Musical entertainment returns to Rock Creek Park in a big way Saturday, with the kickoff of the 2nd Annual Battle of Rock Creek Battle of the Bands competition, combined with a benefit concert by Buddy Jewell to raise money for the formation of the Caney Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
The concert starts at 5 p.m. with Ashley McBryde and Whiskey Business, followed at 6 p.m. by Rayz'N Cain, and at 7 p.m. by Three Shades of Grey. Buddy Jewell is due to take the stage at 8 p.m.
The Caney Spring Volunteer Fire Department will have food for sale, a silent auction, and a kids' fun zone. Tickets for the concert will be sold at the gate, or can be purchased in advance from First Commerce Bank or WJJM radio, or by calling 931-212-3735.
The other two dates for the Battle of Rock Creek Battle of the Bands competition are Sept. 18 and Sept. 25, starting at 6 p.m. both nights, and these concerts are both free. The bands for the 18th are South of Somewhere, The Springs, Uncle Tom, and Overdrive. Appearing on the 25th are Conquer the Sky, Confidential Ingredients, The Fraziers, and Five Live.
One band winner from each of the three nights of competition - decided by audience vote - will advance to the Oct. 7 show at Rock Creek Park for the semifinals. The two band winners from that night will open the Goats, Music and More Festival show on Friday, Oct. 8, for headliner Johnny Lee. Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band are best known for the smash hit song, "Lookin' for Love," the theme for the movie, "Urban Cowboy." The winner of the Battle at Rock Creek will be announced following Johnny Lee's performance and will be awarded $2,000, with the runner-up band taking home $500.
The climax of the fall season of music in Rock Creek Park will be Saturday, Oct. 9, with the performance of the Kentucky Headhunters. The Headhunters will be firing up a brand of country, blues and rock'n'roll sure to be as tasty as a "slaw-burger, fries and a bottle of 'ski." This October celebrates the 21st anniversary of the multi-platinum, Grammy-award winning LP, "Pickin' On Nashville," The Kentucky Headhunters' first release on Mercury records. The song, "Dumas Walker" exploded up the charts and was soon followed by other big hits "Walk Softly" and "Oh Lonesome Me." The band has been a staple of southern rock, country, and blues collections ever since and are always a fan favorite when they play live.
Buddy Jewell burst onto the country music scene in 2003 when he won the coveted title of USA Network's first ever Nashville Star. A true crowd favorite from the premiere episode to the finale, TV audiences and critics alike fell in love with his gentility, enthusiasm and true musical passion.
His self-titled debut album, "Buddy Jewell," on Columbia Records was certified gold, and garnered two back-to-back top-five hits with "Sweet Southern Comfort" and "Help Pour Out the Rain." "Buddy Jewell" debuted at #1 on the Top Country Album charts, and was recognized by the ACM, CMA and CMT Awards with multiple nominations. Jewell's second album for Columbia, "Times Like These," was released in 2005, and "Country Enough" was released by Diamond Dust in 2008. His current hit is "Somebody Who Would Die for You."
Ashley McBryde and Whiskey Business began playing music in Arkansas. McBryde won the state competition of the Colgate Country Showdown in Arkansas in 2004 and in Tennessee in 2009. She has opened for country artist Chris Cagle, blues singer Barbara Blue, and the Artemis Pyle band, and played at the world-famous honky-tonk, Tootsies. She can frequently be found playing shows and songwriter _nights in and around Nashville including the prestigious Bluebird Cafe and Hard Rock Cafe. Some of her musical influences include Trisha Yearwood, Patty Griffin, and Susan Marshall.
Rayz'N Cain comes over from Bedford County where the band members have been playing in various bands going back to the '80s. For the past three months, the boys have come together to make up Rayz'N Cain. The group has been playing at several area venues across the Middle Tennessee region and bring a variety of Top 40 Country to Classic and Southern Rock hits to the stage.
Lewisburg's own Three Shades of Grey has existed for about four years and until now has consisted of Randal, Andy and Clay. Just recently the drummer Evan Jones was added. The group has performed at the Goats Music and More Festival for two years, as well as for Farm Bureau events, American Legion, and NHC Lewisburg. They play a wide range of music including Country, Folk, Pop and Rock.
Last year, bands from across the region competed for the chance to play as an opening act at the Goats, Music and More Festival with the winner, Tyterope, of Chapel Hill, taking home the grand prize.
For more information on the shows contact the City of Lewisburg at 359-1544.