Country-star couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford are among the performers who’ll appear at Bayou Country Superfest 2015 during the event’s sixth Memorial Day weekend in Tiger Stadium.
Wednesday’s Superfest talent announcement for May 23 and May 24 follows Monday’s announcement that superstar Taylor Swift will perform the second show of her “1989” world tour May 22 in Tiger Stadium. Swift’s concert, contrary to a Superfest announcement earlier this week, is a standalone event apart from the festival.
The May 23 Superfest lineup features Chesney, Gilbert, Tyler Farr, Colt Ford and Kristian Bush. Shelton, Lambert, Kip Moore, David Nail and Cassadee Pope will perform May 24.
Swift and Chesney headlined the first Superfest in 2010. Chesney returned to headline again in 2011. Lambert made her Superfest debut in 2013. For Superfest 2015, she and Shelton will perform May 24.
Shelton’s latest album, “Bringing Back the Sunshine,” debuted last month at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s top country albums chart. Lambert’s latest album, “Platinum,” released in June, also debuted at No. 1 on the latter charts. It’s her fifth consecutive No. 1 debut.
When Superfest first inquired about booking Lambert and Shelton, Superfest producer-director Quint Davis said Wednesday, the couple was contemplating a summer tour together. A Lambert-Shelton tour didn’t pan out, but by then they’d been booked for same-day performances at Superfest.
“Each one of them is doing their own show and then we expect them to do something together,” Davis said.
Chesney’s third Superfest appearance follows his No. 1 Billboard country album chart debut in October with “The Big Revival.” With his 13 No. 1 debuts, Chesney ties Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson for the third-most No. 1 debuts since 1991. Only George Strait and Tim McGraw, who have also played Superfest, have more No. 1 debuts, at 16 and 15 respectively.
On Monday, Superfest erroneously announced Swift’s May 22 concert as part of the festival lineup. The star’s name did not appear in the festival’s Wednesday release of its May 23 and 24 lineup.
Swift announced her “1989” world tour Monday on the heels of last week’s release of her new album, also titled “1989.” The album stunned the music business by selling 1.2 million copies in its first week. Only one other album has sold 1 million copies in 2014, the soundtrack to the Disney animated movie, “Frozen.” Because “Frozen” was released in 2013, Swift’s “1989” is the only album in 2014 to sell 1 million copies.
Davis doesn’t see Swift’s Friday night show in Tiger Stadium as overshadowing Superfest’s Saturday and Sunday music.
“It’s a multiplier effect,” he said. “George Strait didn’t overshadow Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean in 2013. So Taylor just energizes the whole thing. I don’t know how you can overshadow Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.”
Taylorswift.com email list members may buy tickets to her concert starting at 10 a.m. Thursday. Public ticket sales start at 10 a.m. Nov. 13.