Richie McDonald joins fellow artists and NASCAR drivers for 2009 Sound & Speed
The fourth annual Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust, brings together the biggest names of NASCAR and country music for autographs, story-telling and question-and-answer sessions, including drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Michael Waltrip, and artists Richie McDonald, Josh Turner and Jason Michael Carroll with more to be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Tickets for the day-long Sound & Speed Fan Festival on Saturday, January 10, at Nashville Municipal Auditorium, where fans of racing and country music will once again have the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with drivers, team owners and top-name artists, are $20 for adults and $15 for children and are available through TicketMaster and the Sound & Speed site. The blockbuster event will also feature show car and sponsor displays, as well as a charitable auction with memorabilia from the racing and entertainment industries.
Combination tickets, good for the concert and the festival, go on sale Friday, as well, and are priced at $50 (Concert Level 1), $40 (Level 2) and $35 (Level 3).
Country music celebrities scheduled to participate in autograph and question-answer sessions at the Saturday Sound & Speed Festival thus far are Josh Turner ("Long Black Train," "Firecracker," "Everything is Fine"), Jason Michael Carroll ("I Can Sleep When I'm Dead," "Where I'm From"), Richie McDonald ("I'm Already There," "Amazed," "How Do I Just Stop"), members of Diamond Rio ("Unbelievable," "Meet in the Middle," "One More Day") and newcomer Rick Huckaby ("Ain't Enough Blacktop").
Among the NASCAR celebrities already scheduled to join Earnhardt (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet) and Waltrip (No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota) at the Sound & Speed Festival are Ray Evernham (Gillette Evernham Motorsports team owner), Reed Sorensen (No. 10 Gillette Evernham Motorsports) and David Stremme (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge). Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series stars Wayne Taylor (three-time champion and owner of the SunTrust Racing team), Max Angelelli and Brian Frisselle (co-drivers of the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara) also have joined the lineup.
Headlining this year's concert, back by popular demand for their second appearance at Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust, are the ever-popular Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, known as the chart-topping duo Montgomery Gentry. Their past 10 years in the limelight have produced more than 20 charted singles, four No. 1 singles, gold and platinum albums, CMA and ACM awards, as well as a Grammy® nomination. With anthems such as "Lucky Man," "Hell Yeah," "If You Ever Stop Loving Me" and "Something To Be Proud Of," Montgomery Gentry have become an indelible part of the honky-tonk landscape.
For the fourth consecutive year, charitable beneficiaries of Sound & Speed are Victory Junction (a year-round camping environment for children, ages 6-16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses) and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum The first three Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust events drew an estimated 40,000 fans and raised more than $800,000 for its designated charities.
For more information, visit www.soundandspeed.org .
ABOUT VICTORY JUNCTION:
Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children, ages 6 to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam, the camp is located in Randleman, N.C. with a second location opening soon in Kansas City, Kansas. Victory Junction offers programs for 24 disease groups and maintains strong relationships with 22 partner hospitals. Victory Junction's mission is to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous donors to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org.
ABOUT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM:
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, Inc., a not-for-proï¬t 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The Foundation also operates CMF Records, the Museum's First Library and Archive, the CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print. The educational programs of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum are funded in part by grants from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission through an agreement with the National Endowment for the Arts. Preservation of Historic RCA Studio B made possible by the Mike Curb Family Foundation. More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.com or by calling (615) 416-2001.