BILLY CURRINGTON, AMY RAY OF THE INDIGO GIRLS, GEORGIA SONGWRITERS, AND A SURPRISE GUEST ADDED TO THE "FOURTH ANNUAL JAMESON IRISH WHISKEY PRESENTS GEORGIA ON MY MIND" HOSTED BY THE PEACH PICKERS HAPPENING TUESDAY, MAY 16 AT THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM
Previously Announced Performers Include Lauren Alaina, T. Graham Brown, Drivin' N Cryin', Jimmy Hall, Chris Janson, Kip Moore, Michael Ray, Dexter Redding and Otis Redding III
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Georgia is on the minds of music lovers as the list of performers continues to grow with announcement today that Billy Currington; Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls; singer/songwriters Trea Landon, Jon Langston, and Cole Taylor; and a surprise, multiple-award winning chart-topper have been added to the impressive lineup. The "Fourth Annual Jameson Irish Whiskey Presents Georgia On My Mind" concert will be held Tuesday, May 16 (7:30 PM/CT) at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Hosted by the Peach Pickers – Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Ben Hayslip – the concert benefits the Georgia Music Foundation.
Friends of the Peach Pickers who have already been announced include current chart-toppers Lauren Alaina, Chris Janson, Kip Moore, and Michael Ray; Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter T. Graham Brown; Georgia Music Hall of Famers Drivin' N Cryin' and Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie; and back by popular demand this year, Dexter Redding and Otis Redding III, sons of the legendary soul icon Otis Redding. The evening also includes a special performance by students from the Georgia Pick and Bow Traditional Music School in Dahlonega, who received a grant from the Georgia Music Foundation in 2016 from concert proceeds.
"This is as close to a Georgia homecoming as you are going to get in Tennessee," explained Davidson, who also chairs the Georgia Music Foundation Board of Directors. "The popularity and success of this event is so rewarding because it celebrates our homegrown talent and allows us to give back to deserving music education programs."
Over the past three years, "Georgia On My Mind" has gained a reputation for surprise appearances by unannounced guests. Friends joining the Peach Pickers on stage have included Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Big Boi of Outkast, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Kevn Kinney, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell, Tyler Farr, Maggie Rose, Daryle Singletary, Brent Cobb, and more.
The Georgia Music Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1994, has distributed more than $150,000 in grants to deserving music education, preservation and outreach programs across the state in the past three years from "Georgia On My Mind" proceeds. Each year during the concert, the Georgia Music Foundation presents its Flamekeeper Award to a Georgia artist who tirelessly preserves and promotes Georgia's musical roots and traditions. Info on the grant program is available at georgiamusicfoundation.org
The Peach Pickers, all Georgia natives, have accumulated more than 70 No. 1 songs collectively and individually since 2010, and earned numerous awards and accolades. Their respective catalogs include hit songs "I Don't Want This Night To End," "All About Tonight," "Gimmie That Girl," "Just A Kiss," "When She Says Baby," "Boys Round Here," "It Goes Like This," "We Owned The Night," "I Don't Dance," "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," "Point At You," "That's My Kind Of Night," "Rain Is A Good Thing," "Small Town Throwdown," "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day," "Star of the Show," and many more.
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Georgia Tourism is proud to announce that Georgia's live music and music heritage landscape made National Geographic's prestigious list of 21 "Best of the World" destinations for 2017. To plan your next vacation around Georgia music, visit www.exploregeorgia.org/music or connect with Georgia Tourism on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.