It's country. It's rock. It's Southern. It's popular. It's coming to Alabama this weekend.

"Rock The Country," a festival for the people, has a seven-stop tour, including Mobile on Friday and Saturday.

Jason Aldean. Kid Rock. Uncle Kracker, Big & Rich with Gretchen Wilson, Trippp, Sadie Bass, Tyler Farr, Randy Hauser and Brantley Gilbert.

Notice that this lineup is not the woke, politically correct Hollywood elites. It's more down-home and down-South.

Southern Alabama's hotels, restaurants, bars, retailers, and Uber/Lift drivers expect a major influx of purchasing power starting Friday midday as thousands of music fans from across the eastern United States make their way to Alabama's Port City.

The party is at "The Grounds," the newly coined name for the Greater Gulf States Fairgrounds.

What few tickets are left can be obtained from scalpers or here.  

"' Rock The Country' is for everyone who makes this country run and loves America. Nobody knows how to party like small-town America," said co-headliner Kid Rock.  

The Alabama performance follows weekend festivals in Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida. 

Doors open at 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The music starts Friday at 4:10 with Gavin Adcock, followed by Uncle Kracker, Big & Rich with Gretchen Wilson, and headliner Kid Rock.

Saturday music starts with Trippp, followed by Sadie Bass, Tyler Farr, Randy Houser, Brantley Gilbert and the finale with Jason Aldean.

The headliner Aldean has become a somewhat controversial anti-woke celebrity. His wife Brittany posted a video in August 2022 in which she explained her opposition to sex change procedures for children. Aldean's public relations firm, GreenRoom, quickly dropped him after a 17-year relationship.

Aldean released "Try That in a Small Town" in May 2023. It was viewed as pro-police and anti-protest. CMT quickly pulled it and drew criticism from Jason Isbell and others. However, it also drew widespread support, including from former President Donald Trump.

The Mobile stop of Rock the Country remains true to Aldean's small-town theme. They skipped larger southern towns like Atlanta or Nashville and went south to Mobile.

In the other stops of the tour, Rock the County was also in small towns. Ocala, Florida instead of Orlando. Gonzales, Louisiana instead of New Orleans. Ashland, Kentucky instead of Louisville. Rome, Georgia instead of Atlanta. Popular Bluff, Missouri instead of St. Louis. Anderson, South Carolina instead of Greenville or Charleston.

The performers and support personnel of Rock the Country are indeed trying it in small towns.

Jim' Zig' Zeigler's beat is the colorful and positive about Alabama. He writes about Alabama people, places, events, groups and prominent deaths. He is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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