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Country stars Trace Adkins, Eric Church and Thomas Rhett headline Cheyenne Frontier Days

Country stars Trace Adkins, Eric Church and Thomas Rhett headline Cheyenne Frontier Days

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Country musician Trace Adkins performs at The Paramount Theater in Huntington on Aug. 1, 2014 in New York. He is set to headline next year's Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Country superstars Trace Adkins, Eric Church and Thomas Rhett are among the headliners set to perform at next year’s Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Also topping the bill at what is considered one of Wyoming’s premier entertainment events are Cody Johnson and Blake Shelton.

Along with its nine days of rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days offers a slate of performances July 17-25 during its Frontier Nights entertainment series. Tickets go on sale next week.

The 124th Cheyenne Frontier Days performers booked so far include Johnson with Aaron Watson on July 17, Adkins on July 19, Rhett with Hardy on July 22, Church with Ashley McBryde on July 24 and Shelton with John King on July 25. The shows for July 18 and 23 remain to be announced.

“We are thrilled with the lineup so far for 2020,” contract acts chairman Randy Krafft said in a statement. “We are still working on our remaining shows and will announce them as we get them signed.”

Texas and Oklahoma red-dirt radio presence Johnson achieved two top-10 releases on Billboard’s country albums chart and became the only unsigned artist to ever sell out the NRG Stadium at RodeoHouston on his own label before signed with Warner Music Nashville, according to the Cheyenne Frontier Days website.

Aaron Watson was described by “one of country music’s biggest DIY success stories” with more than a dozen self-released albums and sold-out tours around the world.

CMT- and ACM-Award-winning Nashville icon Trace Adkins has sold 11 million albums with hit singles, Grammy nominations, nearly 200 million plays on YouTube and even movie and TV credits to his name.

Thomas Rhett’s accolades include ACM’s Male Artist of the Year, 13 no. 1 hits, and country radio’s most-played artist of 2018. His Grammy-nominated, Platinum, no.1 album “Life Changes, Center Point Road” debuted atop the Billboard 200.

Hardy is known for a big sound from a small town, and his four-song EP ‘This Ole Boy’ offers a mix of swamp rock and country with a sense of humor and lyrics inspired by farms, the backwoods and America’s heartland.

Eric Church has won three CMA and six ACM awards. His Billboard Country Albums chart-topper “Desperate Man” garnered praise as one of 2018’s top albums by American Songwriter, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Stereogum, The Los Angeles Times, NPR and Rolling Stone and others. The album with his latest No. 1 hit, “Some of It” debuted at No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

Ashley McBryde won ACM’s New Female Artist of the Year and CMT’s Breakthrough Video of the Year, while The New York Times hailed her as “an alluringly flexible singer, fluent in classic country, blues and Southern rock, with a voice that moves easily from tender to tough.” Her Grammy-nominated “Girl Going Nowhere” drew acclaim from Rolling Stone and Variety, and The Washington Post said, “McBryde’s blue-collar storytelling and straightforward singing set her apart.”

Blake Shelton is a winner of CMA’s 2012 Entertainer of the Year and five Male Vocalist of the Year awards. The Grammy-nominated artist’s latest single, “God’s Country,” is his 26th No. 1 country radio hit and his 16th No. 1 Billboard Hot Country Songs hit, as well as the fastest country single in the past year to reach 1 million track equivalents. He teamed with Garth Brooks for the highest chart debut in seven years, “Dive Bar.”

John King has opened for award-winning artists, written No. 1 songs and tours more than 150 dates a year. More about the acts can be found at the Cheyenne Frontier Days website.

The PBR Last Cowboy Standing on the entertainment series schedule July 20-21 brings back the top-40 PBR stars and “the sport’s rankest bulls,” according to the press release.

Cheyenne Frontier Days also offers a carnival, artists, food and entertainment to celebrate Western history and culture.

Concert tickets go on sale 9 a.m. Dec. 13 at cfdrodeo.com“ target=”_blank”>cfdrodeo.com, 307-778-7222 and the Cheyenne Frontier Days ticket office for $39 to $89, and a Frontier Nights Fast Pass offers early admission to the Party Zone, a voucher for best-available same-day rodeo tickets and a souvenir rodeo program.

Daily rodeo tickets are $18 to $35. Discounts of $3 for rodeo tickets and $5 for concert tickets are available before July 1. PBR tickets are $22 to $102 with special elite seating and VIP tickets also available at various prices.

For more about Cheyenne Frontier Days and Frontier Nights, go to cfdrodeo.com.

Follow arts & culture reporter Elysia Conner on twitter @erconner

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