The openers for Kenny Chesney’s concert at Williams-Brice Stadium in 2008 were LeAnn Rimes, Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan and Luke Bryan. Here is a bit more about who is opening Saturday.
Zac Brown Band: The Zac Brown Band is one of a handful of groups who will lead the country music genre for the foreseeable future. The band, which performed at the Colonial Life Arena in March 2012, took home Grammy awards for best new artist in 2009 and best country collaboration with vocals in 2010. It also won the CMA’s new artist of the year award in 2010. Nine ZBB singles — “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” “Highway 20 Ride,” “Whatever It Is,” “Free,” “Colder Weather,” “Keep Me in Mind,” “As She’s Walking Away (featuring Alan Jackson)” and “Knee Deep (featuring Jimmy Buffett)” — have topped Billboard’s country charts, as the band’s blend of traditional country, jam, reggae and Southern rock has resonated. “Uncaged,” the band’s album that was released in July, won the 2013 Grammy Award for best country album.
Kacey Musgraves: The 2012 top 15 single “Merry Go ‘Round” is the biggest hit for the former “Nashville Star” contestant who has toured with Lady Antebellum. Songs she’s written have been recorded Gretchen Wilson and Miranda Lambert, the latter who was on “Nashville Star” but didn’t win. That is a good sign for Musgraves.
Eli Young Band: Mike Eli (vocals and guitar), James Young (guitar), Jon Jones (bass) and Chris Thompson (drums) have been playing together for more than a decade. In the last two years, the band has become an elite country music touring act. “Crazy Girl,” released in March 2011, was the top country song of 2011, according to Billboard Magazine. Written by Liz Rose and Sumter’s Lee Brice, “Crazy Girl” won song of the year at the 2012 ACM Awards. “Even if it Breaks Your Heart,” the second single off “Life at Best,” the band’s 2011 album, was released in January 2012 and also reached No. 1. The band played at the South Carolina State Fair with Jake Owen in October.