Tim Atwood Becomes Newest Member Of Historic Wheeling Jamboree
At the annual Wheeling Jamboree Christmas show, headliner Tim Atwood was surprised during his performance with a very special invitation. An invitation to become an official member of The Wheeling Jamboree, one of the last remaining country music shows of its kind, second only to The Grand Ole Opry. This honor came as a total surprise to Tim as Dave Heath, president of the organization, interrupted him between songs and made the formal announcement.
"I had no idea that The Wheeling Jamboree was going to ask me to be a member. I can't believe it," says Atwood. "I was in shock. I hope the Jamboree knows how much I appreciate this honor, because once I heard Dave make the announcement, I couldn't speak! All I could think about were my mom and dad. I'd have given anything for them to have been there to witness that moment."
Atwood returns to Nashville with a very special performance Friday, December 14 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena for the Fifth Annual Nashville Senior Christmas ShinnDig. Performers include Atwood, Jeannie Seely, Charlie McCoy, Julie Roberts and Kathie Lee Gifford, with emcee Hope Hines. The event was established by George Shinn and the George Shinn Foundation to honor Nashville senior citizens. Shinn started the event as a promise to his mother to always remember our seniors. The free luncheon will serve approximately 800 seniors from the greater Nashville area, including lunch, holiday entertainment and door prizes, with a car given away to a needy individual.
Recently, Atwood made an appearance on Trinity Broadcasting Network's (TBN) hit show HUCKABEE, for a special Veterans Day episode. Atwood - whose son is an ARMY veteran, performed his patriotic single "I'll Stand Up And Say So," from his latest album Livin' The Dream.
"My son Torre is a Purple Heart veteran who was injured during his second tour in Iraq. He spent six weeks in a hospital in Germany before he was able to fly back to the states to complete his recovery. As a father I know what it's like to be part of a military family. I understand the sacrifices our veterans made to ensure our freedoms. I don't take that for granted, and anything I can do to support our veterans, I consider an honor and a privilege."
With recent appearances on Hallmark Channel's Home & Family, Fox News, RFD-TV's Larry's Country Diner, and a busy tour schedule, audiences understand the long time veteran of the Grand Ole Opry stage is more than a singer; more than a pianist; Tim Atwood is an entertainer and a dynamic country showman.
Tim Atwood On Tour:
DEC 14 Allen Arena @ Lipscomb Univ. / Nashville, Tenn.
DEC 16 Lil' Red's Longhorn Saloon / Fort Worth, Texas
DEC 17 Heather's Old Skool Village / Lake Worth, Texas
DEC 18 Grinders Switch Center / Centerville, Tenn.
JAN 27 The Country Music Cruise (2019) / Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
MAY 10 Tim Atwood & Lorrie Morgan / Bremen, Ga.
For a complete tour schedule, please click here.
Tim is originally from East Peoria, Illinois. He began his music career playing gospel music at the age of thirteen for The Harris Family. Before settling in at the Grand Ole Opry, Tim toured with country legends Mel Street, Lynn Anderson and Jim Ed Brown where he can still be seen regularly on the rebroadcasts of Jim Ed's TV series Nashville On The Road. Tim's other TV credits include Home & Family, Larry's Country Diner, Another Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting, Opry Live, Nashville Now, Hee Haw, Church Street Station, Country On The Gulf, Pop Goes The Country, Country Connection, Late Night With David Letterman, The Dailey & Vincent Show and features on CBS, NBC and FOX National News.
The Wheeling Jamboree is the second oldest country music program, behind The Grand Ole Opry,, continues to leave its mark steeped in history. All of the biggest contemporary names in country music have appeared on The Wheeling Jamboree, such as Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Reba McEntire, Lee Greenwood, Alan Jackson, Kathy Mattea, Charlie Daniels, Charley Pride, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley and more. For the last 85 years, The Wheeling Jamboree has brought country music from the heart of America to America's heart. The Wheeling Jamboree endures as one of America's oldest live radio broadcasts and a proud American tradition.