2017 Celebrity Concert Series Schedule
Country Tonite and First Class Productions are proud to bring you this year’s Celebrity Concert Series line-up. Some of the most legendary performers in the history of country music will be onstage here at the Country Tonite Theatre.
Tickets for all concerts go on sale Monday, February 13, 2017 at 9:00 am. For tickets, or questions regarding these concerts, please call the box office at 865-453-2003. All Ticket Sales Final.
Show a ticket stub from one of our celebrity concerts, and get tickets for your party to see a performance of “Country Tonite” for 1/2 price!
Saturday, April 22, 2017
$39.95 + tax
In 1974, Rolling Stone ran a cover story on Tanya Tucker with the headline that said “You’re Gonna Hear From Me.” Truer words have never been spoken. For four decades, her sultry voice and vivacious stage presence have helped to make her one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in the Country Music genre.
Part of that appeal lies in the fact that Tucker’s resume contains some of the most groundbreaking songs of the format’s history. Songs like Alex Harvey’s “Delta Dawn,” Dallas Frazier’s “What’s Your Mama’s Name” and David Allan Coe’s “Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)” firmly established Tanya Tucker as an artist from whom you could always expect the unexpected. Other hits include “San Antonio Stroll”, “If It Don’t Come Easy”, “Strong Enough to Bend”, and “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane”.
Gene Watson & Jeannie Seely
Saturday, May 27, 2017
$35.00 + tax
This masterful country stylist from Houston, Texas has been thrilling audiences for more than 50 years. Gene Watson’s tally of 75 charted titles, 23 top-10 hits and 6 number-one records has led to membership in the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Radio listeners are still transfixed whenever classics like “Farewell Party,” “Fourteen Carat Mind” or “Love in the Hot Afternoon” are played. The depth of emotion in his singing, his brilliant phrasing, his jaw-dropping range and the power in the lyrics he chooses are all factors in the awe he inspires in both fans and his musical peers.
Considered one of the finest pure-country singers of his generation Watson offers up one of the best traditional country shows in the business. His stunning voice captivates audiences and keeps his fans coming back again and again.
Along with many accolades including awards from Billboard, Cashbox and Record World, country music legend Jeannie Seely has achieved No. 1 songs as a solo artist, duet partner and songwriter. Early in her career, Jeannie’s deeply moving vocals aptly earned her the nickname of “Miss Country Soul”. Jeannie’s recording of “Don’t Touch Me” not only topped the country music charts, but also earned her a Grammy Award for the “Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female”. It is ranked at No. 97 in the book Country Music’s 500 Greatest Singles published by the Country Music Foundation, and it’s also included in The Stories Behind Country Music’s All-Time Greatest 100 Songs.
T.G. Sheppard & Ronnie McDowell
Friday, June 23, 2017
$35.00 + tax
T.G. Sheppard has always had a knack of being ‘at the right place at the right time’ in Country Music. He was the singular artist who put a massive amount of gold in the teeth of the country music industry’s biggest ‘sales bite’ in history—during the ‘Golden Era’ of the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s as the success of ‘Urban Cowboy’ helped usher in a new wave of country. T.G. opened the ‘80’s with a remarkable run of a dozen #1’s hits that would forever secure his place in industry history. He brought romance—and yes, sex appeal—to country music at a time when young men in hats were first saddling up to monopolize the range on the nation’s airwaves. His hits include: “Last Cheater’s Waltz,” “Only One You,” “Party Time,” “Do You Wanna Go To Heaven,” “I Feel Like Loving You Again,” “I Loved ‘Em Every One,” “Finally,” “War Is Hell On The Homefront Too,” and “Faking Love.” “Finally” and “I Loved ‘Em Every One,” introduced T.G. to a massive new world of fans when both made major impact on the Pop Top 40 Charts.
Ronnie McDowell has an amazing string of hit songs that he has amassed over the years, but it is his riveting stage presence and genuine warmth that fills the seats again and again. Like all great entertainers, Ronnie McDowell has a personality that remains luminous long after the lights go dim. These qualities have inspired a nationwide network of fan-clubs with thousands of members, each one a devoted promoter of everything McDowell does.
Following the death of Elvis Presley in 1977, Ronnie McDowell came out of nowhere to dazzle the world with his heartfelt and self-penned tribute song “The King Is Gone” on the independent Scorpion label. The record took off immediately, gaining airplay on country and pop stations across the country and around the world. To date, “The King Is Gone” has sold more than 5 Million copies.
All of a sudden, the young Vietnam Veteran from Portland, Tennessee was a star, and he quickly proved that he wasn’t just a one-trick pony. Ronnie charted a string of hit singles and albums for Epic between 1979 and 1986. Every single release with the exception of just one became a Top 10 Hit including the chart toppers “Older Women” and “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation.” Other hits during his Epic years included “Watchin Girls Go By,” “Personally,” “You Made A Wanted Man Of Me,” “All Tied Up,” and “In A New York Minute.” 2017 is Ronnie’s 40th Anniversary Tour.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
$35.00 + tax
In 1993, Neal McCoy broke through with the back-to-back number 1 singles “No Doubt About It” and “Wink” from his platinum-certified album “No Doubt About It”. His commercial success continued into the late 1990s with two more platinum albums and a gold album, as well as six more Top Ten hits. His awards include Entertainer of the Year, 1998 & 1999 TNN/Music City News Country Awards. With over 6 million records sold, Neal McCoy is a favorite of country music fans. His high energy show is packed with familiar hits including “You Gotta Love That”, “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye”, and “The Shake”.
Friday, August 25, 2017
$35.00 + tax
Tracy Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in Country Music with songs such as “Paint Me a Birmingham”, “Time Marches On”, “Alibis”, and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”. The entertainer has enjoyed twenty-two songs on the Billboard top ten charts with eighteen number one singles, selling over thirteen million albums.
The multi-platinum CMA and ACM award-winning recording artist has help shaped the sound of Country Music for two decades, recently celebrating twenty years in music. His music has inspired a whole new generation of entertainers and fans. Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan frequently pay tribute to the singer live in concert by playing his double-platinum hits like “Time Marches On” and “Alibis” – songs that help make Lawrence one of the most played artists on radio.
The Oak Ridge Boys
Saturday, September 23, 2017
3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
$39.95 + tax
Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been. Their hits include “Elvira”, “(I’m Settin’) Fancy Free”, “Bobbie Sue”, and “American Made”.
Jimmy Fortune & T. Graham Brown
Sunday, October 15, 2017
$35.00 + tax
Jimmy Fortune toured, sang and performed with the legendary Statler Brothers for 21 years. He wrote the group’s second No. 1 hit, “Elizabeth,” and followed that with two more No. 1 hits–“My Only Love” and “Too Much On My Heart”. Fortune also wrote the top-10 hit “Forever” and co-wrote the top-10 hit “More Than a Name on the Wall”. Jimmy and The Statler Brothers were inducted into the GMA (Gospel Music Association) Hall of Fame on October 29, 2007, and inducted into the CMA (Country Music Association) Hall of Fame on June 29, 2008. After the Statler Brothers retired, Jimmy seized the opportunity to launch a solo career to share new music with his fans. His latest album “Hits & Hymns”, is off to a roaring start, as it debuted on Billboard’s Country Albums chart at No. 10, becoming his first top ten record on the chart as a solo artist. The feel-good album also debuted at #1 on the Southern Gospel Album chart and No. 6 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian Album chart. Accompanying the album is the Bill Gaither hosted DVD special, Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns, which also debuted with strong numbers. The DVD collection debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Music Video chart, along with No. 1 on the Christian Music Video chart, marking Fortune’s first #1 solo project.
T. Graham Brown moved to Nashville in 1982 and found work singing advertising jingles for companies such as McDonald’s, Disneyland, Harrah’s and many others. He was also the singing narrator in the Taco Bell “Run for the Border” television spots. T also found work as a songwriter for E.M.I. Publishing before signing to Capitol Records in 1984. His debut album and Title Song, “I Tell It Like It Used To Be”, went to TOP-10, followed by “I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again” which landed at No.4. His next 2 singles, “Hell and High Water” and “Don’t Go to Strangers” made their way to the number one slot. Other hits include “Darlene”, “Come as You Were”, and “Wine Into Water”.
Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee
Friday, October 20, 2017
3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
$39.95 + tax
In all, Mickey Gilley has achieved a remarkable 39 Top-Ten country hits, with 17 of those songs reaching the No. 1 spot on the country charts. In 1976, he swept the ACM Awards, hauling home trophies for Entertainer of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year.
The landmark Texas nightclub he helped create in 1971 is another example of Mickey’s success. Gilley’s Club was the sensation of the era: the “world’s largest honky-tonk.” It was a launching pad for some of country music’s biggest stars and the dominating force behind the “Urban Cowboy” craze that swept the country in the early ’80s, following the release of the John Travolta movie filmed in the Pasadena, Texas, nightclub.
Johnny Lee was asked to perform in the film, Urban Cowboy, which starred John Travolta and Deborah Winger, and for which he also recorded several songs used in the soundtrack. “Lookin’ For Love”, from that same soundtrack, became Lee’s first Gold Record. The song spent 3 weeks at the top of the Billboard Country Music Singles Charts as #1, and #2 on the Pop Music Singles Charts.
He followed up “Lookin’ For Love” with “One In A Million”, which spent two weeks at #1. More #1 Singles during this time included – “Bet Your Heart On Me,” “The Yellow Rose (a duet with Lane Brody),” and “You Could’ve Heard a Heart Break.” His string of Top 10 hits continued with “Pickin’ Up Strangers,” “Prisoner of Hope,” “Be There for Me Baby,” “Cherokee Fiddle,” “Sounds Like Love,” “Hey Bartender” and “Rollin’ Lonely.”
The Bellamy Brothers
Friday, November 17, 2017
$35.00 + tax
Howard and David Bellamy continue to prove that the trail they’ve ridden to fame has been as unique as their music itself – music that is now celebrating 40 years of success. “Dancing Cowboys”, “Sugar Daddy”, “You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie”, “Lovers Live Longer”, “Do You Love As Good As You Look”, “Redneck Girl”, “For All The Wrong Reasons”, “I Love Her Mind”, “I Need More Of You”, “Old Hippie”, “Too Much Is Not Enough”, “Kids Of The Baby Boom”, “Reggae Cowboy”, and “Crazy From The Heart” …all have lined the corridors of the Bellamy’s musical history and their walls with platinum and gold.