BREAKING: Morgan Wallen to Headline Country Thunder at Bristol Motor Speedway

Morgan Wallen is set to headline a massive show at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee on Saturday, October 30,…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 18, 2021

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Morgan Wallen; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Morgan Wallen is set to headline a massive show at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee on Saturday, October 30, 2021. 

Billed as “Morgan Wallen’s Country Thunder Takeover,” the event will also feature special guests Granger Smith (feat. Earl Dibbles Jr.), Larry Fleet, Jon Langston and ERNEST. 

The Bristol Motor Speedway website reads, “Morgan Wallen and some of his buddies are coming to Bristol Baby! Standing event in the infield at Bristol.”

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 21 at 8 am CT. Camping and parking options will also be available. 

This event is one of seven festivals hosted by Country Thunder, including Florida, Arizona, Iowa, Wisconsin, Alberta and Saskatchewan (Canada). 

The show announcement comes after Wallen’s official return to the stage, which came earlier this month with the Morgan Wallen & Friends benefit concert in support of of those impacted by the recent devastating flooding in Middle Tennessee. 

The East Tennessee native was joined by Dierks BentleyHARDYCole Swindell, Lainey WilsonJosh ThompsonERNEST, Ben Burgess, Jared Mullins and Lathan Warlick at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works for a sold-out show that raised over $725,000 for The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund.

Morgan Wallen & Friends

Most recently, Wallen has been in the studio working on new music. He shared a video from the studio on Saturday via Instagram stories, writing, “What song y’all think we workin’ on today?”

The East Tennessee native recently earned a nomination for CMA Album of the Year for his record breaking sophomore release, Dangerous: The Double Album. The nomination came despite being ineligible to receive nominations in individual CMA Awards categories, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. 

His latest single, “Sand In My Boots,” is at country radio now. 

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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.