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More about the bands fans can expect to see this week at Sturgis South:
The Midnight Riders bill themselves as the ultimate Allman Brothers Tribute Band, performing all of the groupâ€™s best known hits.
With a name derived from Willie, Waylon, and Haggard, Willy Waggs starts with old school country and moves effortlessly to Jimmy Buffett and Z.Z. Top. And when they break into â€śSuspicious Mindsâ€ť and â€śPlay That Funky Music,â€ť these versatile musicians complete an incredible cycle of genres and songs.
Sure to keep your event humming with energy and a down-home good time, Willy Waggs can put the country into country club and the fun in any function.
Billed as one of the â€śquickest growing party bands in Mississippi,â€ť Trademark features the self-described â€śfire-blowing shirtless cowboysâ€ť in a performance with a giant light show and a wild range of music covering country, rock and hip-hop. The band tours heavily in the Southeastern United tates.
Long regarded as one of rockâ€™s legendary voices, Brian Howe started his career in 1983 as lead vocalist for Ted Nugent, recording Nugentâ€™s â€śPenetratorâ€ť album and fronting itâ€™s subsequent world tour.
In 1984, the two existing members of Bad Company - drummer Simon Kirke, and guitarist Mick Ralphs courted Brian to replace Paul Rodgers as the lead singer. Brian decided to accept the offer and continue the legend of Bad Company. This was not an easy task, but along with Kirke and Ralphs, Howe created, wrote, recorded and toured for the next 10 years, headlining every major venue around the globe.
Along with Bad Companyâ€™s highly acclaimed 1993 live CD â€śWhat You Hear Is What You Get â€” The Best of Bad Company â€” Liveâ€ť Brian wrote and sold 19 million additional albums highlighted by such radio and video hits as â€śHoly Waterâ€™â€ť â€śIf You Needed Somebody,â€ť â€śNo Smoke Without A Fire,â€ť and â€śHow About That,â€ť - not to mention a few of the groupâ€™s previous hits as recorded on the â€śliveâ€ť CD.
Millions of records later, Brian is back and ready to unleash his awesome vocals upon his audiences and fans performing all of Bad Companyâ€™s hit songs including such classics as â€śCanâ€™t Get Enough,â€ť â€śBad Company,â€ť â€śHoly Water,â€ť â€śReady For Love,â€ť and many other Bad Co. hits.
Crossin Dixon is an country music and Southern rock group signed to the independent Broken Bow Records label. Its members comprise Jason Miller (lead vocals), Michael Bole (drums), Brandon Hyde (guitar, vocals), and Charlie Grantham (guitar, vocals). They have released three singles, of which two have charted on the Billboard country charts.
The four members of Crossin Dixon first performed together in 2002. Originally, they assumed the name Kyote Wylde, but after developing a significant fanbase, the band changed its name to Crossin Dixon in 2004, to reflect their widespread touring. The band was recommended to record producer Michael Knox, who had also worked with Jason Aldean, and by 2006, Crossin Dixon was signed to Broken Bow Records.
Their first single from the bandâ€™s self-titled debut album, entitled â€śGuitar Slinger,â€ť was released to radio in July 2007; both it and the follow-up, â€śMake You Mine,â€ť charted on the Hot Country Songs charts that year. They released a third single, â€śI Love My Old Bird Dog (& I Love You Too)â€ť in 2008.
The groupâ€™s second album, â€śLovinâ€™ in the Country,â€ť is scheduled to be released Aug. 31.
Diamond Rio has long been one of country musicâ€™s most successful groups. The band released its platinum-selling debut disc in 1991. The following year, Diamond Rio won the Country Music Associationâ€™s Vocal Group of the Year award for the first time. Theyâ€™ve scored nine No. 1 hits and placed 15 singles in the Top Five. Six-time Vocal Group of the year collectively from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music, Diamond Rio was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1998. The band has sold more than 10 million records and received the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award in recognition of their many charitable endeavors, including their longtime relationship as National Spokespersons for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Formed in 1984 in Nashville, Tenn., the group has comprised the same six members: Gene Johnson, Jimmy Olander, Brian Prout, Marty Roe, Dan Truman, and Dana Williams.
Diamond Rio was signed to Arista Records in 1988. Due to a series of health issues affecting three of its members, however, the band did not make its debut until 1991, with the release of the single â€śMeet in the Middle.â€ť It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, making Diamond Rio the first country music group in history to reach No. 1 with a debut single.
â€śMeet in the Middleâ€ť was followed by thirty-two more chart singles throughout the bandâ€™s career, including four more Number Ones: â€śHow Your Love Makes Me Feelâ€ť (1997), â€śOne More Dayâ€ť (2001), â€śBeautiful Messâ€ť (2002), and â€śI Believeâ€ť (2003).
Diamond Rio has recorded seven studio albums, two Greatest Hits compilations, and an album of Christmas music. Three of the bandâ€™s albums have achieved RIAA platinum certification in the United States.
In addition, Diamond Rio has received four Group of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, two Top Vocal Group awards from the Academy of Country Music, and 13 Grammy Award nominations.