Kearney, Nebr. – The Viaero Center and KRVN The River 93.1 FM are proud to partner once again for Red Dirt on the River, the third annual Red Dirt country event in Kearney, Nebraska. Red Dirt on the River 3 will take place on Saturday, January 7th at 7 PM at the Viaero Center in Kearney Nebraska.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on October 14 at 10:00am through kearneyevents.net or the Viaero Center Box Office. Tickets will also be offered in an on-line pre-sale on October 13 at 10:00am through the River Mobile Club.
Co-headlining this years Red Dirt on the River 3 will be Red Dirt and country favorites Eli Young Band and Aaron Watson. A guest performance from Kyle Park will begin the night on January 7th.
Eli Young Band- With three No. 1 hits under their belt as well as a Grammy nomination and an Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year for their hit “Crazy Girl,” the Eli Young Band approached their second Republic Nashville album, 10,000 Towns, with a sense of confidence and purpose. “We were genuinely excited about making this new record,” says bassist Jon Jones. “People talk about the sophomore record being really tough to make and in a lot of ways this felt like our sophomore record even though it’s technically our fifth record as a band.”
“We learned over the progression of those records our strong points in the studio, and we were confident,” adds drummer Chris Thompson, “We knew what we wanted and how to get what we wanted.” It’s been a long, steady rise for Jones, Thompson, lead vocalist Mike Eli and guitarist James Young, but the same four musicians have been together from the start and are now reaping the rewards. They began performing together in 2000 while attending North Texas State University, and honed their skills on the Lone Star state’s competitive music circuit by building a rabid fan base who appreciated their potent live shows and the edgy, passionate indie albums that preceded their major label ascension.
Aaron Watson- A native of Amarillo, Texas, Watson’s earliest musical influences were the classic country records by George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson his parents listened to and the gospel hymns he sang with his family in church.
He released his first album, Aaron Watson – Singers and Songwriters in 1999 and followed that up with Texas Cafe in 2000. It wasn’t until this third album, Shut Up And Dance, in 2002, that Watson gained radio airplay and attention nationwide. Following that record’s success, he released The Honky Tonk Kid, produced by Ray Benson and featuringWillie Nelson on guest vocals.
Watson has collaborated with other notable musicians (including Dale Watson, Jack Ingram, and Bill Joe Shaver), and has performed hundreds of shows a year, touring nationally and internationally.
Kyle Park- Direct from Austin, Texas, He self-released his first studio album, Big Time, in 2005, and after his second album in 2008, Anywhere in Texas, he released Spring 2010 EP and Fall 2010 EP, the latter reaching No. 7 on iTunes’ Top Ten Country Records. It also hit No. 1 on Billboard Heatseekers South Central list. In 2011 he released the album Make or Break Me. The eponymous single from the album peaked at No. 3 on the Texas Music Chart, and received a number of positive reviews. He released Beggin’ for More in 2013.