Recently singled out by Country Weekly magazine as an “artist to watch in 2010,” Open Road/Lofton Creek Records artist Gwen Sebastian is starting to see her dreams come true. Her new single, “V.I.P. (Barefoot Girl),” moves up from No. 37 to No. 33 on MusicRow’s CountryBreakout chart.
Raised in rural Hebron, North Dakota, and now living in Nashville while maintaining a heavy touring schedule, Sebastian can completely relate to “V.I.P. (Barefoot Girl),” which she wrote with Dean Miller (Terri Clark’s “A Little Gasoline” and Trace Adkins‘ “I’m Gonna Love You Anyway”) and Brian Eckert. When she sings, “I’m a barefoot girl walking in a high heel world,” she means it.
Sebastian and her band have a full schedule of summer tour dates with more than 30 shows in July and August. She’s also taking time to visit country radio stations along the way. She calls performing in front of a crowd “my favorite thing to do. That’s my outlet.”
“I want to make sure that everybody that comes out to see me has an experience, that they’re forgetting about everyday life,” Sebastian says. “When people are paying money to come see you, you have to make sure they’re getting something special. So I want to make sure they are part of the show, that each and every person feels like they are on stage with me, and that every song means something.”
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
July 21 Washington County Fair, Washington, Iowa
July 22 WXFL Radio Concert (with Bo Bice), Muscle Shoals, Ala.
July 23 Fairibault County Fair, Blue Earth, Minn.
July 27 Stevens County Fair, Hugoton, Kan.
July 30 Rhythms Bar & Grill, Englewood, Colo.
Aug. 6 Sublette County Fair (with Luke Bryan), Big Piney, Wyo.
Aug. 7 Private party, Rock Springs, Wyo.
Aug. 13-21 Montana Fair, Billings, Mont.
Aug. 26-27 Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, Minn.
Aug. 29 WOKO Country Club Music Festival, Essex Junction, Vt.