Ain’t No Party Like A Watershed Party


Rachel Beauregard of Native Run calls her shot during their performance at Watershed.

Watershed has become one of the biggest music festivals in the Pacific Northwest. Since its inception in 2012, the three day country music festival continues to sell out every year.

Complete with the hottest stars from Nashville and carnival rides gracing the grounds of The Gorge Amphitheater, it’s the one time of year that “Shedders” from all over make their presence known. This year brought out the best in country music.

This year brought the likes of Florida Georgia Line, who’ve become a big mainstay in the world of country/pop with their own combination of pop and country music. The band closed out festivities on Friday.

Saturday brought out  Hunter Hayes, and Easton Corbin. Newcomers Native Run closed out the “Next From Nashville” stage, which featured many of country music’s newest artists on the rise.

American Idol season four winner Carrie Underwood closed out the main stage on day two, to a rambunctious yet humble crowd in awe of the country diva’s presence. This would mark the first time Underwood performed at The Gorge.

Overall, Watershed has become to country fans, what Sasquatch! is to indie.

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Xander is a veteran freelance photojournalist and writer. He has covered many top national and local artists for multiple local and national publications including SMI. On his spare time, he's either producing episodes of VNYLden, or tending to his vinyl collection.