2014 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 through July) go on sale Monday, February 10th at 9:00 a.m. Tickets for later concerts (August through December) go on sale Monday, February 24th at 9:00 a.m. All Ticket Sales Final.1-800-792-4308 or 865-453-2003
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm
$44.50 + tax
For over fifty years now, Loretta Lynn 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. Some of Loretta’s other classics include “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)”, “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)”, and “Fist City”.
“Roots & Boots” Tour
Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie
and Sammy Kershaw
Friday , May 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm
$39.95 + tax
This will be an evening filled with stories and songs, getting back to the roots of their music. These three great artists will be performing on stage together, acoustic versions of more than 40 Top Ten Hits. A few of Aaron’s hits include “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio”, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something”, “Kiss This”, and “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly”. Joe’s hits include “Home”, “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)”, “Third Rock from the Sun”, and “Pickup Man”. Sammy has quite a list of hits as well, including “Cadillac Style”, “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful”, “National Working Woman’s Holiday”, and “Third Rate Romance”.
The Oak Ridge Boys
Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 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”.
Friday, July 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm
$35.00 + tax
Mark Chesnutt is one of Country’s true musical treasures. Critics have hailed him as a classic Country singer of the first order and some of Country music’s most elite entertainers, from George Jones to George Strait, echo the sentiment. Mark’s stature is easily gauged. He has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records to his credit; he maintains a front-and-center presence with a hefty tour schedule year after year. Some of his hits include “Too Cold at Home”, “Brother Jukebox”, “It Sure Is Monday”, and “Goin’ Through the Big D”.
Friday, July 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm
$35.00 + tax
We are thrilled to welcome Steve Wariner to our stage for the first time. A Grand Ole Opry member, he amassed nearly three dozen Top 10 hits on the Billboard country charts, including nine that went all the way to No.1. His discography is dotted by such titles as the quirky “Lynda,” the rangy “All Roads Lead to You” and the poignant “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” a ballad that won the Country Music Association’s Single and Song of the Year Awards in 1998. His efforts won the admiration of his musical peers, too. He got his start playing in Dottie West’s road band. He was signed to his first recording contract by guitar legend Chet Atkins, who thought so much of Wariner that Atkins gave him one of his own GRAMMY Awards. And several fellow acts earned hits with Wariner-written songs: Keith Urban covered “Where the Blacktop Ends,” Garth Brooks recorded “Longneck Bottle,” Bryan White clicked with “One Small Miracle” and Clint Black kicked up dust with “Nothin’ But the Taillights.”
Ronnie McDowell and Billy Joe Royal
Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm
$35.00 + tax
Ronnie McDowell has an amazing string of hit songs that he has amassed over the years, but it is his riveting stage presence and genuine warmth that fills the seats again and again. Like all great entertainers, Ronnie McDowell has a personality that remains luminous long after the lights go dim. These qualities have inspired a nationwide network of fan-clubs with more than 3,000 members, each one a devoted promoter of everything McDowell does. Some of Ronnie’s best-loved songs include “Older Women”, “In a New York Minute”, “Watchin’ Girls Go By”, and “The King Is Gone”.
After success in both the country and pop fields, and hits that stretch from the 60’s to the 90’s, it’s obvious that Billy Joe Royal is doing something right. Almost 50 years since “Down in the Boondocks” put Royal on the map, his R&B tinged tenor is still thrilling radio listeners and concert-goers; his tours still display the timelessness of high-powered showmanship and his staying power remains a testimony to what happens when hard work and resilience are combined with natural talent. Some of Billy Joe’s other hits include “I’ll Pin a Note on Your Pillow”, “Tell It Like It Is”, “Burned Like A Rocket”, and “Till I Can’t Take It Anymore”.
Bobby Bare, John Anderson, and Darryl Worley
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm
$39.95 + tax
Bobby Bare has been in the music industry for over fifty years. With hits like “Detroit City”, “500 Miles Away from Home”, “Marie Laveau” and “(Margie’s At) The Lincoln Park Inn”, he has enjoyed a great career in country music, as well as having success on the Pop charts. In addition to being a singer and songwriter, Bobby also hosted the popular television show Bobby Bare and Friends on The Nashville Network. Bobby was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
The story of John Anderson and his platinum-plus album, “Seminole Wind”, is the story of the country music “come-back” of the decade. It’s the true-to-life, yet larger-than-life, saga of one of the most dramatic career turn-arounds of the 1990′s. It’s the story of just reward for a singer who originally took country music by storm and helped keep it true to its roots back in the early ’80′s. His memorable hits from that musical era included “Wild and Blue”, “I’m Just An Old Chunk Of Coal”, “1959″, “I Just Came Home To Count The Memories”, “Black Sheep” and “Swingin’”. ”Swingin’” was not only the Country Music Association’s 1983 Song of the year; more recently it was cited by the A.M.O.A. as one of its all-time top-forty jukebox hits–right up there with Hey Jude and other perennial favorites by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, George Jones, and The Rolling Stones.
Throughout a career that has produced nearly twenty hit singles, including three #1s, as well as chart-topping albums and sales in the millions, Darryl Worley has set himself one primary goal. “I’ve always set out to make sure every song on every album is a good one,” he says. “I want every cut to be a potential single. ” It is an approach that has helped to make Darryl a mainstay of modern country music. His unquestioned musical integrity earned him an enviable connection with the American public and a reputation as a genuinely traditional country artist who doesn’t follow trends or fads, but rather his own bedrock convictions as an artist and a person. It doesn’t hurt that he is a distinctive singer and first-rate songwriter whose music chronicles life, love and the world situation with equal facility. Some of Darryl’s hits include “I Miss My Friend”, “Awful, Beautiful Life”, “A Good Day to Run”, and “Have You Forgotten?”.
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm
$39.95 + tax
There are few American classics these days, but Don Williams is certainly one of them. With a warm hickory baritone that balances strength with a gentle concern, he draws his listener into the intimate world of an old friend, someone who cares deeply about you and the quality of your lifeâ€¦and who will always offer a hand when you need it. With hits such as “Good Ole Boys Like Me”, “Amanda”, “Tulsa Time”, “You’re My Best Friend” and “I Believe In You”, this member of the Country Music Hall of Fame always delivers an amazing show.
Con Hunley and Jimmy Fortune
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm
$35.00 + tax
Soulful singer Con Hunley has had over 20 hits on the country charts. His passionate vocals have won him a devoted and enthusiastic fan base. With hits like “Oh Girl”, “What’s New With You”, “You Lay a Whole Lot of Love on Me”, and “Week-End Friend”, this is sure to be an amazing show. We are thrilled to welcome back to our stage one of East Tennessee’s favorite sons.
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 A Wall”. Jimmy and The Statler Brothers were inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2007, and were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Jimmy is now enjoying a very successful solo career.
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm
$39.95 + tax
Ronnie Milsap ranks as the pre-eminent country soul singer of his generation. He also represents much more than any two-word definition can convey: a humble, overtly friendly fellow with a talent as vast and multi-dimensional as the American South. His track record speaks loud and clear: 40 No. 1 hits, seven Grammy Awards and eight Country Music Association Awards. Together, they underscore Milsap’s position as one of the best-loved and most enduring artists in country music history. Some of Ronnie’s classics include “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For the World”, “It Was Almost Like A Song”, “Lost In The Fifties Tonight”, and “Smoky Mountain Rain”.