Concert Lineup

2017 Performed Entertainers

Aaron Watson

First Responders Day, presented by BP

Connect: @aaron_watson

Throughout his career, Texas country artist Aaron Watson has released 12 studio albums, six of which landed on the Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. In 2015, Watson became the first solo male artist to debut at No. 1 with a self-released and independently distributed/promoted studio album, “The Underdog.”

Watson, a native of Amarillo, Texas, performs more than 200 shows each year, singing self-written Texas country songs and telling stories of his top three motivators in life: faith, family and fans.

RodeoHouston® Debut Performance: 2017

Top Songs: “Outta Style,” “That Look,” “July in Cheyenne,” “Bluebonnets,” “Getaway Truck”

Cody Johnson

Value Wednesday,
Armed Forces Appreciation Day, presented by BHP Billiton

Connect: @CodyJohnsonBand

For Texas country singer Cody Johnson, his dream of making it in country music came true in 2014 when his first chart-topping album “Cowboy Like Me” reached the top 10 on Billboard’s country albums chart. Nine of the 13 tracks, including hit single “Me and My Kind,” were written or co-written by the artist.

His latest release, “Gotta Be Me,” takes the singer back to his roots with honky-tonk tunes perfect for two-stepping across the dancefloor. Johnson performs these ballads to cheering crowds during more than 150 shows per year.

RodeoHouston® Debut Performance

Top Songs: “With You I Am,” “Me and My Kind,” “Dance Her Home,” “Diamond In My Pocket,” “Ride With Me”

Chris Stapleton

Connect: @ChrisStapleton

Kentucky native Chris Stapleton started with a more-than-a-decade-long songwriting career penning chart-topping hits for George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert.

In 2015, Stapleton became an overnight singing success with the release of his first solo album, “Traveller.” The album reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Country Album chart and received four GRAMMY® nominations.

RodeoHouston® Debut Performance: 2017

Top Songs: “Tennessee Whiskey,” “Parachute,” “Fire Away,” “Nobody to Blame,” “Traveller”

Awards

  • two GRAMMY awards
  • four Academy of Country Music awards
  • six Country Music Association awards

Alicia Keys

Black Heritage Day, sponsored by Kroger

Connect: @aliciakeys

Alicia Keys’ debut single “Fallin’” sold more than 50,000 copies on its release date in 2001, earning her three GRAMMY® awards that same year.

Musically, Keys has seen success in the R&B, pop and rap genres, producing 10 Top 25 Billboard hits and six studio albums. The talented musician and singer also has seen success as an actress and is currently a coach on the popular singing competition series, “The Voice.”

Past RodeoHouston® Performance: 2005

Top Songs: “If I Ain’t Got You,” “In Common,” “Un-thinkable,” “Fallin’,” “No One”

Awards

  • five American Music awards
  • 15 GRAMMY awards

Alan Jackson

Connect: @OfficialJackson

Throughout his impressive career, Alan Jackson has earned more than 150 music industry awards and 60 chart-topping singles, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Jackson’s latest album, “Angels and Alcohol,” takes the artist back to his songwriting roots and is his first album since 2012. Jackson wrote seven of the album’s 10 tracks, painting a picture of his more-than-25-year country music career.

Past RodeoHouston® Performances: 1992 – 2002, 2004 – 13, ’15 (22 performances)

Top Songs: “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” “Remember When,” “Drive,” “Chattahoochee,” “Where I Come From”

Awards

  • Grand Ole Opry member
  • Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee
  • two American Music awards
  • two GRAMMY® awards
  • 16 Country Music Association awards
  • 18 Academy of Country Music awards

The Chainsmokers

Connect: @TheChainsmokers

Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers teamed up in 2012 to create this electronic dance music duo. The duo first made a name for themselves by creating remixes of popular indie/pop songs and sharing them online, for free. Their big break came in 2014 with the release of their debut single, “#Selfie.”

The Chainsmokers’ most recent single, “Closer,” peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Singles Chart and remained there for a record of 10 consecutive weeks.

RodeoHouston® Debut Performance: 2017

Top Songs: “#Selfie,” “Closer,” “Roses,” “Setting Fires,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” “All We Know”

Awards

  • American Music Awards—2016 Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music

Sam Hunt

Connect: @SamHuntMusic

Sam Hunt began his career in Nashville writing hit songs for Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. The success of “Come on Over” and “Cop Car” prompted Hunt to step out as a solo artist and release his first album in 2014.

“Montevallo” spent nine weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and broke the record for the most No. 1 singles from an album released by a solo male artist — a record that had remained unbroken since 1989.

RodeoHouston® Debut Performance: 2017

Top Songs: “Break Up in a Small Town,” “Take Your Time,” “House Party,” “Make You Miss Me,” “Leave the Night On,” “Montevallo,” “Cop Car,” “Come on Over”

Awards

  • American Music Awards—2015 New Artist of the Year

Demi Lovato

Connect: @ddlovato

Pop singer, songwriter and activist Demi Lovato is no stranger to the spotlight. The artist backs an impressive acting career and is a champion for young girls across the world with the message to be confident and love yourself.

Lovato’s fifth studio album “Confident” showcases the artists impressive vocal range and talent, earning her a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. The album’s title track and lead single “Confident” was an instant success and rose to No. 1 on Billboard’s Trending 140 chart within hours of its release. The artist’s latest single, “Body Say,” is quickly climbing the Billboard charts.

Past RodeoHouston® Performances: 2010, 2013

Top Songs: “Confident,” “Stone Cold,” “Cool for the Summer,” “Body Say,” and “Heart Attack”


Thomas Rhett

Value Wednesday

Connect: @ThomasRhett

Georgia native Thomas Rhett’s alternative sound, electric energy and unique blend of musical genres is shaking up the country music industry. His debut single, “Something to Do With My Hands,” officially put Rhett on the map in 2011 and gained him a loyal fan base.

Rhett’s most recent success can be attributed to “Die A Happy Man,” a heartfelt song dedicated to his wife, Lauren. In 2016, “Die A Happy Man” won Single of the Year at both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association awards.

RodeoHouston® Debut Performance: 2017

Top Songs: “Die a Happy Man,” “T-Shirt,” “Star of the Show,” “Crash and Burn,” “Make Me Wanna”

Awards

  • ASCAP Country Music Awards—2015 Most Performed Songs
  • BMI Country Awards—2015 Top 50 Songs
  • Academy of Country Music Awards—2016 Single Record of the Year
  • Country Music Association Awards—2016 Single of the Year

Luke Bryan

Connect: @LukeBryanOnline

Luke Bryan is best known for his thrilling live shows and incredible ability to relate with and entertain a crowd. Bryan holds four country music entertainer of the year titles and is chasing another one each night on his “Kill the Lights” tour.

“Kill the Lights” is Bryan’s fifth studio album and latest release. The album features 13 tracks, most of which were written or co-written by Bryan. Three singles from the album reached No. 1: “Strip It Down,” “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day,” and “Kick the Dust Up.”

Past RodeoHouston® Performances: 2012–17

Top Songs: “Play It Again,” “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Drunk on You,” “Move”

Awards

  • two Country Music Association awards
  • four American Music awards
  • seven Academy of Country Music awards

Fifth Harmony

Connect: @FifthHarmony

Members of R&B vocal group Fifth Harmony joined forces in 2012 during the talent competition, “The X Factor.” Surprisingly, all members of the group entered the competition as solo artists and did not know each other before pairing up for a group performance.

Following their third-place finish on the show, the group signed two recording contracts, one in America and one in Britain. Since then, Fifth Harmony has released three Top 25 Billboard singles and two albums, “Reflections” and “7/27.”

RodeoHouston® Debut Performance: 2017

Top Songs: “Work From Home,” “All In My Head (Flex),” “Worth It,” “That’s My Girl,” “Sledgehammer”

Awards

  • American Music Awards—2016 Collaboration of the Year

Willie Nelson

Connect: @willienelson

With a career spanning six decades, Willie Nelson is one of the most well-known artists in country music history and is credited with being one of the leading members of the 1970s Outlaw Country era. In 1985, he teamed up with fellow outlaw artists Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash to create the powerhouse country music group, The Highwaymen.

Throughout his 60-year-long career, activist, author, and native Texan Nelson has released 115 solo/collaboration albums, won seven GRAMMY® awards, written countless hit songs for other country music icons, and received country music’s highest honor in 1993 when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Past RodeoHouston® Performances: 1985 – 86, ’88, ’94, 2000, ’02, ’04 (with The Highwaymen – 1990, ’92)

Top Songs: “Always on My Mind,” “On the Road Again,” “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” “Shotgun Willie,” “Georgia on My Mind”

Awards

  • Country Music Hall of Fame inductee
  • seven GRAMMY awards
  • nine Academy of Country Music awards
  • nine Country Music Association awards
  • 12 American Music awards

Banda El Recodo

Go Tejano Day

Connect: @ElRecodoOficial

Traveling from Mazatlán, Mexico, Banda El Recodo brings more than seven decades of experience to the RODEOHOUSTON® stage. Formed by Don Cruz Lizárraga in 1938, the 17-member band is credited as being the first banda to not only be recorded, but also to have performed, on five continents.

Banda El Recodo has developed a reputation as one of Mexico’s most successful norteña bands. Since its formation, the band has recorded more than 200 studio albums, with five albums receiving Latin GRAMMY® awards for Best Banda Album.

RodeoHouston® Debut Performance: 2017

Top Songs: “El Sinaloense,” “Te Voy A Olvidar,” “Tu Recuerdo Y Yo,” “Mi Yaquesita,” “La Puerta Negra”

Awards

  • six Latin GRAMMY awards

Siggno

Go Tejano Day

Connect: @Siggno

Bandmates Jesse Turner, Joey Flores, Joseph Charles Scott, Fabian Navarette, David Rosas and Sergio Tabares began performing together as teenagers in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Touring together since 2000 as Siggno, the group puts their own twist on traditional Tejano music.

In 2013, Siggno got their big break when “El Mundo Se Acabo” reached No. 4 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. The group’s success heightened in 2015 and 2016 when their two follow-up albums, “Zodiacal” and “Yo Te Esperare,” reached No. 2 and No. 1, respectively.

RodeoHouston® Debut Performance: 2017

Top Songs: “Ya No Me Importa,” “Yo Te Esperaré,” “El Perdón,” “Te Amaba Desde Antes,” “Mamá”

Awards

  • Latin GRAMMY®—2008 Best Norteño Album

Florida Georgia Line

Connect: @FLAGALine

Florida Georgia Line took the country music industry by storm in 2012 with the release of their debut single, “Cruise.” Shortly after its release, “Cruise” rose to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Singles chart, remaining there for a record-breaking 24 weeks.

Best known for their up-tempo country party jams with a pop flare, the duo decided to take a different direction in 2016 with the release of their third studio album, “Dig Your Roots.” The album includes toned-down songs from the heart, most of which were co-written by duo members Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley.

Past RodeoHouston® Performances: 2014 – 16

Top Songs: “H.O.L.Y.,” “May We All,” “Anything Goes,” “Confession,” “This is How We Roll,” “Cruise”

Awards

  • four Country Music Association awards
  • six American Music awards
  • seven Academy of Country Music awards
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Florida Georgia Line

Connect: @FLAGALine

Florida Georgia Line took the country music industry by storm in 2012 with the release of their debut single, “Cruise.” Shortly after its release, “Cruise” rose to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Singles chart, remaining there for a record-breaking 24 weeks.

Best known for their up-tempo country party jams with a pop flare, the duo decided to take a different direction in 2016 with the release of their third studio album, “Dig Your Roots.” The album includes toned-down songs from the heart, most of which were co-written by duo members Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley.

Past RodeoHouston® Performances: 2014 – 16

Top Songs: “H.O.L.Y.,” “May We All,” “Anything Goes,” “Confession,” “This is How We Roll,” “Cruise”

Awards

  • four Country Music Association awards
  • six American Music awards
  • seven Academy of Country Music awards

ZZ Top

Connect: @ZZTop

Bandmates Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard of ZZ Top have been electrifying crowds since the 1970s and currently hold the record as the longest-performing American rock band with original members.

Mixing Texas blues with rock instrumentation, ZZ Top is responsible for the legendary rock compositions, “La Grange,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Tush.” Perhaps the most prestigious honor ZZ Top received during their career was in 2004 when they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Past RodeoHouston® Performances: 2002 – 03, ‘07, ‘09, ‘12

Top Songs: “La Grange,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Tush,” “Gimme’ All Your Lovin,” “Legs”

Awards

  • named Official Texas Heroes by the Texas House of Representatives
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee
  • 2011 Texas Medal of Arts award, music
  • Classic Rock Roll of Honour Living Legend
  • three VMA awards

Chris Young

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Connect: @ChrisYoungMusic

Chris Young’s sultry sound earned him a recording contract in 2006, and since then, he has produced five studio albums with seven singles reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

On his latest album release, “I’m Comin’ Over,” Young is not only credited as the singer but also as the songwriter and producer. Young co-wrote nine songs, including the album’s chart-topping single, “Think of You,” a duet with friend and tour mate, Cassadee Pope.

Past RodeoHouston® Performances: 2012, ‘14, ‘16

Top Songs: “Sober Saturday Night,” “Think of You,” “I’m Comin’ Over,” “Who I Am With You,” “Tomorrow,” “Aw Naw”


Blink-182

Connect: @blink182

Blink-182 rose to fame in the 1990s with their upbeat, witty punk-rock ballads; however, their rise to the top was anything but smooth. Throughout the course of their more than 24-year-long career, the band has separated and rejoined, twice.

In 2015, Blink-182 came back with a bang, featuring new lead singer/guitarist Matt Skiba, original co-founder/vocalist/bassist Mark Hoppus, and drummer since 1998, Travis Barker. The newly formed trio’s 2016 release of “California” was an instant success and the band’s first No. 1 album since 2001. The album’s hit single, “Bored to Death,” remained at No. 1 for five weeks.

RodeoHouston® Debut Performance: 2017

Top Songs: “She’s Out of Her Mind,” “All the Small Things,” “I Miss You,” “Bored to Death,” “What’s My Age Again?”


Dierks Bentley

Connect: @DierksBentley

Dierks Bentley, a small-town kid from Arizona, set his sights on Nashville when he was 19 years old. Shortly after moving to Music City, Bentley experimented with traditional country and bluegrass music. He was named the Academy of Country Music’s Best New Artist in 2005 and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. In 2010, Bentley’s album, “Up On The Ridge,” peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums chart.

Bentley’s latest album release, “Black,” takes the singer back to his traditional country and songwriting roots. The albums lead singles, “Different for Girls” and “Somewhere on a Beach” feature heart-wrenching lyrics that tell the story of relationships, both good and bad.

Past RodeoHouston® Performances: 2004, ’07 – 08, ‘10, ‘13, ‘15

Top Songs: “Different for Girls,” “Somewhere on a Beach,” “Drunk on a Plane,” “Black,” “I Hold On”

Awards

  • Grand Ole Opry member
  • two Academy of Country Music awards
  • two Country Music Association awards

Brad Paisley

Connect: @bradpaisley

Brad Paisley has entertained fans since 1999. Throughout his career, Paisley has earned multiple prestigious awards for his vocal and musical talents. Perhaps the pinnacle of his career, however, was in 2010 when he was named Entertainer of the Year at the 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards.

Paisley’s latest chart-topping singles, “Today” and “Without a Fight,” foreshadow what’s to come from the singer’s 11th studio album, expected to release sometime in 2017.

Past RodeoHouston® Performances: 2001, ‘05, ’08 – 12, ’14 – 16

Top Songs: “Today,” “She’s Everything,” “Then,” “Whiskey Lullaby,” “Without a Fight,” “Alcohol,” “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)”

Awards

  • Grand Ole Opry member
  • two American Music awards
  • three GRAMMY® awards
  • 14 Country Music Association awards
  • 14 Academy of Country Music awards

Zac Brown Band

Connect: @zacbrownband

Three-time GRAMMY®-award-winning Zac Brown Band features the talents of seven musicians, led by lead singer Zac Brown. In 2003, Brown started his own record label, Southern Ground, which has evolved into an outlet for the singer’s personal brand, complete with a recording studio, amphitheater and restaurant.

The band’s debut single, “Chicken Fried,” combined the singer’s love of Southern music and food, and went platinum, thanks to more than a million downloads from fans. In 2015, listeners were graced with the release of “Jekyll + Hyde,” a soulful album that highlighted the instrumental talents of the band and borders on the line of country-rock.

Past RodeoHouston® Performances: 2011 – 15

Top Songs: “Chicken Fried,” “Colder Weather,” “Toes,” “Loving You Easy,” “Whatever It Is,” “Homegrown”

Awards

  • Country Music Association awards—2010 New Artist of the Year
  • two Academy of Country Music awards
  • three GRAMMY awards