Country Music Gaining Big Fan Base in the Northland

Posted at: 11/06/2013 10:00 PM | Updated at: 11/07/2013 9:46 AM

Every day at work, David Drew lives and breathes country music and it seems more people in the Northland are doing the same.

"With the more high profile a lot of country stars are getting nationally, a lot of people are realizing country has changed a lot over the past 20 years," Drew said.

Drew is the brand manager at B105 and he said the crowd is getting bigger at his country events.

"We're seeing a solid turnout at everything," Drew said. "People right away know all the songs. They're not there to win; they are there because they know the music."

"I would say I'm not super into folky, grass country, more of the newer country," Joey Moore said.

Moore is a recent country convert who couldn't wait to watch the 47th annual Country Music Awards Wednesday.

"My roommate and I set a date and we're going to sit on the couch," Moore said. "She's going to do homework and watch it and I'm going to sit there and watch it."

One band up for a big CMA award was The Band Perry. They were nominated for Vocal Group of the Year and will be in Duluth in just a few months.

"Country is what's traveling right now," DECC Director of Ticketing Debbie Aleff said. "That's what's hot."

The Band Perry will be in Duluth March 1 and Justin Moore will be in town February 1.

"I think there's a lot of huge country fans in this area," Aleff said. "It's obviously put us on the map with the past shows that we've had."

"We're going to continue to see country shows here because people come out and support it," Drew said.

WDIO is giving away a pair of tickets to see The Band Perry. All you have to do is write down the CMA winners of the Vocal Group of the Year and the Entertainer of the Year.

You can enter online until Thursday at 5 p.m.

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