Springtime means wildflowers! Get out of the house! Springtime means outdoor festivals! Get out of the house! (Springtime also means snakes, snakes, snakes, but let's just ignore that for now. Or at least put on some tall boots. Be safe. But still get out of the house.) This weekend merits a little jaunt out of town. Jam-band fans have McDowell Mountain Music Fest, and the hip set has Coachella, but for fans of both kinds of music (country and western), the best direction to travel is "down ways southwestern." Florence, to be precise, for the Country Thunder camping/country music festival. You've probably heard most of the headliners, like Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy, and Blake Shelton, but dig a little deeper into the lineup, and there are a number of gems, especially among the country artists who haven't crossed over out of the CMT... More >>>