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Urban headed for Hunter

A sign near the main stage of the Taste of Country festival bearing its name at Hunter Mountain.
January 11, 2019 10:02 pm

HUNTER — Country music fans in the Twin Counties are hollering “yee-haw” about the lineup for this year’s Taste of Country festival to be held at Hunter Mountain for a seventh year.

County superstars Keith Urban, known for hits such as “Kiss a Girl” and “Blue Ain’t Your Color”; Rascal Flatts, known for their cover of “Life is a Highway”; and Little Big Town, which won a Grammy for their 2016 tune “Better Man,” will headline the annual festival, scheduled for June 7-9, according to the Taste of Country website. Brooks & Dunn and Brett Eldredge round out the list of performers of the country-music festival.

More artists for the lineup are expected to be announced by the end of January, Townsquare Media Live Events Vice President Sally Lidinsky said last week.

“We don’t have any lineup updates yet,” she said.

Residents of Greene and Columbia counties responded well to the lineup.

Debbie Calvo, of Greenville, is a fan of Urban and may make an effort to attend the festival this year, she said.

“It sounds awesome, are you kidding?” Calvo said. “My grandson goes just about every year.”

The lineup is top notch, giving Irwin Lynford, of Catskill, more of a reason to go to the festival, he said, adding his favorite artist in the lineup is Rascal Flatts.

“It sounds like a really good lineup,” he said. “It sounds interesting.”

Kim Webster, of Catskill, is a country-music fan who enjoys Brad Paisley and Kenny Rogers, and she’ll try to get to Hunter for the annual festival, she said.

“It sounds good — I love country,” she said. “I will try to go up there.”

Frank Donoso, of Kinderhook, has been to Countryfest, a festival sponsored by Albany-based country radio station WGNA, but not to the Hunter festival, he said, adding he liked the sound of the artists on the Taste of Country roster, especially Rascal Flatts.

“Those are a lot of good bands I like to listen to,” Donoso said. “That’s really what I listen to is country.”

Marshall Wilder, of Hudson, has been to the Hunter music festival two times in the past and is not sure if he will attend this year, he said, adding the event’s lineup sounds good.

“It will all depend on my schedule and if I have time,” Wilder said. “I like pretty much all that kind of [country music].”

Last year’s festival, which featured performances by Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and LeAnn Rimes, broke records when a sellout crowd of nearly 70,000 country music fans attended, according to Townsquare Media. Chet-5 Festivals, a company which produces numerous concerts and festivals across upstate New York, co-founded the festival.

To reach reporter Daniel Zuckerman email or follow him on Twitter @DZuckerman_CGM.