While lightning late Thursday night might have put a scare in some visitors to this year’s Country Thunder celebration, hardly anything will stop one Kenoshan from being there. Not even duty with the U.S. Army. Sgt. Blake Buchanan, 26, scheduled his two-week leave from his tour in Afghanistan to rock out at the four-day music festival.
The questions were endless before the famous movie star took the stage with Modern West, his country band that most in the audience didn’t know existed. Some even preemptively compared Costner’s presence at the festival to Jessica Simpson, who performed two years ago to many disappointed patrons who said she didn’t “fit” with the rest of the lineup.