Date(s) - Sep 27th 2023
Doors & Bar Food: 7 p.m. | Show: 8 p.m.
With a rare gift for turning his hometown experiences into natural melodies, Kidd G has found tremendous success by staying true to his roots. As a kid growing up in small-town Georgia, he first started creating his own songs at the age of 15, and soon arrived at a gritty but melodic sound equally inspired by classic country and hip-hop. As he continued exploring his country roots, Kidd G soon came up with “Dirt Road”— a nostalgia-soaked ballad that quickly went viral, its video surpassing 5M YouTube views in little over a month. Naming Hank Williams Jr. among the artists he was raised on, the burgeoning star has now surpassed 1.5M monthly Spotify listeners, and his tracks have seen radio play from KIXX Country Radio in Australia and reached new peaks on highly coveted country playlists including Amazon Music’s ‘Country Heat’ (peaked at No. 2), and Spotify’s ‘Hot Country’ (peaked at No. 3). Now, with his first ever headlining tour under his belt and the announcement of his partnership with Big Machine Label Group’s The Valory Music Co., Kidd G wrapped 2021 on an even higher note than he started it on.
Born Gabriel Horne and raised in the town of Hamilton (population 1,130), Kidd G got his start singing at the age of 11 with the full support of his music-loving family (his great uncle played bass in Fleetwood Mac, and both his parents are hobbyist singers). Within several years he’d set up a makeshift studio in his bedroom and started recording with his friends, partly mining inspiration from new age rappers like Juice WRLD. One of his first viral moments was his video, “Letter to Juice,” a minute-long verse over a melancholic beat paying homage to the late artist. But while early tracks like his debut single, “Sorry,” lean toward traditional hip-hop, Kidd G later brought an element of old-school country into his songwriting. “I love country because it feels so natural to me, and you can really tell stories in the songs,” he notes. As he continued posting his music on SoundCloud, Kidd G soon amassed a dedicated following undeniably drawn to his down-home charm and the honest detail of his lyrics, The New York Times dubbing him a “knockout country-rap crossover.” With the arrival of “Dirt Road,” that following grew exponentially as Kidd G saw the track gain serious traction on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and land on coveted Spotify playlists like “Fresh Finds Country” and “Next from Nashville.”
Thanks to his deliberately laid-back, hometown influence and approach, all of Kidd G’s music unfolds with a carefree energy that lightens any mood. “A lot of my songs come from me just getting stuff off my mind, and I hope it helps other people get through the day and get through their problems— maybe make life a little easier for them,” he says. But as Kidd G reveals, the ultimate test of a song’s power invariably happens in his hometown. “Most of the time when I’m making a song, I’m thinking about how my friends will react to it,” he says. “That’s when I know something’s good— when I’m working on it and I start thinking, ‘I can’t wait to get back home and show this to my friends.’” And as he looks to the future, Kidd G plans to maintain that hometown spirit while massively expanding his musical horizons. “My goal is to get a platinum record,” he says, “reach No. 1 on Billboard, sell out arenas, and perform in front of millions of people.”
ABOUT KIDD G:
Growing up in the small Georgia town of Hamilton (population 1,130), Kidd G first found fame online through TikTok, where he got his start posting songs he’d recorded with his friend, Nolie Beats. In 2020, he caught the attention of Rebel Music, who signed him on the strength of his genre-warping talents. While early tracks like his debut single, “Sorry,” lean toward traditional hip-hop, he later brought an element of old-school country into his songwriting. As he continued posting his music on SoundCloud, Kidd G soon amassed a dedicated following, undeniably drawn to his hometown charm and the honest detail of his lyrics. As he continued exploring his country roots, Kidd G came up with “Dirt Road”— a nostalgia-soaked ballad that quickly went viral (now certified RIAA Gold), its video surpassing 5M YouTube views in little over a month. Naming Hank Williams Jr. among the artists he was raised on, the burgeoning star has now surpassed 1.5M monthly Spotify listeners, his tracks have seen radio play from KIXX Country Radio in Australia and reached new peaks on highly coveted country playlists including Amazon Music’s “Country Heat” (peaked at No. 2), and Spotify’s “Hot Country” (peaked at No. 3). In 2020, he released full length project Teenage Dream which includes RIAA certified Gold hits “Dirt Road” and “Teenage Dream”. His follow-up project, Down Home Boy, has emerged as a homegrown phenomenon unto itself.Beyond generating 41M+ streams on Spotify, The New York Times championed it “the year’s best country debut album.” Currently on the road for his second headlining tour, which includes a major country festival performance at CMA Fest this summer, Kidd G continues to prove himself as “one of country music’s most buzzed about newcomers,” as noted by Billboard. For more information, visit kiddgofficial.com.
Hailing from Pennsylvania with deep southern roots, if there’s one thing about Zandi Holup that is certain—she is different. Her edgy, deeply emotional lyrics and unique voice set her apart. She sings about the good, the bad, and the ugly. Her music is a voice for the unheard. Zandi is no frills, relatable, and raw. Her music is described as “delicate and earthy,” “gritty,” and “visceral.” Listening to her raw but relatable story telling style, it is no surprise that she has been able to grow her grassroots following seemingly overnight, amassing over 300,000 followers on TikTok with videos garnering millions of views. Her first release, “Wait for You,” was streamed over a million times and featured as the number one song on Spotify’s Fresh Finds All-Genre playlist as well as Fresh Finds Country. In 2022, Zandi signed to Arthouse Entertainment (Kara Dioguardi/Universal Music) and TurnTable Music (Ben Johnson) and is currently recording her much anticipated follow up record to be released in 2023.