FORT MADISON –The Tri-State Rodeo is proud to announce that Michael Ray, Tracy Lawrence, and Justin Moore are set to headline the 2019 Rodeo.
Tickets for the rodeo will go on sale Monday April 15 at 8 a.m at www.TriStateRodeo.org. Bleacher tickets will be $5.00 (five dollars) off through April 30.
In 2010, Ray’s independently released debut caught the ear of veteran music industry manager Tony Conway, who began helping Ray take his career to a national audience.
In 2012, Ray appeared on the CW talent competition The Next, where he was mentored by Big & Rich’s John Rich. Ray was an audience favorite on the show and ultimately took home the top prize. After the show, Ray signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell, and in 2014 released the hit single “Kiss You in the Morning.”
His full-length major-label debut, Michael Ray, followed in 2015 on Warner Music Nashville. Well-received, the album made it to number four on the Country Albums chart, and spawned two more singles with “Real Men Love Jesus” and “Think a Little Less.”
Over the next several years, Ray toured extensively before returning to the studio alongside producer Scott Hendricks (Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins). In 2018, he delivered his sophomore album, Amos, which included the Top 20 country single “Get to You.” Amos debuted at five on Billboard’s Country Albums charts upon its June release.
Tracy Lawrence’s most recent studio album GOOD OLE DAYS, released on November 10, 2017, is an album of duets, pairing a selection of his most iconic hits with some of Country and Rock’s contemporary superstars and newcomers. It includes guest appearances by Jason Aldean, Brad Arnold, Big & Rich, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Easton Corbin, Dustin Lynch, Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler and Chris Young.
Upon its release, the album appreciated impressive sales history: #1 position on iTunes Country Chart, debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, #25 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums, #87 on the Billboard 200 Chart, #11 on Billboard’s Digital Album’s Chart and #2 on the country portion of that chart.
Tracy has sold 13 million albums, has had 22 songs on the Billboard Top 10 charts and 18 No. 1 songs. He has also garnered numerous CMA and ACM awards and nominations, as well as a Grammy nomination.
Justin Moore has built a loyal fan base over the past decade with his traditional Country sound and captivating live shows. Those fans will hear new music from Moore soon when his fifth studio album, LATE NIGHTS AND LONGNECKS, is released on April 26.
The lead track from the LP, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” is now climbing the Country radio charts and was co-written alongside Paul DiGiovanni, Chase McGill and producer Jeremy Stover. Moore’s previous project, KINDA DON’T CARE, earned the singer his third consecutive No. 1 album debut and features his chart-topping singles “You Look Like I Need A Drink” and “Somebody Else Will.”
The Arkansas native spent three years putting the project together, which served as a follow up to his second No. 1 album release, the gold-certified OFF THE BEATEN PATH. Moore holds seven No. 1 singles under his signature white cowboy hat including “Point at You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll” as well as seven Top 10 hits and PLATINUM-certified albums JUSTIN MOORE and OUTLAWS LIKE ME.
Since 2000 the Tri-State Rodeo has been named as one of the nation’s top five large outdoor rodeos and continues to rank first among rodeos in the Great Lakes Circuit and in 2001 ranked 43rd among the nation’s more than 700 sanctioned PRCA events. No other rodeo east of Kansas City, Missouri ranked higher.The Tri-State Rodeo continues to attract the nation’s top cowboys, with competition spread over four nights the first week in September and big-name musicians headlining the Thursday -Saturday night performances.