Hope Country

“I believe that with love and encouragement we can change the worst of atmospheres,” says Brent Johnson.

Born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin, Brent had a desire to see the world and travel at an early age. He began playing in bands at 17 and has since toured in over 40 states as well as all over Canada. His desire to create an environment and place of hope led him to start Hope Country in 2011. With an emphasis on strong songwriting and storytelling lyrics, Hope Country has developed into a prime example of modern-day Americana.

Hope Country has released two EPs in the past two years and has supported them with multiple headline tours, festival appearances, and support slots for Brandi Carlile, Joseph, Chris Carrabba, Andrew Ripp, Nikki Lane & more, along with a run of sold out dates with Judah & The Lion.

While “Water, Land, & Sky” is dynamic full-band record and “Thirty One” showcases Johnson’s softer singer/songwriter side, the forthcoming self-titled release marries the two, calling to mind artists such as Jason Isbell and The Avett Brothers. Lyrically, the record continues Hope Country’s heartfelt stories of life and living. The album was recorded at Summer-Winter Studios in St. Paul, MN with Levi Stugelmeyer and mastered by Huntley Miller (Bon Iver, The Tallest Man On Earth). A February 2017 release is being planned with extensive touring to follow.

Hope Country’s purpose is to bring hope to our whole world everywhere the music goes.

Tour History

Some Artists We’ve Supported (not including festivals): Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson, Judah & The Lion, Johnnyswim, Twin Forks, Joseph, American Aquarium, The Wild Feathers, Nikki Lane, Sturgill Simpson, Rayland Baxter, Andrew Ripp, Soul Asylum, Martin Sexton

2017 Dates
1.31 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center (w/ Dan Layus)
2.3 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (w/ Dan Layus)
2.16 – Green Bay, WI @ UWGB
2.17 – Milwaukee, WI @ Anodyne
2.23 – Fargo, ND @ Hotel Donaldson – HoDo
2.24 – Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club (Record Release Show)
3.1 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room Lounge (w/ Johnnyswim)
3.2 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s (w/ Johnnyswim)
3.3 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Madison (w/ Johnnyswim)
3.11 – Winona, MN @ Ed’s (no name) Bar
3.24 – Valparaiso, IN @ House Show
3.25 – Birmingham, AL @ Seeds Coffee
3.26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3.27 – Nashville, TN @ The Country Nashville
3.28 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement Nashville
3.29 – Charlotte, NC @ The Evening Muse
4.1 – Newtown Square, PA @ Burlap and Bean Coffee
4.3 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
4.5 – Mechanicsburg, PA @ Messiah College
4.7 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
5.18 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
5.19 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
5.20 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
6.1 – Des Moines, IA @ Brenton Skating Plaza (w/ Gavin DeGraw)
6.14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe (w/ Jamestown Revival)
7.23 – Bayfield, WI @ Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua (w/ Bruce Hornsby)
8.10 – Rochester, MN @ Thursdays on First & Third
8.12 – Arcadia, WI @ Ashley For The Arts Festival (w/ Needtobreathe, Gavin DeGraw)

2016 Dates
1.1 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry (Sold Out Headliner)
2.19 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club (w/ Rayland Baxter)
3.9 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Hotel Foster
3.10 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
3.11 – Holland, MI @ Engaged Community
3.12 – Holly, MI @ Hope College
3.13 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern (w/ 6’10”)
3.16 – Duluth, MN @ U of MN-Duluth
4.12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater (w/ The Wild Feathers)
4.15 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge (w/ The Wild Feathers)
6.23 – Carbondale, IL @ Sunset Concert Series
6.24 – Chattanooga, TN @ Nightfall
6.25 – Nashville, TN @ Musicians Corner (w/ The Jayhawks)
6.28 – Birmingham, AL @ West Homewood Farmers Market
6.29 – Clarkesville, GA @ Pitts Park
6.30 – Paducah, KY @ Riverfront Concert Series
7.2 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest (w/ Randy Houser)
7.7 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s (w/ Brooke Eden)
7.18 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena Plaza
7.21 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena Plaza
7.22 – Somerset, WI @ Somerset Amphitheater
7.24 – Minneapolis, MN @ Hi-Lo Diner
7.27 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe (w/ American Aquarium)
7.29 – Menomonie, WI @ The Blind Munchies Coffeehouse
7.30 – Des Moines, IA @ Simon Estes Amphitheater (w/ Ingrid Michaelson)
8.12 – Arcadia, WI @ Ashley For The Arts Festival
8.13 – Arcadia, WI @ Ashley For The Arts Festival
9.3 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
9.20 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club (w/ David Cook)

2015 Tour Dates
4.11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Bryant Lake Bowl (w/ Joseph)
4.30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Loring Pasta Bar (w/ Andrew Ripp)
5.1 – Marshfield, WI @ Wildwood Station (w/ Andrew Ripp)
5.30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights (w/ The Lacs)
6.13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Norway House
6.13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Calhoun Square (w/ Quietdrive)
6.14 – Chicago, IL @ Ribfest (w/ The Wild Feathers, The Apache Relay)
6.15 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s
6.16 – Kansas City, MO @ The Foxhole
6.17 – Memphis, TN @ Avenue Coffee
6.18 – Nashville, TN @ Eastside House Show
6.19 – Birmingham, AL @ Seeds Coffee
6.20 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
6.21 – Charlotte, NC @ Crown Station
6.22 – Wayne, PA @ Manatawny Still Works
6.23 – NYC, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
6.24 – Chantilly, VA @ The Hangar
6.25 – Mount Union, PA @ Creation Festival Northeast
6.26 – Cleveland, OH @ Arras Keathley / Lean Dog, Inc.
6.27 – Minneapolis, MN @ Honey
7.7 – Chicago, IL @ Music Means Family
7.9 – Lexington, KY @ Ichthus Festival
7.16 – Somerset, WI @ Sonshine Festival
7.23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater (w/ Bob Schneider)
7.25 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Latitude 44
7.30 – Tri Cities, WA @ Creation Festival Northwest
8.5 – Fargo, ND @ Fargo Theatre (w/ Brandi Carlile)
10.17 – Chicago, IL @ SPACE (w/ Red Wanting Blue)
10.27 – Morris, MN @ The Platform
10.28 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
10.30 – Mankato, MN @ Mankato E-Free
10.31 – Kansas City, MO @ Quay Coffee
11.1 – Paducah, KY @ Coke Plant Rotunda
11.2 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (w/ Soul Asylum and Meat Puppets)
11.3 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City (w/ Soul Asylum and Meat Puppets)
11.4 – Franklin, TN @ Music City Roots
11.6 – Clarkesville, GA @ Bethlehem Baptist
11.10 – NYC, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
11.11 – Beaver Falls, PA @ Geneva College
11.12 – Cleveland, OH @ Sofar Sounds
11.14 – Davenport, IA @ Redstone Room (w/ Martin Sexton)
11.15 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club (w/ Nikki Lane)

2014 Tour Dates
2.8 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry (w/ Andrew Ripp, Judah & The Lion)
7.17 – Willmar, MN @ Sonshine Fest,
7.27 – Rochester, MN @ Mayo Park (w/ Charlie Worsham)
8.30 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
10.4 – St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam
10.24 – Minneapolis, MN @ Aster Cafe
11.13 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry (w/ Judah & The Lion, Joseph)
11.14 – Davenport, IA @ Redstone Room (w/ Judah & The Lion, Joseph)
11.15 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s Tavern (w/ Judah & The Lion, Joseph)
12.5 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay (w/ Judah & The Lion)
12.6 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club (w/ Judah & The Lion)
12.27 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity Theater (w/ Quietdrive)

2013 Tour Dates
4.29 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry (Twin Forks, Ivan & Alyosha)
6.25 – St Paul, MN @ Turf Club (w/ Sturgill Simpson)
7.6 – Minneapolis, MN @ Aster Cafe
7.14 – Willmar, MN @ Sonshine Fest
8.9 – Arcadia, WI @ Ashley For The Arts (w/ Matt Nathanson)
9.30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock (w/ Twin Forks, Matrimony)

Contact

Brent Johnson
brent@hopecountrymusic.com

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