Each year, the WYRK Taste of Country festival does big business, bringing some of the idiom’s biggest stars together for a mini-festival. The Taste of Country gig always seems to be a sellout, and part of the reason for its success comes down to the diversity of the lineup. For a reasonable ticket price, fans can catch a whole lot of country in one spot, from up-and-coming stars in waiting, to storied hitmakers.
This year’s lineup is one of the most ambitious and diverse to date, with the headlining slot shared by former Hootie and the Blowfish/current country star Darius Rucker and the lovely, elegant and musically diverse Sheryl Crow.
Rounding out the bill will be Taste of Country favorite Rodney Atkins, American Music Award-winning trio Gloriana, and rising country star/former “One Tree Hill” actress Jana Kramer.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday at Coca-Cola Field, and the event starts about 6:15 p.m. General admission access on the field is already sold out, but reserved grandstand seating remains. Tickets are $29 (tickets.com). – Jeff Miers