Blackberry Smoke, Brett Eldredge to Join Music City’s New Year’s Eve Lineup
Fifth Annual “Bash on Broadway” Offers Full Evening of Free Live Music
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville will ring in the New Year and rock out the old with a full evening of free music, fireworks and countdown to the midnight "Music Note Drop®". Music City’s fifth annual New Year’s Eve ‘Bash on Broadway’ will feature performances by Southern rock group Blackberry Smoke and Country up-and-comer Brett Eldredge, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) announced today. The NCVC announced earlier this month that Grammy award-winning country singer/songwriter Hank Williams Jr. will headline the city’s signature event. Announcement of additional artists will be forthcoming.
The show, which is free to the public, will take place on Lower Broadway between 1st and 5th avenues beginning at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The show will once again be emceed by Storme Warren, host of Great American Country’s Headline Country and Sirius XM Radio personality. Revelers attending the festivities will count down to the New Year as a 15-foot-tall red “Music Note Drop®,” drops slowly from a 115-foot structure. The “Music Note Drop®” will trigger a fireworks display and confetti cannons as it reaches the midnight mark.
Sponsors of this year’s New Year’s Eve ‘Bash on Broadway’ include Miller Lite, Coors Light, Jack Daniel’s, Advance Financial 24/7, The Governor’s Highway Safety Office: Booze It & Lose It and McDonald’s.
Further details about the event will be announced. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve.
For more than a decade the Southern Rock quintet, made up of Brit Turner (drums), Charlie Starr (vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (vocals, bass), Paul Jackson (vocals, guitar) and Brandon Still (keyboard), has created a unique mix of gospel, bluegrass, rock, soul and a touch of outlaw country. Playing up to 250 dates each year, Blackberry Smoke has toured with and befriended idols such as The Marshall Tucker Band, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and George Jones. They’ve toured Europe thrice over, and had their songs featured in video games (EA Sports’ NASCAR 08) and films (Swing Vote), as well. Blackberry Smoke has released three full-length albums—including 2012’s The Whippoorwill, the band’s first for country megastar Zac Brown’s Southern Ground label—two EPs and a live DVD, Live at the Georgia Theatre.
A native of the small town of Paris, Illinois, Country up-and-comer Brett Eldredge grew up listening to the likes of Ronnie Dunn, Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra. His passion for performing eventually led him to Nashville where he began writing his own songs and playing at local songwriters’ nights. He co-penned "I Think I've Had Enough" for Gary Allan and has since had the honor of writing with some of Nashville’s greats, including the legendary “Whispering” Bill Anderson. His debut single, “Raymond,” was released in 2010 and tells the gut-wrenching story of a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s. His third single, “Don’t Ya” recently hit No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart. After opening for some of the biggest names in country, including Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins and Willie Nelson, this year found Eldredge facing the biggest crowds of his lifetime thus far, opening 19 dates for Taylor Swift on “The RED Tour.” He recently received his first CMA Awards’ nomination for “New Artist of the Year” and he will celebrate another first on October 3 when he launches his first headlining tour, the “Bring You Back” Fall 2013 Tour.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination. Visit the NCVC’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com.