National Music

Thursday – Nelly

A savvy rapper with crossover appeal, Nelly seemed like a novelty when he debuted with the Top Ten pop hit “Country Grammar (Hot…)” (2000), but he quickly proved to be a legitimate hitmaker with “Hot in Herre,” “Dilemma,” and “Shake Ya Tailfeather” merely accounting for his Hot 100-topping and Grammy-winning hits across the early 2000s. These feats built the foundation of a career that boasts six consecutive Top Ten albums, from the diamond platinum Country Grammar (2000) through 5.0 (2010), platinum singles extending to “The Fix” (2015), and warmly received collaborations into his third decade of activity. Nelly and his mother moved to St. Louis when the rapper was ten, and his universality is partly rooted in St. Louis, Missouri, which has set him apart from all of the prevailing rap trends. His locale has certainly informed his rapping style, simultaneously country and street, as well as his dialect, a Southern drawl with some Midwestern twang. Never shying away from a commercial approach, Nelly has embraced a singalong style that has made his hooks catchier than most.

Friday – Mark Chesnutt

Mark Chesnutt is one of country music’s true musical treasures. Critics have hailed him as a classic Country singer of the first order and some of country music’s most elite entertainers from George Jones to George Strait echo this sentiment. Mark Chesnutt’s stature is easily gauged; he has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records. Country music critics and fans alike need look no further when it comes to Country music basics. If you ask Mark Chesnutt, he’ll tell you, It’s the music that has kept me around this long. In a world that sometimes confuses style with substance, Mark Chesnutt possesses both. Remaining true to himself as a traditional country artist while still keeping up with the ever-changing country landscape, Mark has a knack for picking great songs; delivering them with his world-class vocals; and with real heart-felt emotion. 

Friday – David Lee Murphy

Singer, songwriter David Lee Murphy brings both old and new to each show. For decades Murphy’s songs have been recorded by superstars like Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church and many more. Today David is launching a new album titled No Zip Code. Encouraged by long-time friend, Kenny Chesney, the collection contains good-time, party-hearty anthems and already has a hit single “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” a duet with Kenny. Murphy, whose songs “Dust on the Bottle and “Party Crowd” continue to be staples at country radio, is a pioneer of the edgy, rocking style that now dominates modern country music today.

Saturday – Cole Swindell

In just over four years since he made his debut on Warner Bros. Records, Swindell has racked up an impressive and incomparable record-breaking EIGHT No. 1 singles (the only solo artist in the history of the Country Aircheck/Mediabase to top the charts with first seven singles); 10 No. 1 singles as a songwriter; one 1 billion+ audience reaching single (“You Should Be Here”), six Platinum singles; one Gold single; a Platinum-certified debut album; a Gold-certified sophomore album (You

Should Be Here) and over 1 BILLION on demand streams as well as numerous SONGWRITING honors and awards including being the reigning NSAI Songwriter/Artist of the Year (2016), winning two CMA Triple Play Awards in both 2015 and 2016 (for penning three No. 1 songs in a 12 month span) and Music Row’s Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year during his debut (2015).

Specialty Acts

Cowgirl Sweethearts

A trick riding team called the Cowgirl Sweethearts will be the specialty act at this year’s rodeo.

Lindy Nealey-Lica, 26, of Bloomington, Illinois, and Haley Ganzel, 23, of Collinsville, Oklahoma, are known for fast-paced, awe-inspiring performances. Their finesse and graceful style make their death-defying tricks look effortless.

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
2021 Nelly, Mark Chesnutt, David Lee Murphy, 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