Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run will Bring David Lee Murphy, John Anderson, Badfinger and Black | Events
Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run, presented by Bumpus Harley-Davidson, will bring David Lee Murphy, John Anderson, Badfinger, Black Oak Arkansas and special guest Zoe Z to the stage with Worley in downtown Savannah on Saturday, Sept. 15. The 2012 Battle of the Bands winner will kick off the concert at 3:00 p.m.; gates will open at 2:00 p.m.
Worley established the Tennessee River Run to serve the region he calls home. The Tennessee River Run benefits the Darryl Worley Foundation, which supports a variety of organizations, including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center and the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center. In commenting on the festival’s 11th year, Worley said, “I think it speaks volumes about the people involved in Tennessee River Run that this event has made it past the 10-year mark and we’re still going strong!”
Tickets are $30 until the day of the show and $35 at the gate. They are available at the Darryl Worley Foundation Office at 325 Main St. in Downtown Savannah, Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau and all banks in Hardin County. Individuals also can go to www.tnriverrun.org or call 866-484-3877 to pay by credit card. Admission for middle and high school students is $20, children ages 7-12 is $15, and children 6 and younger enter free with a paying adult. Gold Circle Seating is $100 and is available in advance only.
A few days of events make up the Tennessee River Run celebration. The Cowboy Boots, Cocktail Dresses and Country Music Songwriters in the Round will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, on the lawn of the historic home of Savannah Mayor, Bob Shutt and his wife. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m., with music beginning at 7:00 p.m. Sponsorship tables for 10 people are available for $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500. Individual tickets are $100 per person. This event is the fourth and final in the 2012 series of Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters’ Events, which have been sponsored by Bumpus Harley-Davidson in Collierville, Murfreesboro and Jackson. To date, the songwriters’ events have raised more than $113,000 for the foundation.
The TRR Golf Tournament will be Friday, Sept.14, at Shiloh Golf Course in Adamsville, and the Battle of the Bands finale will be that night at 8:00 p.m. at Freddy T’s in Pickwick. The bass tournament will begin on Saturday, Sept. 15, and conclude on Sunday, Sept. 16. Saturday also will bring a 5K run, a motorcycle poker run, a youth fishing tournament and an arts and crafts fair. The final event of the Tennessee River Run will be the concert in downtown Savannah Saturday evening with Worley, Murphy, Anderson, Badfinger, Black Oak Arkansas, Zoe Z (vocalist and cellist) and the 2012 Battle of the Bands winner.
Throughout a career that has produced nearly 20 hit singles, including three No. 1 hits, chart-topping albums and sales in the millions, Worley has produced one of the most impressive, wide-ranging catalogs in contemporary music. For a decade he has been a mainstay of modern country, a distinctive singer and first-rate songwriter, topping the charts with singles including “I Miss My Friend,” “Have You Forgotten?” and “Awful, Beautiful Life.” When describing his highly anticipated album, One Time Around, Worley said, “I consciously made a decision that I wanted this record to have the same kind of substance as my very first record. That album was pretty straightforward country, and it had some really great songwriters’ songs — well crafted and clever but with substance. I also wanted something uplifting and fun that sounded different and had great grooves.” The album’s first single, “You Still Got It,” has already made its mark in 2012.
Murphy’s “Dust On The Bottle” and “Party Crowd” have become staples at country radio and have gained a permanent spot on the repertoire of every country music cover act. “Party Crowd” was the most played song on country radio in 1995, and “Dust on the Bottle” spent two weeks at No. 1. Both songs were on Murphy’s debut MCA album, Out With A Bang, which went platinum and became the best-selling debut album by a male country artist in 1995. That same year The Academy of Country Music nominated Murphy for Top New Male Vocalist. Murphy quickly became one of Nashville’s most in-demand songwriters, whose compositions have been recorded by many of today’s country music superstars. Kenny Chesney’s “Living In Fast Forward” and “Live A Little,” as well as Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” all landed at the top of the charts.
The story of Anderson and his platinum-plus album, Seminole Wind, is the story of the country music come-back of the decade. It’s the true-to-life, yet larger-than-life, saga of one of the most dramatic career turn-arounds of the 1990s. It’s the story of just reward for a singer who originally took country music by storm and helped keep it true to its roots back in the early ’80s. His memorable hits from that musical era included “Wild and Blue,” “I’m Just An Old Chunk Of Coal,” “1959,” “I Just Came Home To Count The Memories,” “Black Sheep” and “Swingin’.” "Swingin’" was not only the Country Music Association's 1983 Song of the year; more recently it was cited by the A.M.O.A. as one of its all-time top-forty jukebox hits — right up there with “Hey Jude” and other perennial favorites by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, George Jones and The Rolling Stones.
From humble beginnings in South Wales to their meteoric rise to fame as “The New Beatles,” Badfinger has remained one of England’s most talked about and beloved bands. Several of their hits live on, including “No Matter What,” “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue.” Their timeless “Without You” was also a hit for Harry Nilsson in 1972 and for Mariah Carey in 1994. Under the direction of founding member Joey Molland, Badfinger now incorporates the talents of long-time bassist Mark Healey, former Foghat lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Billy Davis, Tommy Keene drummer John Richardson and Chicago-based session musician Steve Wozny on keyboard.
Black Oak Arkansas produced their first album in 1971. Bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special and Molly Hatchet copied Black Oak’s style to make a sound that is easily identifiable as Southern rock. These bad boys of the South set standards for live performances and still electrify audiences. They have three gold albums and TV appearances have included Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, Midnight Special and ABCs In Concert. The King himself, Elvis Presley, encouraged them to perform the LaVerne Baker Classic that has become their signature song, “Jim Dandy to the Rescue.” They maintain a busy tour schedule at bike rallies, music fairs and festivals around the country.
Proceeds from the Tennessee River Run fund the Darryl Worley Foundation. The foundation, a 501c3 public benefit corporation, has existed since 2001 to serve special needs for people in the Mid-South. More information is available at www.darrylworleyfoundation.org, and updates on all events can be found at www.facebook.com/TennesseeRiverRun, www.darrylworley.com and www.tnriverrun.org.