by Taryn Riemer
Next year Craven Country Jamboree will have some very big names in country music. But so far all of the performers are male.
The annual country music festival has been going on for 30 years and brings huge crowds to the Qu'Appelle Valley. Each day of the four day event in the middle of July sees up wards of 25,000 people. They get to enjoy multiple performers such as: Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert. Next year the festival will have an all star lineup. The headliners are: Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban.
They have a few spots left for performers that they are waiting to hear back from.
“We still have a couple of slots to fill and we are in talks with a female artist right now so we may end up with one,” says Kim Blevins, Director of Marketing for Craven Country Jamboree.
Blevins says that its not that they don’t want female performers it’s that they couldn’t get any.
When Craven books acts they have to put in offers to the performers. Then the act either accepts it or doesn’t. For 2014 they tried to get Carrie Underwood and Shania Twain but their offers didn’t get accepted.
Sara Brandt has gone to Craven and is disappointed by the line up this year.
“There’s lots of prominent female country singers and there’s none going so it bugs me.”