The wait is over.

East Texas native Cody Johnson will headline an all-star lineup at the fourth annual Bud Light Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival, presented by Tyler Ford, on Saturday, May 6, around the brick streets in Downtown Tyler.

Johnson, who was born in Huntsville and went to school in Groveton, follows the footsteps of The Turnpike Troubadours, Josh Abbott Band and Randy Rogers Band as headliners of the festival.

His 2016 album, Gotta Be Me, raised plenty of eyebrows when it debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. It was also named among Rolling Stone's top 40 country albums of the year.

The video for the album's lead single, "With You I Am," has been viewed more than 5 million times on Facebook.

Johnson will be supported on stage by Texas Country star Wade Bowen, Red Dirt legends Cody Canada and the Departed, as well and rising stars Shane Smith & The Saints and Flatland Cavalry.

In addition to the music, more than 20 of the best and most celebrated barbecue restaurants in Texas will set up on the brick streets to hand out samples of their smoked meats.

Participating restaurants include: Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ (Tyler), Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor), The Slow Bone (Dallas), Black’s Barbecue (Lockhart, Austin, San Marcos), Hutchins BBQ (McKinney, Frisco), Schmidt Family Barbecue (Bee Cave), Lockhart Smokehouse (Dallas, Plano), Kreuz Market (Lockhart, Bryan), Joseph’s Riverport Bar-B-Q (Jefferson), Opie’s Barbecue (Spicewood), Roegels Barbecue Co. (Houston), Meat Church (Waxahachie), Micklethwait Craft Meats (Austin), BBQ on the Brazos (Cresson), Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew (Austin), Bet the House BBQ (Denton), Buzzie’s BBQ (Kerrville), Bodacious BBQ (Longview), Truth BBQ (Brenham), Pecan Lodge (Dallas), Miller’s Smokehouse (Belton) and Tyler’s Barbeque (Amarillo).

Tickets go on sale for this year’s festival at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at VIP tickets are $90, general admission tickets – which include access to the barbecue and music portions of the festival – are $50, and concert-only tickets are $25.

The festival has sold out in each of the past three years, and it's expected to sell out again in 2017, so don't wait to get your tickets.

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