Some of country's hottest rising acts, such as Sugarland and Phoenix's billboard topper Dierks Bentley, will be headl"/>

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05/29/2008

Getting Country-fied

Some of country's hottest rising acts, such as Sugarland and Phoenix's billboard topper Dierks Bentley, will be headlining K95's Country Fest this Sunday, June 1 at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

Sugarland paired up in 2003 in Atlanta after singer/guitarist Kristian Bush left the former duo, Billy Pilgrim. Lead singer, Jennifer Nettles also has taken part in previous folk rock groups and can be heard as the duet partner to Bon Jovi's patriotic country single "Who Says You Can't Go Home."

Now with two albums under their belt, they have released their new single "All I Want To Do," the follow up to 2006's "Enjoy The Ride." The new hit will be fully released on their third album Love on the Inside, due out in stores July 22.

Another high firing act is Dierks Bentley. This neo-traditionalist country star has home grown, self-taught talent and music education. Growing up in a family uninspired by music, he played his own records and did his own research on greats like Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. His influences are evident in his own music.

After leaving his Phoenix home at 19, he moved to Nashville to pursue his passion and was signed to Capital Records. He debuted with his No. 1 Billboard Hot Country Single, "What Was I Thinkin.'" His latest achievement is his certified gold record Long Trip Alone, which was released in 2006.

Country Fest 2008 will host other live acts such as Alibi, Virginia's own southern rock party band, Richmond's Jimmy Buffet tribute band B2B (Bars 2 Beaches) and the Zac Brown Band from Georgia, who melds country with reggae, rock and pop.

Along with the music, there will be plenty to keep you and your family entertained. Food and beverage vendors, gift exhibitors and blow-up bouncers for the kids will be available. The new GMC Yukon, Pontiac G5 and many more new models will also be on display from the Richmond Area Pontiac GMC dealers.


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