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Tyler Childers notched a headlining slot, alongside Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson, and Eric Church, for the inaugural Country Calling Festival, taking place Oct. 4 and 5 in Ocean City, Maryland. 

The two-day event features a lineup that cuts a wide swath across the country landscape. There’ll be sets from legends like Dwight Yoakam, Martina McBride, Tanya Tucker, and Clint Black, plus more contemporary favorites like the aforementioned headliners, as well as Bailey Zimmerman, Brothers Osborne, and Ingrid Andress. Even a few left-field choices made the cut, like outlaw torchbearer Nikki Lane and the fascinatingly weird alt-country singer-songwriter Paul Cauthen. 

Country Calling will take place at the Ocean City Boardwalk at Ocean City Inlet Beach. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 22, starting with a pre-sale at 10 a.m. ET and general on-sale at 11 a.m. ET.

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For Childers, the Ocean Calling set will come at the tail end of a very busy schedule, which finds him playing some of the biggest shows of his career so far as he continues to support his 2023 album, Rustin’ in the Rain. He’ll kick off his next round of dates April 5 in San Diego, with concerts in arenas, amphitheaters, and other festivals scheduled through the early fall. 

The other Country Calling headliners also have busy summers ahead. Jelly Roll will be playing plenty of his own shows, while also providing support for Morgan Wallen on his One Night at a Time tour. Wilson — fresh off her Grammy win for Best Country Album for Bell Bottom Country — has dates in Australia, the U.K., Europe, and North America scheduled all the way through the fall; and while Church does have some scattered shows, he’ll largely be busy playing a residency at his new bar in Nashville.  

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