On September 26, 2018, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Mote and Berry will joinAlabama, the Charlie Daniels Band, Shenandoah,and Jamey Johnson,for the Alabama & Friends #JSUStrongtornado relief concert benefiting Jacksonville State University (JSU). ComedianDarren Knight “Southern Momma” is also scheduled to perform. SiriusXM‘s Storme Warren will emcee the event.
On March 19 of this year, JSU and the surrounding Jacksonville community was hit by a EF-3 tornado, severely damaging 23 buildings and impacting more than 50 more. Fortunately, there was no loss of life however millions of dollars in damage was reported following the storm.
“We are so thankful and blessed that friends of ours, and some from our great state of Alabama, have offered to help raise funds to repair the damage from the horrific tornado a few months back,” says Alabama frontman Randy Owen. “The university has been wonderful to work with on helping us setup the concert. From the looks of ticket sales and strong support from sponsors, this will be a very special night for the attendees.”
Nationwide Insurance (Randy Jones & Associates, Inc.)has signed-on as the presenting sponsor. Platinum sponsors include Dr. Pepper (official drink of the show), Alabama Power, Alfa Insurance, Marc and Mary Angle, Ken and Jenny Howell, and Trycon Tufters. With these generous sponsors onboard to cover the concert’s expenses, 100% of the evening’s proceeds will go to Jacksonville State University.
With 90% of tickets already sold, the event is shaping up to be the year’s largest live stadium concert in Northern Alabama. Additional guest performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
The rain or shine event begins at 6:00 p.m. CT. Tickets prices start at $25.00 and are on-sale now at Ticketfly.com
or by calling 877-4FLY-TIX.
About Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit’s The Nashville Sound won two 2018 GRAMMY Awards for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song (“If We Were Vampires”). The album and band have been nominated for four Americana Music Association Awards – Album of the Year, Artist of the Year (Jason Isbell), Duo/Group of the Year and Song of the Year (“If We Were Vampires”). Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will release Live From The Ryman on October 19.
About John Berry
Celebrating his 25th year since signing his major label deal, GRAMMY Award-winning country star John Berry has recently released his new single “Beautifully Broken,” which is the title track for the upcoming movie of the same name. Berry has placed 20 singles on the country hit parade charts, six of which went Top 5 as well as a #1 on the Billboard and Radio & Records country charts. He has earned numerous Gold and Platinum records. Then, “Your Love Amazes Me,” “What’s In It For Me” and “You And Only You” thrust him to stardom in 1994. “Your Love Amazes Me” earned Berry a 1995 GRAMMY nomination. In 1996, he scored a GRAMMY win for his participation in Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel Vol. 1. The same year, he was nominated for CMA Vocal Event of the Year for “Long Haired Country Boy” with Charlie Daniels and Hal Ketchum. Both fans and the media took note when “There He Goes” was released as a 1999 duet with Patsy Cline. Berry’s two most recent albums, What I Love The Most and his holiday album, Christmas, are both available now at johnberry.com as well as iTunes and other digital retailers. Berry’s TV show, Songs & Stories with John Berry is currently in it’s second season and airs weekly on Heartland Television, The Family Channel, The Country Network, Roku (via Heartland), AMG TV, Country TV (New Zealand), and Keep It Country TV (UK). For more information, visit songsandstories.com.
About Gordon Mote
Blind since birth, Alabama-born Gordon Mote’s faith provides the foundation for his life and constantly fuels his creative spirit. As a young man, Gordon became one of the first blind students in the country to be mainstreamed into the public school system and later received a full scholarship to Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. Mote has performed with some of music’s biggest names, including Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Bob Seger, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Lionel Richie, Josh Turner, Darius Rucker, and Alison Krauss—to name a few. His unmatched studio prowess has earned him two Academy of Country Music Awards for top piano/keyboard player as well as two Music Row Magazine Instrumentalist of the Year Awards (2009, 2011) for playing on the most top ten albums. Gordon is honored and humbled by the artists and producers who place their trust in him, “I always try to bring my creativity and do the very best I can.” Since stepping into the spotlight as a solo artist, Mote has recorded an impressive body of work—three instrumental and seven vocal albums—including the Dove Award-nominatedIf You Could Hear What I See(2004), Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory (2007), and his acclaimed Christmas collection, The Star Still Shines (2012).
About Storme Warren
Storme Warren is a television and radio broadcaster best known as the host of The Storme Warren Show on SiriusXM’s The Highway. His television career began as a segment producer on CNN’s Showbiz Today, and then on to TNN Country News and This Week in Country Music as an entertainment reporter. The Tennessean dubbed Warren as the “Dick Clark” of Nashville. He currently hosts Nashville House Concerts on the first Thursday of each month. The concerts are held at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.