Xtreme Music The Tour At Deadwood Mountain Grand

DEADWOOD, S.D. – It’s official. Country stars Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson are combining forces for the first time in five years to bring their “Xtreme Music The Tour” to  Deadwood Mountain Grand. And they’re bringing with them special guests Cowboy Troy and Two-Foot Fred.

The multi-platinum powerhouse will perform on Friday, July 8, in the 2,500-seat music and entertainment hall at Deadwood’s newest gaming resort. The Deadwood Mountain Grand casino, restaurant and entertainment center are on schedule to open July 1. The luxury hotel will open in the fall.

Gretchen Wilson exploded onto the national music scene with her smash hit “Redneck Woman” and went on to win virtually every award for which she was nominated, including nods from the Grammys, CMA, ACM, People’s Choice and more.

Big & Rich – “Big” Kenny Alphin and John Rich — are no strangers to Deadwood. They played here often when they first started recording together, and they made a lot of friends here. Their song “Deadwood Mountain” was inspired by Deadwood’s historic Mount Moriah Cemetery. They wrote “8th of November,” a song about heroism in the Vietnam War, after meeting Deadwood resident Niles Harris, a Vietnam veteran.

In fact, Big Kenny Alphin is one of the partners in Deadwood Mountain Grand, and the venue was named for the Big & Rich song. Big Kenny has been writing about the new venue on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/DMGrand). “I will (be) playing this showroom come July with all my friends on the Xtreme Tour. We’re bringing the Muzik Mafia to Deadwood!” he wrote.

“Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson are among the best entertainers out there, and they’ll be at the Deadwood Mountain Grand. I couldn’t think of a more exciting way to get things started at Deadwood’s newest resort,” said Tim Brown, Deadwood Mountain Grand President and General Manager.

The historic 1906 Homestake Mining Co. ore processing plant overlooking downtown Deadwood is being converted into 98 hotel rooms, 210 state-of-the-art casino games, an entertainment-and-event center with seating for 2,500 guests and a multi-level parking garage. Crews are completely renovating the structure while retaining its historic mining heritage.

The show at Deadwood Mountain Grand is part of the multi-city Xtreme Muzik tour beginning June 18. Sharing one eight-piece band on a custom stage that includes, of course, a fully-operational bar as the centerpiece, this unique show will offer something to fans rarely seen in modern touring – the co-headliners will rarely leave the stage. The music will not stop, as Big & Rich and Gretchen perform hit after hit and often join in on each other’s songs.

“You’re going to see me come out and sing on Big & Rich songs; you’re going to see John and Kenny sing on my songs, and there’s no telling where Two-Foot and Cowboy Troy will be!” Gretchen said.

“They’ll be up at the bar,” quipped John. “You know, this crew started out with a bunch of us hanging out in little clubs playing all kinds of music,” he added, paying homage to the Muzik Mafia movement they started years ago in Nashville. “We want to give our fans not just a great night of music but an experience they’ll talk about for a long time.”

Tickets for the show will go on sale Thursday, May 19, at all Ticketmaster retail outlets, Ticketmaster.com and the Ticketmaster phone line, 800-745-3000.