Saturday, August 1, 2020

Main Stage

Opening performers will be announced when available.

Joey Wray

Joey Wray moved to Nashville in 2017 from his hometown of Bowling Green, Missouri, to further his career in music. Music has always been a passion for Wray. He always loved singing with his family and began playing guitar with his grandpa at age 12. Wray has many musical influences including Keith Whitley, Travis Tritt, Brooks and Dunn, Tim McGraw, Merle Haggard, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, The Eagles, and even John Mayer.  Prior to moving to Nashville and pursuing his solo career, he was attending college and performing as lead vocalist for the country duo Pike 41 with Dylan Stubblefield.

Wray's lyrics are drawn from personal experiences of growing up in a small town, and of course relationships and the heartbreak that can follow. He strives to write music that means something to him, is relatable to others, and makes the listener feel something. His debut EP’ released in September of 2018, which has six original songs, including his popular single “Catch and Release.” He has since released additional singles “Brothers” and “I Can’t Run” and started touring with his band members Hunter Brown, Matt Boswell, and DeShawn Stallworth. He has performed with acts such as Mark Chesnutt, Craig Morgan, The Cadillac Three, The Swon Brothers, Trent Tomlinson, Matt Stell, and more.

He looks forward to the tests and trials that lay ahead on the road to chasing his dream. Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his footsteps”

Riley Green - 8:30 pm

Born in Jacksonville, Alabama, Riley Green was raised on the sounds of traditional Country, Bluegrass, and Southern Gospel music. He learned the spirit of songwriting and performing at a young age while spending time with his grandfather, Bufford Green, who ran the Golden Saw Music Hall. Green shared the stage with him and other men of his generation, laying a foundation for the songs he’d craft in the years to come, reflecting on the experiences of a young Southern man trying to find his place in the world.

His 2018 IN A TRUCK RIGHT NOW EP (BMLG Records) introduced his mixture of outlaw-rebellion and respect for tradition across his self-penned four tracks, including his debut No. 1 hit single “There Was This Girl.” His follow-up single “In Love By Now” is currently ascending at Country radio from his newly released GET THAT MAN A BEER EP (BMLG Records). Released in June, the EP serves as a second collection of songs, co-written by Green and produced by Dann Huff, giving fans a preview of his forthcoming debut album.

Rolling Stone Country, Taste of Country, Whiskey Riff, Sounds Like Nashville and iHeartRadio among others have all named Riley an “Artist to Watch,” in addition to being selected as a CMT “Listen Up Artist” and one of MusicRows 2019 “Next Big Things.”

The past year has been a whirlwind of firsts for Green as he was selected to be a member of the Opry’s NextStage Program, fulfilling his childhood dream of performing on the Grand Ole Opry, and made his national TV debut on NBC’s TODAY, all while headlining his OUTLAWS LIKE US TOUR, which included multiple sold-out stops.

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