Toadlick Music Festival. Now a southern staple of the music scene located in Dothan, Alabama. It is South Alabama’s largest music festival and this year it celebrated its 5th year. In previous years, Toadlick was held in April and after fighting with rough weather every year, the organizers decided to move the festival to June. So why the name Toadlick? The festival was already in creation before a name was formed. We’ve heard over the years that it all happened around a campfire one night. Toadlick Festival President, Chris Gilbert confirmed that they wanted a catchy name and his little cousin said Toadlick – it caught his attention and it stuck.
What a whirlwind weekend. I originally didn’t have plans to attend the Shaky Boots Music Festival in Kennesaw, Georgia but after several weeks of looking at the lineup, talking with friends, it was something that I had to attend. At least from a media perspective. As an inaugural festival, Shaky Boots definitely didn’t feel like a first year festival. From an attendees view, everything ran so smoothly. I however need to go back and re-read and re-write my “Things to Bring to a Festival.” As a festival veteran, I was completely unprepared for this festival – I’m only assuming I didn’t start packing enough in advance. It was great because normally I wear my cowboy boots because festivals are so dirty, but this festival was clean because the stages were on football fields and some even had AstroTurf! SCORE!
You’ll kinda dig The Railers after you hear their music. Comprised of band members, Jonathan, Cassandra, Jordan and Tyler – the Railers bring a fun eccentric vibe with their music to fans. They’ve toured and played with Sara Evans, Justin Moore, Hunter Hayes and will no doubt continue to gain popularity among the masses. The Railers debuted their EP, The Geraldine Sessions, last August and then released their single Kinda Dig the Feeling in September. I spoke with Cassandra Lawson, one fourth of The Railers and asked her how the two back to back releases by Warner Nashville has launched them out in front of country music fans.
New kids on the block…well, almost. The producers of Shaky Knees Festival are proud to announce a hard-hitting country music lineup for its debut Shaky Boots Festival. The festival is brand new, but the producers definitely know what they are doing. The festival takes place, May 16-17 at the KSU Sports and Entertainment Park in Kennesaw, GA just north of Atlanta. The lineup includes Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Kristian Bush, Eli Young Band, and more!