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My Wishlist: Building Next Year’s Lakes Jam Lineup


So, let me start off by saying I have ZERO inside information on this, all playful and hopeful speculation for Lakes Jam 2020…

Traditionally for the 3 nights at Lakes Jam we see them toss some good $$ toward one specific act or evening. Toby Keith I’m sure got a good chunk of the budget 2 years ago, Brantley Gilbert last year and same with 3 Doors Down this year… So my curious nature has we wondering what acts could be booked for next year. For the sake of simplicity, let’s focus on country acts… Safe to say the Top Tier artists would break the bank and wouldn’t really be good for business, as the rest of the lineup would significantly diminish. So, take Aldean, Urban, Carrie, Strait, Combs, Bryan, Shelton, FGL, Miranda, Paisley, Rhett & Church all off the table along with past headliners Brice, Keith, Owen and J. Moore. Who is enticing that is left?  Below is my wishlist, 2-3 acts for Thursday/Friday keeping the budget in mind.

Thursday Night (Redneck Night)

2 Regional Openers- so many to choose from… can’t narrow it down. All depends on who’s in the area at the time.

Colt Ford- Dude is just a party guy and would bring that party atmosphere as a warm-up for the headliner.

(Headliner) Morgan Wallen- With this guy’s song writing skills and stage presence I think it would be a phenomenal way to headline the first night of Lakes Jam plus I think he will have another album out this time next year… would be great timing.

Friday Night

Runaway June- This trio would make a good base for a fun-filled night.

Cody Johnson- This Texas cowboy would be a nice get, as he is making a name for himself quickly.

Lonestar- Ten #1 songs, they could headline… but I’m hoping for a big fish next year.

Brothers Osborne- John & T.J. would put on a killer show and I’d love to see the atmosphere they would bring.

(Others that I think would fit nicely Jon Pardi [Thurs Headline], Lindsay Ell [Thurs Opener], Dustin Lynch [Friday Middle or Thurs Headline])


All just wishful speculation at this point…