas continues to perform every song with passion and excitement. His singing will melt your heart and you’ll love having his songs stuck in your head all day!
Thomas played the Ohio Country Concert 2019 stage and has opened for big time country artist Tracy Lawrence, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin and Sawyer Brown.
• 2 million TikTok followers
• 100k Instagram followers
• 86k Facebook followers
• Part of the 615 House in Nashville
• Managed by Tony Conway who manages greats like Lorrie Morgan, Randy Travis and Alabama.
DAVE LILES BAND
The Dave Liles Band was formed in early 2010 by Dave after feeling a strong desire to get back to his country and southern rock roots. The band is comprised by fire strong team players who strive to make very good music and just plain bring a good time to any venue they may be working.
Dave started playing guitar at the age of ten. It made perfect sense that he would play professionally as his father and grandmother both were professional players and singers. Dave's father played with all the western swing heavy hitters and his career included stints with the legendary Charlie Pride, Wanda Jackson, Faron Young and many more artists from that time period. Dave has also amassed an impressive resume as well. Dave has shared the stage with over 40 different national acts such as Kenny Chesney, Diamond Rio, Neal McCoy, Confederate Railroad, and Colin Raye; as well as doing short road gigs with Johnny Paycheck and David Allen Coe.
THE OVERDRIVE BAND
Overdrive is a group of seasoned professionals made up of mostly second-generation musicians that has been rocking stages at some of the best venues and events in the area since 1996. The energy that comes from the stage is electrifying and makes you want to jump to your feet and join in on the fun. Overdrive plays a wide variety of country, southern rock and original music including the classics all the way up to the current chart-topping hits. The vocal harmonies and blend of these talents are undeniably powerful.
Tommy Knox, Vocals and Guitar
Dave Crawford, Vocals and Guitar
Mark Crain, Vocals, Lead Guitar and Synth
Vince Crain, Vocals and Bass Guitar
Rick Maxwell, Vocals and Drums
Gary Ridgeway, Vocals, Fiddle and Mandolin
Come and experience for yourself why Overdrive is one of the best local bands in the area!