Festival season is upon us, and Country Jam 2018 in Grand Junction, Colo., is only a few weeks away! In addition to an all-star headliner lineup featuring some of country's biggest stars -- Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert, for example -- the four-day festival has tapped some fresh new faces to play the stages at Jam Ranch this year.
Before the big-name headliners take the stage each night, Country Jam 2018 will feature a bevy of country artists you won't want to miss -- including these five talented newcomers. Read on to learn more about the up-and-comers you won't want to miss when Country Jam 2018 runs June 14-17 (or whenever else you can catch 'em, if you won't be hanging at he festival with us).
Delaware's own Allen has made the climb from rock bottom to a spot carving out a place for himself in the country music scene with feel-good love songs, including his debut single, "Best Shot," which he dedicates to his grandmother. He's signed with BBR Music Group and is sure to put on one heck of a show at Jam Ranch.
One of The Boot's 2018 Artists to Watch, Dawson is proving himself a force to be reckoned with his singles and is building a devoted fan base thanks to his heartfelt, singer-songwriter style. His studio debut, Dark Horse, was released in January and is making waves; he was even nominated for New Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2018 ACM Awards!
Her last night might be Gray, but it's happy-go-lucky "Red Light Kiss"ing and looking like sunny days and blue skies ahead for this rising star. Gray has been touring on her own and opening for well-known names including RaeLynn and Jason Aldean. She's sure to steal the show at Country Jam in 2018!
Jakobsen was one of The Boot's 2017 Artists to Watch, and has continued to win audiences across the United States as he tours coast to coast, finding his niche in the live performances that the artist says he "lives for." He played Country Jam in 2016 and 2017, so if you were there and didn't catch him -- well, don't miss out again.
Lyons will be at Country Jam 2018 the same day as Florida Georgia Line, the duo that she says is the reason she came to Nashville as an aspiring musician. The Chicago-born sorority girl who acts as her own manager / promoter / agent, and is even the CEO of her own indie label, Roar Records, released her latest single, "God Moment," in January.