Country Thunder Music Festival 2012

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

Florence, Ariz. -- It's Country Thunder weekend in Arizona.

Country Thunder is the state's largest country music festival.

This year the all-star lineup features, the Eli Young Band, Arizona's own Dierks Bentley, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, Big & Rich, The Farm, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, and Alan Jackson, to name a few.

Country Thunder's producer, Brian Andrews, said a chance of rain this weekend will not put a damper on the music or the excited crowd expected to be at 150,000 people.

"Who knows if the weather's right number one. We got blacktop all the way to the site and gravel on the roads," explained Andrews. "Last year the people had a little rain and they all loved it."

Country music fan, Travis Grimm, said it's important to get to the festival early, "It's gonna be crowded. There's gonna be a lot of people around so got to make sure all of our people are next to us."

Grimm said he's thrilled with this year's Country Thunder lineup, "I pretty much like everybody but my wife's in love with Dierks and Blake Shelton. She loves Blake Shelton."

One of the hottest bands in Country Music this year is the Eli Young Band. The group is new to the festival.

"Early on in our career we'd get messages like on MySpace and Facebook saying 'Hey you all should come to Country Thunder' and we're like 'well we would come if they'd invite us,'" said Mike Eli.

Eli said the song "Crazy Girl" has catapulted the group to new heights, "Our lives have really changed since October of 2000, in a lot of ways, but we've been really lucky."