Even before the city’s official incorporation 50 years ago, the biggest influences in country music were already calling Hendersonville home. From big names like Johnny and June Carter Cash, Conway Twitty and the Oak Ridge Boys to industry icons like producer Fred Foster, the city’s musical heritage is unique and diverse.
That musical heritage will be on full display Oct. 1 when the city hosts Hendersonville Hometown Jam presented by Whiskey Jam.
The free concert at Drakes Creek Park will feature 11-time Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson; Ricky Skaggs, a 2018 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame and his group Kentucky Thunder; the legendary Del McCoury Band; Eddy Raven; Josh Mirenda; Tim Watson and several other well-known and locally connected artists.
“The city of Hendersonville has long been known for two things: Our wonderful neighbors who have been responsible for some of the greatest music of all time and our outstanding parks system,” said Hendersonville Parks Director Andy Gilley.
“It is an honor to play a small role in helping bring these two things together to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of our city. I can’t say enough about how gracious all these artists; many of whom are icons of the industry, are to be coming to our city to give back. To have Whiskey Jam and the credibility that that franchise brings to any musical event as a partner makes it even that much more special.”
Whiskey Jam is one of the longest running and most popular musical events held in Nashville’s mid-town area every Monday and Thursday. Whiskey Jam’s Ward Guenther will serve as the emcee and host for the evening event.
Hendersonville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to appropriate $50,000 for the event earlier this year. The event is also funded by private donors and corporate sponsors that include Clarendale Adult Living, WastePro, ServePro, Sumner County Tourism, Bone, McAllester, Norton, PLLC, Southeastern Commercial Properties, Volunteer State Bank, and Mitch Warren State Farm Insurance.
The free concert will begin at 6 p.m. in Drakes Creek Park and will close with a fireworks display. A family fun zone, along with food and beverage vendors will be on site. A limited number of event sponsorship packages and vendor locations are available.
VIP ticket packages with reserved seating and parking along with food and beverages are available through Eventbrite. For more information about VIP packages visit www.hendersonvillejam.com.
A portion of the proceeds from VIP ticket packages, food and beverage sales will benefit the Hank Cochran Pen Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research, the T.J. Martell Foundation, and Elijah’s Heart.
“These artists sharing their time and talent with neighbors, all while supporting worthy causes, is reflective of our hometown’s character,” said Ward 2 Alderman Scott Sprouse, an event organizer. “I’m especially thankful to see honor being paid to Hank Cochran, who lived in Hendersonville for many years, and the work his family is doing to help fight a horrible disease.”