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The 22nd annual Wild West Festival in Hays is scheduled for June 30 to July 4.
Hays Post is partnering with the Wild West Festival committee to offer a sneak peak at the performers taking the stage this year.
Lucas Maddy is a Midwest favorite whose music can be found on ITunes, Amazon and nearly a dozen radio stations in Kansas. Recently named “One to Watch” by the Nashville Songwriter’s Association, his releases “4440” and “Bro Country” have taken Lucas & the band to a new level in venues, fans and radio play.
Lucas began his career as a poet in a tractor, working the fields on a farm near Norton, KS. His first efforts were written in marker on the inside of the tractor windows as he spent hour after hour making dust in God’s country.
Picking up his first guitar at age 21, he nonetheless turned a late start into fast success, his first band show as an opener for legendary Oklahoma songwriter Mike McClure. Lucas was part of the red-dirt revival in Manhattan’s Aggieville, helping to re-start the open mic night at Longhorns’ a venue that would eventually spawn Kansas bands, Reckless Rebellion, Jared Daniels Band and Lucas Maddy Band.
Lucas credits longtime Kansas favorite Aaron Traffas for bringing him into the music scene and teaching him the ropes. Look for great things to come from this Kansan, a prolific songwriter whose following continues to grow throughout the Midwest.
Lucas Maddy & The Kansas Cartel take the stage July 1.
Check HaysPost.com for more acts in the coming days.