KETCHUM, IDAHO – The City of Ketchum is bringing one of country music’s most promising newcomers to town for this year’s annual Wagon Days parade and celebration.
This year’s live music event features Tennessee singer-songwriter, Brandon Lay, a member of CMT’s “Listen Up” program for 2019. The CMT campaign spotlights today’s new country artists and has launched the careers of country music superstars.
Lay has worked his way up the country music ladder opening for artists like Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley and Old Dominion, and is playing fairs and festivals around the country. Now signed to EMI Records Nashville, he’s able to share his songs on a grand scale.
Brandon’s debut single, Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers, was an autobiographical story of his greatest influences and has over 50 million streams. His second single, Yada Yada Yada, became a huge hit on Sirius XM and Top 40 Country radio, drawing large crowds dancing and singing along as Brandon opened on Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun Tour.
Wagon Days 2019 kicks off Friday, Aug. 30, with cowboy poetry in the Ore Wagon Museum and a celebration of this year’s Grand Marshals, followed by a barn dance later in the evening. Saturday features the Big Hitch Parade through downtown, followed by a live performance by Brandon Lay.
“I’m excited that Brandon Lay, an exciting new talent, is coming to Ketchum,” said Mayor Neil Bradshaw. “Country music and Wagon Days go well together. I am confident that Brandon’s music will draw people in and keep them around to enjoy the show long after the parade is over.”
The live music and street party event will also include local food vendors, beverages and events suitable for families.
The lineup of events for the entire Wagon Days weekend includes the Papoose Club pancake breakfast fundraiser, cultural demonstrations at Festival Meadow, a variety of children’s activities and the Big Hitch Parade.