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The Back Road Music Festival is BACK!

For Embargoed Release on Friday May 7, 2021 at 8AM:

Event: The Back Road Music Festival

Date & Times: Saturday August 14, 2021

Location: Galva Park District | SE 6th St| Galva, Illinois

Galva, IL (May 7, 2021) – The Back Road Music Festival is excited to announce its plans to move forward with the 2021 festival, to be held on August 14, 2021.

One of the founders of The Back Road Music Festival Nik Grafelman stated, “For over six years, The Back Road Music Festival has been a yearly gathering for so many of us. Year after year we see families coming in from all over the Midwest (and further) to enjoy a day of music and small-town hospitality in Galva, Illinois. It has been difficult over the past several months for all of us. I just want to start this year off by saying, on behalf of The Back Road Music Festival, thank you and we have missed you!

The Back Road Music Festival is extremely excited to announce that 2 of the 3 previously announced artists will be coming to the 2021 festival this summer. Both Randy Houser and Tracy Lawrence have been confirmed for this year. Country music artist Travis Denning will also be joining the lineup! There are more artists yet to be announced over the coming weeks.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now at All tickets that were carried over from the 2020 festival will be honored, there is no action needed on the part of those ticket holders.

Considering COVID-19, festival organizers will be taking extra precautions to ensure that all festival-goers will be able to enjoy the day. Both General Admission & the Hog Trough section (the section closest to the stage) will be limited this year to allow for social distancing. The Hog Trough will be very limited and there are only a handful of those tickets remaining. Grafelman also noted that “We will be watching & following the guidelines set by the state as we get closer to the event to ensure that we have a safe environment for all of our fans. This may result in the grounds looking slightly different than it has in the past. We will keep everyone informed of the changes if any, and would just ask to bear with us so we can all enjoy a day in the sun watching good music at the Galva Park District!”

About Randy Houser - With an inimitable voice the New York Times describes as “wholly different, thicker and more throbbing, a caldron bubbling over,” Randy Houser racked up three consecutive No. 1 hits and more than four million in singles sales to date with his Stoney Creek Records album, How Country Feels. He topped the charts with the title track, “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “Goodnight Kiss” (also his first No. 1 as a songwriter) and earned critical acclaim for his powerful delivery of the Top 5 smash and CMA Song of the Year-nominated "Like A Cowboy." Houser added a fourth No. 1 to his catalogue with “We Went” from his 2016 album, Fired Up. Randy Houser’s fifth studio album, Magnolia (available now), is his third album with current label home, Stoney Creek Records and marks a new era for the singer/songwriter which many have called “Houser at his best.” Listeners got their first taste of Houser’s critically-acclaimed rootsy project with the Top 30 hit “What Whiskey Does,” which debuted at Country radio as #1 Most Added and Rolling Stone immediately dubbed “a classic tears-and-twang drinking song.” The album which NPR claims is home to “some of the most expressive performances of his career,” also includes his current single, “No Stone Unturned,” a gypsy-hearted traveling song that Whiskey Riff calls “the best song, from the best album of 2019.”

About Tracy Lawrence – One of country music’s truest traditionalists, Tracy Lawrence has sold more than THIRTEEN MILLION albums and has charted EIGHTEEN No. 1 songs. He has garnered numerous CMA and ACM awards and nominations, as well as a Grammy nomination. Following the release of a new Christmas album, entitled FROZEN IN TIME, on October 12, 2018, Lawrence spent the better part of 2018 and early this year writing and recording a brand new album which was just released on August 16th. His 2017 critically acclaimed album GOOD OLE DAYS hit the #1 position on the iTunes Country Chart. Lawrence hosts the award-nominated, nationally syndicated radio show “Honky Tonkin’ With Tracy Lawrence,” for which he has received two ACM nominations for National On-Air Personality of the Year. The show features music from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s and is heard on more 90 affiliates.

About Travis Denning - A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, singer/songwriter and Mercury Nashville recording artist Travis Denning was just nominated for CMT “Breakthrough Video Of The Year” for his first No. One and GOLD-certified single with the “shadowy” (Rolling Stone) “After A Few.” Accelerating his ascend from a chart-topping single, Denning also just released his “upbeat, raucous” (American Songwriter) official new single “Where That Beer’s Been,” available at country radio now. Both tracks are taken from his recently-released debut EP BEER’S BETTER COLD that debuted in the Top 20 of Billboard's Country Albums chart. Denning first made waves showcasing his “future star power” (Billboard) with the release of his Top 40 debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs." Denning kicked off 2020 as direct support on Dustin Lynch’s STAY COUNTRY TOUR and has previously opened shows for Cole Swindell, Alan Jackson, LANCO, Riley Green and his first headlining “Heartbeat Of A Small Town Tour.” With over 340 million streams worldwide, Denning has been spotlighted for his head-turning sound and was selected this past year as an Opry NextStage recipient and CMA KixStart

Artist, as he makes his mark within the industry. Inspired at a young age, Denning developed a love for country, pop, rock and heavy metal and started playing local bars from the age of 16, as he built a strong following from his distinctive songs and raucous guitar solos. A prolific writer with an unquestionable stage presence, Denning moved to Nashville and secured outside cuts by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Michael Ray and more. Denning’s newest songwriting cut includes Michael Ray’s Top 20 single “Her World Or Mine." For more information, visit

About The Back Road Music Festival - The Back Road Music Festival returns for its 7th year to the Galva Park District in Galva, IL. With 4 nationally touring country bands on the main stage complemented by 3 aspiring groups on the side stage, you will be guaranteed a memorable evening without the hustle & bustle of a big city show. Live music, great food, good times & a family-friendly environment that you will NOT want to miss.

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The Back Road Festival Media Contact:

Leon Edwards

309.224.9389 |

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