Thursday , 29 July 2021

Brett Kissel to headline Centerfield Music Festival in 2020

“I hope nobody’s got anything to do on Sunday because we’re going to party late. I’m going to talk to the town. I’m also going to talk to the chief of the fire department and see how late we can go.”

Brett Kissel is returning to the Lakeland next summer.

Kissel is one of the headliners of Centerfield Music Festival in St. Paul on June 12-13.

He said it’s his favourite festival to play over the years.

“When we started it and we called it the Hometown Homecoming for a big TV special five years ago, myself and the organizers and all of our sponsors, I don’t even think the town of St. Paul was ready for the response that we were going to get. Now, fast forward five years, I get a chance to come back and it’s going to be excellent,” he said.


One of the pillars of Canadian country music, Kissel is coming off the most ambitious tour in the nation’s history in support of We Were That Song, and is preparing to launch a ton of new music in the coming years.

He says he plans to release three albums in the next years with the latest new record Now or Never out on January 1.

“Every artist would say that every artist is really proud of the work that they do. But we really run the whole gamut of what is great about country music. We’ve got songs here that are very traditional, you know, we’ve got a bluegrass song, we’ve got something that is really going to tear on your heartstrings,” he said.

“We’ve got some great acoustic country music, but then we also go all the way to the other side. And we’ve got some great pop-country songs and some incredible collabs.”

On Friday, The Reklaws are headlining the show, supported by The Prairie States and JoJo Mason.

The country performer from Flat Lake then hits the stage on Saturday night after The Wilkinsons and Petric.

“We’ve recorded some music specifically for what we’re going to do and how we want to make our live show. This summer, Centerfield Music Festival is going to be a great launching pad for us,” he said.

“We’re really excited that we get to play some of that new music and probably debut it in Canada for the very first time live at Centerfield Music Festival.”

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.