Tracy Lawrence to headline Keith Edmonds Foundation benefit concert

Staff Reports • Oct 2, 2017 at 5:42 PM

Award-winning country music star Tracy Lawrence will headline the upcoming Southern Stars and Mason Jars show to benefit the Keith Edmonds Foundation.

Lawrence, along with three of Nashville’s top songwriters Casey Beathard, Rick Huckaby and Mark Nesler, will take the stage Nov. 2 for an evening of musical entertainment at the Wilson County Expo Center.

It will benefit the Keith Edmonds Foundation, a local nonprofit that works to assist and empower child abuse victims.

Lawrence, a Wilson County resident, is well known for hits “Time Marches On,” “Sticks and Stones,” “Paint Me a Birmingham” and “If the World Had a Front Porch.”

His studio albums have accounted for more than 40 singles on the Billboard country music charts, with eight of those reaching No. 1.

Beathard has penned hits for many of Nashville’s best artists, including Trace Atkins, Gary Allan, Tracy Byrd and Billy Currington. He was named BMI Country Songwriter of the Year in 2004 and 2008. He was honored by BMI as co-writer of Lawrence’s No. 1 single “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” Other hits to his credit include Eric Church’s “Like a Wrecking Ball,” “The Outsiders” and “Like Jesus Does.”

Nesler’s first No. 1 hit “Just to See You Smile” recorded by Tim McGraw, spent six weeks in the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s country music charts.

Nashville singer, songwriter and guitar player Rick “Huck” Huckaby is credited with a sound like no other in country music. The accomplished acoustic guitarist has traveled with Lawrence, as well as Tanya Tucker, Joe Diffie and Mark Chestnut, performing and playing guitar.

“This is a rare opportunity to bring the type of event to Wilson County that you would typically have to go to Nashville to experience,” said Keith Edmonds, founder of the Keith Edmonds Foundation. “We appreciate Tracy and his talented friends’ willingness to donate their time and talent to help us in our work with victims of child abuse.”

Tickets for Southern Stars and Mason Jars are $125, which includes admission to the show, dinner catered by Sammy B’s and valet parking. A cash bar will be available.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the Country Stars and Mason Jars show are available at keithedmondsfoundation.org


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