Rock the South 2017: 10 Things We Loved

Rock the South in Cullman, Alabama was was incredible! There was a record breaking sell-out crowd at the two-day country festival! 

Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, High Valley, Cody Jinks, Ryan Hurd, and left the sold-out crowd wanting more until almost 1pm on Friday Night. 

When Saturday rolled around, a little rain didn't stop the Biggest Party in the South! Chris Janson, Maren Morris, Dustin Lynch and Sam Hunt played to a crowd that didn't mind listening to some amazing country artists out in a muddy field.

Here are the 10 things we loved most this year at Rock the South!

10. Giving Back to the Community!

In addition to an amazing line up, the festival also donated to 6 local charities which were presented in official check presentations on Friday and Saturday night by Rock the South Founder/Partner Shane Quick to each organization on stage. Local charity recipients for this year:

The Link of Cullman County
Cullman Parks and Rec
Child advocacy
Cullman Chamber of Commerce 
Cullman Caring for Kids

9. iHeartCountry's 102.1 WDRM & 102.5 The Bull!

iHeartCounty Stations 102.1 WDRM out of Huntsville and 102.5 The Bull out of Birmingham were giving out fans from Window World, Meet and Greets to artists, and getting the scoop backstage with interviews!  Tige and Daniel, Dollar Bill and Madison, Dan and Josie, Abby Rae, and Major Tom were all getting the fans pumped for Rock the South.

Rock the South iHeart Country

8. Returning from the Rain!

The Park had to be evacuated while it was raining and lightning in the area for almost two hours just before 6pm,  While it was a little muddy, it didn't stop the fans, the artists, or the Biggest Party in the South! On the upside, the weather was a lot cooler! 


7. Sing Along with High Valley!

High Valley had the entire crowd singing along to their hit single Make You Mine!  


6. Chris Janson Sings 'Holding Her' for Soldier 

The "skinny boy from just over the Alabama state line who plays the harmonica" came out and put on a one man show for Rock the South fans. His equipment was all wet, but he strapped on his guitar and harmonica and put on an amazing set. He noticed a poster in the crowd of a soldier that said the song 'Holding Her' got him through his deployment.  

5. Brett Eldredge Making the Ladies Melt!

Making all the ladies melt is something that Brett Eldredge is good at! He told us he was excited to be on the road with his pup who just turned one-year-old, Edgar Boogie, and Luke Bryan this summer. He also mentioned he's ready for everyone to hear his third album that will be due out at the beginning of August.

4. Dustin Lynch Shares the Stage with a Small Town Boy

During Dustin Lynch's performance of his newest single, 'Small Town Boy' he saw the cutest little guy in the crowd with a poster that said, "I'm a small town boy like you." If this video doesn't make you smile, please head to the ER because you don't have a pulse.


3. Luke Bryan Shows off his Moves!

M-O-V-E is exactly what Luke Bryan brought to the Rock the South stage Friday night. The artist had the entire crowd ready to kick the dust up and sing along to every song.   


2. Sam Hunt Makes One Girl's Birthday Extra Special!

Sam Hunt ended Saturday night's lineup with a bang! The entire field was singing along to the former UAB football player's music. His wife and his brother were at the show watching him perform. 

Can we just say, if you are 1) a cute kid 2) are near the stage and 3) have a poster then usually artists will take notice. That's what happened to this sweet girl who had the entire concert sing happy birthday to her with Sam Hunt taking the lead!  


1. Sold Out Crowd of 60,000 People! 

“Pepsi Rock the South driven by Mitch Smith Chevrolet,” the biggest party in the South, returned to Cullman, Alabama on June 2 and June 3rd, 2017 with headliners Sam Hunt and Luke Bryan. The country music festival hosted a sold out crowd of 60,000! 

Rock the South started as a charity event to help raise funds to alleviate the damage done by several devastating tornadoes that ripped through that area in 2011 and continues to be an important community partner.

We can't wait for 2018!


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