Fresh Off Bonnaroo Appearance, Rayland Baxter Added to July 4 Lineup
Festivities Include Two Days, Three Stages and 15 Live Music Acts
NASHVILLE – Critically-acclaimed Nashville singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter, who performed Friday at Bonnaroo, has been added to the concert lineup at the city’s free July 4 festivities, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today. Baxter will join previously announced headliner and nine-time GRAMMY winner Sheryl Crow at Let Freedom Sing! July 4 in Music City presented by Dr Pepper.
The city’s Independence Day festivities will include two days, three stages and 15 live music acts – all free and open to the public at a new location at Ascend Amphitheater and The Green at Riverfront Park. It is a free, family-friendly event that also showcases the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra and one of the largest fireworks shows in the country.
Baxter joins a diverse lineup of artists over the two-day celebration, including GRAMMY-nominated Brandy Clark and Nashville favorites Shelly Colvin and Jason Eskridge on July 3 and Crow, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Ruby Amanfu, Andrew Combs, Erin McCarley and Maddie & Tae on July 4. Also on July 4, a Family Fun Zone stage will include music from the General Jackson Showboat performers, Jamie Kent, Les Kerr & The Bayou Band, and Scat Springs and Big Soul Band.
“Rayland is a personal favorite of mine as I’ve watched his career grow over the last five years,” said Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “As an organization this year, we are proud to give the spotlight to Nashville’s indie music scene with Ruby, Andrew, Erin and, now, Rayland.”
The Sunday, July 3 festivities will kick off at 3 p.m. at the Music City Stage located at The Green at Riverfront Park. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. with DJ DU. After the concert, a five-minute fireworks show will cap off the live music at 9 p.m. on July 3.
Activities on Monday, July 4, will begin at noon with the McDonald’s® Family Fun Zone and live music stage located on and around the Bridgestone Arena Plaza, which will be open until 5 p.m. Live music will take place at the Jack Daniel’s Stage at Ascend Amphitheater, hosted by emcee Storme Warren, and the Music City Stage, hosted by Kelly Sutton.
DJ Coach will get the live entertainment started at 3 p.m. on the Jack Daniel’s Stage and at 4:55 p.m. a brief program will kick off the live music with a welcome from Mayor Megan Barry, the National Anthem from Amanfu and a patriotic recitation from Barry Scott. Crow will be joined by the Nashville Symphony, which will be under the direction of Chris Norton, on the Jack Daniel’s Stage at 9:20 p.m., and one of the country’s biggest fireworks shows will take place from 9:35 p.m. to 10:05 p.m. All artists and times subject to change.
Let Freedom Sing! July 4 in Music City is produced by the NCVC for the city of Nashville. It is presented by Dr Pepper and partners include Advance Financial, Anderson Benson Insurance, Carl Black Chevrolet, Kroger, McDonald’s, Durango Boots, General Jackson Showboat, Lyft, Purple Heart Homes, Tennessee Highway Safety Office: Click It or Ticket, Twice Daily, Budweiser, Bud Light, Fetzer Vineyards and Jack Daniel’s.
Sheryl Crow is a nine-time GRAMMY winner who has sold more than 35 million albums around the world, has performed duets with musical luminaries, such as Sting and Mick Jagger, and has been nominated for an additional 27 GRAMMYs. She has released eight studio albums (seven charting Top 10, four of them platinum-plus), a quadruple-platinum greatest hits collection and a Christmas album. Her most recent album, Feels Like Home, captures the sound of a great and established artist enjoying a kind of fresh start. It features songs on which Crow collaborated with her longtime guitar player and frequent co-writer Jeff Trott (with whom she co-wrote such past Crow classics as “If It Makes You Happy,” “My Favorite Mistake” and “Every Day Is A Winding Road”), as well as such Nashville songwriters as Chris DuBois, Luke Laird, Natalie Hamby and Chris Stapleton, among others. Crow has a combined 40 Top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40, Triple A (with the most No.1 singles among women in the chart’s 17-year history) and Hot Country Songs charts, and now Crow can also count a Top 20 solo country single to her long list of accolades. sherylcrow.com
Rayland Baxter’s new release on ATO Records, Imaginary Man, has garnered solid press from NPR, which called it “pretty darn close to perfection” and Rolling Stone, which described it as “the unique power of sounding unusual and familiar all at once.” In the past two years, Rayland has been invited to support the tours of Shakey Graves, The Head and the Heart, Lauryn Hill, Kacey Musgraves, Grace Potter and Jason Isbell. Rayland has also been ramping up his own touring presence with sold out shows on his current headlining tour and festival appearances, including Bonnaroo and a return appearance at Newport Folk Festival. In addition to praising Imaginary Man, Rolling Stone also recently premiered Baxter’s dual music videos for “Mr. Rodriguez” and “Yellow Eyes.” raylandbaxter.com
Ruby Amanfu was born in Ghana, and her tight-knit family moved to Nashville when Ruby was just 3. Ruby soaked up the sounds of Music City, and it wasn’t long before the town took notice of her incredible gift. Her album Standing Still centers around Ruby’s ethereal and versatile voice, which has been garnering her critical acclaim since the third grade, when she crushed her classmates at the annual talent show and won the grand prize: a pack of 10 gumballs. By age 15, Ruby was the youngest member of the Nashville Symphony Chorus, as well as writing and recording her own material. Soon she was half of Sam & Ruby, whose 2009 album, The Here And The Now, was named Associated Press’s Album of the Year, and it is considered a landmark in Nashville’s thriving pop scene. Ruby has always been a first call as a studio vocalist, collaborating with artists as diverse as Kelly Clarkson, Jason Isbell, Norah Jones, Brittany Howard, Ben Folds, Hozier, Joy Williams, Jakob Dylan, Buddy Miller, Butch Walker, Alison Mosshart, Ann Wilson, Patti LaBelle and Wanda Jackson. In 2011, Ruby was hand-picked by Jack White to be his singing partner on his first solo album Blunderbuss. Their duet, “Love Interruption,” became Jack’s first hit as a solo artist, and Jack and Ruby performed an incendiary version of “Love Interruption” live at the 2013 GRAMMYs. rubyamanfu.com
A multi-GRAMMY nominee, Brandy Clark grew up in Morton, Wash., and moved to Nashville in 1997. She has had successful cuts as a songwriter with The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,” Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow.” She recently released her second album, Big Day in a Small Town, a follow-up to her critically-acclaimed 12 Stories album from two years ago, which topped many “Best Albums of 2013” lists. She has opened for Jennifer Nettles, Eric Church and Alan Jackson, and she has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Late Show with David Letterman. brandyclarkmusic.com
Shelly Colvin grew up in Alabama, moved to Los Angeles during her early 20s, and has spent more than a decade in her current home of Nashville — and all those places have played an influence on her roots rock album Longshot. Tracked to analog tape by producers Adam Landry and Justin Collins, Longshot also features harmonies and guitar work from nearly a half-dozen musicians, positioning Colvin as one of the key singer-songwriters in a community that also includes Longshot guests Nikki Lane, Odessa Rose, T. Hardy Morris, Carl Broemel and Michael Ford, Jr. shellycolvin.net
Andrew Combs is a songwriter, guitarist and singer from Texas who lives in Nashville. His debut album, Worried Man, was named one of American Songwriter’s Top 50 Albums of 2012. He has toured with Jason Isbell, Shovels & Rope, Caitlin Rose and Houndmouth. “When it comes to singer-songwriters with lyrical skills, Andrew Combs is the real deal,” writes Southern Living. “The Nashville-dwelling, Dallas native is well on his way to becoming a pre-eminent voice in his genre.” andrewcombsmusic.com
Jason has served as a background vocalist or opening act for countless award-winning acts, including Zac Brown Band, Lyle Lovett, Randy Travis, Jonny Lang, Keb’ Mo’, Nicole C. Mullen, Marc Broussard, Robert Glasper, and Toby Mac. He has also had the opportunity to take his music abroad to South Africa, Amsterdam, India, and England. Jason’s latest release is entitled Live in Nashville. He is currently touring as a background vocalist for Zac Brown Band. Jason grew up in Rockwood, Tenn., and worked as an engineer in Huntsville, Ala., before moving to Nashville, where he is now based. www.facebook.com/jasoneskridgemusic
General Jackson Showboat Midday Cruise Cast
This high-octane cast puts on the General Jackson Showboat’s midday country music variety show, Nashville Live! The world-class cast includes two rising country artists, country comedy and features fiddle and guitar soloists, along with a live country band. The show’s repertoire spans classic hits by Patsy Cline, George Jones and Tammy Wynette through chart-topping hits by today’s hottest artists. Cast members are Perry Danos, Natasha Neely, Jimmy Miller, Katie Kerkhover, Dusty Knapp, Bob Fortner, Dave Salyer, Ray Von Rotz. generaljackson.com/cast
Named the 2016 Durango/American Songwriter Sole Performer, artist Jamie Kent’s future as a performer looks quite promising. He draws on influences from modern rock artists like Jason Isbell and Kings of Leon, as well as paying tribute to classic greats like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. Jamie plays more than 200 shows a year, including tours with Huey Lewis & The News, The Doobie Brothers, America, Foreigner, The Wood Brothers, Marc Broussard and Ellis Paul. Jamie is supported by The Collective, a grassroots group of fans who help advise and fund his career in exchange for access to exclusive music, merchandise, and vote in the major decisions he makes. Jamie’s song “Changes” was used by the Boston Red Sox this past season. Jamie is hard at work in Nashville finishing up a new record with GRAMMY-nominated producer Dave Brainard (Brandy Clark, Jerrod Neimann) to be released on Road Dog Records in 2016. jamiekent.com
Les Kerr & The Bayou Band
Les Kerr & The Bayou Band bring country, blues, rockabilly, zydeco, and bluegrass together to create their “Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll.” A Gulf Coast native, Les blends the groove of New Orleans rhythm and blues with soulful Nashville sounds. The group’s concert highlights include performing their 25th anniversary Mardi Gras Concert at the Bluebird Cafe in February, 2016. They have appeared on Stage 1 at every Country Music Marathon and ½ Marathon (now the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Nashville) since the event’s beginning. They have performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Hermitage Fall Festival, the Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival and the Franklin Jazz Festival. A prolific songwriter and recording artist, leader Les Kerr has recorded eight CDs including the newest, Contributor. leskerr.com
Maddie & Tae
Maddie & Tae boldly introduced their debut single “Girl In A Country Song” shortly after signing with Dot Records and penned each of the eleven tracks on their debut album Start Here. The Platinum-certified “Girl In A Country Song” soared to No. 1 on the country radio charts, making them only the third female duo to peak their debut single at No. 1 in the history of the Billboard Country singles chart. The gender-flipping video garnered over 31 million views and scored the duo their first-ever award: CMA Video of the Year. The pair, from Texas and Oklahoma, respectively, were nominated for two ACM awards: Vocal Duo of the Year and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year. Receiving critical acclaim from NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post and Glamour, among others, Maddie & Tae have appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, TODAY, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and most recently on Live! with Kelly and Michael, where they performed the third single from their album “Shut Up And Fish.” Maddie & Tae wrapped their first headlining Start Here Tour last fall, having previously toured with Dierks Bentley and Lee Brice. MaddieandTae.com
Alternative-pop artist and songwriter Erin McCarley released her debut album Love, Save the Empty in 2009 and her sophomore album My Stadium Electric in 2012 on Universal Republic Records. She has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and she has toured extensively in the United States. iTunes promoted her with “Single of the Week” twice, and the broadcast world has embraced her music on many shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy, He’s Just Not That Into You and Vampire Diaries. Receiving praise from the likes of the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and USA Today, she is currently writing and recording her third record. McCarley also appeared on ABC’s Nashville as a recurring guest star. She writes songs for the show and contributes vocals and background vocals to the show’s soundtracks. www.erinmccarley.com
The GRAMMY Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its innovative programming and its commitment to performing, recording and commissioning works by America’s leading composers. The Nashville Symphony has released 25 recordings on Naxos, which have received 17 GRAMMY nominations and eight GRAMMY Awards, making NSO one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. With more than 140 performances annually, the orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, and children’s concerts, while its extensive education and community engagement programs reach tens of thousands of children and adults each year. nashvillesymphony.org
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