A Day in the Country music festival draws thousands

They've gone country

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If there ever was a time for cut-off jean shorts, bikini tops and cowboy hats, it was Sunday at the A Day in the Country music festival at Augusta’s Riverfront Marina.

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Music fans cheer during a performance by Jerrod Niemann at A Day In The Country.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Music fans cheer during a performance by Jerrod Niemann at A Day In The Country.

Thousands gathered at the river’s edge in lawn chairs for an all-day country music lineup including Tra­cy Lawrence, Jerrod Nie­mann, Ashton Shepherd and North Augusta native Carey Murdock.

North Augustans Pat and Jason Wells said they came out to see Murdock.

“We want to support him,” Jason Wells said. “He’s a good kid and we want to see him go far.”

The show, which started at noon and finished around 7 p.m., was also seen by hundreds from boats that pulled up on the Savannah River.

Friends Jenny Mack and Mere­dith Queens from Sa­van­nah were in town for the show. An Augusta friend lends them a boat for the event every year.

“We pulled up around 10 this morning and locked in this spot,” Queens said. “We’re pros now. We’ve been doing this for years.”

Mack and Queens tied up their boat to three others, all of whose occupants they had just met Sunday.

“They had beer,” Mack said, pointing to one of the attached boats. “And these guys had burgers. We picked them carefully.”

The Department of Natural Resources had officers on hand in case boaters had too much to drink.

Cpl. Ben Payne said they do not have any problems until about 6 p.m. when everyone tries to leave at once, when they typically end up arresting a few people for boating under the influence.

Around the perimeter, food trucks were lined up and retail tents sold cowboy hats and other clothing.

Ann and Gary Lindsey, of Atlanta, had spent the weekend in Augusta and were excited to end their weekend listening to Gary’s idol, Tracy Lawrence.

“I do a little singing,” he said. “Tracy is my influence. He’s all country.”

As country music fans swayed in the crowd around her, singer Ashton Shepherd looked out from the stage.

“Y’all are here to have a good time today, I can tell,” she said. “I love country music.”

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scgator 05/07/12 - 02:26 pm
We live on the river (South

We live on the river (South Carolina side); this event should be renamed to "DRUNKS ON THE RIVER". I was not here for this one this year, but last year we saw numerous drunks and "way over loaded" boats on the river. One pontoon in fact was so overloaded that literally you could only see about 3 or 4 inches of the pontoon above the water surface. The "River Police" pulled up along side of them, checked for a fire extinguisher, and sent them on their way !!!! This event is over due for a serious mishap or tragedy.

bargainchic22 05/07/12 - 02:36 pm
I am very disappointed in The

I am very disappointed in The Augusta Chronicle for not acknowledging EVERY band that was on that stage yesterday! I paid for those tickets for the Sole purpose of going to see The Jeremy Graham Band and not only did the Chronicle FAIL to mention them in this article but also out of 1059 photos posted on Spotted, There was NOT ONE picture of them on stage! They are hard working men from Augusta and even work here and were treated like this. Really?? But hey The "north augusta" native was let known. I am ashamed and very let down by the lack of credit that was given. Thank you Augusta Chronicle!!!

Connor Threlkeld
Connor Threlkeld 05/08/12 - 01:38 am
Sorry to disappoint

Sorry to disappoint bargainchic22, our Spotted photographers are volunteers, and they may not have arrived in time to shoot photos of The Jeremy Graham Band, or they might have been shooting photos of the crowd while they were performing. We can't guarantee our volunteers will cover the entire event, especially one that is seven hours long.

Sean Moores
Sean Moores 05/08/12 - 08:24 am
bargainchic22, In addition to

bargainchic22, In addition to We Spotted we also have You Spotted where you can upload photos of any event just like our photographers do. It is pretty easy to use and is a good way to get some publicity for an event that our photographer can't get to. If you took any photos of The Jeremy Graham Band, we would love for you to post them. Take a look and let me know if you need any help.

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