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March 7, 2014

Duck Dynasty star joins Rock the South 2014

Joins Little Big Town, Charlie Daniels, Lynyrd Skynyrd

CULLMAN — Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s hit reality series Duck Dynasty, has joined the Rock the South 2014 line-up as a special guest.

Set for June 20-21, the Cullman festival will also feature country and rock acts such as Little Big Town, Charlie Daniels, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Colt Ford and event host Sara Evans.

Organizer Shane Quick said he believes Robertson will be a great addition to the line-up. Robertson’s son Willie was a guest at last year’s Rock the South event.

“Phil Robertson has easily been one of the most requested people in the history of Rock the South. We believe he represents a lot of the things southerners are passionate about,” Quick said. “God, family, country and hunting are things that will get an ‘Amen’ from just about any southerner. We know a lot of people are going to be excited about this. Duck Dynasty continues to be one of the hottest TV shows in America, and now people can come see him live.”

A vocal Christian, Robertson made national headlines late last year when he was briefly suspended from the hit series for making what A&E deemed controversial statements about homosexuality. A media firestorm ensued, as fans rallied to sign petitions in support of Robertson, and the network ended his suspension after approximately one week and he has since returned to the series.

The festival will once again be hosted at Heritage Park in downtown Cullman, and with thousands of attendees, Rock the South has quickly grown into one of the biggest events in the area’s history.

The full weekend line-up currently includes Little Big Town, Easton Corbin, Charlie Daniels, Dee Jay Silver, The Welch Brothers and The Springs on Friday. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Currington, Colt Ford, Sara Evans, Dee Jay Silver and Shelbie Z will anchor the Saturday schedule.

Tickets are on sale now for Rock the South. Almost every ticket tier will see a slight increase this year, though the two-day general admission price will remain at $49. A one-day pass increases from $30 to $39, while a Platinum ticket increases from $89 to $99. The VIP section will also cost more this year, increasing from $169 to $199.

Organizers have also added a new seating tier, dubbed Ultimate VIP, which will be located directly in front of the stage at a cost of $399 per ticket. Ultimate VIP includes a reserved front row seat, access to the VIP section amenities (separate bar, restrooms, parking) and a meet-and-greet with at least one act.

‰ Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 134.

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