March 15, 2017 by 1888media
Fresh from winning the Orlando House of Blues New Country contest, rising 22-yr old singer-songwriter Johnny Reed Foley has been added to the main stage lineup for this year’s Runaway Country Music Fest in Kissimmee, FL, just south of Orlando.
Taking place this weekend, March 17-19, Foley will take the stage on Sunday, at 5pm, just before Tyler Farr and headliner Jason Aldean.
Other artists confirmed to perform over the three days include Brad Paisley, Billy Currington, Neal McCoy, Aaron Tippin, Locash, Josh Turner, Cam, Runaway June, Courtney Cole, Corey Smith, and Michael Ray.
During his Runaway set, Johnny will preview cuts from his forthcoming debut album, Mountains To Main Street, which includes the singles “Hillbilly Rockstar,” “Turning You On,” and “Not Sunny Anymore.”
Produced by Billy Chapin (Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain, Chelsea Bain), Mountains is full of raw emotion delivered in a rich baritone as the band plays simultaneously to keep the feel as authentic as possible. Foley recalls, “I try to keep a few core parts and other then that it’s a free for all. I like to go crazy by doing whatever feels right at that time. I thought it would be a fun way to enjoy the process.”
It’s decidedly fun and then some. From the country swagger of “Hillbilly Rockstar” to the honky-tonk romp of ‘Chance To Leave” to the reflective saunter of “Never Forget That Night,” to the bittersweet melancholy of “Not Sunny Anymore,” Johnny’s favorite song continues to be the romantic anthem, “Turning You On.”
“I wrote Turning You On years ago and still to this day it’s my favorite. They way the song came out on the album was exactly what I had in my head. It’s like a time machine back to the early 2000’s and it always puts a smile on my face.”