By Tiffeny Owens
The Cullman Times
Another country music star is heading to Rock the South 2014: Billy Currington.
After organizers told a packed dinner honoring Cullman area businesses and sponsors Tuesday they landed the artist, event organizer Shane Quick made the news official Friday that Currington is slated to perform at the country music festival set for June 20- 21 at Heritage Park.
Georgia native Currington has released five studio albums for Mercury Nashville Records: 2003's Billy Currington, 2005's Doin' Somethin' Right, 2008's Little Bit of Everything, 2010's Enjoy Yourself, and 2013's We Are Tonight.
Those albums have produced ten singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, including seven Number 1 hits "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right," "Good Directions," "People Are Crazy," "That's How Country Boys Roll," "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer," "Let Me Down Easy" and "Hey Girl.”
"Billy Currington is one of the hottest artists in country music. The guy has a full night of songs you know by heart. He's also been one of the most requested artists from Rock the South fans,” Quick said. “The 2014 lineup is going to have something for everybody. Billy is going to draw people from far and wide. People need to be ready to get their tickets on December 13th. They're going to go fast!"
Quick told the crowd gathered at Stone Bridge Farms venue Tuesday the success of this past year’s Rock the South “blew our minds.”
“We had people from 32 different sates here last year. That’s amazing for a second year festival,” Quick said. “We believe it’s going to be even bigger next year with more than 30,000 to 40,000 people each day.”
Event organizers country music star Sara Evans and husband former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker thanked attendees for their support of the concert and encouraged them to continue helping make the event grow. Organizers plan to offer more VIP tents for sponsors to buy.
Tickets officially go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 13. Exact prices have yet to be announced, but Quick said Tuesday that organizers want to maintain affordable prices to generate attendance.
“Our goal is to keep prices to a third of the ticket price of other musical festivals like Bonaroo (in Manchester, Tenn.) and the Hang Out festival (Mobile),” Quick said. “People don’t need to be paying $300, $400 a head.”
Other acts lined up for Rock the South 2014 include Little Big Town, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Charlie Daniels Band.
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