Windy City Smokeout

July 13-15, 2018

Kane Brown

July 15 | 5:00pm

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About Kane Brown

Kane Brown was just a shy teenager when he began posting videos of himself singing cover songs online. Growing up singing Shania Twain and George Strait in the car with his mom in hometown Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia–a small town just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee–the classic country songs he covered were comfortable territory for the young singer, whose deep drawl will immediately garner comparisons to Josh Turner and Chris Young. It wasn’t long until his audience online far outpaced what he would find on stage: when his cover of Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance” racked up 60,000 shares, Brown began to find his following had become its own community, interacting with his personal posts while becoming a sounding board for snippets of original music, too. That immediate relationship with the people who are responding to his music has taken debut single “Used to Love You Sober” to the top of the iTunes Country charts, selling over 255k downloads of the song and garnering more than 3 million streams on Spotify. His freshly-released EP Chapter 1 saw similar successes, claiming the No. 3 spot on the Billboard Country albums chart and hitting the top of the iTunes country and overall albums chart. Brown co-wrote four of the five tracks on the EP, listening to fans’ feedback as he selected which tunes to release, and celebrated its success with a string of instantly sold-out shows, a triumph for a performer who found his first fans from his bedroom.

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