On Friday, gates will be free and open to the public at Metro Park. Fans can expect an evening of songwriter rounds on stage featuring talented and trending singer-songwriters from Revival Roadshow and a special performance by Dean Dillon. Patrons will also enjoy demonstrations and food for purchase while learning about cooking techniques from some of the most decorated Pitmasters of our time.
Saturday's ticketed concert will include Country Music stars and Southern Rock legends. Both General Admission and VIP experiences are available and will include a variety of BBQ cuisine, Bourbon samplings, and music artists. Jon Pardi will headline the evening with performances by John Michael Montgomery, Molly Hatchet, Larry Fleet, and Dean Dillon.
about the artists
The ACM/CMA award-winning artist recently released Country radio single “Tequila Little Time,” the follow up to his Platinum-certified #1 song, “Heartache Medication” and his Billboard Top 5 “Ain’t Always The Cowboy.” In 2020, Pardi was the first Country artist to have two #1 singles on Country Radio and closed the year with the release of Heartache Medication Deluxe Edition, issued on the heels of his first CMA Album of the Year nomination, his second consecutive ACM Album of the Year nomination, and the Platinum-certification of title track “Heartache Medication.” Heartache Medication (Deluxe Edition) followed the release of “Ain’t Always The Cowboy” (Western Version) and RANCHO FIESTA SESSIONS- an eight-song album that features a combination of songs Pardi is both inspired by, and loves to perform-and his ACM/CMA nominated album, HEARTACHE MEDICATION. HEARTACHE MEDICATION debuted among the top albums on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and was named on Rolling Stone’s “Best Albums of the Year” and The Los Angeles Times “Best Albums of the Year” (#4) list as the only country artist/album represented. A “hero in the making” (Variety), Pardi is noted for his “long-lasting mark on the genre” (Music Row) and his impressive ability to carve out his own path creating “the kind of country music multiple generations came to know, and love can still work on a mass scale” (Variety). Filled with fiddle, twang and steel guitar, Pardi continues to “apply new ideas to country’s old sounds” (Los Angeles Times) and “bring authenticity back into Country music” (People).
JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY
John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music's most storied careers. Behind the string of hit records, the roomful of awards and the critical and fan accolades that have defined his phenomenal success lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. Since the days when "Life's A Dance" turned him from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets--believability. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist.
Don't let Larry Fleet's humble demeanor fool you: the Chattanooga-based Country singer-songwriter is the real deal, with fans in contemporary heavy-hitters like Jake Owen and living Country legends like Willie Nelson. He's a thoughtful songwriter with a knack for a one-liner, an ear for a good hook and a powerhouse voice that strikes the perfect balance of soul and twang.
In the early 1970s, a new form of music was emerging in the South. A mixture of blues, country, gospel and the English invasion of rock and roll that later was to be coined the phrase “Southern Rock.” The music was filled with style and emotion and with bands in the forefront such as the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a band from Jacksonville, Florida called Molly Hatchet. Named after a famous 17th-century axe murderess “hatchet molly” who would behead her lovers with the hand tool Lizzy Borden made famous. As we enter the next 40 years of music, Molly Hatchet’s tradition keeps developing the common bond of southern rockers and keeps their southern style of music alive and well. Rest assured, Molly Hatchet is a band, that after 40 years, is always workin’ hard, playin’ tough, livin’ fast, and still Flirtin’ with Disaster!!!
Dillon is best known for writing or co-writing more than 55 songs for George Strait including 11 hits that went to No. 1
on the charts for Strait, alone. In addition to the songs written with Strait, Dillon has written hit songs for artists like
Hank Willians, Jr., Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Leann Womack, Pam Tillis, Keith Whitley and had multiple
artists record his song Tennessee Whiskey, most recently by Chris Stapleton.
Revival Roadshow is a gathering of Nashville's greatest musicians and up-and-coming songwriters! Friday's Songwriter Round will include Rob Snyder, Josh Phillips, Erik Dylan, Tyler Reeve, and Dave Kennedy.
DJ ROCK has always been a fan of country music! Having grown up in a musical household, ROCK’s talents began to develop at an early age. While attending college at Georgia Southern University in the late ‘90s, he began DJing at popular college bars, clubs, sororities, and fraternities. Slowly but surely, DJ ROCK became a college town celebrity. After making a name for himself at GSU, he began touring throughout Georgia, expanding his fan base and honing his craft.