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Friday
November 1, 2013
7:30 p.m.

Tickets $11 - 17




Katie Armiger

Growing up in Texas as one of six siblings, Armiger knew from a young age that she was destined to pursue a career in country music. After winning a talent contest at age 14, sponsored by a Houston radio station, she came to Nashville for the first time to record the demo sessions that were her prize. Those demos soon turned into a full album, which led to a recording deal with Cold River Records. By 16, she had an apartment in Nashville and was traveling back and forth from Texas regularly while being home schooled for her last two years of high school. A week after she turned 18, she made the move to Nashville more permanent.

She admits there have been some challenges that have gone along with starting a music career as a teen. “A lot of times when you’re young people don’t take you seriously, or they think you don’t know what you want,” the strong-willed star says. “You just have to prove them wrong. You have to keep making good music, keep releasing it and hope that you get the point across to them eventually that you’re not going away.”

Over the last six years, she’s been determinedly chipping away at the Nashville music system, making particular headway in the last two. She landed a coveted performance slot on the Grand Ole Opry, a gig she calls “such a dream come true.” (Armiger, in fact, named her dog “Opry” to mark the occasion). She also recently completed a 70-date college tour, which she amusingly titled the “Get Smart” tour. The GAC-sponsored run played to sold-out audiences nationwide, and was a tipping point for her career.

Touring hard has been a big part of her success to date. In 2012, Armiger and her band were typically on the road three weeks out of every month (with dog Opry in tow). Her extensive touring experience includes opening slots for some of country music’s biggest artists including Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins and Kellie Pickler, among others.

 

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