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Event organizers for the First Annual Delta Country Jam Music Festival held a press conference today (May 7,) at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN, announcing megastar Tim McGraw to headline the two-day music extravaganza that will take place in Tunica, MS, October 4-5 on the Abbay & Leatherman Plantation. Tickets will go on sale May 17 through Ticketmaster.
Country music will once again roll across the Delta on the Abbay & Leatherman Plantation for one of the largest, most anticipated and exciting country music festivals of 2013. Fans of country music will experience non-stop entertainment by today's brightest stars on a 20-acre field. Webster Franklin, President & CEO of Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau spoke at the press conference about the rich history the Delta holds when it comes to music, noting how Tunica, MS has grown over the past 20 years from a sleepy town to a premiere entertainment destination. Franklin explained, "From the large show room venues to the numerous casino stage bars, Tunica is now known as a great music destination having many of today's musical legends from a Beatle and rock 'roll icon Ringo Starr to Mississippi's own and King of the Blues BB King perform here. But, most popular of all music genre's is country music and Tunica has been a main stay in hosting both the up and coming young country artists and the most popular of country stars."
Franklin added, "One of the missing elements of our music product has been our destinations ability to showcase several acts in a festival like atmosphere. That's why all of us in Tunica are excited about today's announcement of the Delta Country Jam Music Festival. Mississippi is the Birthplace of America's Music - the Blues and home to the Father of Country music Jimmy Rogers. There is no place better suited to honor our musical heritage by hosting a country music festival of this magnitude than right here in Tunica!"
Announced by KIX 106's Duane Shannon and Abby Summers was award winning country megastar Tim McGraw to headline the first ever Delta Country Jam Music Festival. McGraw, whose hits include "Live Like You Were Dying," "Everywhere" and "Real Good Man," has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and dominated the charts with 33 no. 1 singles. He's won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 12Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Music Awards, three People's Choice Awards and numerous other honors. With 7.8 million spins at radio, McGraw was deemed Artist of the Decade from 2000-2010 by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. Also an accomplished actor, McGraw's film credits include "Country Strong," the Academy Award nominated "The Blind Side," "Four Christmases," "The Kingdom," "Flicka" and "Friday Night Lights."
Other artists announced to perform include Brantley Gilbert, Jerrod Neimann, Josh Thompson and Thompson Square, with more artists to be announced to the start-studded line up soon.
Harbor Entertainment will produce the First Annual Delta Country Jam Music Festival with tickets going on sale May 17. Single day passes start at $80, or two-day passes can be bought for just $125.00. VIP Packages start at $280. All can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
After more than two decades on the road, Tim McGraw's ability to entertain and command a crowd continues to be a defining characteristic of both his artistry and superstar status. Tampa Tribune described McGraw's live show as "effortless" while the Atlanta Journal Constitution remarked "he's so casually cool onstage" and OC Weekly said "It's a bold claim, but McGraw could and should be poised to reign as king of country music..."