Lynch, Owen, and Adkins added to Citadel Country Spirit USA music festival lineup
● By Steven Hoffman
Three of country music's top stars—Dustin Lynch, Trace Adkins, and Jake Owen—have now been added to the lineup of the Citadel Country Spirit USA music festival that's coming to Chester County from Aug. 24 to 26.
The three-day music festival takes place at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds and features headliners Brad Paisley, Alabama, and Toby Keith and more than 20 other top country acts.
Alabama headlines on Aug. 24. Toby Keith closes the show on Aug. 25. Brad Paisley headlines on Aug. 26.
With the announcement that Lynch, Owen, and Adkins are joining the lineup, the music festival is shaping up to be one of the top concerts in the region this summer.
Lynch, with a reputation for delivering red hot live performances, will take the stage on Aug. 24. Trace Adkins, the trademark baritone who has powered numerous chart-toppers, will perform on Aug. 25. Jake Owen, an Academy of Country Music award-winner with six No. 1 singles to his credit, performs on Aug. 26.
All three of the new additions to the festival lineup have enjoyed tremendous success.
With a string of hits stretching back to 2012 and a fan base that’s growing exponentially, Lynch is one of the most popular acts in today’s modern country music. His first two albums debuted at No. 1 and No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
His third album, Current Mood, arrived as an adventurous, attention-grabbing country music album, showing a bold, next-generation superstar coming into his own. Lynch has cranked up massive crowds and is well-known for his charismatic, dynamic performances on the road.
Adkins is a three-time Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry, a TV personality, actor, author and spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised more than $1.5 million as winner of NBC’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.”
This Nashville icon, with more than 11 million albums sold, has won three Academy of Country Music Awards, including the 2009 Single of the Year Award for “You’re Gonna Miss This” and Vocal Event of the Year with Blake Shelton for “Hillbilly Bone” in 2010.
Owen has a sweet spot for all-American nostalgia. He’s adept at summoning the spirit of a sunny day, good friends and a cold drink with his music.
Among his No. 1 singles are the double-platinum anthem “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and platinum-certified “Beachin’,” just a couple of his songs sure to delight Citadel Country Spirit USA concert-goers this summer.
The festival at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds, will feature more than 20 country music artists on two stages. The venue has a capacity of 15,000 daily. The remainder of the lineup will be announced at a later date.
Concert-goers will have an array of activities, food and beverages – from Sierra Nevada for beer drinkers, to wine and spirits at the Barefoot Wine Garden and Jose Cuervo Saloon.
The event comes to Chester County from the producer of Country Summer, Northern California’s biggest country music festival, which is celebrating its fifth annual event in June. “It’s exciting to expand our portfolio to the East Coast,” Alan Jacoby, Impact Entertainment’s executive producer, said. “Our goal is to create the Mid-Atlantic region’s foremost annual country music festival.”
Single-day tickets, priced from $79, and three-day early bird passes, starting from $219, are on sale now at www.countryspiritusa.com. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
In addition to Citadel and the Chester County CVB, sponsors to date include: Barefoot, the most awarded wine brand in U.S. competitions; Proximo Spirits, Inc., best known for importing and distributing Jose Cuervo; Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., one of America’s premier craft breweries; and Etix, an international ticket service provider.