When Jack Ingram won the 2008 Academy of Country Music award for “Best New Male Vocalist,” thousands of people in the audience had to be smiling to themselves about that whole “new” thing. They knew the thirty-something, steel-eyed veteran accepting that trophy on that stage in Vegas had been rocking roadhouses, theaters and stadiums relentlessly since 1997, that he’d been celebrated by critics and fans of hard-core country music for more than a decade, and that as a Texas-born songwriter and performer, he’d been on the short list of next generation artists who could fill the boots of Lone Star legends like Willie and Waylon and the boys.
Ingram remains in the forefront of Country Music with the album, "Big Dreams & High Hopes", the seventh studio disc of his career and his third for Nashville maverick label Big Machine Records. "I had my guitar and big dreams and high hopes, and that just rung a bell", Ingram explains. The song that came out of that basically talks about having this wanderlust to go out and take my music on the road like my hero's did--dreaming about it and chasing it down"
Ingram's journey began in Houston, Texas where he grew up. His first stage experience came not through music, but a drama class he took to fulfill a requirement his senior year of high school. It wasn't his calling - but it was a rush. During college, at SMU, he applied that challenge to music for the first time, starting at an open mic night with two Willie Nelson songs, that he learned out of a song book and added one original tune. So with his vision clearly set, Ingram gradually built a reputation as a smart songwriter and a can't miss live performer!
Concert tickets also include rodeo and fair admission!