Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood Among 2020 Hometown Rising Headliners

The Hometown Rising Country Music & Bourbon Festival is returning for the second year in 2020 with a star-studded lineup…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 18, 2020


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Blake Shelton; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Musicians On Call, Carrie Underwood; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

The Hometown Rising Country Music & Bourbon Festival is returning for the second year in 2020 with a star-studded lineup that includes headliners Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and Old Dominion.

Taking place at the Highland Festival Grounds in Louisville, KY on Sept. 12 and 13, the second annual event will also feature performances from Jon Pardi, Clint Black, Russell Dickerson, Chris Janson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mitchell Tenpenny, Riley Green and many more.

“Always love coming to play Louisville because you love your country music and having a good time. Look forward to seeing y’all in September at Hometown Rising!” Shelton told PEOPLE.

“We’ve had the pleasure of playing shows in Kentucky and the crowds always have so much energy. We’re looking forward to returning and getting back on that stage,” Old Dominion added.

In addition to live music, the festival will include bourbon tastings and workshops with a variety of brands.

Tickets for the Hometown Rising Country Music & Bourbon Festival go on sale Friday, Feb. 21 at 10 am ET via the festival’s official website.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.