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That Time We Opened For Luke Bryan

This blog is a part of a series #31DaysofBlogging … we are going through the year (2015) chronologically.

This was probably the biggest show we have ever played as Jill and Kate. By the end of the night there were upwards of 30,000 people there. Country Thunder is a huge music festival where people party, {drink}, camp out, and listen to a bunch of awesome country acts for 4 straight days.


We were invited to play THE MAIN STAGE (WHAAAAT) at the event in Twin Lakes, WI and we were stoked. We are truly an independent band which means we usually don’t get slots like this...we are more likely to play the side stages, which we also LOVE to do! But the opportunity to play the mainstage, opening for acts like Dustin Lynch, John Michael Montgomery, and LUKE BRYAN was a huge opportunity for us! Other acts during the weekend were Jarrod Niemann, Dierks Bentley, and Blake Shelton. We were so honored and excited to be playing the same stage as these guys.

So we drove up to Twin Lakes, just the two of us. We pulled into the backstage area in our little SUV next to rows of big tour buses. was so funny. There were no dressing rooms because it was in the middle of nowhere and everyone had buses, so we got ready for our big show in the backseat of Jill’s Toyota Highlander. We did our makeup, we changed, we went over our setlist. We laughed and loved every minute of it. This is real life and it’s awesome.

We got up and played on this HUGE stage, just the two of us and it was amazing. We had a freaking blast. A little later, we played another set on a side stage, and later that night, we were asked to play a set at the VIP after party! So we played 3 sets that day and didn’t leave until 1am. WE WERE STARVING, EXHAUSTED, AND VOICELESS, but also, we were FULFILLED.

Somehow, we got through the whole day and the only thing we had eaten was a breakfast sandwich and ½ of a power bar, each. If you know us at all, you know we love food and take it very seriously. Haha. But we were SO busy that it just got away from us.

Highlights of the day were:

-Watching Luke Bryan’s set and hearing him thank us from stage! (The guy is genuinely a nice guy and super cool. Plus, we dare you not to sing “Play it again, play it again, play it again” as you’re reading this.)

-Getting driven around the campground in a golf cart and watching people get their country on in a big way. It’s an eye-opening experience!

-Playing the late-night VIP tent where we met a cool group of folks from NYC who were SO kind to us and listened intently to our whole set!

-Stopping at Steak & Shake on the way back to our hotel and eating burgers and fries with avengeance at 2 in the morning after the most crazy-long-awesome day!

Definitely the whole day goes down as one of the most exciting/memorable days of 2015! Tomorrow we'll tell you about how another show taught us that humility never goes out of style. Haha...

Much love,