MONTE VISTA– For the second year running, a double concert will kick-off the 92nd annual Ski-Hi Stampede, Colorado’s oldest professional rodeo, on Thursday, July 25.
Up and coming Thomas Rhett will open for headliner Tracy Lawrence at 8 p.m. in front of the Ski-Hi grandstand, followed by the first of three dances. Rodeo fun again begins Friday at 7 p.m. and continues Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., with parades downtown Friday and Saturday.
Tracy Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in country music with songs such as “Paint Me A Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The entertainer has enjoyed 22 songs on the Billboard top 10 charts with 18 number one singles, selling over 13 million albums.
The multi-platinum CMA and ACM award winning recording artist has helped shape the sound of country music for two decades, recently celebrating 20 years in music. Few country artists have ever known the kind of success that Tracy Lawrence has earned and the influence his iconic voice has contributed to the Country music genre.
His music has inspired a whole new generation of entertainers and fans. Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan frequently pay tribute to the singer live in concert by playing his double-platinum hits like “Time Marches On” and “Alibis.” Songs that help make Lawrence among one of the most played artists on radio.
Singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett spent most of his teen years figuring out what, other than music, he could do for a career, including Kinesiology, business, anatomy, media; anything but music.
None of those rather ordinary pursuits seemed to work out.
But a songwriting deal? Heck, Thomas Rhett stumbled into that. And nine months later, he had a song on Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, a double-platinum project that became the best-selling country album of 2011.
A recording contract? Thomas Rhett auditioned for at least seven record companies, and every one of them wanted to sign him.
Valory won out, and now it’s seemingly just a matter of time before the general public discovers the quirky word jumbles and infectious grooves that had Music Row salivating over Thomas Rhett’s future. The one that, in retrospect, seems as if it were always supposed to happen.
Even Thomas Rhett doesn’t completely understand it.
“I don’t have a clue where it’s going to go or where it’ll end up, but the journey is cool enough for me,” he muses. “I’m here for the ride and to entertain people.”
His first single, “Something To Do With My Hands,” reveals Thomas Rhett as a solid country guy with a distinct urban streak. Other tracks from his debut show someone who’s clever enough to rhyme “Ryman” with “diamond,” who mulls chatting with Jesus over beer, who throws AC/DC hard-rock chants and Coolio hip-hop phrasing into songs that are otherwise country.
Reserved, premium and general admission concert tickets are now on sale at the Stampede office in Monte Vista, Carlucci’s Shoes and Apparel in Alamosa and online.