Blackbird Presents is pleased to announce that Volunteer Jam XX will be filmed for a primetime broadcast special on AXS TV, the premier destination for classic rock programming, airing in summer 2018. “Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie” will take place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
This once in a lifetime concert event will feature performances by Charlie Daniels and The Charlie Daniels Band, ALABAMA, Alison Krauss, Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top, Blackberry Smoke, Bobby Bare, Chris Janson, Chris Young, Chuck Leavell, Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ricky Skaggs, Sara Evans, The Oak Ridge Boys, Travis Tritt, and is hosted by Storme Warren.
This year’s Volunteer Jam is a special tribute to Charlie Daniels and will also feature:
- Lynyrd Skynyrd’s sole Nashville performance before embarking on their highly anticipated farewell tour.
- Rock legend Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top will make his Volunteer Jam debut.
- Rising country music superstar Chris Young will make his Volunteer Jam debut.
- Country music legend Eddie Montgomery will make a heroic return to the stage after the tragic passing of his partner, Troy Gentry.
- The night will conclude with some epic all-star jams.
Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office. A portion of the proceeds from 2018’s Volunteer Jam will be donated to The Journey Home Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit co-founded by Daniels and manager David Corlew to help Veterans.
“I am thrilled to partner with AXS TV in making Volunteer Jam XX an extraordinary broadcast event so that fans around the country can experience an unforgettable night of performances,” says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents, executive producer of Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie, creator and executive producer of Nashville’s recent highly acclaimed All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration and Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard.
“With its electric roster of Country icons and modern hit-makers, Volunteer Jam XX is a perfect fit for AXS TV’s music programming lineup,” said Evan Haiman, vice president of music programming and production, AXS TV. “This unique event truly offers something for Country music fans of all ages to enjoy, and we look forward to sharing the star-studded special with our viewers this summer.”
GRAMMY® Award Winner Don Was will serve as music director, and preside over a stellar house band featuring Chuck Leavell at this unforgettable broadcast event.
About Blackbird Presents
Blackbird Presents is the worldwide leader in the production of large scale concert events, broadcast specials, TV series, music festivals, & tours.
Blackbird's recent concerts, broadcast specials and releases include All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration, Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard, The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson, Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, Outlaw: Celebrating The Music of Waylon Jennings, I'll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples, The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris, Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More For The Fans, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music, and All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman, the latter of which earned a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination for Gregg Allman and Taj Mahal's awe-inspiring performance of "Statesboro Blues."
Blackbird Presents is also the creator and producer of The Outlaw Music Festival Tour, in partnership with Willie Nelson and The American Roots Music & Arts Festival, in partnership with Eric Church.
Visit us at www.blackbirdpresents.com
About AXS TV
Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur CEO Mark Cuban, AXS TV delivers the ultimate in music entertainment programming with an eclectic lineup that includes classic concerts from music's most iconic bands, as well as exclusive music festival coverage, original hit series, docs that rock, insightful specials, and knock-out live mixed martial arts action. AXS TV is a partnership between Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available nationally in the United States and can be seen in parts of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For a list of providers, visit axs.tv/subscribe. For more information, see www.axs.tvand www.axs.tv/press. Follow AXS TV on Facebook,Twitter @axstv; Instagram; and YouTube. For press materials log onto axstvmediacenter.com.
About Charlie Daniels
From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 81, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need.
Raised among the longleaf pines of North Carolina, Charlie began his career playing bluegrass music with the Misty Mountain Boys. After moving to Nashville in 1967, he began making a name for himself as a songwriter, session musician, and producer. Elvis Presley recorded a tune Charlie co-wrote titled “It Hurts Me,” which was released on the flip side of “Kissin’ Cousins.” He played on such landmark albums as Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline and tried his hand at producing on the Youngbloods’ Elephant Mountain and Ride the Wind.
His unique voice as an artist emerged as Charlie recorded his self-titled solo album in 1970 for Capitol Records. Two years later he formed The Charlie Daniels Band, and the group scored its first hit with the top ten "Uneasy Rider." Since then the CDB has populated radio with such memorable hits as "Long Haired Country Boy," "The South's Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and of course, his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979 as well as Single of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards.
Visit Charlie Daniels at www.charliedaniels.com