Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 27, 2013

Carter County Thunder: Two days of music with three big acts

GRAYSON — Fans of the annual Carter County Thunder event will find fresh additions to the lineup as the celebration expands to two days with musical performances by three headline-caliber acts — Sundy Best, Weston Burt and Chris Janson.

Organizer Lincoln Theinert said he is pleased to be bringing Sundy Best to the Carter County Fairgrounds for the first night of Thunder, June 28. “They have gained nearly a cult following regionally in the 20-to-35 age group.  As of the past year, they too can be considered a National Nashville act as they have a record label and very reputable agent,” Theinert said. Sundy Best also has a music video for  “Home,” which recently topped the CMT PURE 12 Pack countdown as most popular new Music Video, he said.

The added expense of expanding to a two-day event caused considerable concern for organizers, Theinert reported, saying, “We put a great deal of thought into how to handle the much increased costs of a two-day schedule. There will be a $5 admission charge on Friday night only. This was a decision that was not arrived at lightly, however, Saturday June 29 remains 100 percent free of admission.” Friday’s Carter County Thunder concert by Sundy Best will not include fireworks or inflatables for children, he noted.

The June 29 Thunder show will include two national headline acts, Weston Burt and Chris Janson, “who are both climbing the Billboard Country Airplay Charts as we speak,” Theinert said, clarifying that also will be the day for free admission with inflatables for children and the annual fireworks show.

“Last year, we accomplished our goal of hosting Diamond Rio with more than 10 No. 1 singles and multiple platinum selling albums,” he said. “In our six years as a standalone event, this will be the first year we have an artist with a single currently on the Billboard country airplay chart. Not only is Chris Janson climbing the Billboard chart, but we actually have two artists, both with a single making the official Billboard TOP 60 country airplay chart. Weston Burt’s single “Lucky Sometimes’ just broke into the chart at No. 59 this week. Chris Janson has played the Grand Ole Opry more than five times and continues getting invited back.

“Both of our Saturday night acts are currently in the Billboard top 60,” Theinert said. “We are quite excited by this.”

While admission is free Saturday, reserved seating will be available that evening to sponsors beginning at the $200 level, Theinert said. “Anyone interested in being a sponsor can contact me directly.”

Theinert said a few details remain to be announced for Carter County Thunder 2013. “The only opening act which has been selected is Dustin Burchett and SouthernGrounds,” he said. “This is an exciting year to be involved with Carter County Thunder, and I am honored that sponsors continue to support the direction this community project has been taken.”

For sponsorship information, call Theinert at (606) 776-6560.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.

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