RodeoHouston 2014 Entertainment Lineup
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 1/13/2014, 9:14 a.m.
Tuesday, March 4
At Brad Paisley’s Grand Ole Opry induction in 2001, a letter from country music legend George Jones to him read, “I am counting on you to carry on the tradition — and make folks sit up and listen to what good country music should sound like.” For more than a decade, Paisley has been carrying on the tradition as one of the biggest stars in country music.
Paisley’s talent was recognized at a young age. As a teenager, he opened shows for such Opry legends as Roy Clark, Jack Greene and Little Jimmy Dickens. Although he is known for his guitar skills, Paisley was originally hired as a songwriter before he released his first album as a singer in 1999. He has set the record for five consecutive Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year awards, and received more than a dozen Country Music Association Awards and three GRAMMY® awards. Paisley’s latest album, “Wheelhouse,” was released in April 2013.
Past RODEOHOUSTON Performances: 2001, ’05, ’08–’12
• I Can’t Change the World
• Beat This Summer • Southern Comfort Zone
• The Mona Lisa
• Waitin’ on a Woman
Eli Young Band — Armed Forces Appreciation Day
Wednesday, March 5
The Texas-born Eli Young Band has continued to gain national momentum with its strong country sound since its 2012 nomination for Top New Vocal Group of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.
The Eli Young Band was created by two students, Mike Eli and James Young, at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, before forming today’s four-man band in 2000. The band increased in popularity through local radio airplay and extensive touring in a van throughout the Southwest. Eventually, the band’s popularity surpassed the Texas borders and reached Nashville’s biggest stars. Eli Young Band opened for country big-timers Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Alan Jackson, before headlining its first national tour in 2012.
Past RODEOHOUSTON Performances: 2010, ’12
• Crazy Girl
• Drunk Last Night
• Always the Love Songs
• Even if It Breaks Your Heart
• When It Rains • an nerringse of optimism.
Thursday, March 6
One of only four entertainers in history to be given the National Artistic Achievement Award by the U.S. Congress, Reba is an icon not only for country artists, but for all musicians. RODEOHOUSTON is proud to have her as a part of the Show’s Star Trail of Fame.
Reba is no stranger to rodeo. In 1974 she was discovered singing the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City by cowboy singer Red Steagall. A year later, Reba signed with Mercury Records. Since then, the admiration for the talented red-headed singer spread like wildfire. She has sold more than 56 million worldwide, charted more than 50 top 10 singles and two GRAMMY® awards. In 2011, Reba was honored with a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Her impressive career includes more than 30 studio albums, with her most recent debuting in 2010, “All the Women I Am.”