A Grammy Award-winning country artist will be headlining the first Tennessee River Jam scheduled for the last weekend in June.
Joe Diffie, who won a Grammy in 1992 for best country collaboration with vocals for the song “Same Old Train,” will be the featured performer during the June 29 concert at the amphitheater at Paris Landing State Park.
Diffie and the rest of the lineup for the June 29 show was announced during a press conference Monday afternoon at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
The rest of the lineup for the show includes the Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, Tristan McIntosh and local act Johnny Mac and the Heart Attacks.
The Saturday show is being put together by Murray radio station WFGS (Froggy 103) and is this year’s version of Froggyfest, a summer event that has been staged for decades in Murray and most recently in Union City.
This year, it is under the umbrella of the Tennessee River Jam, which actually includes three days of events from June 28-30.
“For years, our community has had discussion surrounding producing some type of music event. A concert, a festival, anything that could bring entertainment and tourists to our area,” said Travis McLeese, executive director of the chamber.
“We have been fortunate to have countless creative people around the table to develop meaningful relationships, that turned into partnerships, to produce an event of this magnitude.
Tickets for the June 29 show will be available March 1 at www.tnriverjam.com.
General admission tickets for that show will be $25, and VIP tickets (with only 100 available) will be $65.
VIP ticket holders will be able to sit near the front of the stage and have chair-back seats.
McLeese said event organizers are going to cut off the number of tickets sold for the June 29 show at 4,000. He said he thinks between 3,000 and 4,000 people can fit on the hillside at the amphitheater.
The event will be advertised in print, on radio and television, and through posters.
FULL LINEUP AT AMPHITHEATER
Artists that will be appearing at the main June 29 event include:
• Joe Diffie. In addition to his Grammy success, Diffie has chalked up five No. 1 country songs on the Billboard charts: “Home,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Pickup Man” and “Bigger Than The Beatles.”
• Kentucky Headhunters. This group, which won a Grammy award in 1990 for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Pickin’ on Nashville,” is perhaps best known for the 1990 hit “Dumas Walker.” The Headhunters won the Vocal Group of the Year award twice from the Country Music Association.
• Confederate Railroad. This group from Atlanta has had four top 10 country singles, and its self-titled debut album in 1992 went double-platinum.
• Johnny Mac and the Heart Attacks. John McDaniel and his band have been traveling and packing music venues for more than 10 years. Their renditions of country and rock classics mix with McDaniel’s original tunes from his album “Mac Two.”
• Tristan McIntosh. A Nashville-based singer, McIntosh finished sixth in the 2016 version of “American Idol.” She has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe.
Tennessee River Jam will actually begin on June 28 and will conclude on June 30. In addition to the event at the amphitheater, several other venues in Henry County will be hosting concerts, too.
Already lined up for shows are The Breakers at Paris Landing, Blues Landing, Sweet Jordan’s, Ace’s Pizza, LL’s Bar and Grill, and the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge visitors center.
Another show is planned for the Krider Performing Arts Center, to be put on by the Lee Academy for the Arts.
McLeese said ticket information on those shows will be determined by the individual venues and will be announced later.
Vendors interested in setting up shop during the June 29 event can fill out a form now at www.froggy103.7.com.
McLeese gave an early estimate that the three-day event could have an economic impact of at least $250,000 on Henry County.
The concert at the amphitheater will include a giant video screen and speakers that will be turned toward Kentucky Lake.
That means boaters will be able to catch a glimpse and be able to hear the show while in the area on the water.