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Florida Georgia Line setting new waves in motion for country music in 2018

Kicker Country Stampede has cruised to the 23-year mark at Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, and “Cruise” makes a good theme for 2018 Stampede. Florida Georgia Line puts a nice little summertime jam into the annual country music festival on the southern shore of Tuttle Creek Lake. Music that sizzles like a fresh 12-ounce T-bone on the grill.

Florida Georgia Line: Cruise
Roll those windows down and cruise to Manhattan. We'll get it goin’ June 21-23 with the FGL boys, and you’ll be walkin’ in high cotton as Alabama and more great artists take the stage. For FGL tunes, performers Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley collaborated with Chase Rice and Jessie Rice on the lyrics to “Cruise” and pounded out the essentials in 45 minutes.

Boom! Simple and tight. Classic!

The resulting success of the duo’s debut single paved the way for “Cruise” to change country music, according to Wide Open Country. Meanwhile, Alabama and Charlie Daniels Band have found a long-running successful formula traced to country music’s version of Southern rock.

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Georgia boys Stampedin'
The state of Georgia plays a well-formed role in this 23rd annual, three-day festival in Manhattan. Georgia native Cole Swindell’s song credits include FGL’s “This Is How We Roll” and seven of his own solid hits that include “Let Me See Ya Girl,” “Middle Of A Memory” and “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey.”

Swindell, Alabama and Florida Georgia Line headline each of three nights in the sultry summer nights at Tuttle. Throw in a sampling of Cody Johnson, Brett Young and Kane Brown, and the youthful soul is set for ’18 Stampede. Young was recently named ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year with his “Caliville” mix of West Coast with Nashville twang.

Dang! This year’s gonna be good! Make your annual pilgrimage -- or maybe it’s your first excursion -- to the Gateway City to the Flint Hills for three days of great music and food galore, perhaps include a few beverages, with loads of friends. Stampede just keeps getting’ better-n-better!

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