Tennessee native and singer/songwriter Tucker Beathard made his mark during the state’s biggest week of the year for music. Deemed “one of country music’s hottest young acts” by Pitchfork, Beathard kicked off CMA Music Festival by curating the first-annual WRECKING BALL 2017 on Wednesday (6/7). Beathard highlighted why his live show “speaks louder than anything else” (Rolling Stone) as he closed the show with palpable force to the sold-out house.
Beathard then brought his homegrown sound to festivals in Iowa and Minnesota before hightailing it back to Tennessee yesterday (6/11) for his debut at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN. Before his Who Stage performance, Beathard sat down with Ed Helms, Margo Price, Ethan Gruska, Philipp Bausch from Milky Chance and Aaron Lee Tasjan for a captivating panel discussion onsite, hosted by moderator Andy Langer, as they reflected on the opportunity to play the annual event.
Beathard will continue a stacked touring schedule playing some of the biggest festivals of the summer with coveted slots at Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza 2017, Summerfest and more still to come. Following a breakout 2016, that saw Beathard further his “meteoric rise,” (MSN) with the success of his debut Top 5 summer anthem “Rock On,” he recently marked over 40 million streams worldwide as he continues “generally blowing folks’ minds with his catalog of heartbreak-heavy tunes” (Vice). Taken from his FIGHT LIKE HELL EP (Big Machine Records), the six-track collection showcases his self-taught musicianship, with lead guitar and drum credits throughout. Beathard is turning heads with his homegrown sound with Noisey recognizing “those guitar licks. Listen to the flames wrapping around that guitar and try to get the fire that they light in your brain to stop… This is hot, smokin’, Southern rockin’, good old-fashioned tuneage.” For more information and a full list of dates visit www.tuckerbeathard.com.