7:00 p.m., Wednesday September 26, Main Street Stage
In the past three years, Clayton Anderson has managed to do the unthinkable. He has cracked into the country music world backwards, independently, and with a fury. Opening for some of country’s biggest stars, the likes of Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Kenney Chesney – twice, and Mr. Party himself Jimmy Buffett, Clayton has put himself on the country music map without the benefit of entering Nashville’s star-making factory. He’s done it the old-fashioned way, playing backrooms, side stages, and honkytonks from Michigan to Florida, each time gaining a few more fans and a better foothold on areas that aren’t traditional country strongholds.
Growing up in southern Indiana, Clayton is used to hearing that country comes from the south. And while you can’t list any Indiana country singers as easily as you could put together a line-up from Dixie states like Georgia or Texas, it has been the foundation of Clayton’s fan base.
When Clayton independently released his debut feature-length album on iTunes, it climbed as high as No. 17 on the country album chart sales.
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