Big & Rich and Jake Owen at Country Thunder in Florence, 4/13/12

Categories: Last Night

William Westfall
See more country ladies in our full Country Thunder slideshow.
See also: The Five People You Will Meet at Country Thunder

Country Thunder
Canyon Moon Ranch in Florence, Arizona
Friday, April 13, 2012

I'm not superstitious, but it's hard to brush off the supreme bad luck I had on Friday the 13th, attempting to drive my Nissian Maxima to Day 2 of the four-day country festival Country Thunder. I'm from Houston, and was curious how it would stack up against Livestock and Rodeo where I come from. Stacks up pretty well -- Country Thunder has years of experience under its belt, marquee names like Jake Owen and Big and Rich, and a reputation for one of the wildest parties in the West.

See the full Country Thunder Day 2 slideshow.

But if you're not entirely sure where you're headed, it can be kind of a nightmare to get to. I'll probably tell my kids the story of my adventure one day, about how my GPS lead me off-roading, about being stuck for more than an hour on Mineral Mountain Road, and how eventually I stumbled upon a massive confluence of country fans, revelers, and music in a field out in Florence.

William Westfall
Oh, there it is.
After botched plans for Triple A to assist my stuck car, I was assisted by the Pinal County Sheriff's Department, no doubt a group of folks working very, very hard this weekend. Then, I got pulled over by the Arizona Highway Patrol -- for going to slow on the freeway (first time for everything).

By the time I made it to the event, my car was making disturbing noises, I was exhausted, but ready for some food. I had plenty of of overpriced option to choose from, but went with some fried chicken, pizza, and deep fried corn. And yeah, I demolished everything. With my head on straight, I was ready to go.

William Westfall
Not your traditional two-step...

The atmosphere included cows, a few rides, stores, pop-up food and beer stations of course, a Frat House, the main stage and something new this year: an electronic tent dubbed Electric Thunder.

I love EDM, but I'm also proud of my country roots. How do you go about mixing the two? I'm not sure. I find it hard the two difficult to mix, unless you want to bring in Pretty Lights to drop his country music take that he produced for the documentary film: Re:Generation. Let's just say this boot-scooters stuck to two-stepping (no scissoring or drop-inspired freakouts). Clearly, Country Thunder was interested in bringing in a new element, and heck if they didn't. Just not too sure it was necessary.

Location Info


Canyon Moon Ranch Grounds

20585 E. Price Road, Florence, AZ

Category: General

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