SWEET HOME — Returning acts Diamond Rio and Jerrod Niemann and newcomer Locash have been added to the 2018 Oregon Jamboree list of performers, according to marketing director Teresa Stas.

This year’s music festival will be held Aug. 3-5 behind Sweet Home High School.

“We are really happy with this year’s lineup,” Stas said. “It was a little slow securing acts this year because of all the tours, but it is coming together nicely with a great group of talent and something for everyone.”

Formed in 1989, Diamond Rio performed at the 1994 Jamboree and at the time already had seen success with its No. 1 debut single, “Meet Me in the Middle.” The band has recorded a number of other hits, including “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” “Unbelievable” and “In A Week or Two.”

The group released its 10th studio album, "I Made It," in 2015.

Diamond Rio members are Gene Johnson on mandolin, Jimmy Olander on lead guitar, Brian Prout on drums, Marty Roe lead vocal, Dan Truman on keyboards and Dana Williams on bass guitar.

The group serves as a longtime spokesman for Big Brothers Big Sisters and has raised more than $1 million for nonprofits and received the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award.

Singer-songwriters Chris Lucas and Preston Brust comprise Locash, fusing modern country with heartland rock. Rolling Stone called them “one of Nashville’s hardest-working acts.” They've recorded two albums and eight charting singles, including the gold-certified “I Love This Life,” followed by another gold-certified hit, “I Know Somebody.”

Offstage, they've scored as songwriters with Keith Urban’s “You Gonna Fly,” in 2011 and Tim McGraw’s platinum-certified “Truck Yeah” in 2012. In 2017 they were nominated at the ACM Awards for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, the CMT Music Awards for Duo Video of the Year and the CMA Awards for Vocal Duo of the Year.

Jerrod Niemann, a platinum-certified singer-songwriter, has been called "one of the greatest talents I have ever run into" by Garth Brooks, with whom he cowrote the No. 1 hit, "Good Ride Cowboy." 

In 2010, Niemann's “Judge, Jerrod & the Hung Jury,” made The New York Times’ Top 10 album list, and launched the gold-certified Top 5 hit “Who Do You Want” and platinum-certified No. 1 “Lover, Lover.”

In 2015, Niemann donated $100,000 to his charity Free the Music USA, which collects musical instruments and giving them to needy children.

The artists will join headliners Brett Eldredge, Maren Morris and Brantley Gilbert.

Tickets are on sale at www.oregonjamboree.com.

Three-day general admission pass is $145; a three-day premier general admission pass is $190; and a three-day reserved pass is $280.

Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.


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