Down-home entertainment at Turkey Trot

Sep 8 | Posted by: Bombplates

By Lindsay Owens Times Herald

Country music lovers should make plans to attend the Turkey Trot Friday and Saturday. This year's entertainment includes up-and-coming singer Frankie Ballard, Aaron Tippin and local musician Trey Hughes. Admission to the Turkey Trot is $10.

Ballard scored his first number one single earlier this year with the single "Helluva Life" and his most recent release, "Sunshine and Whiskey" is moving up the charts.  He recently performed on the Grand Ole Opry and has opened shows for Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and Bob Seger.

His album "Sunshine and Whiskey"  features 11 songs that Ballard said really mean something to him. "It's got a lot of different emotions, from partying and having fun to some really deep stuff," said Ballard in a press release. "It's an emotional journey as well as a musical journey."

Ballard will take the stage Friday at 8:15 p.m.

Saturday afternoon from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., local singer Trey Hughes will play in the beer garden. Hughes, has been playing in venues around the state the last couple of years and also played at the Montgomery Summerfest this year. "Trey does an outstanding job," said Turkey Trot Chairman DeWayne Shake. "We are excited to have him here for the Turkey Trot." Hughes not only sings traditional country music, he also writes original music.

Aaron Tippin, whose songs like "Kiss This" and "Where the Star and Stripes and the Eagle Fly" among others have made him a household name will perform at 8:15 p.m. Saturday.  Playing festivals and fairs from coast to coast, Tippin said he enjoys playing smaller venues and is excited to be at the Turkey Trot.

"I absolutely love to play theaters and other smaller places," he said. "Big places are cool to play but it's even cooler to be able to say hello and actually see people and make a connection with them."

The pilot, farmer, performer, winemaker, and avid bodybuilder among other things, spends a lot of time on the road traveling to shows and all that time in the bus inspired him to release a collection of songs that salutes America's truck drivers. The album, "Called In Overdrive" was something Tippin felt needed to be released. "People turned their back on the highway heroes," he said. "I still have my CDL and I drive the bus sometimes. I'm not sure why that happened but somewhere along the line trucking music got dropped. The trucks are still out there. The folks who drive are hard working and this album salutes them."

In addition to his crusading for truck drivers, Tippin is a big supporter of the military and said he tries to have at least one patriotic song on each of his albums. ""Where the Star and Stripes and the Eagle Fly' was two years old when 9/11 happened. After 9/11 I knew I had to record that song. There were bigger plans for the song than we had ever imagined."

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