On the eve of the 2014 CMA Awards and Boots & Hearts next big announcement we thought it was a good time to put out some new predictions for the 2015 festival line-up at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds.
As others have already predicted (like our friends at Sound Check Entertainment) it looks like a solid point to think that Brad Paisley will be announced as the 2nd headliner of Boots & Hearts 2015.
Paisley will be co-hosting the show with alumni Carrie Underwood which makes the CMA show a great opportunity to name him… and we’re pretty sure it won’t be Underwood for 2 reasons…
1. Carrie Underwood headlined Boots & Hearts 2012.
2. Underwood has a spring due date with her first child which makes early August in Canada an unlikely option.
Thus far we have only Florida Georgia Line and Trinity Bradshaw on the schedule – and there are a lot more slots to fill. Which means it’s time to start predicting some more of the 2015 country artists!
High Valley… fresh off of hosting duties in 2014, their new album County Line released to the public, and their tour already started – it would be no surprise to see Brad and Curtis Rempel on stage in 2015.
Leah Daniels… Trish spoke with Daniels at the 2014 CNE and her new single Go Back (and the video for it) have just hit the airwaves. This Ontario singer could be a great fit for an afternoon slot on a 2nd stage.
Lady Antebellum… This is a long shot for the 3rd headliner, but I think it could happen. Lady A is one of the biggest acts in country and we haven’t seen them play B&H yet. So why not 2015? We all know that they would be a big hit.
Little Big Town… It’s unlikely that we would get both Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town on the same schedule, but there is a chance we could be in an either/or situation. I would love to see LBT up on the stage and know that they would put on a fun show either as a headliner or a lead-in act.
Small Town Pistols… More Ontario content here, the Wilkinson siblings have been on stage for years and have a huge library of songs to go to. I’ve predicted them in the past and been wrong. But I’m willing to give it 1 more chance!
Brett Kissel… Brett is currently on the road with Brad Paisley, opening shows on the Canadian leg of the tour – and after absolutely killing it on the Thursday night kick-off stage in 2014, there are a lot of fans who would love to see Kissel get a chance to do the same thing on the main stage. This would be a great lead-in booking like we’ve seen with Dierks Bentley and Lee Brice in the past 2 years.
The Road Hammers… After getting washed out by the rain and hail in 2014 it feels right to think that these truck-rockers would end up at Boots and Hearts in 2015.
Tim Hicks… This is a longshot prediction. Hicks has been on stage at all 3 Boots & Hearts festivals so far, and it feels like he should be there every year. But when I spoke with him at the CNE this August he acknowledged that there are going to have to be years that he takes a break from the festival. However, when I asked him if the odds were at least 50/50 that we’d see him at Boots & Hearts 2015 he smiled and said yes!
So there you go friends, 7 more predictions for Boots & Hearts 2015.
I don’t know how many are going to be right and how many are going to be wrong, but I can’t wait to find out… starting with Wednesday night’s announcement during the CMA Awards.
Stay tuned for more!
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