Reporting from Big Barrel.
While many country music fans remain divided over their passion for the sounds of “old country” or “new country” music, the inaugural Big Barrel Music Festival at The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway seems to find a nice balance between the two.
While the legendary Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta Lynn, played her time-honored classics under the Wildwood tent, Miranda Lambert prepared to rock her new brand of country on the main stage.
Both drew more than their share of fans. There didn’t appear to be any big divide among the mud-sloggers gathered at the rain-soaked festival.
“I’m definitely old-school country,” said Jason Gould, of Pocono, Pa. “It’s just better music to me. It’s songs about life and not just about guys, trucks and pretty girls.
“I’m more into singers like Travis Tritt and Jamey Johnson. But I’m enjoying everybody out here. It’s good. With the rain and all, it is what it is.”
Amanda Beal, of Mount Savage, Md., said she enjoyed all of the artists playing at Big Barrel, but she had her favorites that played on Friday night.
“I love all of the music out here,” Beal said. “I loved getting the chance to see Lynyrd Skynyrd play some classic southern rock and I think Blake Shelton really put on a tremendous show.
“Old country or new country, it just doesn’t matter. Everybody out here seems so nice and enjoying the spectacle of it all. It’s just a really good time.”
That’s exactly what Big Barrel's organizers probably love to hear.
Fans will be treated to the classics of Merle Haggard and country superstar Carrie Underwood tonight. A perfect blend for country fans.