Vote For Windy City Smokeout For USA Today's Best Specialty Food Festival of the Year

Erin's Deep Dish on Country

February 12, 2020
Windy City Smokeout, Top 10 Food Festival, USA Today, Vote, Chicago

Daniel Boczarski


Erin's Deep Dish on Country gets you all caught up on everything happening in the industry.

We know Windy City Smokeout has become a Chicago summer staple, but it has also been receiving national attention AND is now up for a very prestigious award!

  • The barbecue and music festival has been nominated for USA Today’s 10 Best Food Festivals of the Year and is the ONLY Chicago nominee!
  • It is currently ranked at #4, but with your help let's get it to #1 so it can be named THE Best Specialty Food Festival of the Year! 
  • To vote click HERE.
  • This year's headliners include Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, and Jon Pardi!

Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren officially welcomed their third baby girl!

  • Lennon Love was born on February 10th in Nashville and the parents are calling her their early Valentine’s baby. (Maybe that’s where her middle name came from?)
  • She came out with a full head of dark hair and piercing blue eyes.

Our early Valentine baby was born yesterday, February 10th and her sisters couldn’t be happier to finally get to kiss her little face -- Lennon Love Akins -- 9lbs 2oz of lovveeee with lots of dark hair and blue eyes -- we could not be more in love ------

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Lennon Love Akins was born at 8:30 AM on February 10th! It was such a joy to watch this little angel be brought into the world. My wife is just incredible through the entire birth---- watching our kids meet Lennon for the first time was probably the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life! Ada James and Willa Gray are going to be the best big sisters on the planet. The Lord is so good and I’m so grateful for my beautiful growing family!! Y’all pray for us as we switch from man on man defense to zone--

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Over the weekend Miranda Lambert was at her hometown stop in Lindale Texas, while on her Wildcard Tour, when she had a little help from some guests

  • Students from her alma mater, the Lindale High choir, joined Miranda on stage to sing ‘Tin Man’
  • Nearly two dozen students from the school were invited to take part in the performance and their rendition of the song moved the crowd to cheers and tears