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Country Thunder Preview 2012
Shadow Hill Ranch, Twin Lakes, WI
July 19 - 22, 2012
Toby Keith
Toby Keith
Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean
Big & Rich
Big & Rich

Story by Phil Bonyata
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Dust off that cowboy hat and kick last years mud from your dirty cowboy boots because it's time to play cowboy and cowgirl again. With the annual summertime return of Country Thunder (one of the premier country music festivals in the world) to tiny Twin Lakes, Wisconsin it's a sure bet that things are going to get heated up. As of this posting the four day festival passes and all of the campsites are sold out so you might want to make haste and purchase either a Saturday and/or Sunday single day pass before they're gone as well.

The testosterone laden four day festival is loaded with such hot acts as Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, Dwight Yoakam and Blake Shelton to choose from with the only drawback being a very slim selection of female acts this year. "I think country music is and always will be thriving. It has the largest and most loyal fan base of any other genre. If Country Thunder is any indication of the vitality of country music, there's no stopping it!" states Sara Jean Kelley (slated to perform on the main stage at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday).

You'll never go hungry or thirsty at Country Thunder as there is monster variety of food and drink available all over the festival grounds. If you like to shop for cowboy and western related items then this will be a shopping paradise in between acts.

The Roys probably said it best (slated to perform on the main stage at 1:00 p.m. on Friday) "Country Thunder is such a cool festival. You have something for everyone from artists like us that play Bluegrass/Country, from the traditional sound of Country and the more rocking stuff. A good time for all who love music, food and hanging out with friends."

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CountryThunder Line-up
Thurs. July 19
5:30 - 6:30 PM Sara Jean Kelley
7:00 - 8:30 PM THE FARM
9:00 - 10:30 PM Big & Rich w/special guest
Cowboy Troy + Bradley Gaskin
Fri. July 20
1:00 - 2:00 PM The Roys
2:30 - 3:30 PM The McClymonts
4:00 - 5:00 PM Wade Bowen
5:30 - 6:30 PM Steve Holy
7:00 - 8:30 PM Luke Bryan
9:00 - 10:30 PM Jason Aldean
Sat. July 21
1:00 - 2:00 PM Matt Stillwell
2:30 - 3:30 PM Casey James
4:00 - 5:00 PM Aaron Lewis
5:30 - 6:30 PM Easton Corbin
7:00 - 8:30 PM Dwight Yoakam
9:00 - 10:30 PM Blake Shelton
Sun. July 22
1:00 - 2:00 PM Charlie Worsham
2:30 - 3:30 PM Thomas Rhett
4:00 - 5:00 PM Hunter Hayes
5:30 - 6:30 PM Neal McCoy
7:00 - 8:00 PM Brantley Gilbert
8:30 - 10:00 PM Toby Keith

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Country Thunder 2011
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Country Thunder 2009
Country Thunder 2008
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Country Thunder 2005
Country Thunder 2004
Country Thunder 2003
Country Thunder 2002
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