Emerging music stars
Stampede staple has been entertainers headed to the stratosphere
The dynamic exuberance dating back to when Country Stampede was a still-flourishing music festival came in large measure from rising stars destined for the road to stardom. Rising the charts, destined for stardom but not quite ascending that launchpad to full-fledged fame and widely-hailed celebrity.
One indubitable instance reaches back to the festival’s roots. LeAnn Rimes was a precocious 14-year-old when she performed at Stampede No. 2 with another mega-powered group known as Alabama, long entrenched by then (1997). No doubt, Stampede fans make the usual Manhattan pilgrimage (Topeka in 2019) to see superstars like Alabama, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban.
That much hasn't changed. The "semi-unknowns" give fans a giddy gumption about these multi-performer concerts like Stampede.
Stampede presents equally thrilling opportunities to catch newcomers like Dierks Bentley (2005) or Old Dominion (2015) on their rise to stardom. Still driving to the top. In 2019, Morgan Wallen has found his groove toward stardom and plays the lead-in concert for 2019 ultra-headliner Jason Aldean (Saturday night’s finish). Wallen’s single “Chasin’ You” has been a Nashville favorite (from the album, If I Know Me). On Friday, June 21, Michael Ray follows longtime country favorite Sawyer Brown and leads into the second night’s closer Old Dominion. Ray’s “Nineteen” tour has hit the scales at a “10” from Glasgow, Scotland, to Brisbane, Australia. And eastern Kansas, in between, during 2019 Country Stampede!