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Country Thunder Music Festival 2018, Craven Lineup Preview

From Thursday, July 12 to Sunday, July 15, Saskatchewan will be home to some of country music’s biggest stars as the Country Thunder Music Festival rolls into Craven for four days of hits and fan favourites.

So far, Country Thunder Craven has announced 17 acts for the festival, with the promise of more to come on both Friday and Saturday’s lineups. The headliners, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, and Luke Bryan all bring a bevy of hits to the stage, and have track records of entertaining the heck out of fans. And we have no doubt that they’ll do exactly that when they take their turns this July.

There’s also a ton of 90s nostalgia that’s going to take the stage, with big radio hits and fan favourites that will have the Craven crowd singing along at the top of their lungs.

Related: Calgary Country Thunder Music Festival 2018 Preview!

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And now, let’s have a look at the lineup!

Country Thunder Music Festival 2018 Lineup
Craven, Saskatchewan

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Big & Rich

One of the biggest duos in country music since the release of Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy – Big & Rich are a helluva choice to kick off a four day country music festival!

Clay Walker

Walker has had a fantastic career, with big hits, songs that have connected with country music fans, and a legacy that lives on in 90s country nostalgia to go along with his five Top 10s in the 2000s. This is a great add to a kick off party.

Williams & Ree

Bruce Williams and Terry Ree are a music and comedy duo that will be served up for the Country Thunder crowd in Craven to help get the weekend started. Be ready to laugh!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Dierks Bentley BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley has gone from stealing the show as a lead-in act, to a bonafide headliner that owns the spotlight. We’ve seen the What Was I Thinkin’ star thrill tens of thousands of fans with his festival show, and have no doubt that he’ll do it again in Craven this summer!

Chris Janson

This dude is talented and looks like he’s a good time waiting to happen. We haven’t seen Chris Janson live yet, but we are looking forward to the day when we can sing along to Buy Me A Boat!


These five dudes are up and comers in the world of country music, and 2018 could be a HUGE year for them. Country Thunder fans should be ready for a lot of energy as LANCO continues their quest to gain fans everywhere they go.

Hunter Brothers

It’s about a three and a half hour drive from Shaunavon to Craven, which makes the Hunter Brothers defacto hometown boys for the weekend. And when these five brothers (and their unbelievable harmonies) take the stage, Saskatchewan should get right into it!


We don’t know who more is going to be… but it will only add to an already good day in Craven!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Chris Young

Chris Young has graduated to headliner status as he continues to pump out hits to country radio. And Craven will get the chance to enjoy the show as the Murfreesboro, Tennessee native takes the Country Thunder stage.

Dean Brody

Canadian country music will be well represented on Saturday night at Country Thunder when Dean Brody takes the stage to Bring Down The House. We’ve seen Dean a bunch of times, and every one of them is a great show. Be ready for that!

Tracy Lawrence

Lawrence had 7 #1 hits between 1991 and 1996, that’s a hell of a run, and when he added Find Out Who Your Friends Are in 2006, a lot of younger country fans discovered those hits. Now, in 2018, Tracy Lawrence is headed to Saskatchewan to play for the Craven crowd, and we’re sure it’s going to be a fun.

Lindsay Ell

Lindsay Ell keeps earning new fans every time she and her guitar take the stage. Her 2017 album, The Project, was well received and fans should be ready for Waiting On You, Criminal, and more this summer.


There are more names coming to Saturday at Country Thunder in Craven… and we don’t know who they are, but it means a bigger and better party!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Boots and Hearts 2017 - Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan

What can we say about Luke Bryan? He’s one of the biggest music stars in the world of any genre, we’ve seen him live and he lights up the crowd with hits and energy, and when the set is over your voice will be mostly gone from singing and cheering. Be ready, it’s gonna be good!


One of the biggest breakout acts in 2017, Midland are turning into big stars and they put on a great show. Get ready for harmonies, humour, and a throwback vibe to the 90s country that we all loved when these Texas boys hit the stage.

Jess Moskaluke

It’s about two and a half hours on the highway from Jess Moskaluke’s hometown of Langenburg to Craven, which should make her the guest of honour on Sunday at Country Thunder. Be ready for the hits, new music from Past The Past, and a lot of energy and fun from one of Canada’s biggest stars in country music.

Roots & Boots

Sammy Kershaw

With 11 top ten hits in the 90s, Sammy Kershaw is all of the nostalgia that country music radio lovers should be waiting for. If you can’t get up and excited to sing along to Queen Of My Double Wide Trailer and She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful, we don’t know what to tell you.

Aaron Tippin

Tippin is another star from the 90s that country fans should be happy to see. With seven Top 10s, including Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With The Radio and That’s As Close As I’ll Get To Loving You going all the way to #1, there will be sing along opportunities throughout this set!

Collin Raye

Collin Raye had 18 Top 5 hits between 1991 and 2000, putting himself on country radio all the damn time, with good reason. And Country Thunder fans are going to have a great time singing along to some of the biggest songs of the 90s when he’s on stage.

27th Annual Havelock Country Jamboree Lineup Announcement

This morning Havelock released their first list of artists and we’re pretty excited. They’ve chosen some of my favourite artists. Let’s get started!

The Band Perry, one of my absolute favourite live acts. Kimberley, Reid and Neil Perry have been at this since 2005 and they’re getting better and better. They’ve got a new single out, “Live Forever” and I can’t wait to hear what else is coming from this super talented country/pop/rock trio. (Saturday, August 20th, 2016)the-band-perry-at-boots-and-hearts-2013

Sammy Kershaw has been around since the ’90’s winning his way into the hearts of country music fans with his initial offering which went Platinum and included four hits including “Cadillac Style,” “Queen of My Double Wide”, “Don’t Go Near the Water”, the title track, and “Yard Sale”. Sammy’s got a new album out “I Won’t Back Down” and he’ll be bringing a whole lot of country experience to Havelock. (Friday, August 19th, 2016)Sammy-Kershaw

Chad Brownlee one of the hardest working Canadian musicians I know, and that’s saying a lot! Chad always brings his best to the party and never disappoints. We’d be surprised if he wasn’t in the line up. (Thursday, August 18th, 2016)Chad Brownlee Boots and Hearts 2015

Asleep At The Wheel have been known as one of the best western swing outfits in the business. Based out of Austin they’ve released over 20 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles. (Friday, August 19th, 2016)Asleep At The Wheel

Jess Moskaluke, riding high off her latest CCMA Best Female Artist of the Year Award, is a natural for this festival. Jess’ new album “Kiss Me Quiet” is dazzling the Canadian country music scene. I love Jess and I’m thrilled that she’s getting the recognition she deserves. (Saturday August 20th, 2016)Jess Moskaluke

Jaydee Bixby who some of you might recognize from Canadian Idol Season 5 has been honing his country presence most of his life. Raised in a musical family Jaydee has comes by his talent naturally. The young singer songwriter is a welcome addition to the Havelock lineup. (Friday, August 19th, 2016)Jaydee Bixby

Runaway Angel, I’ve been a huge fan of these ladies from the first time I heard them. Their wonderful harmonies, relatable lyrics and passion are all part of the package. Cadence Grace, Ann Chaplin and Stacey Zegers have all had success as solo artists but the blending of these talents is other worldly. Runaway Angel is a staple in the Ontario music scene and they’re starting to get a lot of attention. I’ve said it before, watch these ladies! (Thursday, August 18th, 2016)Runaway Angel

Kansas Stone is completely new to me and I love that. I’ve done a bit of digging and they look and sound like something I can get behind. This high energy, seven piece band is a great choice for the opening day lineup. Listing influences as Alabama, Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Waylon Jennings and Jason Aldean their sound makes a lot of sense. They’ve shared the stage with headliners Dallas Smith, Brett Kissel, Aaron Pritchett, Beverley Mahood and Tebey.  (Thursday, August 18th, 2016)Kansas Stone

Paula Chopik & Ed Leslie won the Impact Award at the CMAO’s this year for their work on The Havelock Country Jamboree.  They know what they’re doing and they’re putting together a stellar lineup for 2016. I can hardly wait for the next announcement.

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