Spring Water Festival features live music


In addition to all of the fun and activities that will be featured at the 2014 Spring Water Festival, organizers continue to expand the musical entertainment. Headlining the festival this year will be Lucas Hoge, who recently celebrated the release of a new summer single “Flip Flops”. The “beachy keen” “fun” tune, co-written by Hoge and JD Wood, paints a picture of warm winds, hot skin, tan lines and bikini tops, a perfect song to end the summer with.

“This track is upbeat, fun and truthful,” Hoge says on his website. “My buddy had the idea for the song title and I wanted the message to reflect my life on the farm in comparison to the first time I saw the ocean.

Hoge says, the line “this girl on my arm has never seen a farm and she couldn’t believe I’d never been to the ocean” is written from a chapter of his life.

“That girl became my wife and when she heard I’d never seen the ocean, she made flight reservations that very day for us to head to the west Coast!”

The song will be one of several that you may have heard that Hoge will play when he appears at the festival this Saturday.

Fans of the Warner Brothers’ TV show Smallville may recognize his song “If I Only Could”.

His song “Give A Damn” is the theme song for the Great American Country (GAC) show Tom’s Wildlife a celebrity guide and outfitting show. It was the first theme song GAC used for one of its TV shows and the music video stayed at number two in the top 25 videos on www.gactv.com for over two weeks.

His debut album “Dirt”, won multiple music awards, including ‘Country Album of the Year’ at the 16th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards, which also named Hoge as Contemporary Christian Singer/Songwriter Of The Year for “Get The Door”.

Football fans may have seen him in a Sunday Night Football commercial with Faith Hill or with Toby Keith in his Christmas special.

Hoge had the leading role on the Animal Planet TV show ‘Last Chance Highway’ in 2010 where he was known as the country singer saving dogs. Hoge also penned and performed the show theme song.

He gained recognition in the Christian Country genre when he answered a woman’s dying wish and wrote a song inspired by her poem. “How Was I To Know” quickly became a favorite debuting at # 66 and climbed all the way to number two (#2).

His song “Have I Done Something” was the # 1 song on the Christian Country Charts in November 2012.

“Do What Makes You Feel Good” the second single off the self titled album Lucas Hoge topped at # 47 on Music Row, # 1 on Renegade Radio’s TOP 100 Country songs and # 1 on Power Source Magazines TOP 75 Country songs for February 2013.

“Sharing The Journey” went to # 2 on the Inspirational Country Music Charts.

“Should’ve Loved” climbed the country music charts, playing on stations across the US and hit # 27 on the Country Break Out Charts.

His song “Medal Of Honor” is the Wrangler® National Patriot official theme song.

Hoge will do a meet and greet prior to his show which will begin at 6 p.m.

Also appearing at the Spring Water Festival this year will be Angela Easterling and her band, The Beguilers, with their country-folk American influenced music and songs.

Easterling has just finished recording new songs for her 5th album.

Her albums “Black Top Road” and “Beguiler” were both produced by singer-songwriter Will Kimbrough, who is currently serving as Emmylou Harris’ lead guitarist and is known for his work with Rodney Crowell, Todd Snider and Jimmy Buffett. Also helping in the studio are bassist Byron House, from Robert Plant’s Band of Joy and multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin; while two South Carolina singers, Fayssoux Starling McLean, a longtime harmony singer for Emmylou Harris and folk-pop artist Hannah Miller add their voices to the album’s finale, “Anchored in Love”.

Easterling’s singing and songwriting has garnered recognition including 2012 Wildflower Performing Songwriter Top 10 Finalist, 2011 Telluride Troubadour Finalist, 2009 & 2010 Kerrville New Folk Finalist, and heavy airplay on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country.

Easterling will perform an acoustic set at 2 p.m. in the Gazebo in the crafts area and will perform on the Amphitheater Stage with her band at 3:45.

Music fans are reminded to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the show.

The festival will also have Beach music on Friday with the Carolina Coast Band and for the first time, gospel music with Vessels of Praise, Echoes of Mercy and Living Truth on the gospel stage.

Children’s stage entertainment will include exibitions by Tiger Paws Martial Arts Academy, K&M Dance House, Zipper the Clown, Chad Allen’s Fight Club, Augusta Road Dance Academy and Jack’s Drum Shack.

The Williamston Fire Department will be selling tickets for a chance to win a 52″ Flat Screen HDTV.