Music festival organizers also announce Chase Bryant as an opening act

Organizers of the 2018 Back Road Music Festival are well ahead of schedule.

Josh Turner was announced last Friday as the headline act for the fifth annual country music gathering in the Galva Park District. The date for the 2018 event is Aug. 11 and festival leaders revealed one of Turner’s opening acts Thursday, as Chase Bryant will be among the three performers taking the stage before Turner.

“This might be the quickest,” said Tyler Glaser, one of the Back Road organizers, regarding the festival’s lineup taking shape. “Especially for a headliner. We were able to get him secured and we locked him in.”

Turner is an act that’s been on the festival’s radar for quite some time.

“We’ve actually tried to get him the last couple of years, but this year everything fell into place,” Glaser said.

“He’s got a lot of songs that everybody knows and he’s really good live,” Glaser added. “He likes to engage with the crowd.”

Glaser said the remaining two acts are pretty close to being confirmed, but didn’t anticipate getting final word until January.


Josh Turner

The multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12.5 million records, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry.

From his platinum-selling debut “Long Black Train” to his most recent 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, “Deep South,” Turner has garnered multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM nominations.

Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go With Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love” — the latter being the most-played country song of 2012.


Chase Bryant

Bryant is a 23-year-old Texan already making a mark as a top-flight guitar player and head-turning songwriter. The Red Bow recording artist also is co-producer of his debut album, which produced the Top-10 single “Take It On Back.”


Ticket Information

Tickets are already on sale for the August festival.

Organizers are offering an early bird special for ticket buyers that will run through Dec. 31 — $35 for general admission and $50 for the hog trough. The ticket prices increase Jan. 1.

Tickets are available locally at the Galva Pharmacy and the Hog Country studio in Kewanee. They can also be purchased online at

For additional information, check the festival’s website —