Despite extreme weather conditions overtaking the three day weekend, the music plays on at the Faster Horses music festival held in Brooklyn, MI.
With high heat indexes reaching 100 degrees and beyond, along with downpour rain showers causing an evacuation on mid-day Saturday, the Faster Horses Festival continues on successfully for it’s seventh anniversary in 2019.
What has become known as “The Party Of The Summer,” the popular Faster Horses Festival held on the grounds of Michigan International Speedway in the Irish Hills of southern Michigan didn’t let the weather put a damper on the festivities as concert goers are welcomed into the show area with spraying misters and water refill stations to keep everyone cool and hydrated during the hot days. Other activities around the grounds to help break the sweat and entertain you away from the music on stage are a pair of water slides, a foam party and high flying swings to cool you.
In April, Faster Horses Festival was awarded the ACM Award as Festival Of The Year. To live up to the award, the festival put together a star studded line-up of entertainment for both of it’s stages that is as hot as the temperatures throughout the weekend.
On Friday, the opening day starts at the Dish Presents Next From Nashville stage with Ross Ellis. Ross opens up the festival singing about his breakthrough single “Ghosts” and follows up with his latest, “Barefoot Dancer.”
Onto the main stage, Dee Jay Silver starts each day and keeps the music going between set changes with his own DJ music mixes.
Tyler Rich opens the main stage show with his debut single “The Difference” and includes his current single “Leave Her Wild.”
Showing off her mesmerizing guitar riffs right up in front of the crowd on the stage berth, Canada’s own Lindsay Ell captivates the crowd during her set. Including her singles “By The Way” and “Criminal,” Lindsay gets assist by her lead guitarist on her version of the Brantley Gilbert duet “What Happens In A Small Town.”
With a fired up and energetic performance, the guys from LANCO are up next as lead vocalist Brandon Lancaster runs back and forth across the stage berth to stay up close and personal with the crowd. The band gets the excited crowd to sing back their hit “Greatest Love Story” to them along with “Born To Love You.”
Melting the female hearts on day one at Faster Horses Festival is Brett Young as he softly serenades them with “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Mercy.” Picking the temple up a bit, Brett performs his latest single, “Catch” to an up-coming album.
Leading the way as one of the top female country artist today is Maren Morris. Maren opens her set playing a guitar at the back of the stage on a stepped platform while performing the lead-off single and current title to her sophomore album Girl. Maren gains the attention of all in the crowd although the support from the female crowd overpowers the males for the female artist as she adds “80s Mercedes,” “I Could Use A Love Song” and her debut single “My Church” to her set.
Headlining night one is the recently crowned Entertainer Of The Year (ACM and CMA), Keith Urban. Upon playing Faster Horses Festival in it’s second year, Keith returns for a second timein 2019. Keith brings the crowd to an uprising during his performance of hits and an endless array of guitar licks as only he can. Standing down at the lower part of the stage berth he shows off his guitar wizardry while entertaining the fans over his 90 minute set that includes hits “Long Hot Summer,” “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “Coming Home,” “Never Coming Down” and “The Fighter” with his duet partner Carrie Underwood appearing on the overhead video screens. As his performance concludes and the first night of the festival winds down, confetti shoots out over the crowd from multiple canons located near the stage.
Day two begins as another barn burner of a day as Dillon Carmichael warms up the Dish Presents Next From Nashville stage with a pure country sound. Branding his way through his set, he performs his debut single “Dancing Away With My Heart” and his current “I Do For You” to an interested crowd of country music lovers. Having such uncles as John Michael and Eddie Montgomery won’t certainly hurt during his up hill climb to success.
Up next is Cody Cooper and George Birge of Waterloo Revival on the Nashville stage. Keeping the crowd hopping, the boys keep it up with “Bad For You,” “Blackwood Bump” and their latest, “Wonder Woman.”
The main stage gets started on the second day with the 2013 winner of season four of NBC’s The Voice, Danielle Bradberry. This Texan added “The Heart Of Dixie,” “Goodbye Summer” and “Shallow” to her opening set.
Ready to find a watering hole to cool himself after his performance, Mitchell Tenpenny sports a pair of swimming trucks on stage and hi-top tennis shoes while he sings about “Drunk Me,” “Bitches” and his re-released single “Alcohol You Later.”
Back inside the covered Nashville stage, a full house crowd welcomes the Davisson Brothers Band to the stage. Coming from the hills of West Virginia, the Davisson Brothers Band is made up of: brothers Chris (lead guitar, slide guitar) and Donnie (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Russell Reppert (bass guitar, background vocals) and Aaron Regester (drums). The band delivers a high energy based performance with hit songs “Foot Stomping’,” “Jesse James” and “Po’ Boyz” that keeps the crowd waiting patiently in line just waiting to meet the band afterwards.
On the main stage, Australia’s own Morgan Evans wows the crowd with his U.S. debut single “Kiss Somebody” before singing his latest singles “Day Drunk” and “Young Again.” He added his 2017 release “I Do” to the set that he describes as “it was written about my girlfriend, recorded it about my fiance, and released it about my wife, Kelsea Ballerini.”
As the crowds prepare to have a good time and have some fun with Randy Houser, announcements are sent out to the crowds of extreme weather conditions with directions of evacuations impeding the remainder of the evening’s performances.
After a three and a half hour delay, Randy comes out to a fired up crowd anxious to get the party started again. With his hit songs “Boots On,” “ Runnin’ Out Of Moonlight,” “Like A Cowboy” and “What Whiskey Does,” Randy did not leave the crowd disappointed.
Another up-and-comer Matt Stell, brought the country music fans back to the Nashville stage one more time on day two for his hot new single “Prayed For You.”
Although the show has been delayed, that didn’t bother the crowd when Old Dominion comes to the stage and lead vocalist Matthew Ramsey heads down the stage berth for a “SnapBack.” Shortly after, guitarist Brad Tursi joins in at the bottom of the berth for a little guitar rivalry. The challenge continues on with “Hotel Key” before Brad returns to the upper stage and Matthew jumps down and joins in with the crowd. The “One Man Band” reminds the partying crowd that as the night continues, “When You Break Up With Him” that there is “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart.”
As the final day is upon us, there is still much music to continue with. It all starts with the sensational Cassadee Pope on the main stage teasing the males in the crowd with “Take You Home” and “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart.” Adding a Whitney Houston cover of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” Cassadee performs her marveled Chris Young duet hit “Think Of You” to the ambitious crowd.
Michael Ray raised the temperatures in the female audience with his charm and handsome looks. With hit singles that include “Kiss You In The Morning,” “Think A Little Less,” “One That Got Away” and “Her World Or Mine,” it’s no wonder why the ladies came running to the stage before his steamy performance.
One of the most electric performers on stage so far this weekend has to be when Dylan Scott takes the stage. Wandering the stage feverishly, Dylan makes sure to capture the attention of all in attendance during his time on stage. Performing hits “Hooked,” “Nothing To Do Town,” and “Ball Cap,” Dylan excites the older crowd with a rendition of oldies “Fishin’ In The Dark,” “Dust On The Bottle,” “Check Yes Or No” and “When You Say Nothing At All.” Dylan concludes his set with his #1 single “My Girl.”
Kip Moore keeps the electric flowing throughout the festival grounds as he performs his series of hits to the already rowdy crowd. With his hit tunes of “Wild Ones,” “Something ‘Bout My Truck,” “Hey Pretty Girl” and his latest single “The Bull,” one thing is for sure. Kip will keep the party going all night with his “Beer Money.”
Closing out the 2019 Next From Nashville stage at Faster Horses is the Mississippi songwriter known as Hardy. As a songwriter, Hardy has written songs for Morgan Wallen “Up Down” and Florida Georgia Line “Simple” and “Talk You Out Of It” that he performs on stage along with his debut single “Rednecker” that fits in real well with the weekend atmosphere.
Bringing their A-game and keeping the crowd alive, T.J. and John Osborne of Brothers Osborne takes over the main stage for a wild performance with “Shoot Me Straight” and their current single “I Don’t Remember (Before You).” Shortly afterwards, the skies open again with a monsoon furry of rain showers. With the crowds burrowed in tight, the show continues as T.J. and John beg to “Stay A Little Longer” as “It Ain’t My Fault” falls at a perfect time in the show.
Although the 2019 Faster Horses Festival has had it’s challenges with the weather, the “party of the summer” is still a success for the 40,000 fans in attendance. The festival is an event that most everyone prepares all year for and won’t let little things like rain ruin it for them. The event has grown each year over the seven years with more and more friendships being made and the communication on social media sites continuing to grow.
All the artists that attend Faster Horses Festival are extremely happy and honored to play the event and beg to return as quickly as they can.
Even though the 2019 festival is still in recoup mode, as all fans are, artists included can’t wait for announcements to be made for the attending artists for 2020 Faster Horses Festival to be made. The eighth annual event takes place on July 17 – 19 2020. Be sure to keep up with the latest announcements at the links below so as to not miss this great event.
On behalf of all that attend this great event and others across the country, whether it be a general admission fan, VIP fan, worker or artist, I would like to personally thank “BOC”, Brian O’Connell and his staff for everything they do for county music in North America.