Entertainment, On A High Note

It’s a Peach! “Georgia on My Mind” benefit concert at the Ryman

Photo courtesy of Jami Fugate

Three of the hottest songwriters on Music Row – Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip – call themselves the Peach Pickers, as all hail from the great Peach State of Georgia. Each year, the three writers get together to host the “Georgia on My Mind” all-star concert to benefit their home state, and they’re doing it again on Wednesday night, July 17th. “Gretsch Presents the 6th Annual Georgia on My Mind,” as the event is officially known, takes place at the historic Ryman Auditorium, with the music cranking up at 7:30.

The Peach Pickers always welcome a stellar lineup of guests, and this year’s crop is packed with stars, many of them Georgia natives. John Berry, the legendary Bill Anderson, rising talent Travis Denning and Craig Campbell will all be representing the Peach State. But they’re only part of the bill. The show also includes Lindsay Ell, Jamey Johnson, Michael Ray and many others, along with a special performance by the Otis Redding Foundation’s DREAM Choir.

Over the years, the concerts have benefited the Georgia Music Foundation, which supports programs of music education, preservation and outreach. The efforts of the Peach Pickers and their fellow artists have awarded more than $400,000 in grants to music programs at schools and non-profit organizations in the state of Georgia. The commitment to music education is also shared by the event’s presenting sponsor The Gretsch Company, the Georgia-based manufacturer of musical instruments played by artists all over the world.

“This annual night of music has been so successful because of the generosity of the artists who participate,” Dallas Davidson noted in a release about the upcoming concert. “The camaraderie on stage reflects the friendship and mutual respect that Ben, Rhett and I have for the musicians and Georgians who have been a part of and influenced our careers.”

“Gretsch Presents the 6th Annual Georgia on My Mind” concert takes place at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium Wednesday night, July 17th, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Ryman website and through Ticketmaster.