It’s another star-studded night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on June 26, 2018, when the Peach Pickers (Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip) host Gretsch Presents the 5th Annual Georgia On My Mind. Artists joining the Peach Pickers to celebrate their home state of Georgia include Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Chris Janson, Lauren Alaina, John Berry, Michael Ray, Travis Denning, Jon Langston, Trea Landon and songwriters Pat Alger and Tony Arata, who will receive the 2018 Flamekeeper Award. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Georgia Music Foundation which has distributed nearly $300,000 in music preservation, education and outreach grants since the first Georgia On My Mind concert in 2014. Tickets for the June 26 concert are $54.50 and $44.50 and available at ryman.com.
Davidson, who chairs the Georgia Music Foundation, said, “For Ben, Rhett and me, it’s almost like organizing a bonfire party in South Georgia every year. We call our friends, they call their friends and we all get together, play the songs we love and tell stories. We get to have so much fun, the fans love it and the fact that it supports the Georgia Music Foundation and music education programs across the state is icing on the cake.”
Over the past four years of concerts, the Peach Pickers have been joined by Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Big Boi of Outkast, Randy Houser, Chris Janson, Lauren Alaina, Cole Swindell, Kip Moore, Michael Ray, T. Graham Brown, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell, Tyler Farr, Otis Redding III, Dexter Redding, Billy Currington, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Brent Cobb, Sonia Leigh, Travis Denning, Trea Landon, Jon Langston, Cole Taylor, and Jordan Rager, as well as by some of the grant recipients including students from the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils in Augusta and the Georgia Pick and Bow Traditional Music School in Dahlonega.
Nashville Songwriter Hall of Famers Pat Alger (“Unanswered Prayers,” “Thunder Rolls,” “Small Town Saturday Night”) and Tony Arata (“The Dance,” “Dreaming with My Eyes Open,” “Here I Am”) will perform and each receive the Georgia Music Foundation Flamekeeper Award. The award was introduced in 2014 and recognizes individuals whose work tirelessly preserves and promotes Georgia’s musical roots and traditions. Previous recipients include Jason Aldean; Deanna Brown-Thomas, daughter of James Brown; Karla Redding-Andrews, Dexter Redding and Otis Redding III, children of Otis Redding; and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.
This year, the Peach Pickers welcome Gretsch, the fourth-generation musical instruments company headquartered in Pooler, Georgia, as presenting sponsor. Fred Gretsch, President of The Gretsch Company, said, “As we celebrate our 135th anniversary as a family business run by Dinah Gretsch and me, we are honored to support the Peach Pickers and present ‘Georgia On My Mind.’ The Gretsch family’s goal is enriching lives through participation in music and we’ve seen how proceeds from previous years’ concerts have impacted music education programs around the state of Georgia.”