Pueblo, CO (August 23, 2017) – To celebrate the 2017 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, and its second year at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) has announced another star-studded music lineup to perform for fans nightly during the five-day November event where the toughest sport on dirt crowns a new World Champion.
PBR’s 2017 World Finals music lineup will bring fans nonstop entertainment, combining traditional country artists and rock favorites to complement the epic showdown between the toughest cowboys and rankest bucking bulls on the planet.
The concerts will combine free, open to the public shows at the stage on Toshiba Plaza located outside T-Mobile Arena, as well as special performances inside the arena for fans with World Finals (Nov. 1-5) tickets.
The announced artists performing during the 2017 PBR World Finals are:
Toshiba Plaza (free for all fans) T-Mobile Arena (In- Venue Stage)
Wednesday, Nov 1 LOCASH Chase Rice
Thursday, Nov 2 Aaron Watson Joe Nichols
Friday, Nov 3 Night Ranger Shinedown
Saturday, Nov 4 Warrant Ryan Weaver
Sunday, Nov 5 Ryan Weaver
Tickets for the 2017 PBR World Finals range in price from $36 to $1,000 and can be purchased at www.axs.com, www.pbrfinalsweek.com or by calling the PBR’s customer service department at (800) 732-1727.
ACM-nominated hot country duo LOCASH includes Baltimore, Maryland native Chris Lucas and Indianapolis, Indiana’s Preston Brust. Their smash No. 1 hit “I Know Somebody” topped Billboard Country Airplay and Country Aircheck after their RIAA Gold-Certified “I Love This Life” single ascended to the top of the charts. Both hits are included on the duo’s new album THE FIGHTERS, its first full-length project with Reviver Records. Their current single “Ring On Every Finger” is climbing the charts. The nonstop duo will get the 2017 World Finals five-day party officially underway from the Toshiba Plaza stage. “We're honored to be part of the Super Bowl of western sports. It’s gonna be a buckin’ good time!” exclaimed Preston Brust and Chris Lucas of LOCASH.
About Chase Rice
Chase Rice has been one of country music’s most exciting figures since arriving in Nashville. He co-wrote Florida Georgia Line’s megahit Diamond-certified “Cruise” and his 2014 major label debut album, Ignite the Night, opened at No. 1 and yielded two Top 5 hits with “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight.”
“I was at a PBR event back in 2005 the week Chris Ledoux died and was honored for being one of the greatest cowboys the world has ever seen,” Rice recalled. “I grew up a huge fan of Chris' music, and a huge piece of my childhood was lost that week. Here we are, more than 12 years later, and I have the honor of singing one of Chris’ biggest songs with his son, Ned. I've never been a cowboy and don't claim to be, but the amount of respect I've always had for the Cowboy runs deep in my soul. Now, I know that that piece of my childhood lost over 12 years ago wasn't really lost at all, it lives; through the guys that have the courage to shoot for 8 seconds, and guys like Ned, the true American cowboys.”
The 31-year-old singer-songwriter has lived an eclectic life of inspiration. Before finding success as a singer/songwriter/entertainer, he played football at the University of North Carolina, served on a NASCAR pit crew and appeared on Survivor. Rice’s unrivaled live show has led to numerous sold out tours, a slot performing on Kenny Chesney’s stadium tour stops in 2015, and more.
About Aaron Watson
During a 17-year career, West Texas native Aaron Watson has recorded dozens of albums and has toured the world. In 2015, Watson's song, “The Underdog” was the first time an independent male country artist outsold the industry’s biggest names. His latest album, Vaquero, features an eclectic mix of sound from dancehall shuffles, dustbowl narratives, Tejano, and much more.
“I’ve played rodeos and in Vegas many times, but I’m really excited to add an iconic event like PBR World Finals,” Watson said. “The boys and me have been tearing it up on the road all over the world to support my new album Vaquero, and there’s nothing we enjoy more than playing our brand of country music and putting COWBOY back in country music! PBR in Vegas is definitely a great place for that, and Flint Rasmussen has been a great friend for years so I’m excited to always see him when our paths cross on the road. It’s awesome that we get to add this event to ‘firsts’ this year that include Rodeo Houston, San Antonio Rodeo, and just playing Calgary Stampede with Brooks & Dunn.”
About Joe Nichols
As multi-platinum recording artist Joe Nichols began work on a new batch of old-school country music, he found himself looking back for inspiration. From 2002’s Man With a Memory on, Nichols harnessed that passion as a steady hit maker, racking up six No. 1’s and eight Top 10s, including chart-topping modern classics like “Brokenheartsville” and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.” He’s a four-time GRAMMY nominee, an ACM, Billboard, CMA, and CMT Award winner, and his last album offering, Crickets, kept the success going, with “Yeah” and “Sunny and 75” achieving Platinum-certified No. 1 status. Nichols’ strong connection to singers like Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, Don Williams, Keith Whitley and George Strait would inform his whole career. With Never Gets Old, Nichols sang with the most feeling possible and let whatever came out of his soul land on the record. The 12 tracks bound between spirit and sentiment, courage and cleverness, romance and rowdy fun, all wrapped in the throwback style he’s spent a lifetime pursuing.
About Night Ranger
With more than 17 million albums sold worldwide and over 3,000 live shows performed, Night Ranger has both epitomized and transcended the arena rock sound and style. Night Ranger has earned widespread acclaim, multi-platinum and gold album status, leaving its mark on the music charts with a string of best-selling albums (Dawn Patrol, Midnight Madness, 7 Wishes, Big Life and Man In Motion) and instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks such as “Sister Christian,” “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” the anthemic “(You Can Still) Rock In America,” “Sentimental Street,” “Goodbye,” “Sing Me Away,” “Four in the Morning” and more.
Shinedown is known to PBR fans for their dirt-slinging arena anthem featured on PBR on CBS broadcasts throughout the 2016 season. The band has released multiple albums including Leave a Whisper (2003), Us and Them (2005), The Sound of Madness (2008), Amaryllis (2012), and Threat to Survival (2015). On their latest album, Threat to Survival, Shinedown veer away from that densely layered sonic palette and take a more direct approach. Featuring lead single “Cut the Cord,” a blistering track that shot to #1 on Active Rock radio, the album finds the multi-platinum-selling band achieving its most powerful sound ever in its most important album to date.
Formed in 1984 in Hollywood, Calif., WARRANT has sold over 10 million albums. The band first came into the national spotlight with their Double Platinum debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, with the single, "Heaven," reaching No. 1 in Rolling Stone and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band’s success continued in the early 1990s with the Double Platinum album Cherry Pie, which provided the hit album titled song and music video. The band’s other hit singles include “Down Boys,” “Sometimes She Cries,” “I Saw Red,” “Uncle Tom's Cabin,” and “Sex Ain’t Love.” WARRANT has recorded PBR’s new party anthem, a foot-stomping remake of Merle Haggard’s classic, “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink,” along with a music video featuring the band, top riders and bulls. The band has performed along the PBR circuit, including live in Tacoma during the Built Ford Tough Series event.
About Ryan Weaver
Ryan Weaver, the voice of PBR’s Celebrate America initiative, is a high-energy, all-American, rockin’ country music artist who proudly served as an active duty Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot, Chief Warrant Officer 3, in the United States Army. Weaver began his career in country music while still on active duty, playing the club and festival circuit throughout the southeast. His performances feature a unique blend of high-caliber original songs combined with a heartfelt message of sacrifice, service, honor, and loss – Weaver’s brother and brother-in-law, both U.S. Army Helicopter pilots, were killed in action in the Middle East. Weaver’s story is like no other artist in country music and he’s on the edge of breaking out in the industry. Ryan’s passionate patriotic music, including original songs composed for PBR, will be heard throughout PBR in 2018 as the sport honors true heroes and brings communities together.
About the PBR (Professional Bull Riders)
The world’s premier bull riding organization began as a dream of 20 bull riders 24 years ago and is now a global sports phenomenon. On its elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS), the PBR features the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the top bulls in the business. The televised PBR BFTS, the PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT), the PBR Touring Pro Division (TPD) and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico have paid more than $170 million in earnings to its athletes. Thirty bull riders have earned more than $1 million, including two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney who has become the top-earning athlete in Western sports history with more than $7 million in career earnings. In May 2015, PBR was acquired by WME | IMG, a global leader in entertainment, sports and fashion. For more information on the PBR, go to PBR.com, or follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/PBR, Twitter at Twitter.com/PBR, and YouTube at YouTube.com/PBR.