2016 Celebrity Concert Series Schedule

Country Tonite and First Class Productions are proud to bring you this year’s Celebrity Concert Series line-up. Some of the most legendary performers in the history of country music will be onstage here at the Country Tonite Theatre.

Tickets for the first half of the concerts (April thru July) go on sale Monday, February 1st at 9:00 am. Tickets for later concerts (August thru November) go on sale Monday, February 22nd at 9:00 am. All Ticket Sales Final – 865-453-2003

Loretta Lynn

Friday, April 8, 2016
and
Saturday, April 9, 2016
8:00 PM
$49.95 + tax

For over fifty-five years now, Loretta has fashioned a body of work as artistically and commercially successful – and as culturally significant – as any female performer you’d care to name. Her music has confronted many of the major social issues of her time, and her life story is a rags-to-riches tale familiar to pop, rock and country fans alike. The Coal Miner’s Daughter – the tag refers to a hit single, an album, a best-selling autobiography, an Oscar-winning film, and to Lynn herself – has journeyed from the poverty of the Kentucky hills to Nashville superstardom to her current status as an honest-to-goodness American icon. Don’t miss your chance to see an American Legend perform many of her 52 Top 10 hits and 16 #1 singles.

Loretta Lynn at Country Tonite

The Oak Ridge Boys

Saturday, May 28, 2016
***Two Shows***
3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
$39.95 + tax

Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been. Their hits include “Elvira”, “(I’m Settin’) Fancy Free”, “Bobbie Sue”, and “American Made”.

The Oak Ridge Boys

T.G. Sheppard & T. Graham Brown

Saturday, June 25, 2016
8:00 PM
$35.00 + tax

T.G. Sheppard has always had a knack of being ‘at the right place at the right time’ in Country Music. He was the singular artist who put a massive amount of gold in the teeth of the country music industry’s biggest ‘sales bite’ in history—during the ‘Golden Era’ of the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s as the success of ‘Urban Cowboy’ helped usher in a new wave of country. T.G. opened the ‘80’s with a remarkable run of a dozen #1’s hits that would forever secure his place in industry history. He brought romance—and yes, sex appeal—to country music at a time when young men in hats were first saddling up to monopolize the range on the nation’s airwaves. His hits include: “Last Cheater’s Waltz,” “Only One You,” “Party Time,” “Do You Wanna Go To Heaven,” “I Feel Like Loving You Again,” “I Loved ‘Em Every One,” “Finally,” “War Is Hell On The Homefront Too,” and “Faking Love.” “Finally” and “I Loved ‘Em Every One,” introduced T.G. to a massive new world of fans when both made major impact on the Pop Top 40 Charts.

T. Graham Brown moved to Nashville in 1982 and found work singing advertising jingles for companies such as McDonald’s, Disneyland, Harrah’s and many others. He was also the singing narrator in the Taco Bell “Run for the Border” television spots. T also found work as a songwriter for E.M.I. Publishing before signing to Capitol Records in 1984. His debut album and Title Song, “I Tell It Like It Used To Be”, went to TOP-10, followed by “I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again” which landed at No.4. His next 2 singles, “Hell and High Water” and “Don’t Go to Strangers” made their way to the number one slot. Other hits include “Darlene”, “Come as You Were”, and “Wine Into Water”.

T.G. Sheppard
T. Graham Brown

Neal McCoy

Friday, July 15th, 2016
8:00 PM
$35.00 + tax

In 1993, Neal McCoy broke through with the back-to-back number 1 singles “No Doubt About It” and “Wink” from his platinum-certified album “No Doubt About It”. His commercial success continued into the late 1990s with two more platinum albums and a gold album, as well as six more Top Ten hits. His awards include Entertainer of the Year, 1998 & 1999 TNN/Music City News Country Awards. With over 6 million records sold, Neal McCoy is a favorite of country music fans. His high energy show is packed with familiar hits including “You Gotta Love That”, “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye”, and “The Shake”.

Neal McCoy

Con Hunley & Janie Fricke

Friday, August 26th, 2016
8:00 PM
$35.00 + tax

East Tennessee’s Con Hunley is one of country music’s most soulful singers. One of six children, Con had music in his life from birth. His first entrance into the music world was singing gospel songs at church with his family. After getting a record deal, Con began scoring hits like “What’s New with You,” “Oh Girl,” “Week-End Friend,” “You’ve Still Got a Place in My Heart,” “You Lay a Whole Lot of Love on Me,” “Since I Fell for You” and other songs. It was during these years that he was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year and Newcomer of the Year by ACM and CMA.

Janie Fricke has had quite a career with hits such as “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Baby”, “He’s a Heartache”, “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy”, and “You’re Heart’s Not In It”. She has also won many awards including: the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year, Music City News Female Vocalist of the Year, “Billboard” Top Country Female Vocalist, and Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year. In her recording career, Janie has released 23 albums and 36 hit singles.

Con Hunley
Janie Fricke

Bill Anderson & Bobby Bare

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
8:00 PM
$35.00 + tax

Bill Anderson has been one of the top songwriters in country music ever since he wrote his first #1 hit, “City Lights,” at the age of nineteen. He has been a major recording artist for a half-century, selling millions of records worldwide on his way to earning membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Some of Bill’s hit songs include “Mama Sang a Song”, “Still”, “Po’ Folks”, “I Love You Drops”, “Walk Out Backwards” and “Wild Weekend”.

Bobby Bare, also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has been entertaining audiences for over fifty years. He has many hits to his credit, including several that have become country classics. Some of his most recognized songs are: “Detroit City”, “500 Miles Away from Home”, “Four Strong Winds”, “Streets of Baltimore”, and “(Margie’s At) The Lincoln Park Inn”.

Bill Anderson
Bobby Bare

Brenda Lee & Jimmy Fortune

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
***Two Shows***
3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
$39.95 + tax

Brenda Lee has achieved success in rockabilly, pop and country music. She had 47 US chart hits during the 1960s, and is ranked fourth in that decade surpassed only by Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Ray Charles. She is perhaps best known for her 1960 hit “I’m Sorry”, and 1958’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, a United States holiday standard for more than 50 years. At 4 ft 9 inches tall, she received the nickname Little Miss Dynamite in 1957 after recording the song “Dynamite” and was one of the earliest pop stars to have a major contemporary international following. She is a member of the Rock and Roll, Country Music and Rockabilly Halls of Fame. She is also a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Some of Brenda’s other hits include “Break It To Me Gently”, “I Want To Be Wanted”, and “Too Many Rivers”.

Jimmy Fortune toured, sang and performed with the legendary Statler Brothers for 21 years. He wrote the group’s second No. 1 hit, “Elizabeth,” and followed that with two more No. 1 hits–“My Only Love” and “Too Much On My Heart”. Fortune also wrote the top-10 hit “Forever” and co-wrote the top-10 hit “More Than a Name on the Wall”. Jimmy and The Statler Brothers were inducted into the GMA (Gospel Music Association) Hall of Fame on October 29, 2007, and inducted into the CMA (Country Music Association) Hall of Fame on June 29, 2008. After the Statler Brothers retired, Jimmy seized the opportunity to launch a solo career to share new music with his fans. His latest album “Hits & Hymns”, is off to a roaring start, as it debuted on Billboard’s Country Albums chart at No. 10, becoming his first top ten record on the chart as a solo artist. The feel-good album also debuted at #1 on the Southern Gospel Album chart and No. 6 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian Album chart. Accompanying the album is the Bill Gaither hosted DVD special, Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns, which also debuted with strong numbers. The DVD collection debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Music Video chart, along with No. 1 on the Christian Music Video chart, marking Fortune’s first #1 solo project.

Brenda Lee
Jimmy Fortune

The Bellamy Brothers

Friday, November 18th, 2016
8:00 PM
$35.00 + tax

Howard and David Bellamy continue to prove that the trail they’ve ridden to fame has been as unique as their music itself – music that is now celebrating 40 years of success. “Dancing Cowboys”, “Sugar Daddy”, “You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie”, “Lovers Live Longer”, “Do You Love As Good As You Look”, “Redneck Girl”, “For All The Wrong Reasons”, “I Love Her Mind”, “I Need More Of You”, “Old Hippie”, “Too Much Is Not Enough”, “Kids Of The Baby Boom”, “Reggae Cowboy”, and “Crazy From The Heart” …all have lined the corridors of the Bellamy’s musical history and their walls with platinum and gold.