The 2015 Summer Festival Guide page turned out to be one of our top pages for the year. As a result, I created a new version for 2016, removing “summer” from the title and focusing on listing every country music festival that featured top tier artists. My inspiration for the 2016 festival montage might be obvious: the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie poster.
photomontage by Jason Simanek; Florida Georgia Line by Jeremy Cowart/Sweet Talk Publicity; Eric Church by John Peets/EB Media; Brad Paisley by John Russell/CMA; Dierks Bentley by Nino Munoz/The Greenroom PR; Jim Lauderdale by Scott Simontacchi/The Press House; Dwight Yoakam courtesy Warner Bros. Records; Emmylou Harris by Jack Spencer/Sacks & Co.; Chris Janson by Eric Brown/WMG; Kelsea Ballerini courtesy Black River Entertainment; Kenny Chesney courtesy Sony Music Nashville; Tim McGraw courtesy NASCAR; Miranda Lambert courtesy Shopkeeper Mgmt; Little Big Town courtesy UMG Nashville; Galaxy Cluster IDCS J1426 courtesy NASA/CXC/Univ of Missouri/M.Brodwin et al; NASA/STScI; JPL/CalTech; Ultraviolet Images of the Sun courtesy NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory
Though this web page project began as a theoretically simple adaptation of content originally created for the printed magazine, I decided that the web page – which would be a prominent feature on the site for several months – needed a single image that would evoke the festival experience and include some of the primary summer festival headliners.
photomontage by Jason Simanek; Tim McGraw courtesy The Greenroom PR; Blake Shelton by Steve Jennings/Webster PR; Brad Paisley by John Russell/CMA; Miranda Lambert by Becky FLuke/ShopKeeper Management; festival crowd by Jason Simanek