Thank you to everyone who came out for our
3rd Annual Smith & Wesley and Friends! Benefit Concert
Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records. The first single from their debut album ("Confederate Railroad") was "She Took It Like A Man". It went to No. 26, a preview of what was to come. "The next two singles, "Jesus and Mama" and "Queen of Memphis" went to the top of the charts. Three more huge hits followed, "Trashy Women", "When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back", and "She Never Cried". "Trashy" would lead to a Grammy nomination and become their signature song. That album with six hits and nearly three million sales brought Confederate the Academy of Country Music's Best New Group Award in 1993 as well as numerous nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation.
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Robby Hopkins, country music singer/songwriter, is a NASHNext Regional Winner for the Chattanooga area/NASHIcon 107.9 and Nashville Rising Star winner. He's opened shows for Rodney Atkins, William Michael Morgan in 2019, Craig Campbell, Joe Nichols, and T. Graham Brown in 2018, and has also opened for Randy Houser, Lauren Alaina, Aaron Tippin, Travis Tritt, and twice for both Craig Morgan and music legend Gene Watson. He's co-billed with The Band Perry, Foreigner, Alan Jackson, and Miranda Lambert, and performed acoustic shows with Darryl Worley and Keith Anderson. He's represented the Atlanta area and Kicks 101.5 in the Georgia State finals of the Texaco Country Showdown. Hopkins plays regularly at the renowned Bluebird Café in Nashville. On his first visit there, the host commented that he “stole the show”. WDVX Knoxville’s Writers Block show hosts named him the “Best of the Best”, and he was named “Best Country Artist” for the Chattanooga, TN area. Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival calls him a “Hot Songwriter to Watch”.
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From Atlanta: Take I-75 North; exit at #350 (Battlefield Parkway)
and turn Left (West) onto Battlefield Parkway towards
From Chattanooga: Take I-75 South; exit at #350 (Battlefield
Parkway) and turn Right (West) onto Battlefield Parkway towards
Drive exactly 1.6 miles and turn Right at the second traffic light on to Old Mill Road.
Green and yellow "Benton Place" sign is on the corner. Drive approximately 1/4 mile and turn right into Benton Place Campus. Pass the Colonnade on your left (building with a fountain in front). Continue onto gravel drive.
Amphitheatre is on your left.