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Country Thunder USA is a Illinois and Wisconsin Stateline favorite. Located on a rural farm in Twin Lakes, Wisc, this 4-day festival features hours of high-quality country at the Shadow Hill Ranch.

Keep on lovin’ with Steel Magnolia

Concert Alert:

It’s been awhile since Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Lindsey graced our television screens to compete in the CMT series, Can You Duet?. While here in Chicago, we’ve had a few opportunities to catch the duo, better known as Steel Magnolia, in the Windy City, a lot has happened personally for the two since they last played on Illinois soil.

For one half of the duo, this Illinois soil is not all too foreign for the now Nashville-based duo. While chatting with the two during their recent stop at Country Thunder USA, I had to ask Jones about his little known Illinois roots.  A native of Charleston, Illinois, Jones explained his fondness for Chicago as he spent many nights in the area while gigging at the northwest suburban Durty Nellie’s nightclub.  He remarked, not in a country band but growing up in downstate Illinois, country music is a natural thing for him.  It’s obvious that Jones is multifaceted when it comes performing to music, especially since he hooked up with one very talented Louisiana girl, Meghan Lindsey.

We talked about their recent release of the duo’s debut, self-titled album and how  it finally made its public appearance earlier this year.  They filled me in on their strict touring schedule which puts the two on the road a lot. You may recall the two paid Illinois a visit when they stopped at the Pontiac Crystal Palace back in February.

My chat with the two wasn’t all about the past, in fact it wasn’t too long after the duo publicly announced their big news about a future gig – and we’re not talking about a concert.  In June, the duo announced they’re planning a 2012 wedding to finalize their long-term engagement.  Lindsey remarked that while they’re excited to finally tie the knot, they’re really busy touring around the country and hope to get all together soon.

Well Meghan and Josh, congratulations, but you’re going to have to put those wedding plans aside for at least one more night.  On Saturday, the two will return to headline Joe’s Bar. Joined by the The McClymonts and Tyler Farr as openers.  Doors open at 7PM and tickets are $10 available through ticketweb.com or at the Joe’s Box office.

Concert Details:

Steel Magnolia with Tyler Farr and The McClymonts (21+)

WHERE: Joe’s Bar – 940 W. Weed Street, Chicago

WHEN: Saturday, September 3, 2011 – 7PM

TICKETS: $10 ticketweb.com or Joe’s Box office

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All adds up for Country Thunder

All adds up for Country Thunder

Festival Alert: Country Thunder rumbles in the near future with a mega lineup and major fun. When it comes to summer country music festivals, there’s no competition for Country Thunder. A stellar four-day lineup of some of the biggest names in modern country music combined with all of the qualities of the great outdoors, it’s a… Continue Reading

Top 11 Summer Concerts

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Country Thunder adds

Country Thunder adds

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2011 Wisconsin Country Fests

2011 Wisconsin Country Fests

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Word on the Street – Sept. 23

Word on the Street – Sept. 23

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Country Thunder Day 4

Country Thunder Day 4

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Country Thunder Day 3

Country Thunder Day 3

LIVE BLOG: 12:21:52 PM: Day 3: prepping underway as Gloriana, Collin Raye, Craig Morgan, Kevin Costner and Miranda Lambert will take the main stage today at Country Thunder 2:50:32 PM: For their 2010 return, Gloriana takes the main stage at Country Thunder. – http://twitpic.com/28axr3 3:28:16 PM: Gloriana ends with their hit debut, “Wild at Heart“.… Continue Reading

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