That is to say, the meaty stew of good-time country music, rap and Southern rock is an established and growing genre.
"I would love to see hick hop, or whatever you want to call it, have its own category, have its own award. I don't care whether it's at the rap awards, I don't care whether it's at the country awards — just something to recognize what we're doing. It's here to stay," said guitarist Brian "Rooster" King of the country-rap duo The LACS, one of the headliners at this weekend's LimeRock Country Rock Music Festival.
Yes, Virginia, there is a large, country-rap-rock festival in north Marion County this weekend. The venue is Bubba Raceway Park, owned by Bubba Clem, a Florida-based, nationally known radio personality known as Bubba the Love Sponge. Clem is expected to appear at the festival, but the event was organized by others involved at the raceway who have been hankering to host a music festival at the 45-acre property off Northwest Gainesville Road.
"People are pumped," said event producer Mike Spangler, who is hoping for at least 7,500 people per day at the festival.
Billed as an "All-American, Back-Woods, Backyard Party," LimeRock will feature about 30 acts; the line-up ranges from budding Nashville bands to singer/songwriters to rappers. There's Moonshine Bandits, Clare Dunn, Tobacco Rd Band, and regional favorite Shane Wooten.
There's also Bubba Sparxxx ("Ms. New Booty") and Coolio, the wire-braided rapper behind the 1995 smash "Gangsta's Paradise..