Music Fest headliner Kip Moore plays Jack Daniel virtual concert on Friday

Kip Moore will play a virtual concert sponsored by Jack Daniel on Friday. He’ll also headline on October 2 at this year’s Lynchburg Music Fest. {Artwork Provided}

Get ready for a preview of this year’s Lynchburg Music Fest on Friday when Nashville country artist Kip Moore performs a virtual concert sponsored by Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Moore will perform songs from his latest album, Wild World.

The creative folks at the distillery launched the multi-genre live stream concert series to raise money for Sweet Relief Musicians COVID-19 Fund. It provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers including immediate assistance with medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work. You can make a donation by clicking here.

Moore landed early on the Bro Country scene singing songs about trucks, beers, and small town Friday nights. So, it’s fitting that he’ll headline the most famous small town in America on Friday, October 2 during the second annual Lynchburg Music Fest.

Born in Tifton, Georgia, Moore began his music career during his college days a Wallace State Community College before moving to Nashville in 2004 where he met songwriter and producer Brett James. James – who wrote Carrie Underwood’s famous Jesus Take the Wheel – took an interest in Moore and helped him sign a publishing deal.

Moore’s well know for his chart-topping single, Something Bout a Truck, which hit number one on the Billboard country charts. He followed that song with success like Hey Pretty Girl and Beer Money. Last August, he released an anticipated single, She’s Mine, the first song from a much anticipated upcoming album. 

To watch, tune in to Kip Moore’s Facebook or Instagram page beginning at 6 p.m. (CST). •

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Becky Buller Band plays SJCC on March 7

The Becky Buller Band, with Lynchburg’s own Daniel Hardin, will play the South Jackson Civic Center on March 7. {Photo Credit Shelly Swanger}

TULLAHOMA — The Becky Buller Band will perform at the South Jackson Civic Center on March 7.

Buller, a two-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and Fiddle Player of the Year, will perform bluegrass with her band, which consists of banjo player Ned Luberecki, guitarist Dan Boner, mandolin player Nate Lee, and bassist Daniel Hardin, of Lynchburg. Hardin also sings tenor on several songs.

She’s also an eight time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award winner who made bluegrass music history in 2016 by becoming the first artist ever to win in both instrumental and vocal categories, as well as the first female to win Fiddle Player Of The Year. 

According to her website, her songs, recorded by some of the industry’s best, preceded the fiery-haired fiddler’s own prominence as an artist in the acoustic music world. Becky co-wrote “Freedom”, the lead-off track of The Infamous Stringduster’s 2018 Grammy award-winning album, Laws Of Gravity, as well as “The Shaker”, featured on The Travelin’ McCoury’s self-titled release that just brought home the 2019 Best Bluegrass Album Grammy. 

Tickets to the March 7 show at $20 in advance and $22 at the door the day of the event. The SJCC is located at 404 South Jackson Street in Tullahoma. You can purchase advanced tickets by calling their box office at 931-455-5321.

The Becky Buller Band will also be performing at Bonnaroo this year. Look for them on June 14 at 10 a.m. at the Jesus Tent @ Bonnaroo. It’s located just off of New Bushy Branch Road. •

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Hamilton Brothers perform free concert at Motlow on Feb. 11

Tullahoma natives, the Hamilton Brothers and nephew, Isaac Eady, will perform a free concert on the Motlow Moore County campus on Feb. 11, at 12:30 p.m., in Eoff Hall, Powers Auditorium in celebration of Black History Month. The public is invited. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — They say they always knew they wanted to make music in as many places as possible … and that’s exactly what they did.

To celebrate Black History Month, Motlow College will host The Hamilton Family in concert on Tuesday, February 11 at 12:30 p.m. in Eoff Hall at Powers Auditorium. The free concert will feature Tullahoma natives, the Hamilton Brothers and nephew, Issac Eady.

Hailed as celebrated musicians, the Hamilton Brothers, Walter “Hinkie,” Tyronne, and Tim, have traveled the world and performed with noted artists including Lalah Hathaway, Aaron Neville, the late B.B. King, After 7, Dr. Bobby Jones, Christiana Aguilera, Kelly Price, and others. Their music is an electric mix of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop-funk, all blended and smoothly presented. Additionally, they have stepped into the role of producers, currently working with Kim Fleming and Winchester native and university student Ashley Brooks.

Issac Eady performs on piano
Issac Eady

Isaac Eady is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. In 2016 he moved to New Orleans, where he has been teaching and collaborating with world-class musicians. He has performed with well-known artists Jabo Starks, Nigel Hall, Rhiannon Giddens, Papa Mali, Russell Batiste, Jenifer Harswick, Stanton Moore, Warren Batiste, and Luther Dickinson. Born into a family with a deep tradition of music, Eady gravitated towards music early, playing the drums by age two. By age 14, he was playing the organ and directing the choir at church.

“To present Isaac and the Hamilton Brothers in concert is an honor for Motlow State as well as the community,” said Brenda Cannon, executive director of community relations at Motlow. “Bringing this family home is a celebration. The performance allows them to serve the community where they grew up and learned the craft that has taken them to new platforms. We invite the community to come and help us celebrate our very own.” •

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3 reasons to see Pearl Jam in Nashville on April 2

Pearl Jam will play Nashville for the first time in 17 years on April 2. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. {Photo Provided}

NASHVILLE — Pearl Jam will return to Music City on April 2 to play a show at Bridgestone Arena to support their new album, Gigaton. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 24 at 10 a.m. Here are three reasons you should go:

1 | It’s been awhile since they’ve played in Nashville. The venue was then named the AmSouth Amphitheater … if that gives you any clue. It was way back in 2003. That’s 17 years ago. If you’ve been kicking yourself for missing their performance at the 2017 Bonnaroo, here’s your chance.

2 | They’ll play just 14 cities and this is their only performance in the South. The week before they’ll play Madison Square Garden in New York City. The week after they’ll head to St. Louis, Missouri … and that quite a drive. And it’s only kinda the South.

3 | They’re touring to support their much-anticipated new album, Gigaton, which will be released on March 27. It’s their eleventh studio album (their first since 2013’s Lighting Bolt).

For ticket information, visit the band’s website by clicking here. •

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Shine On Series launches on Feb. 1

Michael Allen and Matt Dillon
Last year’s Shine On Series winners, Michael Allen (left) and Matt Dillon (right) earned spots at the 2019 Lynchburg Music Fest. {Photos Provided}

LOCAL NEWS | Music — Last year’s Shine On Series brought us artists like first place winner Michael Allen, and People’s Choice winner Matt Dillon. It also introduced us to acts like the Vending Machine Bandits, Sarah Pearson, and Logan Wheat. Since then, many of them have become regulars on Lynchburg live music scene – playing at Frontier Days, the Lynchburg Winery, and the Lynchburg Music Fest.

On February 1, Lynchburg’s own version of The Voice meets American Idol kicks off again as the third season of the Shine On Series returns to The Lynchburg Winery. It’s a singer, songwriter showcase in front of a live audience and radio audience. The event’s also hosted by Igniter Productions and utilized as a feeder competition for the Lynchburg Music Fest.

For musicians, prizes include cash, a possible music publishing contract, and a slot at this year’s Lynchburg Music Fest. All songs performed must be original music (no covers allowed). There a two song entry limit and the fee is $25 per song. To submit demos for consideration, click here.

For local music fans wishing to watch the show or reserve a table, individual tickets at $5 per person or $50 per table. Performances will take place on four Saturdays: February 1, March 7, April 4, and May 2. Performances take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, check out Igniter Production’s website or Facebook page. •

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Middle TN Strawberry Festival planned for May 9

PORTLAND, Tenn. — Chamber of Commerce officials in Portland recently announced the date for the 2020 Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival to be help on May 8-9. As an added bonus for Lynchburg folks, if you go, you can support Lynchburg’s own Barking Pig BBQ team as they travel to Portland to be a barbecue vendor during the event.

In the early 1900’s, folks in Portland shipped out over 30 railroad cars a day filled to the brim with strawberries. In addition to a large number of strawberries farms, the town boasted a fruit processing plant, a canning factory, and a freezing facility that produced fruit for places like Breyers Ice Cream and other national brands. In 1941, to celebrate their strawberry life, the community hosted the very first Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival … a southern tradition that’s continued ever since.

Each May the annual event brings about 30,000 folks to the quaint, southern town to celebrate the sweet, juicy southern berry. They still enjoy several local strawberry farmers who sell berry during the festival along Highway 109 near Market Street. There also a carnival, live music, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, inflatables, kid’s activities, and, of course, the Strawberry Festival Parade with strawberry-themed floats.

For more information leading up to the event, follow the Festival’s Facebook page or for additional details and a complete schedule of event visit their website. Portland is located two hours from Lynchburg just off Interstate 65 near the Tennessee Kentucky state line. •

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The Disco Biscuits will play The Caverns in May; tickets go on sale Friday

The Disco Biscuits brought their impressive light show to the Roxian Theatre in Pittsburgh last November. {Photo Provided}

GRUNDY COUNTY — The Caverns announced this week that the jam band, Disco Biscuit, will play at the underground venue on two nights, May 29-30. It’s a standing room only show and tickets will go on sale this Friday.

The bands been called the pioneers of “trancefusion” … which bridges the gap between electronic music and jam bands. They hail from Philadelphia, where the members meet at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. They self-describe as a mix of psychedelic rock, electronic music, soul, blues, jazz and classical. Their also known for their impressive concert light shows, which should translate nicely at The Caverns. For ticket information, click here.

The Caverns is located in Grundy County at the base of the the Cumberland Plateau. The concert hall is located deep underground making it a bucket list sort of venue. It’s also the new home of Bluegrass Underground and located at 555 Charlie Roberts Road in Pelham. Click here to visit their website. •

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Dustin Lynch hosts album release party for “Tullahoma” on January 17

Dustin Lynch’s new album is intended to be a “tip of his hat” to his hometown. Marathon Music Works will host a album release party on January 17. {Cover Art Provided}

He’s a native from right down the road in Tullahoma, and his newest album celebrates the southern, middle Tennessee stomping grounds we all know. On January 17, his Tullahoma album release party will happen at Marathon Music Works in Nashville and as of press time, tickets were still available. Click here for details.

Critics have called the new album a ride down a two-lane road come to life and a musical self-portrait. He says every song, “points to something that happened to me or my close friends and family, and that’s really cool.”

Songs like Momma’s House, Dirt Road, Ridin’ Road, Little Town Livin’ … should all resonate with folks who are from around here. The album also features Lynch’s 2019 hit, Good Girl.

“I’m very proud of where I’m from,” Lynch says in a press release, “and proud of this record because it will hopefully make my hometown a little more famous than it already is.”

Lynch co-produced the album with his longtime friend and collaborator, Zach Crowell. He’ll launch a tour to support the album on January 30 with the first show in Detroit. For complete tour dates and locations, click here. •

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Tool and Lizzo headline 2020 Bonnaroo

Tool, Lizzo, and Tame Impala will headline this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 11-14.

REGIONAL NEWS | Manchester — Tool, Lizzo, and Tame Impala will headline the 2020 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.

Los Angeles rock band Tool will headline on Friday night. Formed in 1990, the Grammy-winning band posts a huge following in the alternative metal crowd. Their live performance is bound to be a memorable one. The band’s known for incorporating intense visual arts into both their music videos and live performances including elaborate light shows. Click here to check out their music.

Singer, rapper, songwriter, actress and all around phenom Lizzo will headline on Saturday. Her songs of the year “Truth Hurts” and “Good as Hell” were the independent woman anthems of 2019. She blends pop, hip hop, rap, soul, R&B, and funk-pop into a style all her own. Click here to check out her music.

On Sunday night, Bonnaroo will welcome Tame Impala as the headliner. Billed as an Australian psychedelic music project, the band’s led by all purpose performer Kevin Parker, who writes, performs, and play multiple instruments. Parker says the bands influenced heavily by a wide range of acts including 1970s psychedelic rock and even sugary pop acts like Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue. Click here to check out their music.

The first Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival happened in 2002 and attracted over 70,000 to farm in Manchester. Organized by veteran music promoter Ashley Capps, legend holds that the festival took its name from the 1974 Dr. John album, Desitively Bonnaroo. In Creole slang, the word basically means, “best on the street.”

For the uninitiated, Bonnaroo offers hundreds of performances across a wide berth of genres all packed into four days each summer. This year’s event will take place on June 11-14. Past performers have included Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, the Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, and U2.

Last year, the event sold out with over 80,000 folks in attendance. It’s the largest camping event in North America. According to Coffee County officials, the festival pours about $1.2 million into their coffers each year. The latest impact study showed the event brought about $56 million overall into the southern, middle Tennessee economy.

For a complete line up, visit the event’s website by clicking here. •

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Boro beer park offers free music on Americana Sundays

LIVE MUSIC | Murfreesboro — Did you know that Murfreesboro boasted its own beer park? The unique agritourism spot opened in June of this year and it’s not just your ordinary brewery and taproom. Hop Springs located off John Bragg Highway just outside Murfreesboro combines not one but three onsite brewing projects plus corn hole boards, disc golf, hiking trails, a picnic area, and dog park … all spread across 83-acres in rural Rutherford County.

Every Sunday they offer free, live music during Americana Sundays. There’s an open bluegrass jam from 2 to 3:30 p.m. with the Good Dogs followed by an open blues, rock, and Americana jam session from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

They offer a full menu of bar foods like brisket sliders, veggie egg rolls, and smoked wings and of course, a wide selection of craft beer.

The venue features three breweries. The Steel Barrel Brewery offers Tennessee-inspired brews like their Americana Session Ale, Raider IPA, and Crockett Lager. Their Mantra Artisan Ales offers pours like Saffron IPA, Battleground Belgian Wit, and Amour Rouge Flanders-Style Sour Red Ale. Lastly, there’s the Humulus Project, which is a series of bold and experimental IPAs. For a complete beer menu of what’s currently on tap, click here.

Hop Springs is located a 6790 John Bragg Highway just outside the Boro. The venue is both kid and dog friendly. To learn more, visit their website. •

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