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Mississippi native Colin Stough to join Conner Smith on main stage at 2024 Dixie National Rodeo

Gattman native Colin Stough placed third in season 21 of American Idol (Photo from Instagram)

A rising Mississippi Southern rock and country music singer will have the chance to take the main stage at the 59th annual Dixie National Rodeo.

The Mississippi State Fairgrounds has announced that Colin Stough, a Gattman native and finalist on season 21 of American Idol, will join Conner Smith on Friday, February 9 to kick off a series of performances following rounds of rodeo events.

Jameson Rodgers was previously scheduled to perform that Friday, but the Batesville native will no longer be a featured artist due to unspecified reasons. Fans who purchased tickets to Rodgers’ concert prior to the artist change can request a refund at their point of purchase up until the scheduled event performance time.

Dixie National Rodeo performances are as follows:

  • Friday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m. — Conner Smith and Colin Stough — Smith is best known for his songs “Creek Will Rise” and “I Hate Alabama.” Stough, who hails from Monroe County, will be bringing a hometown feel to the rodeo. The Mississippian finished third on season 21 of American Idol.
  • Saturday, February 10, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. — Tracy Byrd — a country music singer who was wildly popular in the 1990s for his hit “Watermelon Crawl.”
  • Sunday, February 11, at 2:00 p.m. — Chris Cagle — bringing back a taste of the early 2000s with country songs “Let There Be Cowgirls” and “Chicks Dig It.”
  • Wednesday, February 14, at 7:00 p.m. — Megan Moroney —an up-and-coming country music artist whose debut single “Tennessee Orange” charted in 2022.
  • Thursday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m. — Sammy Kershaw — an old-school country music performer who recorded 16 studio albums, with three RIAA platinum certifications and two gold certifications among them.
  • Friday, February 16, at 7:00 p.m. — Corey Kent — another newcomer to the country music world, best known for his platinum single “Wild as Her”
  • Saturday, February 17, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. — Parmalee — a two-time Academy of Country Music award-winning band who has produced popular hits in “Carolina” and “Just the Way.”

Tickets to the concerts can be purchased at the Mississippi Coliseum’s box office or online.

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