Like organizers of a family reunion, the Peach Pickers—Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip—will once again assemble a star-studded group of friends to celebrate the music of their home state with the “4th Annual Jameson Irish Whiskey Presents Georgia On My Mind.” The concert returns to the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 20, with proceeds benefitting the Georgia Music Foundation. Tickets are $52.50 and $42.50 and will be available via Ticketmaster outlets, ryman.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
The 2017 lineup of artists will be announced throughout April, but tickets often sell out prior to the announcement and unannounced guests join the fun each year. Over the past three years, friends joining the Peach Pickers on stage have included Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Big Boi of Outkast, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Kevn Kinney, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell, Laura Alaina, Tyler Farr, Otis Redding III, Dexter Redding, Maggie Rose, Daryle Singletary, Brent Cobb, Pat Alger, Tony Arata, Travis Denning, Trea Landon, Jon Langston, Jordan Rager, Sonia Leigh and the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils’ JAMP Masters.
“I can’t overestimate the importance of Georgia to the Peach Pickers,” explains Dallas Davidson, “but the success of this event has proven how special our state’s music means to a lot of people. Last year, when Randy Houser told the audience what Otis Redding’s music meant to him before breaking into ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’ was an awesome moment, especially with all three of Otis’ children standing backstage.” Rhett Akins adds, “I was so stoked when Kevn Kinney played that I could barely introduce him for sharing stories about listening to Drivin’ N Cryin’ when I was living in Athens.”
Davidson, who chairs the Georgia Music Foundation, says, “Sharing the Ryman stage with our friends and having Jameson Irish Whiskey and Georgia Tourism on board has helped us hit a home run for fans every year. But having the proceeds support the Foundation truly makes it an annual grand slam.”
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The Peach Pickers, all Georgia natives, have accumulated more than 60 #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” and many more.
The Georgia Music Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1994, has distributed nearly $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.
Georgia Tourism is proud to announce that Georgia’s live music and music heritage landscape made National Geographic’s prestigious list of 21 “Best Trips” 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.