Dwight Yoakam headlines 8th Annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival

Posted at 10:43 PM, Apr 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-08 00:43:49-04

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS – Hundreds flocked to a block party in downtown White Sulphur Springs, Montana to be the first to hear the highly anticipated 2018 lineup of the Red Ants Pants Music Festival. The festival is held in a working cow pasture on the Jackson Ranch just outside of White Sulphur Springs, Montana this July 26 – 29th, 2018.
This year’s lineup features 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner, Dwight Yoakam. Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart and another 14 landing in the Top 10. Nearly 40 of Yoakam’s singles have charted on Billboard, with 14 peaking in the Top 10.
Country superstars Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan also are bringing their highly successful Grits and Glamour Tour to the Red Ants Pants Music Festival. Combined, Tillis and Morgan have recorded 28 top 10 hits, more than 18 million records sold, and 12 number one songs.
This year’s lineup will also include Shovels and Rope, which Rolling Stone Magazine included in their top country albums of the year; the Steep Canyon Rangers, Junior Brown, Jim Lauderdale, Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band, The Secret Sisters, HONEYHONEY, Lindi Ortega AND MORE!
In all, the festival includes a free street dance on Thursday July 26th along with 16 main stage and 14 side stage performances. With a reputation for paring Grammy award-winning superstars with festival producer Sarah Calhoun’s hand-picked rising stars – the festival has grown from 6,000 attendees in its first year to 16,500 last year.
“We’re absolutely thrilled with this year’s lineup and are certain that everyone who joins us will know many of the songs by heart while also finding their next favorite band. We take great pride in making sure the stars feel like locals and the locals feel like stars. As our festival has grown, we’ve been blessed to have strong support from the Meagher County community, hundreds of volunteers and supporters around the world who see great value in connecting with good folks and celebrating rural Montana,” said Sarah Calhoun, Red Ants Pants Music Festival founder and producer.

2018 Red Ants Pants Music Festival Lineup

Dwight Yoakam
Pam Tillis  and Lorrie Morgan, the Grits & Glamour Tour
Shovels and Rope
Steep Canyon Rangers * Junior Brown * Jim Lauderdale
Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band
The Secret Sisters * HONEYHONEY * Lindi Ortega
Front Country * The Steel Woods * Ruby Boots
Shane Smith & the Saints
Supaman * The Riverside
Wylie & the Wild West
Plus 14 Side Stage Performers!
Also including…
 Agriculture and Work Skill Demonstrations
Local Food, Beer, Wine, Art and Crafts
NEW: Yodeling Contest! 
Beard and Moustache and Cross Cut Sawing Competitions!

This is the eighth year of the music festival, which benefits the Red Ants Pants Foundation, a nonprofit organization in support of women’s leadership, working farms and ranches, and rural communities. Held in a cow pasture on the Jackson Ranch, and surrounded by the Big Belt, Little Belt, and Castle Mountain ranges, the festival will bring in more than two dozen different artists performing on separate stages. The weekend-long, grassroots, honky-tonkin’ music festival brings in millions of dollars to the rural economy. Last year’s festival drew a record 16,500 in attendance.
The Red Ants Pants Music Festival is also proud to announce the 2018 poster competition winner, Liz Arnold, with her piece titled, “Nellie.”
Artwork from additional submissions will be featured on festival tickets. Ticket art winners are first runner up Lissa Barber, “Hallowed Sunrise,” second runner up Erin Rankin, “Work & Play,” third runner up 13-year-old Taya Falcon, “The Back Pasture,” and fourth runner up  Kate Murnion, “The Cows Are Fans.”
Ticket information:

A limited quantity of $125 early bird passes will go on sale ONLINE ONLY on April 7, 2018 at 8:00pm MDT.
$145 in advance / $160 at the gate
SINGLE DAY PASS (good for Fri, Sat, or Sun)
$55 in advance / $60 at the gate
A limited number of VIP ticket holders will have access to a VIP area including premium, shaded seating with complimentary refreshments! VIP passes are available online and at the Red Ants Pants store in White Sulphur Springs, Montana ONLY.
$25 per person
Buy online, at a hard ticket outlet, or pay with cash at gate.
Ticket purchasers can also avoid credit card fees and support rural and small businesses by visiting Red Ants Pants Music Festival hard ticket outlets. For ticket information and a full list of hard ticket outlets visit: