"I think New York is going to have a fresh look at country music," Canaan Smith said.

By Annie Reuter

New York City goes country this weekend with the inaugural FarmBorough Festival.

Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Luke Bryan will headline the three-day festival, which kicks off today (June 26) on Randall’s Island and runs through Sunday (June 28).

The lineup also includes Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith, who shared their excitement of being able to play their music in New York this weekend. Moore, who kicked off his first major headlining tour in New York last fall, confessed that he was initially shocked to learn he had such a huge fan base in the tri-state area.

“That whole area has become a hotbed for us,” he said in a video promoting the festival. “We’ve got some of our best fans right there and they’ve really latched onto us. We look forward to going there so much. I can’t wait to do the big festival there.”

Fellow Sounds of Summer tour mates Maddie & Tae also explained their surprise of having such avid country fans of their music in New York.


“Everyone loves country music,” Tae Dye said. “Something on radio tour that we were surprised by is that we went to the farthest place up north thinking that maybe they didn’t listen to country music. They did. Country is everywhere. I think everyone appreciates it because of the stories and you really get to know each artist by listening to their song.”

Meanwhile, Canaan Smith said it’s “incredible” for country artists to be able to take their music to New York.

“The fact that they’re embracing it is even better. Country music connects people, that’s what it does best,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what state, what nationality or what race it just matters that we’re telling our story. Chances are my story intertwines with your story somehow.”

FarmBorough takes place June 26-28 on Randall’s Island in New York City. For ticket information and the complete lineup visit FarmBoroughfestival.com.

Radio.com will be attending the festival so stay tuned for more updates and follow us along on Twitter.


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