Big Sky Music Festival Stage

A Recap of the 2019 Big Sky Music Festival

July 20th, 2019 marked the inaugural Big Sky Music Festival. It was a day filled with the sounds of great fantastic classic country music, vintage cars, and incredible artisan vendors. It was a scorcher of a day, but that didn’t stop the fun!

In the days leading up to the 2019 Big Sky Music Festival, the headlining act Alabama had to cancel their performance due to medical reasons. It was a shock to learn that the team at Republic Live were able to book the legendary country duo Big & Rich as a replacement. Not exactly the same vibe as Alabama, but equally iconic. And at such short notice, it was appreciated by many of the attendees. Alabama also had to cancel their show in Ottawa the night before Big Sky for the same reason. The good folks at Republic Live announced that anyone with Alabama tickets for the Ottawa show could attend Big Sky Music Festival free of charge. Always a successful PR move!

From there, it was looking like everything was going to go smoothly. Then the morning of the festival, it was announced that Diamond Rio had to cancel their performance due to “unforeseen transportation issues,” according to the band. It’s rumoured that the tour bus broke down. With such short notice, it was looking like there was simply going to be a change in the lineup schedule.

The Redhill Valleys

The Redhill Valleys Opened at the Big Sky Music Festival

The day started with The Redhill Valleys kicking off the festival. They hit the stage at 2pm, right when the day was at its hottest! Truly, we’ve never attended a festival when it was that hot. The sun was beating down, and the humidity made it feel like the temperature was in the mid 40s. But that didn’t stop the fun! The Redhill Valleys put on a fantastic show and were the perfect start to a gorgeous day.

Jason McCoy

Jason McCoy from Pure Country performing live at Big Sky Music Festival

Next up was Canadian country legend Jason McCoy. Going to a Jason McCoy show never disappoints. He’s so personable onstage, and has a bigger-than-life stage presence that he always has the crowd laughing and having a good time. You can tell that Jason truly enjoys being on a stage. His band also had a lot of familiar faces to Canadian country music fans. Shane and Stacey from the The Western Swing Authority were up there. So was Chris Byrne from Jason’s band The Road Hammers. It was a great show, not even the heat could stop Mr. McCoy from putting on a great show!

Mason Ramsey – The Walmart Yodelling Kid

The yodelling kid from Walmart Mason Ramsay performing at Big Sky Music Festival

You remember that viral video of the kid yodelling in Walmart? Well, since that video, Mason Ramsey has rocketed to fame with a record deal and a touring schedule that has him going around North America performing for some of the biggest crowds. Seeing him live made it clear why this kid is doing so well. When his name was announced, out walks this little nugget of a kid with a guitar that is almost the same size as he is. He greets the crowd with a simple “what’s up?” and the crowd goes bananas! Then he opens his mouth, strums the guitar, and the sound that comes from Mason’s lungs was unreal. It’s obvious why Mason is seeing some extreme success. If you thought Mason was a one-hit viral wonder, you are very mistaken. He is going to do great things.

One of Big Sky Music Festival's littlest fans

One of Mason Ramsey’s most dedicated fans at Big Sky Music Festival

Tim Hicks Acoustic Set

At 2pm, Big Sky was happy to announce that Canadian country artist Tim Hicks would be filling in and performing an acoustic set. This was nothing short of a miracle in our eyes. The stars aligned perfectly in order to pull this off. Tim happened to be an hour north at his family’s cottage fishing when he got a call from Republic Live. Long story short, a couple hours later, Tim was able to rally a few members of his band and he was playing an acoustic set to thousands of fans. It was actually really special.

Tim Hicks performed an acoustic set at Big Sky Music Festival

Tim Hicks always puts on a rowdy show, so it was nice to see his set a little stripped down – but we assure you, it still got a little rowdy! Tim truly saved the day. Many people attending the festival were disappointed that Diamond Rio and Alabama weren’t there, but appreciated they still got their fill of amazing country music.

Travis Tritt

Classic Country legend Travis Tritt performing at Big Sky Music Festival

Now was the time that everyone was waiting for. One of the biggest icons in classic country music Travis Tritt took the stage. The crowds were so excited to see this iconic artist up on the stage. we were all very excited that he was actually there! Especially since he was the only classic country headliner that didn’t cancel. He brought some of our favourite country songs to life. His set was perfect to sit in the grass, enjoy a cold brew, and get lost in the legendary performance of Travis Tritt. This performance goes down in the books as one of the most memorable shows we’ve seen. Definitely a tick off the bucket list.

Big & Rich Headline Big Sky Music Festival

Big & Rich Headlined Big Sky Music Festival

Now was the time to start partying! The sun went down and the drinks came out. Big & Rich hit the stage in the best way possible. The lights came up and the first thing we saw was Big Kenny and his iconic hat, followed closely by John Rich and his unmistakable voice. These two are an absolute joy to watch on stage. They know how to work the stage, work the crowd, and start a party. They played all their biggest hits, and even played some old classic country and classic rock. The crowd couldn’t have asked for a better band to fill in for Alabama.

At one point, they invited a couple up from the crowd and got the whole crowd to sing them an anniversary song. They have been married for 35 years – they got the chance to dance, and celebrate their anniversary with thousands of other people! Not long after that, they spotted a young girl named Samara in the front row who was celebrating her birthday. They brought her up on the stage and got everyone again, to sing “Happy Birthday”. It was a special moment for this young girl. She had the biggest smile on her face.

They closed the show off with their biggest song “Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy” and a medley of other songs. It truly was a great night.

Fans of the Big Sky Music Festival

Friends enjoying the day at the Big Sky Music Festival

Despite the disappointing cancellations, Big Sky Music Festival was a booming success! It wasn’t just the music. The classic cars, the artisan vendors, and the overall atmosphere was truly something spectacular. For a first-year festival there are no complaints. Even the artist cancellations didn’t feel like a big deal – and they were out of the hands of the festival organizers.

About Big Sky Music Festival

Big Sky Music festival may take place at Burl’s Creek, but is a totally different atmosphere and vibe to Boots & Hearts. It’s much more relaxed, not as many people, and overall much more friendly to country fans of all ages. Don’t get us wrong – Boots & Hearts is an incredible time! It’s the biggest party of the year. But Big Sky is a great relaxing weekend. It’s back to the classics at Big Sky Music Festival.

It was announced that Big Sky Music Festival will be returning for a second year on July 17-18, 2020. We can’t wait to see you there!

More Pictures of Big Sky Music Festival 2019

Classic Car at Big Sky Music Festival

One of the cars at the Big Sky Music Festival

 

Big Sky Music Festival Classic Car

 

Hey Y'all Iced Tea at Big Sky Music Festival

Hey Y’All Iced Tea had Cornhole games!

Chelsee from The Redhill Valleys playing the bass

Chelsea From The Redhill Valleys Playing the Bass

Danielle From The Redhill Valleys at Big Sky Music Festival

Danielle from The Redhill Valleys playing to the crowd at Big Sky Music Fest

 

Tim from the Redhill Valleys performing at Big Sky Music Festival 2019

Tim from The Redhill Valleys opening the Big Sky Music Festival

 

Jason McCoy Playing the Guitar at Big Sky Music Festival

Jason McCoy shredding the guitar

 

Shane Guse from The Western Swing Authority

Shane from the Western Swing Authority joined Jason McCoy on stage

 

Stacey Lee from The Western Swing Authority

Stacey from The Western Swing Authority also helped Jason McCoy at this year’s festival

 

Walmart yodelling kid Mason Ramsey performs at Big Sky Music Festival

Mason Ramsey and his guitarist playing at the festival

 

One of Mason Ramsey's most dedicated fans!

Taking in the crowd at her first music festival

 

Tim Hicks performing at Big Sky Music Festival

Tim Hicks performing an acoustic set

 

Tim Hicks playing the guitar

Tim Hicks gettin “Loud” at Big Sky

 

The crowd at Big Sky Music Festival 2019

Everyone having a great time at the festival

 

Tim Hicks Band Member

One of Tim Hicks’ band members

 

Country legend Travis Tritt

Travis Tritt taking in the applause

 

People asking travit Tritt to sign their guitar

People in the crowd asking to Travis Tritt to sign the guitar

 

Couple at Big Sky Music Festival 2019

 

Travis Tritt Playing the Big Sky Music Festival

Travis Tritt overlooking the audience at Big Sky Music Festival

 

Travis Tritt smiling

Travis Tritt working the crowd

 

Big Kenny from Big & Rich

Big Kenny hamming it up at Big Sky Music Festival

 

John Rich from country band Big & Rich

John Rich singing to the crowd at Big Sky Music Fest

 

Big Kenny from Big & Rich

Big Kenny from Big & Rich

 

 

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