Some of country's biggest names head to Big Valley Jamboree - Metro US

Some of country’s biggest names head to Big Valley Jamboree

Nashville superstar Tracy Lawrence is thinking big this weekend. And it doesn’t get much bigger than the Big Valley Jamboree.

The annual summer hoedown in Camrose is packing in some of the biggest names in country music and Hollywood, with Lawrence, Tim McGraw, Canadian Johnny Reid, and even Oscar-winner Kevin Costner and his band, Modern West.

“I’ve always enjoyed coming to Canada,” Lawrence told Metro by phone from Nashville. “I think they enjoy the old-style country music.”

That makes material from Lawrence’s new album, The Rock, a bit more of a gamble with fans of his previous work, which features songs like You Can’t Hide Redneck. Songs on The Rock are more likely to be filed under the category of Christian music, which is the sort of album Lawrence said he has been interested in putting together for many years.

“This was something I wanted to do at this point (in my career),” said Lawrence, whose breakthrough Sticks and Stones in 1991 made him a known commodity in country circles. “The reaction I’ve found has been extremely positive.”

Lawrence also said he’s stoked for Jamboree’s festive atmosphere, with meet-and-greets planned and the possibility you may see him roaming the grounds.

The Big Valley Jamboree runs today to Sunday night in Camrose. For more information, visit bigvalleyjamboree.com.

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