1. The ‘Yodel Kid’ is coming. You know what to doooOOooOoo.
That’s right. In case you missed it, 11-year-old Mason Ramsey, widely known as "Walmart Yodel Kid," will be in attendance at this year's festival, which is May 5. He’s not listed on the lineup— this surprise addition was announced Tuesday on the Bobby Bones Show. Will he perform a yodeling set at the Daytime Village? Will he appear alongside Bones to introduce one of the night’s 11 acts? The iHeartCountry folks have kept mum about what Ramsey’s role will be.
2. Speaking of Bobby Bones, this year’s fest will feature less of him.
Every year since the iHeartCountry Fest started, Bones has been in charge of hosting. That's not changing this year. What is changing is that his band the Raging Idiots, comprised of Bones and his Producer Eddie and "a group of random friends," is not listed as a performer on the lineup, where it had been in years past. This might cut down the usually four-hour show’s running time, but who knows?
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3. This year’s lineup only features 11 country music acts.
I say "act" because Sugarland and Dan + Shay are playing, but they are the only two duos listed on the lineup. The rest of the announced lineup includes Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Maren Morris, Luke Combs, Billy Currington, Jon Pardi and Brett Young.
4. It’s a mostly first-timer show.
Of the group listed above, only Bryan, Urban and Swindell have played the main stage before, making this a night of relative newcomers to the fest.
5. Guess what? There’s only one featured solo woman artist. Again.
This is somewhat of a tradition with the iHeartCountry Fest. Take out the duos and trios that are performing this year or have in the past, such as Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and the Band Perry, and you’re left with a whopping four solo female performers in the festival’s entire history — Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini and this year with Maren Morris. Meanwhile, this is Luke Bryan and Keith Urban's second appearance at the fest.
There are female artists out there, y’all. Book ‘em.