Blackjack Billy Explains "Redneck Rock" at Tortuga Music Festival

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Blackjack Billy has experienced a heavy shot of success in a short amount of time. These hard-working Southern boys are now living the country star dream, touring he country with tons of dates, and watching their song "Booze Cruise" rise to the top of the iTunes pile.

Blackjack Billy just finished performing a Spring Break concert in Panama City before heading to Fort Lauderdale for the beachside hoedown known as the Tortuga Music Festival. Guitarist Coplan pointed out about both: "There's women in bikinis. That never gets old!"

We sat down with Blackjack Billy after their set to talk about prude partying and their stolen trailer. Here's what happened when we met Noll Billings (vocals), Rob Blackledge (vocals, guitar), Jeff Coplan (electric guitar), Brad Cummings (drums), and Patrick Cornell (bass guitar) on the sand.

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Tortuga Concertgoers on How to Party Like a Cowboy

Alex Markow

The Tortuga Music Festival, held on Fort Lauderdale Beach, was created to raise money for the conservation of marine environments. But besides helping out turtles and fish and the great big blue ocean, it also offers fans of country music the chance to day-drink copious amounts of booze and jam out to their favorite artists.

The masses of people who attend the fest sport cowboy hats and Daisy Dukes, so it's fair to say that these music lovers know a little something about how to represent at a hoedown. So we had to ask them: How do you party like a cowboy? They gave us some pretty good tips to enjoying life on the range.

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Tortuga Music Festival 2014's Ten Hottest Beach Bods

Alex Markow

Our little corner of the world often gets high praise for all of the attractive people who congregate here. It's hot, we wear less, and thus we gym often. At Tortuga Music Festival, things were no different from your average beach day. We spent it ogling above-average sunbathers.

To the sounds of Ziggy Marley and Eric Church, sundresses dropped, muscle shirts were tossed aside, and the beachside became supersexy. Though the sand was swarming with toned bods, what follows are just ten of the hottest concertgoers who caught our eye.

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White Denim's Newest Album, Corsicana Lemonade, Is "Fresh," Not "Overworked"


We last spoke with White Denim's drummer, Joshua Block, when their album D dropped. He told New Times the odd album title came about because it's their fourth album and because "D" is the band's favorite letter in the alphabet. This was a strange enough assessment that we felt compelled to communicate with Block again. It's also hard not to be drawn to the Texas band's sound. Their newest release, Corsicana Lemonade, is groovy and psychedelic enough to have you doodling hearts on the album cover.

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Hank Williams Jr. Says He Supports "Freedom of Press"

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It must feel like a gift and a bit of a curse to be the son of one of modern music's greatest and best-known musicians. Hank Williams Jr. would know. He's had his fair share of struggles but also, as he told us in the following interview, plenty of opportunities from a very young age and a lot of which to be proud.

The outspoken and often controversial musician has plenty to say about your government, but he's also crafted some classic country tunes and has a massive fan base. He's performing this upcoming weekend seaside at the Tortuga Music Festival on Fort Lauderdale Beach. We wondered if he shared Tortuga's mission to save the oceans and what other causes are close to his heart. His answers may surprise you.

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Tortuga Music 2014 Festival Lineup Announced!

Alex Markow

Tortuga Music Festival took the salty life to the next level by planting a beer-, boob-, and beach-friendly festival square on the sand in Fort Lauderdale.

The inaugural event brought in waves of music lovers in cowboy hats and flip-flops. The lineup was country-heavy, but there was some folk, blues, and pop mixed in for those less interested in twang.

Just today, the fest announced its 2014 lineup (which you can see after the jump). For 2014, CMT will be partnering with Tortuga on contests and other things that'll be announced shortly. Remember, this is also all about the turtles, literally. Last year, it raised more than $70k for the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and other marine conservation orgs.

A limited number of advanced tickets for the April 12 and 13 fest go on sale this Friday, December 13, 10 a.m. EST at

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Tortuga Music Festival 2014 Ticket Giveaway!

Alex Markow

Remember all the varied cowboy hats and sandy boots of this past April's Tortuga Music Festival? How the bikinis clung to sweaty bods and cozies hugged those LandShark brews so tightly!

Even the mere memory of those two springtime days sends you into waves of beachy concert ecstasy. The fest was heavily countrified with Kenny Chesney and Eric Church but featured rock, funk, and folk too, with the Avett Brothers, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Sister Hazel, and others. The scene out there on Fort Lauderdale Beach was beyond chill. We even named it New Times Broward Palm Beach's Best Festival in 2013.

Tortuga is coming back ashore and has announced its 2014 dates. We also have tickets you can snag after the jump!

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Top Ten Best and Worst Fashions of Tortuga Music Festival

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Alex Markow
What in the hell does a cowgirl wear to the beach? What about a salty dog out to impress the sandy bitches (don't pretend you're offended, you know what we mean).

These were the main folk populating Tortuga Music Festival this weekend. They chugged beer and sunbathed to a crisp on a fairly long strip of beach, sandwiched between two stages of live, mostly country, music, in Fort Lauderdale. Though most dressed in fairly plain beach attire -- bikinis and jean shorts, trunks and tees -- not everyone at the fest was a plain Jane.

Here's our list of the top 10 notable fashions we spotted at the inaugural Tortuga Music Festival.

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Gary Clark Jr. Broke My Heart at Tortuga Music Festival

The air was balmier than most days. It was officially summer in South Florida, when just being outside makes you sweat profusely. The last day of the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale Beach was gonna be a scorcher! 

Sure, thousands of Instagramming friends were showing off their awesome duck-face poses in front of neon Ferris wheels at Cochella, but that didn't matter to the 5,000 plus half-naked boys and girls making even more awesome duck faces in front of a giant turtle sand castle at Tortuga! 

Yeah, so what if they had bands like Blur and Phoenix headlining in the desert? We've got country outlaws Jake Owen and Eric Church on the sand! And the one thing Coachella didn't have this year was the one and only, Gary Clark Jr.!!! 

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Biggest Trend of Tortuga Music Festival: Boobs, Boobs, and More Boobs

Alex Markow
No one knew quite what to expect from the crowd at the first ever Tortuga Music Festival. Because of acts like Jake Owen and Eric Church there was no doubt the fans would be countrified. And since it was on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach, certainly some would be in bathing suits. What we didn't realize was how many boobs would come out for some daytime, oceanside tunes. 

No, not "boobs" like dumbasses, but like actual breasts. Sure the fest took place on the beach, but man, there were more tatas busting out of bikini tops than you'd see on Las Olas at 1 a.m. And God bless those ladies, of all ages, who woke up, slapped on tiny fringed bikini tops, and said, let's Tortguga! Here are a few mamas who exemplify the term "self-acceptance" with their booby-ful fashions. 

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