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San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Completes                                                       2013 Entertainment Lineup

SAN ANTONIO- The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is pleased to announce the addition of Thompson Square, Jerrod Niemann, Justin Moore and Darius Rucker to complete their 2013 lineup. CMA Duo of the Year, Thompson Square, will perform Thursday, February 14, 2013 immediately following the 7:00 p.m. PRCA rodeo performance. Prolific songwriter Jerrod Niemann will perform on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 immediately following the 7:00 p.m. PRCA Rodeo performance. Country hit-maker Justin Moore will perform immediately after the 1:00 Matinee Xtreme Bulls performance on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Country crossover star Darius Rucker will perform Saturday, February 23, 2013 immediately following the 7:30 p.m. PRCA Rodeo Finals. The annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo will be held February 7-24, 2013 at the AT&T Center/Freeman Coliseum Grounds.

Fans began truly getting to know their way around Thompson Square with the release of their GRAMMY nominated #1 Platinum+ radio smash, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” a fitting introduction to the Thompsons’ natural chemistry and spirit of buoyant romance. iTunes’ Country Song of the Year (2011) grew meteorically to become the Most Played Song at Country Radio in 2011 (Mediabase). Thompson Square earned three fan-voted American Country Awards for Single of the Year by a Group, Single of the Year by a New Artist and Music Video of the Year by a New Artist. “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” also earned two GRAMMY nominations. One month later, Thompson Square dethroned Sugarland to become the 2012 Academy of Country Music’s “Vocal Duo of the Year,” making Thompson Square the first new duo to win the award in 20 years.

While writing and recording his new album, Jerrod Niemann immersed himself in the history of country music. A student of music theory and production - he majored in Performance Art Technology at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas - Jerrod pondered a question that is heard more and more frequently these days: Just what exactly constitutes country? His answer to that query can be found in the musically and technically groundbreaking Free The Music. “This album is my interpretation of how I feel about country right now,” Jerrod says. The follow-up to his debut Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, which debuted at No. 1 and yielded the No. 1 hit “Lover, Lover” and the Top 5 single “What Do You Want,” Jerrod’s sophomore album emphasizes the early instruments that have shaped the genre: acoustic guitars and bass, fiddles, and even horns.
When Justin Moore tells his fans at all of his shows that he’s “proud to be from small town USA”, it is from the heart. The Arkansas native grew up in a town with a population of 272. So how does a kid from a town that small work his way up to Music Row, a record deal and eventual stardom as a country music singer touring with the biggest acts in country music today? How does it happen that one of the first songs he writes in Nashville winds up hitting number 1 on the country charts? How does the kid from the small town follow that up with a top 5 hit, a top 15 hit and his second number 1 and fastest rising single from his second album “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away?” How does he get voted “2009’s Best Male Country Artist” by Billboard Magazine? He starts by being true to himself, in the way he lives and in the songs he writes.

As for Darius Rucker, his autobiography states, “I realize there are people who are surprised that I wound up in country, but I can tell you that nobody in Hootie & the Blowfish was surprised. They knew. They heard it. I was the one who played all the New Grass Revival CD's in the van. I was the one who flipped over Foster & Lloyd the first time I saw the video for "Crazy Over You" on TV while we were at the University of South Carolina. That was the record made me think, "I'm going to make a country record someday.”

Darius Rucker goes on to say “My goal is to make records people want to listen to, and the way I do it is to make records I want to listen to and would want to hear on the radio. I'd like to keep doing it for a long time. That's why I'm so grateful to the people who make up the world of country music. Through the years I've been privileged to make a lot of friends in Nashville.”
Individual tickets for the PRCA Rodeo with each concert may be purchased at the Rodeo Box Office, online at sarodeo.com or ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-877-63-RODEO and at all participating Ticketmaster locations.


Season tickets and Pro Rodeo (mini season) ticket packages are available now. For details, visit www.sarodeo.com. To purchase, contact the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Box Office at 210-225-5851.

In 2012, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo committed $10.1 million to education. This amount represents scholarships, grants, endowments, junior livestock and western art auctions, a Calf Scramble program, and show premiums paid to youth in the state of Texas. This brings the total amount that the organization has committed since inception to over $123 million.

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is “a volunteer organization that emphasizes agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas.” For complete information on the 2013 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, visit www.sarodeo.com. Follow the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & Pinterest!