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Charlie Daniels Celebrates Musical Freedom and Heritage at 40th Anniversary of Volunteer Jam

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Since the first Volunteer Jam with Charlie Daniels in 1974, a few things have changed, but one thing has remained: celebrating the generous spirit of southern rock – with a few surprises.

“Ain’t it good to be alive, and to be in Tennessee?” – Charlie Daniels

This year’s special event raised more than $200,000 for the Journey Home Project, a non-profit organization co-founded by Charlie Daniels to connect donors with veterans organizations. Proceeds will also benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation.
The almost 5-hour-long concert was a “who’s who” of legendary musical artists. Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys quipped, “We’ve got more acts tonight than are running for president!”

Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Webster PR

Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Webster PR

Craig Morgan noted that the 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam “is a piece of history.” Surprise guests included Eric Church, Lynyrd Skynrd, Blackberry Smoke, and Jamey Johnson, who were in addition to the guests already on the bill: Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Colt Ford, The Grascals, Lee Greenwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, Tracy Lawrence, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ryan Weaver, Wynonna, Craig Morgan, Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Dean, Michael W. Smith, Travis Tritt, Phil Vassar, and Montgomery Gentry.

Lee Greenwood, known for the patriotic classic “God Bless the USA,” kicked off the show and set the tone for the night. Greenwood described Charlie Daniels as not only a “big brother” figure, but also as “a perfect lesson in how to live.” Numerous other artists echoed those sentiments throughout the night, revering Daniels’ musical talents and warm spirit.
But when it comes down to defining the music, it’s all about the spirit and authenticity.

Blackberry Smoke describes southern rock as “musical freedom,” while Ted Nugent talked about how he loves the “attitude and spirit” of the music. Billy Dean brought the discussion to contemporary country music, and how he feels that acts like Florida-Georgia Line are unjustly criticized for making music that is authentic to who they are.

In addition to the music, the main message of the event was about supporting veterans when they transition back to civilian life. Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity co-hosted the event alongside SiriusXM “The Highway” host Storme Warren. Throughout the night, they recognized military servicemen and women, including two Benghazi survivors, whose story will be portrayed in an upcoming movie called “13 Hours – Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” The title sponsor of the 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam, Henry Repeating Arms, presented a $200,000 check on stage to The Journey Home Project.

For more information about how you can get involved with the non-profit, visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org.

Eric Church Triumphantly Opens New Nashville Amphitheater

Photo Credit: Rick Diamond

Photo Credit: Rick Diamond

Even by Eric Church’s ever-expanding definition, Thursday night’s show under a full moon to open Nashville’s brand new Ascend Amphitheater was different. Maybe even a little weird, country music’s road warrior told fans.

“The thing about tonight is you get to see something you’ll never see again,” Church told the crowd, which pushed against the lip of the new venue’s stage and stretched up to the top of the new shed’s back walls. “Because after tonight we’re never doing this (bleep) again.”

Full of deep cuts, improvisational arrangements, a few lyric slips, a never-before-heard new song and lots of laughs, the set was reminiscent of the solo outing Church played earlier this year in Salt Lake City when most of his band fell ill due to a virus on The Outsiders World Tour.

Church built “The Outsider’s Joint” on stage, complete with bars and bartenders, friends and band members seated along his playing space, and a cowhide couch. He invited band members Jeff Cease, Joanna Cotten, Lee Hendricks, Jeff Hyde, Driver Williams and Craig Wright on stage individually Thursday night as accompaniment as he worked through some of his biggest hits and favorite album tracks.

“My heart rate is going up because I have no idea what the hell he’s doin’ next,” Cotton said. Church launched into a version of “Creepin’” with a long improvisational coda before telling the crowd: “It’s gonna get way weirder, I promise, man.”

After J Roddy Walston and The Business opened the night with a high-energy set, Church walked onto a darkened stage while working a solo jam on his guitar as he leapt into “Smoke a Little Smoke,” then played most recent No. 1 “Talladega.” After that, there was no set list or road map.

“Welcome to the first night ever at the Ascend Amphitheater here in Nashville,” Church told the crowd. “I‘ll be honest with you: I came out here with those first two songs as kind of my plan, and I don’t have one after this,” Church said. “This only works if you guys sing everything you know as loud as you can.”

Then Church told the first of several personal stories – about his early days on Music Row more than a decade ago. “I was thinking about this one as I was driving in,” Church said before playing “What I Almost Was.”

The singer-songwriter thanked the crowd for allowing him to play his songs simply, as they’d first been written, before the studio veneer was added. He then rewarded fans with a song he’d never played live before called “Three Year Old” about the wonderful travails of fatherhood. The song got its start on a fishing trip during which his son threw both his rod and reel and tackle box into the water. “I’m 38, and I never knew a fishing rod sinks faster than a tackle box,” Church joked.

The Tennessean noted of his performance, “Church wore his heart and his creativity on his sleeve Thursday night – a fitting, memorable way to open a new amphitheater in the heart of Music City.”

RollingStone.com adds, “The number of artists who can pull off the feat, standing vulnerable on a stage with just a guitar, is minuscule, and the number of radio-country artists who would even attempt it is likely smaller still. But Church rose to the occasion, proving that sometimes a simple “oh shit” can beat any bells, whistles or inflatable devils.”

Church’s pop-up store, The Outsider’s Joint, remains open through Saturday in East Nashville. The store’s first appearance during CMA Music Festival was a huge success with more than $20,000 going to Church’s Chief Cares Fund. The pop-up store offers official merchandise as well as These Boots by Lucchese, Church’s custom boot line usually only available to VIP ticketholders.

The pop-up shop is located at 218 South 11th Street in the 5 Points area of East Nashville across from the Bill Martin grocery store. Park at LP Field and receive a free ride to 5 Points (excluding tip) from JoyRide by calling (615) 285-9835 or use Uber code OUTSIDERS for $20 off your first ride. While there, a handful of local restaurants have special food and drink offers for those with Ascend Amphitheater tickets. Pop-up store hours are 12-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information or tickets, visit www.EricChurch.com

Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen & MORE to Perform at ACM Honors

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ACM Special Award recipients to be honored that night include legends Loretta Lynn and Alabama, superstars Luke Bryan and Eric Church, award-winning songwriters Bob McDill and Felice & Boudleaux Bryant (posthumously), ACM Awards executive producer and writer Barry Adelman and industry heavyweight and longtime ACM Board of Directors member Tim DuBois. Performers include Jason Aldean, Roy Clark, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen and Restless Heart. Presenters include Kelsea Ballerini, RAC Clark and The Swon Brothers.

The evening also recognizes winners of the Studio Recording (musician, bandleader, instrumentalist) and Industry Award categories, along with Songwriter of the Year Award winner, Luke Laird. The evening is sponsored by City National Bank.

The special evening will include musical performances, award presentations and video tributes. Tickets are priced at $42 and go on sale Thursday, July 30th at 10:00 a.m. (CT) at www.ticketmaster.com

Eric Church Exhibit Opening at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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Musical road warrior Eric Church, last year’s top selling country music artist, will be honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum when he becomes the subject of their next cameo exhibition opening Sept. 18th. “Eric Church: Inside the Outsider” runs through February 2016 and will spotlight the North Carolina native’s hard-hitting path from a kid with a dream to becoming a multi-Platinum-selling country rocker filling arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums. The display will include guitars, song manuscripts, stage wear, photos and more personally chosen from Church’s collection.

For those fans wanting to see and purchase unique Church memorabilia before September arrives, the acclaimed singer/songwriter will reopen his pop-up store, The Outsider’s Joint, on July 30-Aug. 1 in East Nashville. The Outsider’s Joint will also offer These Boots by Lucchese, Church’s custom boot line usually only available to VIP ticketholders. In addition, there will be a limited number of special edition posters commemorating the first Ascend Amphitheater show and Church’s regular line of tour merchandise, most available with concierge service to ship items to your home for free. Proceeds, excluding the Lucchese boots, will benefit the Chief Cares Fund, a 501c3 non-profit organized by Church and his wife Katherine that serves more than 2.5 million people around the world. The Outsider’s Joint’s first appearance during CMA Music Festival was a smash success that raised more than $20,000 for Church’s Chief Cares Fund.

The Outsider’s Joint will be located at 218 South 11th Street in the 5 Points area of East Nashville across from the Bill Martin Grocery Store. Park at LP Field and receive a free ride to 5 Points (excluding tip) from JoyRide by calling (615) 285-9835, or use Uber code OUTSIDERS for $20 off your first ride. While there, a handful of local restaurants have special food and drink offers for those with Ascend Amphitheater tickets. The pop-up store hours are 12:00 PM-6:00 PM Thursday and Friday, and 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Saturday.

Church will christen Nashville’s new outdoor Ascend Amphitheater on July 30-31, making a rare second stop in Music City this year to perform two sold-out acoustic solo sets. He set a venue record in January when 18,411 fans crammed into Bridgestone Arena to catch The Outsiders World Tour, which is nearing one million tickets sold, has set five venue attendance records, and was ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Tours recap in April.

For more information on the tour or tickets, visit www.EricChurch.com.

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