The 54th Annual Homesteader Days will kick off the evening of July 13th, 2018 with the Outdoor Concert. Gates open at 5:00 pm. Confederate Railroad will start at 6:30 pm, followed by Tracy Lawrence at 8:00 pm. The concert will be held the 7-acre Homesteader Park. There is lots of room, plenty of shade trees, and a park full of nice folks. Bring your own lawn chairs.
Tickets for the outdoor concert can be purchased online before July 12th for $35 plus a $2.50 processing fee. They can be picked up at the “Will Call” on the day of the concert. Tickets can also be purchased at Project Merc, R&R Trading and Hardware, or Shipton’s Big R in Billings. On July 13 (concert day), tickets can be purchased at all physical locations for $40 (no online purchases). Kids 6 and under get in free.
Confederate Railroad got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records. The first single from their debut album (“Confederate Railroad”) was “She Took It Like A Man.” It went to No. 26, a preview of what was to come. Their overall totals are 18 charted hits and five million albums sold. From rowdy country to raw emotion, a Confederate Railroad concert today covers a wide range of feelings. Young people will be there rocking to “Trashy Women,” while their parents and even grandparents will likely be singing along to “Jesus and Mama.” Danny Shirley, the lead singer and vocalist, and his mates, Mark Dufresne on drums, Mo Thaxton on bass and vocals, Rusty Hendrix on lead guitar, and Joey Recker on keyboards and vocals are obviously having fun right along with their appreciative audience. At the end of each show, the band stays around until every fan who wants an autograph, or to pose with the group for a picture or just say “hello” is taken care of.
By nearly every metric, Tracy Lawrence is a mega-watt success story. Thirteen million albums sold. A collection of No. 1 singles. Twenty-two songs on the billboard top 10 charts. A slew of CMA and ACM awards. Even a Grammy nomination. Yes, the small-town Arkansas-bred teenager who arrived in Nashville nearly three decades ago with a guitar and $700 in his pocket has done himself proud. Don’t remind him, though. Because despite it all, the “sticks and stones” icon has always felt it important to maintain a steadfast workmanlike approach to and sheer reverence for his craft. “I still see myself as that kid that came to town and idolized Merle Haggard and George Strait.” Lawrence, who is currently in the studio working on a new album due out later this year, says with a sense of wonder in his voice. “If you’re a lawyer you put your suit on every day and you go to work. I go to work. I put my uniform on and go do my job. I’ve been blessed.” Hisinnate ability to connect with his guests, not to mention his ever growing audience, is due in large part to Lawrence baring his soul when in the studio. He admits that during his legendary performances as a musician he’s in some ways inhabiting a character.