The Peach Pickers – Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Ben Hayslip – host the annual “Gretsch Presents the 6th Annual Georgia On My Mind” benefit concert on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the Historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets are $54.50 and $44.50 at ryman.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
“There are a lot of great musical events in Nashville every year,” said Dallas Davidson, longtime chair of the Georgia Music Foundation, “but there’s not another that captures the music and spirit of one state like this one does. It’s two hours of special moments, like last year watching my songwriting heroes Tony Arata and Pat Alger sit on the Ryman stage and talk about how growing up in Georgia influenced some of their biggest songs. Ben, Rhett and I were able to honor the memory of our friend Daryle Singletary, from South Georgia like us, and have his wife, Holly, and two of their sons on stage and backstage with us. Jamey Johnson’s version of ‘Georgia On My Mind,’ with Randy Houser joining him, just brought the house down. Then at the last minute, Charles Kelley pulled all of the artists out on stage with him for an impromptu rendition of Gregg Allman’s ‘Midnight Rider.’ It truly is a musical celebration of Georgia.”
The 2019 lineup of artists will be announced over the coming months, but tickets often sell out prior to the announcement and unannounced guests join the fun each year. Over the past five years, friends joining the Peach Pickers on stage have included Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Big Boi of Outkast, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett, Randy Houser, Lauren Alaina, Jamey Johnson, Cole Swindell, Chris Janson, John Berry, Kristian Bush, Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Michael Ray, Jon Pardi, 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’, Maggie Rose, Brent Cobb, Pat Alger, Tony Arata, Jon Langston, Trea Landon, Travis Denning, Cole Taylor, and more.
Each year, the Peach Pickers assemble a star-studded group of friends to perform with proceeds benefiting the Georgia Music Foundation, a non-profit organization that has supported programs of music education, preservation and outreach since 1994. “We’ve been able to fund nearly $400,000 in grants since these annual concerts began,” said Lisa Love, director of the Foundation. “I visit schools, after-school programs and summer camps year-round to witness the joy of music-making that kids get to experience due to the generosity of the artists, fans and sponsors.”
The Gretsch Company, a fifth generation musical instrument manufacturer with its World Headquarters based in Pooler, Georgia, returns as title sponsor. Fred Gretsch, President of The Gretsch Company, said, “As a multi generational family business run by Dinah Gretsch, our daughter Lena, 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 making music and we’ve seen how proceeds from previous year’s concerts have impacted music education programs around the state of Georgia.
Sponsorships are available from $1,500 to $10,000. For more information, please contact Lisa Love, firstname.lastname@example.org.