Get to Know the Artists at Ole Red On the Rise During CMA Fest Week

Party people! As if all the CMA Fest rowdiness downtown isn’t enough, we’ve got a STACKED lineup of artists headed our way for Ole Red on the Rise on Wednesday, June 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event is all about showcasing up-and-coming Ole Red-approved country talent for FREE. Hosted by TikTok musician and comedian Danae Hays, this is going to be one helluva show and the perfect way to kick start your CMA Fest-ivities.

Here’s who’s hitting the main stage this year:

The Castellows

A neo-traditional country trio that truly embodies the phrase “family tradition,” these sisters – Ellie on lead guitar, Powell on banjo, and Lily on vocals — hail from the small rural town of Georgetown, Georgia, but have since made Nashville their home. Known for their angelic melodies and songwriting chops, their debut EP, A Little Goes A Long Way, dropped in February 2024 and has been turning heads ever since. They’ve already earned a nomination for CMT Digital-First Performance of the Year and were named a SiriusXM “Highway Find” artist.


RVSHVD (pronounced “Rashad”) is an emerging artist blending country and hip-hop influences to create a B.S.-approved one-of-a-kind sound. Originating from the small town of Willacoochee, Georgia, RVSHVD’s music reflects a true-to-his-roots country upbringing infused with modern beats. His breakout came with viral covers and original tracks on TikTok, where he quickly brought in a massive following.

Kolby Cooper

Described as “country music’s newest badass” by People, this young Texan started selling out shows and racking up streaming numbers that would make any seasoned artist jealous – all before he hit 25. Hits like “Running Away” and “Hello From The Road” showcase his dynamic style and relatable lyrics. Kolby’s debut album, Boy From Anderson County To The Moon, received rave reviews, and he continues to pack venues across the country. If you’re looking for raw, rebellious energy, Kolby Cooper is your guy​.

Chapel Hart

Another family trio – composed of sisters Danica and Devynn Hart, along with their cousin Trea Swindle – has taken the country world by storm with powerful vocals and infectious energy. After earning the Group Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent, Chapel Hart has garnered praise from country legends like Dolly Parton and Tanya Tucker. They’ve made several Grand Ole Opry appearances, earning standing ovations each time. With a slew of awards and a successful nationwide tour under their belt, Chapel Hart is a force to be reckoned with.

Avery Anna

Avery Anna has captivated audiences with her heartfelt lyrics and dynamic piano-driven sound. Her debut EP, Mood Swings, has amassed nearly 350 million streams, with the hit single “Narcissist” topping charts and earning her a nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the CMT Music Awards. She’s become a fan favorite in Music City, and she’s just getting started​.

Drake Milligan

Drake Milligan is bringing a unique blend of classic country and rock ‘n’ roll swagger to Ole Red. His debut album, Dallas/Fort Worth, soared to the top of the iTunes charts, and his electrifying performances have earned him a spot on stages from the Grand Ole Opry to CMA Fest. With influences like George Strait and Elvis Presley, Drake’s music is a modern twist on timeless classics. His energy and charisma are made for the main stage.

Jake Worthington

This La Porte, Texas native has been steeped in traditional country music from a young age. Known for his honky-tonk style and heartfelt lyrics, Jake has brought his classic country sound to venues across the nation. His debut album features a collection of self-penned tracks that capture the essence of good ol’ country life. If you’re a fan of traditional country music, Jake Worthington is your man.

So mark your calendars, grab your boots, and get ready for another unforgettable night at Ole Red on the Rise! Whether you’re a die-hard country fan or just looking for a fun night out during CMA Fest week, this is one show y’all don’t want to miss. 

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