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Summer, We Miss Ya Already: A Look Back at A Day in the Country




Watch the full interview with festival organizer Lawrence Peters to learn how it all got started, and more about the man’s love for country music in general.

This was a great summer for honky-tonk—and the best day of all was A Day in the Country.

It had just a little of everything that makes honky-tonking in Chicago great. Lawerence Peters did a bang-up job booking some of the finest bands around so we could hear songs that made us cry into our beer and then dance to forget.

The 10th Day in the Country at the Hideout was probably the best one we’ve ever been to. This time, Lawrence invited the big name, beloved, national act and recording star Jim Lauderdale to join the lineup of our own beloved, local, Chicago honky-tonk bands.

When Jim walked onstage, it was like being in honky-tonk church. He sang his heart out and was as gracious as can be, just him and his guitar. His songs made a magical summer day shine even that much better.

Besides the music, there were a ton of other good things going on that we have Lawrence to thank for. Plates of steaming barbecue, damn good pie, and a reason to get together with some of the finest honky-tonkers in Chicago. We call that time well spent.

Goodbye for now, summer. But you bet we’ll be back for A Day in the Country next year.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Feb
22
Thu
6:00 pm Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout
Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout @ The Hideout
Devil in a Woodpile, they play blues. They also play country. Ragtime. Hot Jazz. Hillbilly. It’s all the same to them. It’s all taken from the same deep, muddy well called American Music that existed long before wise guy marketing goons and interweb algorithms decided to categorize and sub-categorize the whole mess.
8:00 pm Country Night in Berwyn with Ken...
Country Night in Berwyn with Ken...
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm
Country Night in Berwyn with Kent Rose Trio, Pete Smith @ FitzGerald's @ FitzGerald's
Country Night in Berwyn with Kent Rose and Pete Smith Thu, Feb 22 2018, 8:00pm – $5 KENT ROSE: Rose’s musical odyssey has twisted and turned through the folk era, Chicago’s late ‘60s/early ‘70s rock scene, a short stint in teenaged country star Tanya Tucker’s road band, a spot playing saxophone in a vintage soul combo, and a lengthy tenure[...]
Feb
23
Fri
5:30 pm The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle
The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle
Feb 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle @ Empty Bottle
  First, it’d be a sin if you love country music, you’re in Chicago, and you don’t spend the nub of your Friday evening enjoying The Hoyle Brothers’ weekly dose of free Chicago country music at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western)! Ya gotta catch what has become a weekly “kick off yer weekend” tradition of drinkin’,[...]
Feb
25
Sun
11:00 pm The Joel Paterson Trio feat. Chr...
The Joel Paterson Trio feat. Chr...
Feb 25 @ 11:00 pm – Feb 26 @ 2:00 am
The Joel Paterson Trio feat. Chris Foreman @ The Green Mill @ The Green Mill
  The Joel Paterson Trio, Featuring Chris Foreman, performs every Sunday night at the famous Green Mill cocktail Lounge, playing a late night organ trio set behind the bar from 11pm to 2am.
Feb
28
Wed
8:00 pm Lonesome Still @ House of Blues
Lonesome Still @ House of Blues
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm
Lonesome Still @ House of Blues @ House of Blues
Back to the Big House!! The big ‘House of Blues’ that is!! Very excited to announce this show, Wednesday February 28th, 8pm, no cover charge!! 2 hours of mostly original Country Blues Rock like only Lonesome Still can deliver, in the beautiful and private Foundation Room..open to the public.
9:00 pm Nick Dittmeier w/Becky Levi and ...
Nick Dittmeier w/Becky Levi and ...
Feb 28 @ 9:00 pm
Nick Dittmeier w/Becky Levi and Mike Vanier @ Hideout Inn @ Hideout Inn
  Nick Dittmeier w/Becky Levi at The Hideout Wed. 2/28 9PM | 21+ | $10 http://ticketf.ly/2nzvrmw Nick Dittmeier nickdittmeier.com Becky Levi and Mike Vanier beckyleviandmikevanier.bandcamp.com A four piece Americana band from Louisville, KY. They’ve released two EPs, “Extra Better” in 2013, and then “Light of Day” in 2014.Through relentless touring, they’ve become mainstays of the Midwest Americana scene.[...]
Mar
1
Thu
6:00 pm Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout
Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout @ The Hideout
Devil in a Woodpile, they play blues. They also play country. Ragtime. Hot Jazz. Hillbilly. It’s all the same to them. It’s all taken from the same deep, muddy well called American Music that existed long before wise guy marketing goons and interweb algorithms decided to categorize and sub-categorize the whole mess.
Mar
2
Fri
5:30 pm The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle
The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle
Mar 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle @ Empty Bottle
  First, it’d be a sin if you love country music, you’re in Chicago, and you don’t spend the nub of your Friday evening enjoying The Hoyle Brothers’ weekly dose of free Chicago country music at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western)! Ya gotta catch what has become a weekly “kick off yer weekend” tradition of drinkin’,[...]
Mar
3
Sat
9:00 pm Gin Palace Jesters @ Montrose Sa...
Gin Palace Jesters @ Montrose Sa...
Mar 3 @ 9:00 pm
Gin Palace Jesters @ Montrose Saloon @ Montrose Saloon
https://www.facebook.com/Gin-Palace-Jesters-466526340082190/ Purveyors of the finest in Original and Traditional Hard Hittin’ Hillbilly & Honkytonk Music since 1999!  
10:30 pm Bailey Dee @ Honky Tonk BBQ
Bailey Dee @ Honky Tonk BBQ
Mar 3 @ 10:30 pm
Bailey Dee @ Honky Tonk BBQ @ Honky Tonk BBQ
10:30-1:30 || FREE || Now every FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH! Chicago’s lead Rock N’ Souler – Bailey Dee found the rock and roll handbook and reads it right! Reminding many of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, with the sweetness of Lorrie Collins, and the ferocity of a young Etta James. A full band backs her featuring members of[...]