JAKE OWEN ADDED TO STAR-STUDDED LINE-UP
ALAN JACKSON, BRANTLEY GILBERT, RANDY TRAVIS,
KELLIE PICKLER AMONG MANY STARS
TO PLAY AT RUNAWAY COUNTRY
The 2nd Annual Runaway Country Music Festival at Melbourne‟s
Wickham Park is almost ready.
This according to the Music Festival‟s assistant director, Robin Tibbitts, “We can‟t wait for May; The lineup is amazing, the new park layout is wonderful, reserved seats are selling out, vending and dining areas
are almost full, we‟re ready to go!
Following the success of the first Runaway Country last spring, impressed Nashville executives are
thrilled to see 2012‟s event expanded to three days.
According to Gil Cunningham, President of Nashville‟s Neste Entertainment, “Florida‟s Space Coast has
scored a major coup. Growing to three days after just one year is almost unheard of. Securing one of the
biggest country music stars of all time, Alan Jackson, is over-the-the-top.”
While releasing some more of the line-up, Runaway Country Director, Gary McCann agreed, “Everybody
loves Alan Jackson. Easy to see why; 35 number one hits, 60 million albums, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACMs,
3 time CMA Entertainer of the Year, 2 Grammys, recently inducted into the Nashville Songwriters‟ Hall of
Fame and Music City Walk of Fame and he‟s on the charts again!”
McCann continued, “Talk about charts, Runaway Country‟s 2012 line-up includes chart toppers Brantley
Gilbert, Kellie Pickler, Big and Rich, Randy Travis and just confirmed; Jake Owen is coming back.
Also announced; Steve Holy, Ashton Shepherd and back by popular demand Lo Cash Cowboys.
More artists still to be announced, among them, quite possibly one of the hottest, young country stars on
McCann went on to tease us a bit, “We are contractually bound not to announce for a few more weeks. It
will be well worth the wait.
Music fans are in for a treat; new country, classic country, rockin‟ country, and cry-in-your-beer ballads,
too…you‟ll experience it all over three great days and nights. If Alan does „Sissy‟s Song‟ or „Remember
When‟ I suppose we‟ll have the whole place bawling their eyes out.”
Rob Varley, Executive Director of Space Coast Tourism said, “The Space Coast ought to be proud of
what we have staged for the world to see; a 3 day extravaganza with fans attending from thirty five states
and five countries last year. We expect even more this May. Hosting a Country Music Festival of this
significance is certainly a very welcome economic boost. We could not be more thrilled.”
“Just 40 minutes east of Orlando, 12 miles south of Cocoa Beach…it‟s a great weekend getaway and
neat experience”, said Tibbitts.
“We call it country music heaven; 3 days, 3 nights, 30 artists on 2 stages, covering 400 acres along the
beaches and lakes in Melbourne‟s Wickham Park.”