Talk Music: Stay out late for these Bootfest headliners
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Friday: Turnpike Troubadours
The Turnpike Troubadours know a thing or two about beer-drenched songs.
Walking the line between Woody Guthrie and Waylon Jennings, they take folk, country, Cajun and bluegrass influences to get their honest and sometimes humorous take on stories of life in small-town America.
"Every Girl," "Before the Devil Knows Your Dead" and "7 & 7" offer a taste of their scope - ranging from longing and love to good, old-fashioned drinking songs.
Taking their name from the Indian Nation Turnpike, the five-piece Red Dirt band calls Tahlequah, Okla., home.
The band's latest album, "Goodbye, Normal Street," released in May 2012, celebrates traditional country and bluegrass with a modern twist, adding to the Texas Red Dirt scene.
Saturday: Jerrod Niemann
Thoughtful bruiser Jerrod Niemann's set at Bootfest is sure to impress with his raw masculinity and good-natured Kansas charm.
Adept in heartbreak - "What Do You Want" - and partying - "For Everclear" - Niemann just might be the king of sensitive bros (who can also yodel).
Having written songs for Garth Brooks, Neal McCoy, Jamey Johnson and Zona Jones, among others, Niemann had already earned a name for himself before his first major album in 2012 with "Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury."
Niemann is in the thick of a national tour that will bring him to Key West, Fla., after Bootfest and on to New York after that.
His new single, "Drink to That All Night," which dips into Niemann's rock 'n' roll side, is the first taste of music from his upcoming third album for Sea Gayle Records/Arista Nashville.