28th Annual Downtown Hoedown Means Free Concerts By Top Country Talents

September 29, 2014

To celebrate the return of National Finals Rodeo to Las Vegas, the 28th Annual Downtown Hoedown at Fremont Street Experience takes place Dec. 3, 2014, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The Downtown Hoedown will feature free concerts from Thomas Rhett, Confederate Railroad, The Cadillac Three, American Young, RaeLynn and Old Dominion.

Downtown Hoedown

It’s time to get our twang on.

Here’s the headliner schedule for the 28th Annual Downtown Hoedown:

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Confederate Railroad
1st Street Stage

5:40 p.m. – 6:25 p.m.
Old Dominion
Main Street Stage

6:35 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.
RaeLynn
3rd Street Stage

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
American Young
Main Street Stage

8:40 p.m. – 9:40 p.m.
The Cadillac Three
1st Street Stage

9:50 p.m. – 11:20 p.m.
Thomas Rhett
3rd Street Stage

“Let’s learn more about the headliners for this year’s Downtown Hoedown, shall we?” we asked, rhetorically.

Thomas Rhett

Initially garnering attention as a gifted songwriter, Thomas Rhett’s credits include the hit “Round Here” (performed by Florida Georgia Line), “1994” (Jason Aldean) and “Parking Lot Party” (Lee Brice).

Rhett made a transition into talented artist with his first chart-topper, the platinum-certified “It Goes Like This.”

The Valdosta, GA native’s debut album, It Goes Like This, also produced his second consecutive platinum-certified, “Get Me Some of That,” as well as two Top 15 hits, “Beer With Jesus” and “Something To Do With My Hands.”

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett is the son of Rhett Akins, but who needs that kind of pressure?

The Country Music Awards “New Artist of the Year” nominee recently released his latest single, “Make Me Wanna.”

Thomas Rhett has made national television appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” “The Queen Latifah Show” and “The View.”

Confederate Railroad

Confederate Railroad first rolled onto the national country music scene in the early ’90s with its unique style and sound.

Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records. Two singles from their debut album, Confederate Railroad, “Jesus and Mama” and “Queen of Memphis” went to the top of the charts.

Their next hit, “Trashy Women,” would lead to a Grammy nomination and become their signature song.

Confederate Railroad

Confederate Railroad’s lead singer Danny Shirley describes the band’s music as “straight-ahead outlaw country.”

That album, with six hits and nearly three million in sales, brought Confederate Railroad the Academy of Country Music’s “Best New Group” award in 1993 as well as numerous nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation.

The group’s second album, Notorious, produced one of the group’s most popular songs “Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind.”

The Cadillac Three

The group, formerly known as Cadillac Black, includes Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason and Kelby Ray.

Cadillac Three

There’s some job security in Cadillac Three. “Go ahead, fire me! You’ll have to change all the paperwork to Cadillac Two!”

Cadillac Three’s sound hovers between radio-ready country anthems, hard-and-heavy rock and traditional Southern folk.

Built around Mason’s melodic percussion, Johnston’s guitar with Ray’s lap steel, songs like “I’m Southern,” “Days of Gold” and “Whiskey Soaked Redemption” bristle with energy and are sure to win over Fremont Street guests.

American Young

Country artists Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson form the new country duo, American Young.

Stone and Osmunson are seasoned veterans who already claim songwriting credits for hit makers Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton and others.

American Young

Kristy Osmunson says of her band mate, “I think I kind of recognized my musical mirror.”

Stone has performed as a solo act, and is a successful producer and songwriter (“Me and My Gang,” “A Woman Like You”), and Osmunson was a founding member and fiddle player of the duo Bomshel.

In 2014, they released their first single, “Wasn’t Gonna Drink Tonight.”

RaeLynn

Keeping the musical festivities rolling is RaeLynn, born into a musical family in Baytown, Texas. She discovered country music when she was 11 years old.

Raelynn came to the public’s attention when she finished third on Blake Shelton’s team on the second season of the television show “The Voice” in 2012.

RaeLynn

RaeLynn’s full name is Racheal Lynn Woodward.

In the summer of 2014, she released her first single, “God Made Girls,” which is the highest charting debut by a single solo female this year.

RaeLynn opened for Miranda Lambert on select dates over the summer while working on a full-length debut album.

Old Dominion

Rounding out the Downtown Hoedown line-up is Old Dominion.

Old Dominion’s members are behind many of the songs you hear in country music today. During the past 10 years of writing and honing their sound as a band, a number of their songs have been recorded and released by an impressive list that includes The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young and Craig Morgan.

Old Dominion

Old Dominion is the nickname for the state of Virginia.

Old Dominion has opened for acts like Trace Adkins, Brett Eldridge and Jake Owen.

The group’s sound is a blend of country lyric and rock instrumentation, fused with pop and hip-hop sensibilities.

Old Dominion released their first single, “Dirt on a Road” in early 2014.

With a list of headliners this strong, Fremont Street Experience will be the place to be for Downtown Hoedown and National Finals Rodeo, Dec. 3, 2014.

  • James Jacobs

    I can’t wait for this annual trek to Vegas. I love experiencing the hoedown, the fan fest for the rodeo. And hopefully some of nascar events. I have to admit, with a whole range of events during this time, the only question, is how do I get to all of them in such a short amount of time?

    • sroeben

      The best kind of dilemma to have!

  • diane

    cadilac three is awsome

  • Jackie Manuel

    We were at the meet and greet with Raelynn. We had a picture taken with her. How can we get copies of them.

  • Jamie

    The HoeDown is the ultimate start of the NFR, cannot wait tho see the lineup for 2015, we are booked and ready to land in Las Vegas that morning, and bringing new people with us again this year. Can’t wair!!!