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Ronnie Milsap to Join Darryl Worley at 12th Annual Tennessee River Run

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (PRWEB) July 15, 2013

Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run, presented by Bumpus Harley-Davidson, will bring Ronnie Milsap to downtown Savannah on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Milsap, whose hit songs include "Smoky Mountain Rain," "It Was Almost Like a Song," "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me," "Stranger in My House," "Any Day Now" and dozens more, will join Worley and special guests Brandon Lay, Jami Grooms and Donica Knight.

Tickets are available at the Darryl Worley Foundation Office at 325 Main St. in Downtown Savannah, Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau, all banks in Hardin County and Bumpus Harley-Davidson in Jackson. Individuals can pay with a credit card by calling 866-484-3877. Tickets for the concert are $30 until the day of the show and $35 at the gate for adults. Children six and younger can enter free with a paying adult. Tickets for those seven to 12 are $15, and admission for teens 13 to 18 is $20. Gates will open at 3 p.m.

In discussing the Tennessee River Run, Worley said, “We’ve continued to bring in great entertainment and hold a variety of events for people all around my home town. We have worked to refine it in ways that bring in even more for the charity, which is the bottom line.” Through TRR proceeds, Worley was able to make a final $200,000 payment in 2012 to the local cancer treatment center bearing his name, paying off the debt completely.

A tireless performer for troops here and overseas, Worley wrote “Have You Forgotten?” following a 2002 visit to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Uzbekistan. He has been back nine times since then, playing both full band concerts and special acoustic sets at remote Forward Operating Bases for troops who rarely receive celebrity entertainment. Worley has been honored with the VFW’s Americanism Award, the USO Merit Award and the U.S. Army Appreciation Award. His career has produced nearly 20 hit singles, including three No. 1s, chart-topping albums and sales in the millions, including “I Miss My Friend,” “Have You Forgotten?” and “Awful, Beautiful Life.”

Milsap provided country music with one of its most important voices as it moved from its rural roots into mainstream modern entertainment. Steeped in the mountain music of the North Carolina hills and schooled in classical piano, he found inspiration in a variety of music from early in his life. Milsap said that even as he mastered Beethoven and Mozart, his heart belonged to hardcore country and rhythm-and-blues — music he heard from powerful radio stations in Nashville. He explained that its earthy sounds about life and love provided an impoverished, blind boy with a connection to a world beyond the harsh reality of his daily existence. Following those humble beginnings, his success with dozens of hits and albums has spanned generations.

Brandon Lay, a singer/songwriter originally from Jackson, Tenn., resides in Nashville. He received national recognition when his song, “The House,” was featured in the Spring 2011 edition of American Songwriter Magazine. Lay released his debut album, “Me and Dixie,” in 2012.

Jami Grooms moved to Nashville the morning after he graduated high school in rural Arkansas. The singer/songwriter has entertained diverse crowds with the Catfish Johnston Band — from playing one-night stands to serving as house band at the world famous Wildhorse Saloon to sharing the stage with Sammy Kershaw, Confederate Railroad, Rascal Flatts and others. He signed an exclusive writing deal with Sony ATV in 2011 and has had songs cut by Matt Kennon, Buddy Jewel, Bucky Covington and Bush Hawg.

Prattville, Ala. singer/songwriter Donica Knight joined the group Luckytown in college. In the summer of 2011, she began traveling to Nashville between gigs to write, sing and chase a long-held dream. Successes since that time have included when Knight sang two of her own songs and acted in the movie “LA Dirt.” She also performed two duets with Milsap, including one she co-wrote, and has begun recording her own album.

The Saturday night concert is the grand finale after a few days of Tennessee River Run events. The Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters in the Round Gala will be held Thursday, Sept. 12, 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 p.m. Sponsorship tables for 10 people are $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500. Individual tickets are $100 per person for the event that will follow three Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters’ Events sponsored by Bumpus Harley-Davidson this summer in Collierville, Murfreesboro and Jackson. The TRR Golf Tournament will be Friday, Sept. 13, at Shiloh Golf Course in Adamsville. The 5K run, motorcycle poker run and arts and crafts fair are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14.

Proceeds from the Tennessee River Run fund the Darryl Worley Foundation. The foundation, a 501c3 public benefit corporation, has existed since 2002 to serve people in the Mid-South — directly helping individuals in need and serving others through nonprofits, including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center and Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center. More information is available at, and updates on all events can be found at, and

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