Country music’s long-established superstars are keeping a low profile on New Year’s Eve, but several prominent acts will be ringing in 2008 with shows in Nashville and throughout the U.S.
In Music City, Craig Morgan will be headlining a concert at the Wildhorse Saloon with several pop acts best known for their work during the ’70s — John Ford Coley, Ambrosia and former Hollies singer and guitarist Terry Sylvester. A few blocks away at the Ryman Auditorium, the Del McCoury Band and the Steep Canyon Rangers will be giving the celebration a more acoustic tone.
Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus will spend New Year’s Eve on the ABC-TV special, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2008. Underwood and Cyrus will perform live on stages in New York’s Times Square, while Swift will appear during a party segment in Hollywood.
Country shows in clubs and small theaters are the norm, but WBUL-FM in Lexington, Ky., is presenting an elaborate at event at Lexington’s Rupp Arena. Headlined by Jason Aldean, the show also stars Blake Shelton, Halfway to Hazard and James Otto. With general admission seating, the concert will also include a dance floor and, for the more adventurous, a mechanical bull.
Here’s a quick look at a where some of the other artists will be spending New Year’s Eve:
Keith Anderson and Bucky Covington at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, Ill.
Asleep at the Wheel and Sunny Sweeney at the historic Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas
The Bellamy Brothers at the Dallas Bull in Tampa, Fla.
Lee Brice at the Hyatt Regency in Denver
Terri Clark, Chuck Wicks and Danielle Peck at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Fla.
Cross Canadian Ragweed and Wade Bowen at the House of Blues in Dallas
Kevin Fowler at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth
Josh Gracin at the Heritage Walkway and Plaza in Artesia, N.M.
Jack Ingram at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas
Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum in Atlanta for the annual Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta
Tracy Lawrence at Cowboys Dancehall in Arlington, Texas
Little Big Town at the Northern Lights Theater in Milwaukee
Restless Kelly at La Zona Rosa in Austin, Texas.
Dale Watson at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas