National Music

National Music Act Announcement in April.

AARON WATSON

Aaron Watson’s career is perhaps summed up best by Forbes, who says he’s “one of country music’s biggest DIY success stories.”

For the past 20 years, Watson has achieved success on his own terms, hand-building a lauded career through songwriting, relentless touring and more than a dozen self released albums. His independent Texas spirit and strong work ethic are emblematic of the western lifestyle; virtues which have taken him from humble honky-tonks of Texas to multiple sold-out tours around the world.

In 2019 he released Red Bandana  — “his most ambitious album yet” (Taste of Country) —whose 20 songs were hailed by The Boot as “a pure expression of his traditional country ethos.”

FLO RIDA

Rapper, singer and Florida native Flo Rida, aka Tramar Lacel Dillard, was born in September 16, 1979 in Carol City. As a teenager, he toured with Fresh Kid Ice from 2 Live Crew and joined the rap group GroundHoggz in the ninth grade. In 2006, signed to Poe Boy Entertainment and Atlantic Records and began working on his debut album Mail on Sunday, which was released in March 2008, and spawned the hit singles “In The Ayer” with will.i.am and Low featuring T-Pain, which spent ten weeks atop the US charts. His sophomore album R.O.O.T.S. was released in March 2009, with its first single “Right Round” featuring Ke$ha again becoming the #1 song in the country for six weeks. This was followed by 2010’s One One Flo (Part 1) and 2011’s Wild Ones, containing singles “Good Feeling”, “Whistle”, and “Wild Ones”. Flo Rida has toured the country with the likes of Cee Lo and B.O.B., and played concerts for ticket holders across the world. He is currently working on his next studio album The Perfect 10, and has already released singles “Tell Me When You Ready” with Future and “Can’t Believe It” featuring Pitbull.

JORDAN DAVIS

MCA Nashville’s Jordan Davis has been named an “Artist to Watch” by Billboard, Rolling Stone, CMT, Pandora, Shazam, Amazon Music, Sounds Like Nashville, The Tennessean, SiriusXM, Whiskey Riff, and more. A Native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Davis graduated from LSU and briefly pursued the path of his degree working as an environmental consultant; however, his passion for music and songwriting eventually compelled him to move to Nashville in the summer of 2012. In 2018, Davis released his Gold-certified debut album, Home State, which features his three consecutive No. 1 hits: Platinum-Certified “Slow Dance In A Parking Lot,” the Double Platinum-Certified “Singles You Up” and Platinum-Certified “Take It From Me.” In 2019 Davis won Best New Country Artist at the iHeart Radio Music Awards and was a two-time nominee for ACM New Male Artist of the Year. He was also named Billboard’s Top New Country Artist of 2018 as well as Country Aircheck/Mediabase’s Most Heard New Artist of 2018. Davis has since accumulated over 2 billion streams worldwide. The hitmaker released a six-song, self-titled EP featuring a collaboration with pop superstar Julia Michaels titled, “Cool Anymore.”

TRACE ADKINS

In his 25-year career in Country music, Trace Adkins has sold over 11 MILLION albums, charted over 20 singles, earned numerous awards and GRAMMY nominations, and garnered over TWO BILLION streams. A Grand Ole Opry member for nearly two decades, the Louisiana native is known for dynamic baritone and fiery, always-memorable live performances, and has expanded his Country career to include film and TV acting. He broke out in 1996 with the debut album, DREAMIN’ OUT LOUD, cracking the Top 5 of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with “Every Light In the House Is On” and following with the #1 smash, “This Ain’t (No Thinkin’ Thing).” Since then, Adkins has pioneered a mix of classic Country minded traditionalism and adventurous, good-natured showmanship, breaking open new avenues in modern Country through fun-filled hits like “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and “Hillbilly Bone” (with Blake Shelton). He’ll celebrate the silver anniversary of his album debut in 2021 with THE WAY I WANNA GO, doing exactly what he always has – mixing pure-Country reverence with standout collaborations featuring Blake Shelton, Melissa Etheridge, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder on harmonica and more. Adkins’ newest single “Where The Country Girls At” (featuring Luke Bryan and Pitbull) is available everywhere now.

Specialty Acts

Justin Rumford

Born on the back of pick-up horse in a summer haze, Justin Rumford is a third-generation rodeo cowboy and one of the top barrelmen in the PRCA.

Justin has straddled the fence of the business on both sides of the arena chutes working as a contestant and pick-up man in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association since 1999. He qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo, in steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding, three of his four years of college. In 2010, his rodeo career took a different direction when he was asked by a friend to fill-in as the barrelman for a rodeo in Kansas. One month later, he received his PRCA card to be a rodeo entertainer and he’s been on the vertical rise ever since!

Justin has been blessed with a deep family rodeo history and a bright future in the sport he loves, “the greatest show on dirt.”

Bobby Reid

Bobby Reid will join the Tri-State Rodeo again this year to usher in the National Anthem as he takes flight from high above to bring the flag into the arena.

National Music History

Year Music Act
2022 Aaron Watson, Flo Rida, Jordan Davis, Trace Adkins
2021 Nelly, Tyler Rich, Craig Morgan, Cole Swindell
2020 Canceled due to Pandemic
2019 Michael Ray, Tracy Lawrence, Justin Moore
2018 Jake McVey, Randy Houser and Jake Owen
2017 Cody Johnson, Smash Mouth, Jon Pardi
2016 Granger Smith, Tyler Farr, Frankie Ballard
2015 Chase Rice, Brett Eldredge
2014 Lee Brice, Easton Corbin
2013 Little Big Town, Rodney Atkins
2012 Chris Young, Billy Currington
2011 Luke Bryan, Casey Donahew Band
2010 Travis Tritt, Jake Owen
2009 Blake Shelton, Bad Company
2008 Jason Aldean, 38 Special. Cross Canadian Ragweed
2007 Joe Nichols, Restless Heart
2006 Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton
2005 Charlie Daniels Band, Josh Gracin
2004 Gary Allan, Buddy Jewell, Dierks Bentley
2003 Montgomery Gentry, 2003 Honky Tonk Party Tour
2002 Lonestar, Steve Holy
2001 Toby Keith, Chris Cagle
2000 Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley
1999 Clay Walker, Ty Herndon
1998 Neal McCoy, David Kersch
1997 Bryan White, Chris .LeDoux
1996 Tracy Byrd, David Lee Murphy
1995 Toby Keith, Doug Supernaw
1994 Little Texas, Boy Howdy
1993 Neal McCoy, Highway 101, Collin Raye
1992 John Anderson, Eddie Raven, Joe Diffie
1991 Gene Watson, Mark Chesnutt, Holly Dunn
1990 Mel McDaniel, Becky Hobbs
1989 Mickey Gilley
1988 Jerry Reed
1987 John Schneider, Sweethearts of the Rodeo
1986 Red Steagall, Helen Cornelius, Ed Bruce
1985 Sawyer Brown, Rex Allen Jr., Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
1984 Reba McEntire
1983 Moe Bandy
1982 Ronnie McDowell
1981 Jim Ed Brown
1980 Bill Anderson
1979 Jeannie C. Riley
1978 Sonny James
1977 Red Steagall
1976 Billy Walke
1975 Jody Miller
1974 Judy Lynn
1973 Tanya Tucker
1972 Tommy Cash
1971 Jimmy Dean
1970 Ken Curtis (Festus, Gunsmoke)
1969 Doug McClure (Trampas)
1968 Ken Curtis (Festus, Gunsmoke)
1967 Robert Conrad (Jim West, Wild Wild West)
1966 Fess Parker
1965 Doc and Festus (Gunsmoke)
1964 Michael Landon
1963 Chuck Connors
1962 Clu Gulager
1961 Robert Horton
1960 Rex Allen
1959 Dale Robertson
1958 Rex Allen and Koko
1957 Gene Autry and Annie Oakley
1956 Johnny Mack Brown
1955 Rin-Tin-Tin
1954 Range Rider and Dick West
1953 Hendricks Brothers
1952 Roy Rogers Liberty Horses
1951 Ray Whitley
1950 Leo Carrillo
1949 Gene Autry