Blake Shelton, Dustin Lynch bring Red, White & Boom to a rousing finale

By Matt Wickstrom

With the dreary weather plaguing Friday’s opening performances of Red, White & Boom long gone, it’s closing night couldn’t have been more of a contrast, with sunny skies and dry weather drawing fans to Whitaker Bank Ballpark in droves dressed head to toe in cowboy boots and American flag garb to see Blake Shelton, Dustin Lynch, William Michael Morgan and Carly Pearce cap off a weekend of star-studded country music.

Kicking off the evening was Kentucky native and rising star Carly Pearce, who told the Herald-Leader last week that she used to come to Red, White & Boom every year. From Taylor Mill, Pearce took the stage donning a custom Lexington Legends jersey, paying thanks to the ball club that hosts the super-sized country music festival year after year. A self-proclaimed Dolly Parton fanatic, Pearce dropped out of high school at age 16 to enter a contest at Dollywood, laying the foundation for her music career that will see the release of her debut record “Every Little Thing” on October 13.

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