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Two Step Inn 2023 Preview: 10 Acts To Watch

April 12, 2023 9:45 am GMT
Last Edited June 5, 2023 2:26 pm GMT

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Grab your hats, however many gallons of beer and your boots, whether pointed-toe or squared.

Festival season is in full swing, and Two Step Inn has a little something everyone can do-si-do to.

Just north of Austin, Texas, this first-of-its-kind festival is gearing up to be a boot-scootin’ good time. Any event’s inaugural year holds a lot of promises, but Two Step Inn seems poised to deliver.

Dubbed the World’s Largest Outdoor Honky Tonk, the two-day event – held at the city of Georgetown’s San Gabriel Park – will be a showcase of the best of the best.

The team behind the festival have carefully crafted an experience unique to Georgetown and to Texas as a whole.

A new kind of shindig, Two Step Inn will host the sensations of country music’s past, present and future across three stages.

The line-up, while at times unexpected, is a perfectly booked showcase for country lovers, country dabblers and those just simply tagging along.

Multiple dance floors will leave plenty of room for two-stepping, and by the week’s end, no foot will have gone untapped, no lyric unsung, and no honk untonked.

From Tyler Childers to T-Pain, below are the ten acts we're most looking forward to witnessing in action!

Zach Bryan

Country sensation Zach Bryan has been a die-hard fan-favorite at festivals past and is set to be a mainstay headliner this event season.

With a new album reportedly in the works and his 2022 hit ‘Something in the Orange’ a current must-listen, the artist is expected to draw massive crowds to Two Step Inn all on his own.

Those lucky to be in attendance can look forward to a hit-packed set, given the colossal 34-song tracklist of his last album, American Heartbreak.

Tyler Childers

Country’s hottest neo-traditionalist will take the stage to give festival-goers a big dose of delightfully twangy bluegrass folk.

After the release of last year’s triple album, Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?, the headliner’s set is bound to be plentiful, full of his trademark Kentucky-textured lilt and riddled with his rough-and-tumble spiritualism.

Tanya Tucker

The trailblazing Tanya Tucker will grace the Two Step Inn stage, bringing her tough-as-nails spirit and enduring hits to attendees.

Her recently announced new album, Sweet Western Sound, will arrive in early June, hot on the heels of her Two Step Inn appearance. If you listen closely, you might just hear something new.

Jo Dee Messina

Jo Dee Messina of ‘Heads Carolina, Tails California’ fame is another country queen making an appearance at San Gabriel Park.

The ‘90s artist is one of the decade’s most underrated, but will be a hot ticket at Two Step Inn. She recently released a greatest hits compilation album, so some throwback fun should be expected.

Alana Springsteen

On her way to becoming country’s next “it” girl, Alana Springsteen is first making a much-anticipated festival stop.

The young hit-maker, having recently made waves with her single ‘you don't deserve a country song’, will offer crowds a taste of what to expect from the next generation of country queens.

T-Pain

While a double take-inducing addition to the bill, early 2000s hip-hop favorite T-Pain will bring the party when he dons the stage.

His recently released covers album, On Top of the Covers, features a striking rendition of the country standard ‘Tennessee Whiskey’, so he may be just the palette cleanser for the country curious.

Diplo

Another head-scratcher on the roster may be EDM DJ Diplo. However, country fans may know him best as his twanged-up alter-ego, Thomas Wesley.

The producer recently announced the continuation of his country project with Thomas Wesley: Chapter 2 – Swamp Savant, an album he has dubbed “the greatest single piece of work I’ve ever done”. Maybe festival goers will get an early taste of that.

Lonestar

Talk about another blast from the past. Nineties country ensemble Lonestar will grace the festival, hopefully with a nostalgia-inducing setlist that includes their classics, ‘Amazed,’ ‘I'm Already There,’ and ‘Mr. Mom’.

The group is set to release an album, titled TEN to 1, in which ten of their No. 1 hits will be reworked and refreshed. Maybe they’ll sample a few live over the weekend.

Paul Cauthen

Texas to the core, Paul Cauthen seems the perfect fit for a festival of this kind. Armed with a voice and a persona as big as the Lonestar state, rowdy hits like ‘Country as Fuck’ and ‘Cocaine Country Dancing’ have made him a favorite. When Cauthen lets Big Velvet loose, you know you’re in for a good time.

Disko Cowboy

Two Step Inn wouldn’t be complete without Disko Cowboy spinning the day into night.

A country festival must, the cult-favorite DJ is known for his inventive country disco mashups that turn even your merch line intermission into the ultimate dance party. Disko Cowboy will be spinning all weekend, turning festival fantasies up a notch.

Two Step Inn 2023 takes place April 15 - 16, 2023 at San Gabriel Park in Georgetown, Texas.

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Written by Alli Patton
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