NAVARRE, FL – August 17, 2015 – Hot Beaches, Cool Jams – Country On The Sound brings a two day country music festival to Navarre, FL this Sept 25th & 26th 2015 at Navarre Beach Marine Park.  Festival attendees will enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches that Navarre, FL has to offer.  This unique festival will mix live country music on two stages and bring fun to all ages both in and out of town. 

Country On The Sound will start on Friday afternoon and conclude in the moonlight over the beach on Sunday morning.   This festival will bring in big name national talent and commingle local flavor right on Navarre Beach Marine Park.  After the headliners complete their performances for the evening, there will be a Late Night Beach Jam until 1:30am each night.

The organizers of Country On The Sound set out to bring an event to Santa Rosa County that would help with economic impact to our friends and neighbors in the community. We truly appreciate the hard work, commitment and dedication of our community leaders, county officials, life safety, and all other organizations that came together to make this event possible.

Country On The Sound is going to be awesome and will be a major event in Santa Rosa County for years to come. The promoters feel strongly that giving back to the community is our duty. The men and women in uniform that support our great nation and our community are key to our hearts. Event organizers wanted Trace Adkins in the lineup because of his strong military connection. Our commitment to the community will never waiver and we are proud to announce that we are partnering with two great causes.

The Navarre Blackhawk Memorial is one of the organizations that we will be donating back to and partnering with. We all remember that evening when 11 brave soldiers lost their lives when their helicopter crashed into the Sound. This tragedy left a memory like no other on our lives. It affected the community and hit home at Navarre Family Watersports when Items washed up on the shore that brought tears to our eyes. 

The other organization is the Gulf Coast Discovery Center. It is our strong commitment to hold a nature friendly event. We have reached out to specialists in the field to ensure that we are doing the right things in preserving the nesting sea turtles, the shore birds, and the dunes not only for our event but for years to come.

We are truly proud to give back to the community and look forward to helping in anyway we can in making these two great causes become a reality sooner than later. We also encourage others in the community to donate to these great organizations.

Festival Lineup:

Friday, September 25 & Saturday, September 26 2015:

Art Mann will be the emcee of Country on the Sound.  Art Mann is the host of Art Mann Presents (…), a travel show that focuses on cultural and off-beat party events in North America. Mann’s persona is a straight-shooting reporter who interviews colorful characters. Art Mann Presents… airs on AXS TV seven times weekly.  “The party doesn’t start until Art Mann arrives!”


9:30pm – Trace Adkins

Headlining the main stage on Friday is superstar, Trace Adkins.  Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold over 10 million albums, cumulatively. His hit list includes “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “Songs About Me,” “Every Light In The House,” “Hillbilly Bone (Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins),” and “Just Fishin’,” to name a few. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised over $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. In recent years, Adkins has performed seven USO Tours.

In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, the former oil-rigger recounted his rise to fame, brushes with death, and battles with personal demons. Trace has played a tough as nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer (starring Matthew McConaughey), and a wise oracle of a tattoo artist in the family-friendly film Moms’ Night Out (starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, Sarah Drew). He also developed and hosted GAC’s “Great American Heroes” honoring every-day heroes. 

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8pm – JT Hodges

Opening for Trace Atkins will be JT Hodges, who currently has the perfect single on the radio for Country on the Sound, “Ray Bans”   Other hot singles that have charted include:  “Hunt your Down”, “Goodbyes Made You Mine”, “Sleepy Little Town” and “Lay You Down” 

JT Hodges was an Academy of Country Music Award Nominee, has multiple Grand Ole Opry Appearances and has performed at numerous events honoring our military heroes. 

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6pm – Jason Wyatt

Jason Wyatt, former lead singer of The Lost Trailers hits the stage on Friday night at 6pm and hosts the Late Night Jam with friends on the Beach Stage on Saturday night.  Jason Wyatt is total high energy and someone you won’t want to miss!  As lead singer of The Lost Trailers, they released “American Beauty”, “Underdog” and “It’s Goin’ Down Tonight” 

Along with the many US performances Jason Wyatt has done, he has also performed shows overseas for deployed service members in Southwest Asia.  

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5pm – Ashton Shepherd

Ashton Shepherd, a singer-songwriter from Alabama, takes the stage at 5pm. 

She was first signed to Universal Music Group Nashville’s MCA Nashville  in April 2007. Her 2008 debut album Sounds So Good produced two top 40 hits on the Hot Country Songs charts: “Takin’ Off This Pain” and the title track.  In 2011, she released her second album, Where Country Grows, which includes the top 20 hit “Look It Up”.  Shepherd started her own company to pursue releasing music independently.  Her third studio album, This Is America, was released on August 2013 via Shepherd’s own Pickin’ Shed Records. The title track was released as the lead single in July 2013.  If you enjoy traditional country music, performed with passion and soul, you will love Ashton Shepherd! 

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4pm – Dillon Carmichael

Dillon Carmichael kicks things off at 4pm time!  Performing and songwriting is a “Family Tradition” with Dillon Carmichael.  His uncles are Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, and John Michael Montgomery.  So while you may not know the name, you’ll know the voice!  Dillon released his first EP in November 2013.  He’s also a great songwriter with music that will make you melt.  Dillon Carmichael may be the best hidden secret of this festival! 

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3pm – Cortni

Navarre has big talent – as you’ll see when Cortni hits the stage Friday at 3pm.  She’s a little firecracker with an amazing voice and incredible stage presence.  She released her EP, “It’s Complicated” in February 2011 and self-funded her first tour.  This past June, she performed during Country Music’s Biggest Party, CMA Fest 2015 in Nashville, TN.  While Cortni’s not singing, you may see her on TV, where she recently signed on to host an entertainment show.  If you don’t know who Cortni is now, you sure will in the next few months! 

2pm – Jason Clark

Kicking things off on Friday at 2pm is Jason Clark, a local country favorite!  Jason is thrilled to bring his local flair to this BIG EVENT!  Come on out and show your support!


9:30pm – Big & Rich

Saturday will be BIG!  Big & Rich that is! 

Big & Rich is a country music duo composed of Big Kenny and John Rich, both of whom are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers and entertainers. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed on a welcoming world.

Before coming together, Big Kenny was formerly a solo artist on Hollywood Records while Rich was a founding member of the country music band Lonestar.

Their first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, was released in 2004. This album produced four straight Top 40 country hits, including the number 11 “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)”, plus collaborations with Cowboy Troy, Gretchen Wilson, and Martina McBride.   Comin’ to Your City was released in November 2005 followed by another Top 20 single the Vietnam War-inspired “8th of November”, and two more Top 40 hits.   Big & Rich are huge supporters of the military and have participated in concerts honoring the military and USO tours.

They are, in addition to everything musical, noted philanthropists and good-will ambassadors. Both remain committed and enthusiastic livers of life and givers of time, talent and fortune to great causes. Kenny has become a world traveler, fighting poverty and supporting education through agencies including the United Nations Foundation and the Red Cross from North America to Africa. John takes part in any number of charitable outreaches, and his win on The Celebrity Apprentice brought well over a million dollars to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Those things go to the core of two men whose music and worldviews intersect seamlessly. 

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8pm – Michael Ray

Michael Ray is an American country music singer from Eustis, Florida.  He is signed to Warner Bros. Records Nashville, for which he has released his debut single, “Kiss You in the Morning”. The song has charted on Country Airplay and is currently in the Top 5!  Before this single’s release, Ray was mentored by John Rich of Big & Rich on the singing competition The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep, which he won.   He and Rich co-wrote Big & Rich’s 2015 single, “Run Away with You”. 

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6pm – The Mantz Brothers

The Mantz Brothers are a duo that will rock your country!  Their single, “One Kiss at a Time” was featured as a “Highway Find” on Sirius XM The Highway and spent 5 weeks on The Highway’s Hot 45 Countdown, hosted by Storme Warren.  Their new single, “Back at Me” was just released, is now playing on country music radio and gaining momentum!  Also, their single “Wingman” will be featured in an upcoming movie coming out in 2016.  The Mantz Brothers have opened for many national acts including Montgomery Gentry, Love and Theft, Cole Swindell, Kip Moore, Jerrod Niemann and many others!

Even though their music careers are taking off, they are both still very active in their community and dedicate much time to their local fire department as volunteer fire fighters.  They too have performed for special military shows honoring our troops.  They are thrilled to be a part of such an exciting event coming to Navarre, FL. 

The Mantz Brothers & Friends will perform at the Late Night Beach Jam directly following the concert on Friday and they say “you never know who will show up so don’t miss it!”  They also perform on the Main Stage on Saturday night at 6pm.  This is an act not to miss!  

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5pm – Chuck Wicks

Chuck Wicks hit the Nashville music scene in 2007 with his Top 5 hit, “Stealing Cinderella,” off his debut album.  In 2008, he starred on the eighth season of the ABC hit reality show Dancing With The Stars, making it all the way to the semi-finals.

Wicks’ love for hunting and the outdoors has landed him on multiple Outdoor Channel hunting shows and vignettes. Now, Wicks hosts his own show on the Outdoor Channel, The Hunt Club.

You may be waking up with Chuck Wicks each morning if you listen to America’s Morning Show on Nash FM, a nationally syndicated program, where he is a co-host with Blair Garner. 

Wicks’ new EP was released in April 2012 and is currently available on iTunes. His lead single, “Salt Life,” debuted in the summer of 2013 and features an ocean style flavor.  2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Wicks. His recently released single “Us Again” quickly rose to the Top 10 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart in its first week with fans and radio loving the new music. A new album is due out later this year.  

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4pm – Red Marlow

Red Marlow, is a singer, songwriter who has had success on Sirius XM The Highway where his hit song, “Whatcha Think About That” was featured On the Horizon.  Red Marlow reigns from Muscle Shoals, Alabama and has a tremendous following. 

He regularly posted new songs and videos from his bathtub on Facebook, yes that’s right – his bathtub – the last one has over 1 million views!  

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3pm – Jaime Fox and the Desert Okies

Jaime Fox has released three studio albums and is currently writing and performing new music with her longtime friends, Chad Trout and Travis Trout, in a band called “The Desert Okies.” The group is set to release a new music video for their single, “I Can’t See in the Dark,” penned by Fox and Stacy Hogan. Jaime has performed on GAC host, Storme Warren’s country music cruise five times and has opened for artists like Phil Vassar, Lonestar, Mark Wills and Lee Greenwood. She also spent nearly four years as a staff songwriter for the legendary producer, Rick Hall, at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL.  She also participated in the Miss America Pageant when she was Miss Maryland.  Jaime has spent a lot of time in Florida with her family that resides in Navarre and are retired from the military. 

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2pm – The Rowdies

Local favorite, The Rowdies, kick things off at 2pm!  So put your boots (or flip flops on!) and let’s get the party started!

You’ll find that the Country On The Sound is not just another Music Festival.  It’s a family friendly experience which is value packed, and in an outstanding location.

Tickets go on sale, Monday, August 17th 2015 at

Be sure to “Like” Country on the Sound on Facebook and visit frequently for the latest updates, Artist messages, and to win opportunities to meet the Stars! 

Both single and double day value tickets will be sold starting at $35.  Several ticket levels are available including, General Admission, VIP Seating and VIP Party Pit for those that need to be up close and personal!  Parking is FREE!  There are a limited number of tickets available and they are expected to sell out quickly.  Prices increase on Sept 1st and at the gate, so buy early!

This event is produced by AStar Promotions. 

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