Stump Dodger Bash this weekend

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By Rachel Mergen

The Stump Dodger Bash, taking place in Gays Mills Friday, July 6-7, will host artists Smoking Gun Showdown, Brecken Miles, High Mileage, CJ Solar, Terra Bella, Heidi Raye, Canaan Cox, Jason Pritchett and Craig Wayne Boyd 

Smoking Gun Showdown, founded in Prairie du Chien, is a country band fronted by female singers April Bouzek and Leigh Vorwald preparing to take over the music world. They are proud to perform both covers and originals. The band has taken part in many large music competitions in the past. With the ladies, the musicians David Borys, Jeff Goettel, Jeff Gaunitz and Jeff Hanson rock the stage.  

Miles, originally from Colgate, is based in Nashville these days. He developed his love for music at a young age with the lead of his musician father. He, many years since his start, is a recording artist, playing charting country songs like “I’m Good With That.”

High Mileage, a common act at personal and public events in the Viroqua and Richland Center area, are ready to show their love for rock of the 80s and 90s, along with current music. 

C.J. Solar takes pride in his songs inspired by both Southern rock and country music. Currently, he’s touring the country, headlining shows from coast to coast. On his website, he noted, “I just want to write songs that say something that really means something.”

Terra Bella, married duo Joseph and Martina Costa, are ranchers and musicians from California’s San Joaquin Valley. They have toured the West Coast thoroughly, having opened for acts like Montgomery Gentry, Gary Allan and Lee Brice.

Raye, under Harlan Howard Records, is a native of Dawson Creek, British Columbia. She has gained popularity in the country music field by proving her talent and sharing stages with artists like Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney.

Cox, of North Carolina, took Nashville by storm even when people told him the life he was living in the city would only be temporary. He’s been featured in over 15 country music publications and his debut single charted. 

Pritchett once found himself in the top five finalists on “America’s Got Talent,” which helped light his career, performing as an artist within the “new revolution” of country music. He has performed on tour with acts like Lee Brice and Kellie Pickler.

Boyd, a performer and a family man, is a native of Texas and based in Tennessee today. As a member of Blake Shelton’s team on “The Voice,” he won the seventh season of the NBC show. Since his win, he’s released three studio albums. 

Opening the event will be Smoking Gun Showdown, with the female duo-fronted band performing at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Miles will show his talent to the crowd next at 6:15 p.m. High Mileage will follow at 8 p.m. C.J. Solar will close the first night at 10 p.m. 

Saturday’s line-up will start with Terra Bella at 2:45 p.m. Raye will perform next at 4:30 p.m. Cox will take the stage at 6:15 p.m. Following will be Pritchett at 8 p.m. Finally, closing the Stump Dodger Bash, Boyd will perform Saturday night at 10 p.m. 

Stump Dodger Bash’s activities also include an adult bean bag tournament from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, kids’ games on Saturday at 10 a.m., a raffle for a free bike, the entertainment of Nick’s Kid Show at noon after kids’ games, volleyball, swimming, horseshoes and more. 

The music festival is located at 388 S. Railroad St. in Gays Mills. For more information, go to, call (608) 735-4929, or email

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