Rock the South set to welcome Chris Stapleton, Zach Bryan, Riley Green, Cody Johnson

(Rock the South)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The “Biggest Party in the South ” is back July 20-22, 2023, in Cullman, with an incredible lineup of musicians.

Headlining this year’s festival is Chris Stapleton, whose Grammy-winning albums and captivating live performances have earned him fans worldwide. Joining him on the main stage will be Riley Green, the dynamic young artist with a knack for storytelling, and Zach Bryan and his distinctive raspy voice and mix of classic folk melody and outlaw country with a raw edge that cuts to the bone.

Iconic country music star Travis Tritt will also take the stage and perform his classic hits like “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)” and “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive.” Other talented artists like Jo Dee Messina, Tristan Baugh, Drake Milligan, Mackenzie Carpenter, Bailey Zimmerman and Madeline Edwards will also perform.

“We are thrilled to unveil our artist lineup and schedule for this year’s festival,” said Rock the South Organizer Shane Quick. “We have carefully selected a lineup that represents the best of country music, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all attendees. Get ready for three days of non-stop excitement, incredible music and unforgettable memories.”

Country Club Skydeck

For those who truly enjoy the finer things in life, exclusive Rock the South Country Club Skydeck tickets will make the largest country music festival in the Southeast luxurious. For under $2,000, the Country Club Skydeck provides access to an elevated world of exclusivity.

Country Club Skydeck ticket holders will enjoy a dedicated concierge who will cater to every need from the moment you arrive until the last note is played. Enjoy reserved, hassle-free parking close to the festival grounds, allowing you to arrive in style and convenience. Say good-bye to long lines with a private entry that ensures you can immerse yourself in the festival without any delays.

Once inside, the Country Club Skydeck will be a haven of luxury. Relax in comfortable lounge seating and mingle with friends and fellow VIP guests. Indulge in an open bar, savor delectable dishes from an oyster bar and delight your taste buds with upscale food options crafted by renowned chef David Bancroft. 

Bancroft is a chef and owner of both Acre and Bow & Arrow in Auburn, Alabama. Born in Alabama and raised in San Antonio, Texas, his passion for food began at an early age, heavily influenced by his grandparents cooking and farming. Bancroft is a 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: South” award and winner of Food Network’s “Iron Chef Showdown” competition in 2017.

Bancroft’s delectable appetizers, specially curated for Rock the South, will tantalize Country Club ticket holders’ taste buds. Guests will have the pleasure of savoring the bold flavors of the spicy yellowfin tuna nachos, complemented by a tantalizing Korean BBQ sauce and an oyster bar featuring freshly shucked delicacies. Experience the pinnacle of the southern-inspired menu by indulging in extraordinary grilled oysters with guajillo chili butter and candied brisket bark. Acre pimento cheese and chips will be a crunchy fan favorite. Iron Chef ribs with honey hot sauce and fried chicken skin streusel will tempt all music lovers’ taste buds. 

A delicious Southern buffet will entice all Country Club Skydeck attendees with butter bean-orzo salad, potlikker peas and greens, pepper jack mac n cheese, burnt ends baked beans, jalapeno cheddar sausage, a smoked brisket carving station and smoked turkey breasts.

As music fills the night sky, the Country Club Skydeck feast will continue into the late evening hours with offerings including Alabama tamales with white BBQ sauce, gas station boudin balls with spicy mustard and Conecuh sausage corn dogs with goat island beer mustard. 

Forget sweating in the hot, July, Alabama sun and stay refreshed in air-conditioned spaces equipped with phone charging stations and Wi-Fi access, ensuring you stay connected throughout the festival. Private restrooms with attendants provide an added level of comfort and convenience.

The true highlight of the Country Club Skydeck experience lies in its unparalleled view of the stage. Positioned at the perfect vantage point, ticket holders will have an unobstructed sightline to witness the magic of Chris Stapleton and all the incredible artists on the lineup. It’s a front-row experience that will create memories that will last a lifetime.

“We are excited to introduce the Country Club Skydeck at this year’s Pepsi Rock the South,” said Rock the South Organizer Nathan Baugh. “This exclusive experience goes beyond expectations, offering guests the finest in music, breathtaking views, gourmet food and the legendary Rock the South atmosphere. Escape the heat and bypass the long lines as you indulge in luxurious comfort. It’s an investment that delivers priceless memories and an unrivaled festival experience.”


For those who prefer the traditional experience, three-day general admission tickets provide access to all the amazing amenities and experiences that Rock the South has to offer. Enjoy the misting forest and water filling stations to keep cool under the Southern sun and indulge in a wide array of food and drink options available for purchase on-site.

Rock the South 2023 schedule

Thursday, July 20

  • 3 p.m. Parking opens
  • 5 p.m. Festival gates open
  • 5:45 p.m. Ella Langley
  • 6:50 p.m. J.R. Carroll
  • 8 p.m. Travis Tritt
  • 9:30 p.m. Zach Bryan

Friday, July 21

  • 1 p.m. Parking opens
  • 3 p.m. Festival gates open
  • 4:50 p.m. Tristan Baugh
  • 6 p.m. Mackenzie Carpenter
  • 7 p.m. Chase Matthew
  • 8:15 p.m. Bailey Zimmerman
  • 9:45 p.m. Riley Green

Saturday, July 22

  • 1 p.m. Parking opens
  • 3 p.m. Festival gates open
  • 3:40 p.m. Red Clay Strays
  • 4:45 p.m. Madeline Edwards
  • 5:50 p.m. Drake Milligan
  • 7 p.m. Jo Dee Messina
  • 8:10 p.m. Cody Johnson
  • 10 p.m. Chris Stapleton

Buy tickets, get more information and review updated policies and procedures at The festival will take place at 1872 County Road 469 in Cullman.