Interview: Mackenzie Carpenter brings her shooting stardom to Rockton's Old Settlers Days on Saturday night


Big Machine Records recording artist Mackenzie Carpenter is playing Rockton's Old Settlers Days on Saturday night June 17, 2023.

Saturday night at Old Settlers Days will see Mackenzie Carpenter take the stage. She is the opening act as Jackson Dean follows her on the main stage. 

Recently, I had the chance to speak with Mackenzie about her tour, Motel 6, her family, and what’s ahead for her.

The first thing I noted was how humble and kind she was with everyone on the Zoom call. Sometimes when interacting with artists, you can tell that they may have a higher thought of themselves. Mackenzie Carpenter could not have been more open, honest, and funny with me and her team.

Mackenzie is excited to come to Rockton, IL on June 17, 2023 for Saturday night at Old Settlers Days. She is the opener on Saturday night’s main stage. She can’t wait to meet all the amazing people and mingle with Jackson Dean, his band, and the entire crew. However, she is giddy about experiencing the OSD carnival area. She grew up going to fairs and eating corn dogs and caramel apples near Hull, GA, where she has her roots.

Old Settlers Days 2023 Carnival

Her family has always been an important part of Mackenzie’s life. As a young child, she was always supported by her mom and dad. In fact, as a young artist, her dad encouraged her to begin writing songs, knowing that as she grew up it would help her with her singing career. As a youth, she would grab mics and sing when the mics themselves were larger than her head. Social media is littered with videos of her singing. Currently, Mackenzie lives in Nashville with her two brothers (her brother Micah is attending medical school and her brother Maclean is in her band and writes songs as well). Her parents travel on the road with her a lot, so she is very thankful for the partnership she has with Motel 6 through their My6 Music program.

For a young artist, touring can be very expensive (gas, paying for vehicles, food, places to stay, etc., etc.) since the artist themselves take on all these costs most of the time. Luckily, Motel 6 and Studio 6, the Official Sponsor of Opening Acts ™, has worked to lessen the burden with their My6 Music Package.”

Motel 6 and Studio 6, the Official Sponsor of Opening Acts™ 

Musicians and their crews can get 10% off stays
through the My6 Music Package, in addition to 50 discounts for music-related items and services from Sonos sound equipment, gas, food delivery, Showtime video streaming, Fender Play step-by-step music lessons, and more. Sign-up is free.

Fans can benefit too. Now through Oct. 31, Motel 6 and Studio 6 will host surprise giveaways for fans, and concert-goers throughout the summer. Additionally, the marketplace discounts are extended to music fans who join the free My6 program, which offers 6% off stays, an expedited booking process, and hundreds of benefits in the music, food, and entertainment industries. Fans can sign up for free.

Mackenzie Carpenter’s summer will be filled with lots of touring and also having one of her dreams come true. She's making her Grand Ole Opry debut on June 20th,

Check out Big Machine Records recording artist Mackenzie Carpenter Saturday night June 17, 2023 for Old Settlers Days in Rockton, IL to see what a shooting star looks like as she heads to the top of the country music scene.

You can follow Mackenzie Carpenter on social media:

Motel 6 is an economy lodging brand with franchised locations throughout the United States and Canada. Motel 6 has used the tagline, “We’ll leave the light on for you®” for more than 30 years, earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the economy lodging segment. Motel 6 offers standard amenities including free Wi-Fi Internet access, free local calls, no long-distance access charges and expanded cable channel line-up. Pets stay free at Motel 6 locations nationwide. For more information, visit

Studio 6 welcomes travelers in key extended stay markets in the U.S. and Canada, allowing guests to “Extend your stay, not your budget®”. The studios include fully furnished kitchens along with linens and cookware and free Wi-Fi at an inclusive, transparent rate, competitive to other economy extended stay hotels. For more information, visit

Old Settlers Days takes place Thursday June 15, 2023 through Sunday June 18, 2023 at Settlers Park — Rockton, Illinois 200 Hawick St, Rockton, IL 61072.

Thank you goes out to Mackenzie CarpenterMichael McGinnis, Marissa Miller, Elise Rose, and the entire team at the Zeno Group for the information and images used in the story.

More News from Roscoe
I'm interested
I disagree with this
This is unverified