Thursday August 8,2019
Boots and Hearts 2019 was One for the Books
The weather, the lineup and the atmosphere couldn’t have been better at the 2019 Boots and Hearts Music Festival.
Thursday, prior to the kick-off party, commenced with the Chevy Music Emerging Artists Showcase. Emerging Artists are up and coming artists from Canada who are vying for the opportunity to play on the Main Stage prior to the headliners on Sunday Night. Moving on to the finals was David Boyd James and Justin Tyler.
It wasn’t long before the crowd grew for the Kick off party. 2018 Emerging artist winner, Kris Barley, warmed everyone up as the sun went down. It was a fun and entertaining set where he played his single ‘Loved You Like That’.
Cadillac Three made their inaugural appearance at Boots and Hearts. I’m sure we’ll see them return as they know how to get the party started. By the end of their set the crowd was revved up for the headliner, Chase Rice. Chase Rice never disappoints. This is his second performance at Boots and Hearts and from the opening song ‘Lions’ off his new album, Lambs and Lions, to his finale, the crowd appreciated the energy and excitement that Chase and his band showcased.
The night was chilly and but campers agreed, it was just what we needed after many years of Boots and Heart’s Heat Waves.
Friday August 9,2019
Boots and Hearts Day 2
Day two the Boots and Hearts Music Festival was jammed packed with talent and a lot of walking from the Front Porch Stage back to the Main Stage.
Front Porch Stage
· The Abrams
· Drew Baldridge
· Ryan Hurd
· Levi Hummon
· Michael Ray
While all performers were stellar, the Abrams, an amazing Canadian band, had the crowd jumping and singing from the get-go. Their final song ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ was by far one of the best performances of the 2019 Boots and Hearts Festival.
Friday August 9 2019 on Main Stage
· Jake Rose
· Runaway June
· Dylan Scott
· Maren Morris
· Cole Swindell
True Country Music fans gathered early in the day to check out all of the talented artists on the Main Stage. As the nightfall set upon us and the chill of the air set in, the crowd grew enormously, but it wasn’t as populated as other years. But that didn’t stop anyone from enjoying songs like ‘Girl’, ‘Church’ and, my personal Maren Morris favourite, ‘Feels’. Singing ‘ All My Favourite People’, Morris treated us to a duet with her husband Ryan Hurd, who played the Front Porch Stage earlier in the day. She’s one class act and has a very calming personality as she performs.
It didn’t take long to turn up the heat (and the party) when Cole Swindell hit the stage for a 75 minute set. With typical enthusiasm and joie de vive, Swindell performed all of our favourites including ‘Break Up in the End’ and ‘Hope You Get Lonely Tonight’. Chase Rice also joined him on stage for a quick drink.
Another chilly but successful night at Boots and Hearts.
Saturday August 10,2019 Boots and Hearts Day 3
Front Porch Stage
· Tenille Arts
· Jameson Rodgers
· The Wild Feathers
· Mitchell Tenpenny
The Front Porch stage was electric. We did miss a few earlier acts as we headed to Walmart of extra blankets. But our fearless photographers were there! Yes, it was a chilly Boots and Hearts, but it was welcoming at the same time. The Wild Feathers put on a amazing performance. With a combination of Southern Rock, Jazz and country, the Wild Feathers were a treat to see and hopefully they’ll be returning to Canada soon!
Mitchell Tenpenny, Canadian Meghan Patrick’s love, did not disappoint and closed off his set with his hit ‘Alcohol you later’. I really think with the crowd, he should be on the main stage in
future years. I was so hoping to catch a duet with the couple or a surprise appearance, but that didn’t happen
Saturday August 10,2019 Main Stage
· Eric Ethridge
· Tyler Rich
· Kip Moore
· Miranda Lambert
What Canadian Country Music fan doesn’t love Eric Ethridge? From his amazing looks to his stellar vocals, Eric put on a show full of energy and engaging. This is Eric’s first time back at Boots and Hearts since winning the 2015 Emerging Artist Showcase. What a phenomenal Canadian to see at an outdoor venue.
Tyler Rich, made his Canadian debut on the Boots Stage with tenacity and energy. The Voice alumni, Raelynn, performed her hit ‘Queens Don’t’ and showcased many new songs during her set.
LANCO, one of my favourite acts made their Boots debut, singing ‘Greatest Love Story’ and many other favourites to an ever growing crowd. Frontman, Brandon Lancaster, pulled out an inflatable duck and crowdsurfed to the song ‘Troublemaker’. This Nashville team is someone to put on your must see list and hopefully they will return to Canada as headliners very soon.
Kip Moore never disappoints. Who agrees with me? Coming on to the stage with a bottle of Jack Daniels, Kip Moore entertained the crowd with songs like ‘Beer Money’ and ‘Something Bout a Truck’. Seeing him several times in the past, I’m wondering if he has a sponsorship with a tank top brand. He sure looks good in those tops.
As day to turned dusk, Miranda Lambert hit the stage and was absolutely amazing. Playing many hits like ‘Tin Man’, ‘The House That Built Me’ and closing with ‘Little Red Wagon’, the crowd danced and singed along with her.
Saturday’s lineup was by far the best of the weekend with so many up and coming and legendary artists. The cool breeze gave us a little respite from the sun and that made for a perfect day all around.
Boots and Hearts Day 4
As the festival drew to a close and campers were busy packing up the tent, the heat finally arrived. A whopping 30 degree day to enjoy some of the best talent in Country Music.
Front Porch Stage
· Owen Barney
· MacKenzie Porter
· Shawn Austin
· Brandon Lay
· Morgan Wallen
The Front Porch was jammed packed with talent Sunday. The most memorable of all was Morgan Wallen who received a standing ovation to a packed crowd after singing his first hit song ‘Whiskey Glasses’. Wallen teared up and said “There a few moments in an artist’s life that he’ll never forget. This is one of them Boots and Hearts!” I don’t think there was a dry eye in the crowd. Can’t wait to see you return Morgan!
Sunday August 11,2019
· Ashley McBride
· Carly Pearce
· Tim Hicks
· Kane Brown
· Jason Aldean
In spite of the heat, the crowd kept growing. This day was by far the largest crowd of the weekend. Tim Hicks wowed the crowd with many hit songs and his now number 1 hit ‘What a song should do.’
I firmly believe that Kane Brown is the person who drew the crowd in this hot Sunday. The place was packed and his set was beyond unbelievable. He started off with a few sound problems but gained momentum as the show moved on. It was unforgettable and ‘Perfect’.
Jason Aldean’s set started on time and didn’t disappoint. His energy was contagious as the crowd, tired and worn out from walking, didn’t stop dancing and singing to his hits.
I can honestly say this Boots and Hearts for my crew was by the far the best. We met so many fans, made new friends, and have great memories to share. See you next time #Bootslife fans!!
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