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.