Country Roads mini-Music Fest

  • July 6, 2024 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Exit 18 inc.

    16011 County Road 71.1
    Trinidad, Colorado 81082
Ticket Price $40.00 Buy Tickets
Description

Exit 18 inc. Presents: 

Country Roads mini- Music Fest!

July 6th 2024

Featuring 5 artist/groups that have never played in our area! All on one day, one stage, making for one AWESOME time!

These artists were hand selected for their deep Country Roots and love for Country Music! 

Doors Open at Noon, first concerts kicks off at 12:30 with Headliner taking the stage at 8:30!

Tickets will go on sale MAY 1st, and are limited to a certain amount, so don’t delay purchasing your tickets and NO TICKETS will be sold the day of the Festival! 

Your 2024 Country Roads mini-Music Fest Line-up!

 

BRIAN CALLIHAN: 

Your Headliner! (taking the stage at 8:30pm)

Like many young talents that move to Nashville seeking stardom as a country music artist only to find themselves roped in and caught up in the songwriters legion of Music City, Brian Callihan’s story is a familiar one, but (pun intended) he is still very much writing it.  He left his little hometown in rural southern Georgia with ambitious designs on Nashville and spent years on a tight rope in a balancing act between his need for the stage and the demands of a published songwriter.   As a kid he was able to do this with greater ease because a tough childhood and the lack of contentment at home made plenty of room for the pursuit of escapism...and that’s what music was for him.  He was already well into writing songs at the age of 12, and by the time he was 16, Callihan was a local hotshot playing 2-hour sets in bars, venues and at house parties.  The scope of his original songs at such a ridiculously young age, and his unflinching presence on stage brought him constant notice.  So, after several more years of honing his stage craft, he finally packed up and headed to Nashville at the age of 21.

The key to setting up community in Nashville is to find your “group” of people to write with, and for Callihan, it was making those songwriting bonds with Josh Martin and Cole Swindell. Though his living arrangements were rather spartan, calling a friend’s shed his home, he wrote every day, built up both his catalog and connections, and two years later in 2011, he signed his first publishing deal with Better Angels.  Now, the proud renter of a full blown house, Callihan is shoulder to shoulder writing songs with folks who have basked in the golden light of a #1 hit.  He hits the pavement running with a few of his songs put on hold for Scotty McCreery, Dustin Lynch and Dierks Bentley.  Though he never had intentions of moving to Nashville to be a songwriter for other artists, his knack for it kept that path under his feet. His songs have been recorded by several artists including Cole Swindell, Dylan Scott, Trent Tomlinson, Halfway To Hazard and many others.  Callihan also snagged a coveted spot at the Key West Songwriters Festival, and debut performance at the CMA Music Festival.  Over the course of nearly a decade Callihan has had a total of five publishing deals, and while his love for writing songs burns bright, his clamorous need to be “the artist” burns with even greater force.  

In early 2020, he began working on his debut album and in the fall released the first single “Broke It Down”. The song hit home with music critics as American Songwriter deemed Callihan "a firm fit within today's contemporary country confines". Parade Magazine goes on to say, "Broke It Down" captures country heartache in a beautiful song". The single also faired well at Country Radio as the song hit # 41 on Billboard Country Indicator. His debut main stream radio release is coming in the Spring of 2022; the song is titled "Same Thing She Told Me" and is another song co-written by Callihan himself. 

With his pen, with his guitar, with his voice, and also behind the controls, his brand of country music is 100% him from start to finish.

 

“AIN’T FROM HERE” (taking the stage at 6:30)

Ain’t From Here is a melting pot of songwriters and musicians from across the country dedicated to bringing American Blue Dirt music to the masses. The style is a cleaver mix of Texas honky tonk, Red Dirt, and Colorado Bluegrass, accompanied by soaring three part harmonies and ear catching melodies. The band is known for their electrifying live show and are currently promoting their second album “How Hard Could It Be” through regional touring and radio airplay. While each member currently resides in Northern Colorado, they all hail from a different state…. Which means they “ain’t from here!”

 

THE JOSH WALKER BAND (taking the stage at 4:30)

The Josh Walker Band offers up toe-tapping, shit-kicking, tear-in-your-beer songs for happy hour. The band’s sound is centered on the singing and songwriting of their Southwest Virginia born and bred eponymous frontman. One moment you’ll find yourself in a smoky bar room; the next you’ll be sitting in the pew of a backwoods Baptist church. The songs are simple, straightforward, and salient. There is something for everyone to tune into.

 

RUSTY ELLIS (taking the stage at 2:30)

Singer, Songwriter, Rusty Ellis has recorded 6 albums of mostly original songs. He has been a longtime friend of the owner of Exit 18. They met back in their “younger years” while Rusty was regularly singing in a Country Venue she worked at, now she talks him into regularly opening for her past (and future) concerts! Rusty has played on many stages throughout his career including previously opening for Brenn Hill and Ray Scott. His old world original country music and his humorous personality makes him the perfect performer for this festival!

 

GREY GREMILLION (taking the stage at 12:30)

Grey Gremillion is a 2006 transplant from southwest Louisiana. It wasn’t until moving to Colorado that his passion to play and sing really took off. Raised on Rodeo, Cowboying and Hunting combined with his amazing talent as a Singer & Songwriter makes him the right choice to kick off the Country Roads mini-Music Fest of 2024!

 

Date & Time

Sat, Jul 6, 2024 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Venue Details

Exit 18 inc.

16011 County Road 71.1
Trinidad, Colorado 81082 Exit 18 inc.
Exit 18 Inc

Exit 18 inc is Las Animas County's Newest and ONLY Family Fun Center & Venue. Set on just under 4.5 acres right next to Interstate-25 makes for the perfect location to house almost any type of event! Full Arcade, Food & Fun!