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Niemann, LoCash, Diamond Rio added to Jamboree line-up


February 7, 2018

Diamond Rio, which performed last in Sweet Home in 1994 (in the third annual Oregon Jamboree) is returning for this year's festival. For more on who's been signed for 2018.

The Oregon Jamboree has added three new artists, Diamond Rio, LoCash and Jerrod Niemann, to its 2018 lineup.

Diamond Rio has "been around forever," said Teresa Stas, Jamboree marketing director. The group has "a ton of hits and awards."

Diamond Rio has performed at the Jamboree once before, in 1994. Neimann has also appeared at the festival, which will be held this year on Aug. 3-5.

"We've had Jerrod Neimann before," Stas said. "He's a favorite. People really like him. He's got a lot of great hits, and people love him."

Niemann performed in Sweet Home in 2013.

LoCash is new to the Jamboree, Stas said. The duo has been a cult favorite since 2010. Changing their name from LoCash Cowboys to simply LoCash, "they recently got their first No. 1 hit ('I Know Somebody')," she noted.

Members of LoCash have written Keith Urban's "You Gonna Fly," and Tim McGraw's "Truck Yeah" hit singles.

It's a group that people haven't had the chance to see recently, Stas said.

The artists join a lineup with Maren Morris, Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert and Carly Pearce.

Stas expects another big announcement in a couple of weeks, but the lineup so far is generating interest.

"They're really excited about Maren Morris," Stas said. "She's made a huge splash. She hasn't been over here."

Eldredge "has turned into a big thing," Stas said. "He did one of our mystery concerts," probably four or five years ago.

Now he's headlining, Stas said, and people are really excited.

"People are excited about Diamond Rio," she said, and they're excited for the acts who haven't been in the area, Morris and LoCash as "LoCash," or haven't been in the area for a long time, Gilbert.

Jerrod Niemann

Jerrod Niemann released his fourth studio album, "This Ride," in October, with the singles "A Little More Love," a duet with Lee Brice, and "God Made a Woman."

"This album is like Life 2.0 for me," Niemann said of his creative rebirth. "If 'This Ride' were a movie, it'd be told from the point of view of the man in the story instead of the boy. Challenging yourself as a human being and as a man is what life is all about, and it's been rewarding to put that into my music."

Niemann's previous album, "High Noon," featured the platinum-certified multi-week No. 1 hit "Drink to That All Night," which also spun a remix with Pitbull.

Chart-topping major-label debut, Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury, hit the New York Times' Top 10 Albums of 2010, launching the gold-certified top-five hit "What Do You Wan?" and platinum-certified No. 1 "Lover, Lover."

He has earned multiple award nominations from the Country Music Association, Country Music Television and American Country Awards.

Niemann studies music at South Plains college in Levelland, Texas, and serves on the school's Commercial Music Advisory Board.

He jump-started his Music City career co-writing multiple songs for Garth Brooks, including a co-writing credit with Brooks on the No. 1 hit "Good Ride, Cowboy."


LoCash is a country music duo made of singer-songwriter Chris Lucas and Preston Brust, natives of Baltimore, Md. and Indianapolis, Ind., respectively.

With a sound that fuses modern country and classic heartland rock with an edgy vocal blend, the duo has two albums and eight charting singles to their credit.

LoCash broke out in 2015 with their gold-certified hit "I Love This Life" followed by the gold-certified No. 1 hit "I Know Somebody." These along with the romantic anthem "Ring on Every Finger," are part of the album "The Fighters," released in summer 2016 with top-15 success.

The followup to "The Fighters" is expected this year, with the single "Don't Get Better Than That," available on all digital platforms.

In 2017, LoCash earned its first round of awards show recognition, nominated at the ACM Awards for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, the CMT Music Awards for Duo Video of the Year and the CMA Award for Vocal Duo of the Year.

Diamond Rio

Diamond Rio formed in 1989 in Nashville, Tenn., signed with Arista Records and became the first music group in history to reach No. 1 with a debut single, with the release of "Meet in the Middle" from the album "Diamond Rio" in 1991.

Since then, the band recorded numerous hits, including "How Your Love Makes Me Feel," "One More Day," "Beautiful Mess," "Unbelievable," "In a Week or Two" and more.

The band has sold more than 10 million albums. It has won a Grammy Award, a Dove Award and six CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year Awards.

Diamond Rio had five multi-week No. 1 singles, 22 Top-10 singles, three platinum-certified and five gold-certified albums.

The group released its 10th studio album, "I Made It," in 2015.

The group serves as a longtime spokesman for Big Brothers Big Sisters and has raised more than $1 million for nonprofits and received the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award.


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