Perhaps recognizing that the tanking economy has hit the blue-collar sorts you'll find at a massive multi-day country music festival especially hard, Country Thunder is introducing an installment purchase plan. Or, as we like to call it, "layaway."
Now on countrythunder.com you can get your tickets at the early bird price while choosing the option of making a down payment and coming back twice more to pay off the balance.
"Everyday we hear more and more people worried about the economy and how they are going to afford to do the fun things that they love to do. So, we want to help them save money and make plans early to come to the festival and enjoy some great music and fun. We know that Country Thunder USA is a place where these folks can let loose and leave their worries at home for a weekend," says Producer Brian Andrews.
Is this year's bill worth the hassle? Well, actually, yes.
Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Montgomery Gentry, Little Big Town and Blake Shelton are headlining this year's festival, which takes place from April 1-4. That's a marked improvement from last year's only decent bill, which included my girl Kellie Pickler along with Miley Cyrus's dad, Neal McCoy, local boy Dierks Bentley and the insufferable Sugarland.
The show is held at Canyon Moon Ranch in Florence.
Note to Country Thunder attendees: If you had not voted for Bush in 2004 you could probably buy your tickets in one lump sum. Sigh. --Martin Cizmar