Country Thunder: The Line-up, The Stages, and The Schedule

Country Thunder 2012 Twin Lakes Easton Corbin, Big Kenny, Jason AldeanCountry Thunder in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, is just under a week away and marks the midway point of the summer festival season. For the Twin Lakes Country Thunder, there are always a couple things you can count on while attending the 4 day country fest.  First is the heat, which has been lingering in the Midwest for the past 15 days or so. Second is the rain; as it always rains at least one day over the 4 days and creates mud puddles in the campgrounds, but no one seems to mind.  The third is the fantastic music Country Thunder draws to the Midwest.  This year could be the best line-up to date as Big & Rich, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, and Toby Keith headline.  Yet, the only thing that may not happen this year is the rain, but maybe Country Thunder will be what draws the much needed rain to the Midwest.

Just issued By Country Thunder and the Order of the Kenosha County Parks Dept. :

Currently the County of Kenosha is under dangerous fire conditions therefore as of yet:
No campfires, grilling with charcoal or wood,
Fireworks or careless use of smoking materials at country thunder is strictly prohibited.

The Stages

Last year was the first year the second stage, the Frat House, was added during the day and included performers such as Steal Magnolia and Jason Jones.  The stage was a saving grace as the previous artists mentioned were scheduled to perform on the main stage, but the rain forced them to play on the Frat Stage under the tent.  This year two new stages have been added, minus the Frat House Stage; the GAC Country Thunder Stage and The Electric Thunder stage – schedules for both stage are below. These stages are host to the up-and-comers in country music and a DJ throughout the night until 2 A.M.

What You Can and Cannot Bring – Direct from Country Thunder’s site

No: Instruments; Knives/Weapons; Chains/Chain Wallets; Outside Food or Beverage (into venue); Camelpacks; Tents in venue; Flags in venue; Refunds or Exchanges; Video Cameras; Audio Recording Devices; Flasks; Professional Cameras; Pets (in concert bowl); Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia; Coolers in venue; Laser Pointers; Excess Baggage; Umbrellas; or Chairs with Canopies.

OK: Backpacks (medium); Hats; Sun Block; Lighters; Sunglasses; Beach Towel; One Unopened Bottle of Water; 12 & Under Free (except in RSVD or VIP area); Fanny Packs; Digital Cameras (non professional); Disposable Cameras; Film Cameras (non professional)

Country Thunder Twin Lakes Aaron Lewis, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter HayesThe Artists

While there is a slew of artists performing this year, we’ve narrowed down who we look forward to seeing this year.


The FARM  is a trio from different parts of the United States.  They have a Little Big Town Feel and are opening for Big & Rich.  Their debut album, Home Sweet Home hits the stores July 17th. Check them out here.

Big & Rich of course made our list! How can we not “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy?”  It was fantastic to see the always energetic Big Kenny in 2010 and now has cohort and Celebrity Apprentice winner, John Rich, is back on stage with him for Country Thunder.


The Roys are back at Country Thunder again and kick off Friday’s festivities on the main stage with their Bluegrass Country sound.

Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean’s tour stops  at Country Thunder and will surely entertain.   This is also the return of Jason and Luke on the main stage at Country Thunder. Anyone remember their 2010 performances?


Staind’s frontman, Aaron Lewis, recently released his first country album and is now showing country fans he can also be a country boy.  This sounds like Darius Rucker’s story…rocker turn country boy, but Rucker has proven himself, but can Aaron?

Easton Corbin is also returning to the Country Thunder main stage with country icon Dwight Yoakam, and headliner Blake Shelton. Blake is experiencing great notoriety with his place on The Voice, and for me, he has bigger shoes to fill as his wife, Miranda Lambert, graced the stage 2 years ago and took some time to grab a four wheeler and have some fun with fans in the mud filled campgrounds, so what will Blake do to top that?


Country newcomer, Hunter Hayes, is on the bill with country veteran, Neal McCoy.  It also won’t be long  that Brantley Gilbert will be “just the opener” and headlining his own tour soon.  He was recently headlining the Harley Davidson Roadhouse stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee to a packed crowd.  Toby Keith  brings his Red Solo Cup of fun as the closing headliner of Country Thunder in Twin Lakes.

The Stage Schedules

GAC Country Thunder Stage

Thursday – July 19
12:30 – 2:00 AM Back Country Roads
3:00 – 4:00 PM Suburban Cowboys
4:30 – 5:30 PM Brian Lavendar & Whiskey Bent
6:00 – 7:00 PM Suburban Cowboys
10:30 – 12:00 AM Jamie Campbell & The Redneck Romeos

Friday – July 20
12:30 – 2:00 AM Back Country Roads
1:30 – 4:00 PM Six String Crossing
4:30 – 5:30 PM Brian Lavendar & Whiskey Bent
6:00 – 7:00 PM Saddlebrook
10:30 – 12:00 AM Saddlebrook

Saturday – July 21
12:00 – 1:00 PM Brian Lavendar & Whiskey Bent
1:30 – 2:30 PM Smokin Gunz
3:00 – 4:00 PM Smokin Gunz
4:30 – 5:30 PM The Roys
6:00 – 7:00 PM Bella Cain
10:30 – 12:00 AM Bella Cain

Sunday – July 22
12:00 – 1:00 PM The Roys
1:30 – 4:00 PM Penny Mae Dixon
4:30 – 7:00 PM Brushfire
10:30 – 2:00 AM Back Country Roads

Electric Thunder

Thursday – July 19
10:30 – 2:00 AM      Electro Country Shine
Friday – July 20
10:30 – 2:00 AM        DJ DU
Saturday – July 21
10:30 – 2:00 AM        DJ DU
Sunday – July 22
10:30 – 2:00 AM        DJ DU

Country Thunder 2012 Schedule