Over the years, contemporary country music icon Chris Cagle has all but proven true the title of his newest album My Life’s Been a Country Song, and this Houston-raised cowboy has been causing a ruckus in Nashville ever since the beginning of his incredible career. Now taking his act out of Nashville and infiltrating the rest of the nation, Cagle has recently been added to the list of country knockouts set to perform at one of the year’s biggest music festivals in the country.
Setting off for Eau Claire, Wisconsin this summer, Chris Cagle has been confirmed as one of the Country Jam 2009 performers to storm the stage from July 23 – 25, nailing down a July 24 performance alongside fellow contemporary country acts Heidi Newfield and Blake Shelton.
Pleasing Cheeseheads across the state, Cagle is just one of the country music acts to grace the stage. Other vocalists already confirmed as part of the Country Jam in Wisconsin are Phil Vassar, Tim McGraw, LoCash Cowboys, Jack Ingram, Neal McCoy and Sawyer Brown. Country Jam USA is one of the year’s biggest musical festivals, and the fun doesn’t stop in Eau Claire. A similar and affiliated Country Jam will also take place this summer in Grand Junction, Colorado, featuring country music heavyweights such as Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich, Sawyer Brown, Blake Shelton, Pat Green, Neal McCoy and Jason Aldean, and Grand Junction will also host the 2009 Rock Jam (also affiliated with Country Jam USA) featuring rockers Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kid Rock, Survivor, Starship and more.
Chris Cagle has now proven his country star status by jumping onboard the Country Jam music festival, but before he was entertaining the country music masses this Southern gem was dabbling with all kinds of musical instruments, settling on the guitar after learning to play at age six. Cagle grew up outside Houston, Texas, and picked up the guitar more seriously after college when he attended the University of Texas at Arlington. Dropping out of school at age 19 to chase the Nashville dream, Cagle headed down to Tennessee in 1994 and struggled to break into the business, finally landing a publishing deal with songwriter Harlan Howard.
Cagle was eventually signed as a recording artist with Virgin Records Nashville, and the Southern crooner got busy on recording his first single, which was released in 2000 with the title “My Love Goes On and On.” Breaking onto the country charts, “My Love Goes On and On” was followed by Cagle’s debut album Play it Loud, which also dropped in 2000. The leading single “Laredo” established Chris Cagle as a fresh face on the country music scene, and after switching record labels to Capitol the up-and-coming vocalist released a self-titled album in 2003, spawning the catchy tracks “What a Beautiful Day” and “Chicks Dig It,” two Top Five-charting singles that thrust the album into a chart-topper.
2005’s Anywhere But Here featured the heartbreaking smash single “Miss Me Baby,” and Cagle has continued down the path of total country domination since then, most recently with his 2008 release My Life’s Been a Country Song. A number one-charting album since its release, My Life’s Been a Country Song has already spawned the smash single “What Kinda Gone,” a number three charting single on the country front. Cagle has also been intertwined in a string of live performances, so if you haven’t heard this classic rock-meets-contemporary country musician rock out live, check online for Chris Cagle tickets and dust off those boots and cowboy hat for one Southern-fried night out!