Jack Ingram Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia … get ready for Jack Ingram and Brinley Addington in concert at Kingsport’s Twilight Alive Concert Series on Thursday, Aug. 20, beginning at 7 p.m.

jackingram I saw Jack Ingram a few years ago at our Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tenn. He put on a great show, and was definitely one of those country entertainers that I refer to as “fan-friendly.” He didn’t mind hanging out with the fans after his early afternoon sound check and radio interview. I think it’s great when country artists realize they still have a few hours before their show starts, and they actually seem to want to spend it talking to their fans. Jack was one of those entertainers.

The show in Kingsport on Thursday night is right in the middle of Broad Street, at 155 Broad Street to be exact. And if it rains, they will move us all into the Bus Pit. That’s what they did the night Jypsi did the scheduled outdoor concert, and mother nature had a different idea. But it’s a great venue, and you really don’t mind the chance of rain when you have a place like that lined up to move the show.

Jack I Jack’s current single, “Barefoot and Crazy,” continues to climb toward the top of the charts, sitting at No. 11 on this week’s top 40 country chart. His CD, “Big Dreams & High Hopes,” will be out on Aug. 25. And you can hear a bunch of the songs from that CD on his web site. I listened to enough to know I like “In The Corner,” “Not Giving Up On Me,” and “Big Dreams and High Hopes,” a lot. Yep – this is going to be another CD for my collection!

This guy has a really full show schedule. He will be in Duluth, Ga., on Aug. 21, at Wild Bills; Thunder on the Ohio, in Evansville, Ind., on Aug. 22; and then a few days off before heading out to Kelseyville, Calif., on Aug. 28, for a show at Honocti Harbor Resort. He has Red Rock Sand Bar in Las Vegas on Aug. 29, and Harvey’s Amphitheatre in Stateline, Nev., on Aug. 30.

For more about Thursday’s show, and about Brinley Addington, click on “Read the rest of this entry” below.

July 4 2009 023 Brinley Addington is a 20 year old senior at Belmont University in Nashville. He is a Kingsport, Tenn., native, and a singer/songwriter with a lot of talent, and I believe a very successful future in country music. He also has a lot of music up on his MySpace page. I love “Why I Never Will,” and “Baby Needs Some New Orleans,” and “Nothin’ To Lose”… oh, and I think I love the rest of them, too.

July 4 2009 004 I got to see Brinley perform at this year’s Pepsi Independence Day Fireworks celebration at Freedom Hall in Johnson City. He put on a great show. I look at this schedule and wonder how he’s going to find time to go to school. He has shows scheduled for Sept. 11 in Knoxville at the UT Barn Party; Sept. 15 and 16 at Northeast State Campus in Kingsport; Sept. 17, at Northeast State Campus in Elizabethton; Sept. 22 at The End in Nashville; and then he’s off to Dallas for a private event on Oct. 3. He’ll be back in Nashville on Oct. 16 … and he’s already on the schedule of our July 4, 2010 event in Johnson City! Glad I have that one to look forward to!

Brinley has a great band, too – Aaron Eshuis on Electric Guitar and vocals; Jonathan Cullifer, steel guitar/dobro; Sarah Irby, fiddle/mandolin; Blaine Reedy, bass; and Justin Pasquale, drums/percussion.

July 4 2009 014 His MySpace page lists his influences as Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Josh Turner, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, James Taylor, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Diamond Rio, Marty Raybon, Elvis, Mom and Dad, my grandparents, and last but certainly not least: Jesus Christ.

In part, Brinley’s bio says: “…whose love of country music began as a 3 year old after a family trip to Nashville to see the Grand Ole Opry. At age 12, Brinley began singing at Church where he realized God’s plan for his life: making music. Brinley has been recording since age 13 and has recorded both Country and Christian music projects while still in high school.”

It goes on to say that he has had the opportunity to open for artists like John Michael Montromery, Marty Stuart, Gavin DeGraw, among others. I’d say he’s well on his way. Here’s “Why I Never Will.” Check back after the concert for more pictures of Brinley and Jack, too!

Busy day ahead. I’ll talk to you all real soon!

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Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia … get ready for Jack Ingram and Brinley Addington in concert at Kingsport’s Twilight Alive Concert Series on Thursday, Aug. 20, beginning at 7 p.m. I saw Jack Ingram a few years ago at our Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tenn....