iHeartCountry Festival back in Austin for its Fifth Straight Year
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iHeartCountry Festival back in Austin for its Fifth Straight Year

iHeartCountry Festival back in Austin for its Fifth Straight Year

iHeartCountry Festival
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
May 5, 2018
Photography by Michael Mullenix

The 2018 iHeartCountry Festival came back to Austin, TX for the fifth straight year. Billed as the ultimate celebration of country music, many of country’s biggest superstars took the stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas On Saturday, May 5.

Hosted by Bobby Bones and Candace Cameron Bure, this year’s show included performances from superstar country artists like Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Maren Morris, Sugarland, Luke Combs, Billy Currington, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi and Brett Young. Each performance was punctuated with a surprise including:

  • A special appearance by Gavin McGraw who performed “Soldier” with Brett Young.
  • Maren Morris, decked out in a Texas Longhorn jersey,  joined Keith Urban, singing the Miranda Lambert part of “We Were Us”
  • Cole Swindell joined Luke Bryan during “Roller Coaster”
  • Dan + Shay brought out Danielle Bradbery to sing with them during “How Not To”
  • Eleven-year-old yodeling sensation Mason Ramsey performed Hank Williams’s “Lovesick Blues” as well as his recently released debut single “Famous.”
  • Scotty McCreery gave a surprise performance of his new single “Five More Minutes”
  • Bobby Bones joined Sugarland for “Stuck Like Glue”
  • Luke Bryan came out for a surprise duet with Billy Currington

Earlier in the day, the Daytime Village took place in the North Box Office Plaza. The free daytime event featured live performances by Luke Combs, Brett Young, Lauren Alaina, Dylan Scott and Danielle Bradbery.


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About the Photographer

Michael Mullenix
Growing up around the world, Michael developed a taste and appreciation for all styles of music. While studying film making at Boston University, he dove headfirst into a mosh-pit and never came out. It was in Boston that he combined his love of film and photography with his drive and passion for being a chronicler of the underground music scene. After graduation he headed to Los Angeles and for over a decade has worked with some of the top musicians and actors in the entertainment industry. Lured to Austin by the cultural explosion in the music and film scenes taking place there, he relocated two years ago and describes Austin as a cultural Shang Ri La!