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Friday, May 10
11 AM – 2 PM
2 PM – 6 PM
6 PM – 10 PM
10 PM – 2 AM
About the Artists
Matt Rogers has reached a growing, global audience enamored with his raw, country-at-heart/blues-in-his-soul musical style thanks to weekly performances since 2018 at Ole Red in Nashville and a 200-date tour schedule across the U.S. sharing the stage with country luminaries Chris Stapleton, LoCash, Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, Clint Black, Jake Owen, Cole Swindell, and more. The humorous and humble Georgia native has created a deep bond with his listeners through his emotionally gripping lyrics and unmistakable melodies. The Durango Boot ambassador is known for his energetic stage show, but he is equally at home in the writers’ room penning songs with some of Music City’s best tunesmiths and winning numerous awards including recognition from Nashville Songwriters Association, CMT, American Songwriter, and the Georgia Country Awards, which named him their Overall Artist of the Year. Now Rogers’ self-penned new music is poised to reach an even bigger audience since signing with Nashville-based Vere Music, with national distribution partner ADA. Fans and the music industry are taking notice including country music legend TG Sheppard, who opined that Rogers is “the real deal…the total package. A great singer, a great picker, and a great songwriter.”
For most artists trying to break in the entertainment industry, authenticity is the ultimate goal. While many artists search for a certain image or brand, rarely an artist will come along who seemingly doesn’t have to try to create this, he just is. Nick Hickman is such an artist. A modern country act hailing from Knoxville, TN, this now-Nashville-based singer-songwriter doesn’t try to mimic anything out there, and instead delivers a high-energy, genuine performance tempering a passionate show with heartfelt and genuine lyrics that are insanely catchy and singable. “What you see is what you get,” Hickman says. “I do not edit myself, I do not censor myself. I am just me.” It is exactly this unapologetic and real personality that draws so many to nick’s music.
Perhaps most refreshing, aside from Hickman’s talent and ability, is his work ethic. Anyone who knows nick personally knows the extent of his drive and his unwillingness to settle for anything less than top of the game.
“I want to sell out arenas, I want twenty #1s, I want to play 200 dates a year, I want to be a member of the grand ole opry, I want an ACM award and a Grammy. I will not stop or sleep until I have all of them. I do not care what it takes, what sacrifices have to be made, or how long.”
Tim is a self-taught musician from a small town in Southeastern, Connecticut. Starting at a young age, he realized his voice was a gift and pursued expanding on his talent. He combined his voice with a guitar and jumpstarted his dream by winning ‘Best Talent’ at the 2011 Norwich Free Academy ‘Mr. NFA’ talent show.
After sharpening his skills on the mic and instruments, Tim began performing in 2012 as co-lead singer of the, then newly formed, Alternative Country band called Uninvited Wilson. In 2013, Tim won the Plainfield Country Music Talent Show sponsored by local radio station 97.7 WCTY, catapulting him and Uninvited Wilson to many new opportunities. In 2014, Tim stepped away from UW to join a high energy country band named “Branded Country That Rocks” as their lead singer and performed at a high level traveling up and down the New England region for three years.
In 2015, Tim tried out for NBC’s The Voice Season 10 and was granted the opportunity to perform in front of music icons (Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, and Adam Levine) in the Blind Audition rounds in Hollywood, California. The amazing opportunity that The Voice gave Tim just solidified his passion further to keep pushing at the dream of becoming a big name in the country music business!
Now living in Nashville, Tim looks to create his own sound and style while exploiting his love for the bright lights to ‘wow’ his audience. Since his move to “Music City,” he has released a self-titled EP and has release numerous singles along the way, and is currently making a name for himself with his engaging presence and high energy shows.
Check out his brand new single, “Sandbar” available now for streaming!