Wednesday, May 24, 2023

HARDY joins lineup of highly anticipated Barefoot Country Music Fest

Darius makes space for HARDY on Saturday night lineup!


WILDWOOD, NJ - The Northeast's largest outdoor country music fest is thrilled to announce the addition of country rocker HARDY to the star-studded lineup taking place at the Barefoot Country Music Fest, June 15 - 18, 2023. 

BCMF 2023 will feature 40+ of country’s hottest artists across five unique stages on the picturesque shores of Wildwood. Major headliners appearing on the Miller Lite Main Stage include: Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker, and Jon Pardi. 

HARDY had the time and Darius made the space, ensuring an unforgettable Saturday evening for country music fans. This generous gesture from Rucker allows HARDY and his crew to keep the momentum going and deliver an unforgettable experience for Barefoot, HARDY, and Hootie fans alike.

A Mississippi-born singer / songwriter, HARDY has made a name for himself as a boundary-pushing country rebel, with three No. 1 singles as an artist and thirteen No. 1s as a songwriter.

He is a 5X ACM Award winner, a 3X AIMP Songwriter of the Year, and the reigning BMI Country Songwriter of the Year. HARDY has collaborated with notable artists like Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, and many more, further establishing his reputation as a respected figure in country music.

Darius Rucker, headliner of the Barefoot Country Music Fest Saturday night show is a celebrated musician.

He gained fame as the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish and achieved multi-Platinum status with their debut album. His transition to country music resulted in four No. 1 albums, 10 chart-topping singles, and an induction into the Grand Ole Opry. With a Grammy-winning rendition of "Wagon Wheel," Rucker solidified his place in country music history. 

"We are thrilled to announce that HARDY, one of the hottest performers in country music right now, will be joining the star-studded lineup at the Barefoot Country Music Fest," stated Bob Durkin of Southern Entertainment. "We extend our gratitude to Darius Rucker for making space for HARDY to perform on Saturday night."

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About BCMF: 

Barefoot Country Music Fest™, (BCMF), the Northeast’s largest outdoor country music fest, is located in Wildwood, NJ, between the famous Morey’s Piers on the beach. BCMF is host to the industry’s biggest stars with 40+ artists slated for June 15-18, 2023, bringing a unique blend of today’s country headliners, regional stars, up-and-comers and locals favorites. With the combination of country music and the scenic Wildwood’s backdrop, this family-friendly, four-day fest is a summer vacation destination.

About Southern Entertainment:

Southern Entertainment is a full-service event and production company. Our unwavering commitment to excellence has led us to produce over 500 events across the United States. We specialize in planning, marketing and executing a wide range of concerts, festivals and other live music events with some of the music industry’s biggest stars.

About Darius Rucker: 

Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the music industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish, who have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide including their Diamond-certified debut Cracked Rear View, which remains among the Top 10 best-selling studio albums of all time. Since releasing his first Country album in 2008, Rucker has earned a whole new legion of fans with four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart, including RIAA Platinum-certified Learn to Live and True Believers, plus 10 No. 1 singles at Country radio and 11 Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum certified hits. Rucker was inducted as a Grand Ole Opry member in 2012 and in 2014 he won his third career GRAMMY Award for Best Solo Country Performance with his 9x Platinum version of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” one of the top five best-selling Country songs of all time. He co-hosted the 54th annual CMA Awards in 2020 and topped the charts at Country radio once again with “Beers And Sunshine” in 2021. Follow up single “My Masterpiece” is available everywhere now as Rucker puts the finishing touches on a forthcoming album. As a lifelong philanthropist, Rucker supports the MUSC Children's Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina and has also raised millions of dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through his annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and golf tournament. Rucker has also advocated for over 200 charitable causes supporting public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina through the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation and serves as a National Chair for the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville.

About HARDY: 

Big Loud Records' heavy-hitter HARDY has never been just one thing. Uncaging a new chapter, HARDY soared to new heights with the release of the mockingbird & THE CROW, his critically acclaimed half-country, half-rock sophomore album, adding to over 2.7 billion career streams. The dichotomous, 17-track effort debuted top five all genre on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and kinged seven additional Billboard charts in its first week, including Top Country Albums, Top Rock Albums, and Top Album Sales. The pride of Philadelphia, Miss. has earned his reputation as “a promising purveyor of keeping the spirit of classic heavy Southern rock alive” (American Songwriter), “capable of writing the big hits for radio, obstinate enough to do something completely unexpected, and savvy enough to find the throughline for it all” (Rolling Stone). A 5X ACM award winner, HARDY is a three-time CMA Triple Play award recipient, the 2022 BMI Country Songwriter of the Year, and a three-time AIMP Songwriter of the Year. HARDY has written 13 #1 singles including his own double platinum #1 single “ONE BEER” feat. Lauren Alaina + Devin Dawson, chart-topping, platinum Dierks Bentley + BRELAND collaboration, “Beers On Me,” and game-changing platinum duet “wait in the truck” feat. Lainey Wilson. He's previously toured with Thomas Rhett, Morgan Wallen, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Cole Swindell, and more, and flies nationwide on his sold-out, 19-date headline arena tour, the mockingbird & THE CROW Tour, this fall.


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