One-on-one with Dan + Shay at Country Fest 2014

CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU) -- Whether they're a big time country star or an artist on the rise, Country Fest is where they come together. We went backstage with Dan + Shay Wednesday night, as the country music duo made their first Fest debut.

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney say they met a little more than a year and a half ago. They never imagined that they would be touring together with Blake Shelton today.

“No idea. It’s hard to say ever in your career. Dan and I have been doing this for a while and you never know, it’s an unpredictable business,” said Mooney. “It’s really cool people have our album and actually listened to it and liked it.”

Smyers said after being signed with Warner, their dreams came true.

“In middle school I couldn’t pay people to remember my name so it’s cool to walk around here and feel all this happening. We walk around and people are like, are you Dan and Shay? And I’m like, oh my gosh, how do you know my name? That's crazy. Am I wearing a name tag?” said Smyers.

Both Smyers and Mooney said the fans in Wisconsin and the ones at Country Fest are some of the best.

“They came out here to party. We got out there today and got to play. It was awesome. Everyone was so excited to be there, a lot of dancing. I can't really dance but I was trying to on stage,” said Mooney.

The duo said WEAU’s The Voice’s Blake Shelton is down to earth and the tour is going great.

“When you see him on The Voice and everything, he’s super funny and personable and it’s honestly, that’s just him every day we walk out and I walk out the bus and he’s out there playing basketball and hanging out and he really is like that,” said Shay.

Some of their influences come from singers like Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw.

“When we were writing our songs, we wanted to be true to ourselves. We listened to a lot of music and pulled from a lot of influences. Throw it all in a pot and stir it all up and that’s the Dan + Shay album,” said Smyers.

Blake Shelton will headline at 11:00 p.m. Thursday night. On Friday, Carrie Underwood will headline.


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