Winstock is “on the road again” to making its 19th annual festival the best yet, as the complete 2012 festival lineup was announced this morning by the K102 Wakeup Crew.
The two-day country music camping vacation in Winsted Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, is honored to welcome American icon Willie Nelson to the Winstock stage to join already-announced headliners Blake Shelton and Martina McBride, along with many of country music’s top artists, including Gary Allan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Uncle Kracker, and Sunny Sweeney.
“We’re just thrilled to be able to have Willie Nelson at Winstock,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Chairman Dave Danielson. “The entire lineup this year has a lot of diverse artists with different music styles. There is really something for everyone.”
With a six-decade career and 200-plus albums, Nelson is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of “Crazy,” “Red Headed Stranger,” and “Stardust.” He has earned every conceivable award as a musician, and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist.
In many ways, however, the weighty distinction “living legend” does Nelson a disservice, for it discounts the extent to which he is a thriving, relevant, and progressive musical and cultural force.
Joining Nelson in rounding out the festival’s Friday night lineup, the JaneDear girls will be making their Winstock debut, as will local favorites Tim Sigler Band and WYLEE. Martina McBride will be Friday night’s headliner.
In a career that’s already taken her to breathtaking heights (four CMA female vocalist of the year trophies, three ACM female vocalist awards, a Grammy win, numerous national magazine covers and features, and television appearances), McBride is ready to take it up a notch with the help of her new record label.
“Then, to kick things off Saturday, we’re happy to bring Rocket Club back to Winstock,” Danielson said. “It’s always neat to see local talent making a national impact like they have.”
Nelson isn’t the only Texan hitting the Winstock stage in 2012, as Sunny Sweeney will keep things rolling along Saturday afternoon with her hits such as “From A Table Away” and “Drink Myself Single.”
Winstock favorite Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will find us all “Fishin’ in the Dark” Saturday afternoon before we “Drift Away” with Uncle Kracker and be “right where we need to be” when Gary Allan takes the stage.
Then, it will be “all about tonight” when Saturday night headliner Blake Shelton hits the stage for what is guaranteed to be a good time.
“We first had Blake back in 2002, which was also a time of growth for the festival,” Danielson said, adding that Shelton had a few more hits under his belt when he performed at Winstock again in 2006, and said that, now, Shelton is a bona fide headliner.
The Winstock 2012 Emerging Artist Stage welcomes yet another Texan with Wade Bowen Friday night for two sets, along with Brett Eldredge, who has also been making his mark on the country music charts, for two sets Saturday.
The Winstock 2012 performance schedule, complete with times, can be found here. Also, visit the artist page for bios and links to our entertainer’s web sites to learn more about them.
Artists performing at Winstock 2012 include Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Gary Allan, Uncle Kracker, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sunny Sweeney, the JaneDear girls, Rocket Club, Brett Eldredge, Wade Bowen, Tim Sigler Band, WYLEE, and The Unleaded Band, with one additional national act yet to be announced for the Emerging Artist Stage.
The Winstock 2012 campsite decorating contest theme has also been determined, and campers can decorate their campsites according to their favorite Willie Nelson song from his 50-plus-year career of hits in country music to win a multitude of prizes. Full details on the campsite decorating contest can be found here.
Be sure and “like” the Winstock Country Music Festival on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, sign up for Winstock e-mail news, and watch our website to get the latest news, including the Winstock 2012 Rumble on the Road dates, where we take to the road in advance of Winstock, hitting some of our favorite bars with some of our favorite bands, giving away Winstock tickets and many other prizes.
Tickets for the festival are on sale and can be ordered now in plenty of time before the early bird deadline Sunday, April 15. Please note that Winstock 2012 VIP tickets are sold out, with a limited number of seats in the reserved seating section still available.
“This is the earliest our VIP section has ever sold out,” Danielson added. “We appreciate all the people who make Winstock a success year after year, especially all the volunteers who make it happen.”
Danielson added that organizers are already thinking about the 20th anniversary festival next year.
The 19th annual Winstock Country Music Festival will take place at the festival grounds in Winsted, Minnesota, Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, 2012.