The Haggin Oaks Golf Complex is thrilled to be partnering with KNCI 105.1 FM and hosting the 7th Annual Golf & Guitars Music Festival and Children’s Charity Concert on May 19 and May 20. Golf and Guitars is a celebrity pro-am golf tournament and concert featuring nationally recognized & major label country music artists that raises money for two key children's charities here in Sacramento. Each golfer in the tournament gets to play with one of the celebrities and then gets a seat next to the stage where these artists put on a tremendous concert underneath the beautiful golf course sky. The hottest acts in country music, the up-and-coming artists you’ll soon see topping the charts and some of Nashville’s very best songwriters are all donating their time to help raise funds for children’s charities during the 2013 Golf and Guitars KNCI Music Festival. Half of the funds will go to the Morton Golf Foundation and half will paid out via a tournament purse to the artist’s children’s charity. The first place artist will have a check for $30,000 cut to their 501(c)(3) charity of choice.
The Website: www.golfandguitars.com
The Course: The Alister MacKenzie GC at Haggin Oaks
The Dates: Monday, May 19th and Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 (tournament on day two)
Day Two Concert General Admission: $30
VIP Ticket: $150 - VIP Tickets include designated concert seating, a Golf and Guitars hat, buffet dinner and a non-alcoholic drink ticket for both nights.
The Beneficiaries: The Morton Golf Foundation The mission of the Morton Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, is to provide golf programs that provide exercise in a healthy outdoor environment, to create a recreational environment that builds lasting personal development and that seamlessly introduces life’s core values of the great game of golf to the youth, disabled and underserved communities in the Sacramento region.
Montgomery Gentry – This duo is headlining Tuesday night’s Golf and Guitar’s KNCI Music Festival. This duo has had a notable career, complete with fourteen Top 10 singles, including five No. 1s, “Something To Be Proud Of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me”. Their newest collection, Rebels on the Run promises to bring “Montgomery Gentry fans back to the beginning, but with a fresh attitude.”
Thomas Rhett – His first single, “Something To Do With My Hands” will quickly reveal why every record company that Thomas auditioned for wanted to sign him. There is an urban streak and a mixture of country and rock in his music- a combination that is definitely driving the direction of country music today.
Dustin Lynch – If you were at last year’s Golf and Guitars, then you remember “Cowboys and Angels” being performed and the performance was outstanding! This year, let’s rock out to his newest single, “She Cranks My Tractor“.
Chuck Wicks – I think Chuck could run Golf and Guitars for us – he has been a staunch supporter of our event for many years and he always proves to be a crowd favorite among the ladies. He has a fabulous sense of humor and I really think we should give him a Flip camera and turn him loose in the crowd – I’m sure he’d capture some great interviews for us again! Perhaps best known for his hit songs, “Stealing Cinderella” and “All I Ever Wanted.”
Love & Theft – Love and Theft has had a number of hit singles, including “Runaway”, “Dancing in Circles” and the No. 1 hit “Angel Eyes”. This year, they have also been nominated for the ACM vocal Duo of the Year . David Nail – Signed a recording deal with MCA Nashville in 2007 and tracking a second album. A pair of singles from the project, "Turning Home" and "Red Light," entered the Top 20 in Billboard's country chart. The album, I'm About to Come Alive, was released in August 2009. He then pre-released "Let It Rain," which hit number 11 just before the issuing of his second album, The Sound of a Million Dreams, in November of 2011 it and eventually went on to become Nail's first country chart number one in early 2012. Next, a summer 2012 E.P. provided a minor hit in the shape of "Someone Like You", a cover of the Adele song, before he began to make plans for a third solo studio full-length. Ahead of the arrival of I'm a Fire, came the single "Whatever She's Got," which climbed to number two on the Billboard country charts (and number one on the Billboard country airplay number charts) in the fall of 2013. I'm A Fire appeared in March 2014, preceded by its second single "Kiss You Tonight."
Craig Campbell – His 2010 self-titled debut album earned rave reviews from multiple media outlets, including USA Today, Associated Press, People and The Washington Post, The voice is straight-forward and powerful. The songs are down-to-earth portraits of real people from the American heartland. The sound is traditional, unapologetic country. Bigger Picture Group introduces Craig Campbell with the 2010 single 'Family Man,' a song that incorporates the centerpiece of his life, the source of his emotional strength and the reason he wakes up in the morning. 'Craig Campbell,' his debut album, blends Campbell's masculine, no-nonsense vocal style with solid, salt-of-the-earth songs about America's working class. It's a timeless sound, one that links him directly to Travis Tritt and Alan Jackson.
Frankie Ballard - After winning Kenny Chesney's Next Big Star competition for Michigan in 2008, Ballard also opened shows for Chesney at Michigan venues. He signed to Reprise Records Nashville in 2010 and released his debut single "Tell Me You Get Lonely.” Ballard released his second single, "A Buncha Girls", in early 2011. In 2013, Ballard released his third single, "Helluva Life", via Warner Bros. Records. The song became his first Top 20 hit in December 2013.
Swon Brothers - The Swon Brothers (Zach and Colton) first hit the national radar charming fans with their incredible sibling harmonies and fun-loving personalities as finalists on Team Blake in Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice. Newly signed to the Arista Nashville record label, the brothers returned to The Voice in December of 2013 to perform “Later On,” the first taste of the Muskogee, OK, natives’ upcoming album, helmed by producer Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans). Recently honored with the Rising Star award by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, The Swon Brothers are currently writing and securing songs for their major-label debut album, coming in 2014.
Eric Paslay - In mid-2011, Eric Paslay signed to EMI Records Nashville. He has released three singles for the label. His third, "Friday Night", hit #1 on the Mediabase 24/7 country chart in January 2014 and appeared on his self-titled debut album released in February 2014. He also co-wrote Jake Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night", Eli Young Band's "Even If It Breaks Your Heart", and Love and Theft's "Angel Eyes"---all of them #1 hits on the country chart. He has written album cuts for Lady Antebellum and the Rascal Flatts 2014 single "Rewind".
The Cadillac Three – This trio consists of Jaren Johnston (lead vocals, guitar), Kelby Ray (bass guitar, Dobro, acoustic guitar, vocals), and Neil Mason (drums, vocals). Between 2011 and 2013, Johnston co-wrote "You Gonna Fly" for Keith Urban, "Southern Girl" for Tim McGraw, and "Days of Gold" for Jake Owen. The group signed to Big Machine Records in February 2013.
Rhett Atkins – After a successful solo artist career in the 90’s, Akins began writing songs for other artists in the 2000’s, primarily with Ben Hayslip and Dallas Davidson; the collaborative is known as The Peach Pickers. Among the singles that Akins has co-written are "Put a Girl in It" by Brooks & Dunn, "Barefoot and Crazy" by Jack Ingram, "Gimmie That Girl" and "The Shape I'm In" by Joe Nichols, "All About Tonight", "Honey Bee" and "Boys 'Round Here" by Blake Shelton, "All Over Me" by Josh Turner, "Hot Mess" by Tyler Farr, "Farmer's Daughter" and "Take a Back Road" by Rodney Atkins, "Bait a Hook" and "Point at You" by Justin Moore, "I Can Take It from There" by Chris Young, "Parking Lot Party" by Lee Brice, "Hey Girl" by Billy Currington, "Wild in Your Smile" by Dustin Lynch, "It Goes Like This" and "Get Me Some of That" by Thomas Rhett and "Granddaddy's Gun" by Aaron Lewis.
Johnny Bulford - 2010 found Johnny writing with Grammy Nominated Chris Young. Chris’s album ‘Neon’, released in the fall of 2011 carried with it "Flashlight", a song he wrote with Chris and Robert Arthur. In October 2011 Johnny and fellow writers Jon Stone and Phil Barton wrote a song called ‘A Woman Like You’. They pitched it to recording artist Lee Brice. It steadily rose to the #1 spot on April 24, 2012. In 2013, Johnny wrote a song with Jason Matthews and Laura Veltz called "Lonely Eyes" and it was again recorded by Chris Young on his album, AM.
Hannah Blaylock – A founding member of the former group. Edens Edge with Dean Berner (vocals, guitar, Dobro), and Cherrill Green (vocals, mandolin, banjo, guitar), Blaylock is now a solo artist and songwriter in Nashville. The band was signed to Big Machine Records, which released their self-titled debut album. It included the singles "Amen" and "Too Good to Be True".
Jason Eady - Jason Eady is a charting Texas-based country and Americana singer and songwriter. He was born outside Jackson, Mississippi in 1975. Eady's first album was 2005's From Underneath the Old, followed by 2007's Wild Eyed Serenade. He met veteran songwriter Kevin Welch in 2008 and their first album together was 2009's When the Money's All Gone. It was followed by the critically acclaimed AM Country Heaven in 2012, which landed in the Top 40 of Billboard's Country Albums chart. In 2013, Eady and Welch collaborated again on Daylight/Dark. It was released on January 21 of 2014; it hit the number eight spot on iTunes country albums chart the day after.
Trevor Rosen - His prolific songwriting combined with the efforts of the Wrensong/Smacktown team are creating some amazing activity and opportunities. He recently had the #1 (for 2 weeks) Single on The Band Perry, titled “Better Dig Two”. His song “Fade Into You” was performed and featured on the ABC primetime show Nashville. He has cuts releasing in 2013 on albums by Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley, Scotty McCreery, Craig Morgan and Randy Rogers Band.
Matt Ramsey – After traveling all over Virginia and performing with numerous bands, Matt relocated to Nashville, where in 2005, he signed a publishing deal with Praley Music, a music company owned by Country singer/songwriter Phil Vassar and manager Greg Hill. Since then, he has written hundreds of songs and opened for acts ranging from Phil Vassar to Little Big Town. His most recent CD, A Different Man on A Different Road, contains 10 original songs all written by Ramsey himself with help from some of Nashville’s most renowned songwriters.
Chris Roberts – Chris, a founding member of the bands One Flew South and Summerlin Road, has been the only fixture at Golf & Guitars every year of the event. This will be his 7th appearance. Chris Roberts is a respected songwriter in the Nashville community, and is quickly becoming a sought after producer for many acts in country music. His voice is classic, effortless, inspiring and one that will be heard for years to come.
Logan Brill – In just a few short months since the release of her debut album ‘Walking Wires’, 23-year-old Logan Brill has already proven herself to be one of the most important new artists coming up in Nashville today. With a stunning voice that goes toe to toe with Nashville's finest, the young singer-songwriter opts for grit and authenticity over pristine pop in her song choices, drawing comparisons to Bonnie Raitt, Brandi Carlile, and Mary Chapin Carpenter from national press. Outlets like Billboard, CMT Edge, Country Weekly, Pollstar, and CMA Close Up Magazine have already shown their support. That Nashville Sound dubbed ‘Walking Wires’ one of the “Top 10 Country Albums of 2013.”
Erin Enderlin – She has written songs recorded by artists including Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Terri Clark, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Bryan, and Joey + Rory including the award winning singles “Monday Morning Church” and “Last Call” as well as the critically acclaimed “You Don’t Know Jack.” Erin’s current record “I Let Her Talk” was released August of 13, 2013 and has already received great reviews from publications such as Billboard, Roughstock, and American Songwriter.
Ira Dean – You remember Dean as the bass player of the country trio Trick Pony but he has just as much credibility as a songwriter in Nashville circles. Huge hits co-written by Dean like “Pour Me,” and the Grammy nominated “Just What I Do,” established Dean. Now a few years and more than 40 cuts later ,Ira is happy being a successful songwriter and part of Trick Pony again. He has had songs recorded by Joe Nichols, Chris Young, ex-pony Heidi Newfield, Jake Owen, Gary Allan and Montgomery Gentry.
Matt Jenkins - Signed to Universal South Records in 2003, he released two singles in 2005, including "King of the Castle", which cracked the Hot Country Songs charts. Since then, he has released an eight-song digital EP, Quarter of a Century in 2008 and co-written Steve Holy's 2011 single "Until the Rain Stops", Love and Theft's 2012 single "Runnin' Out of Air", and Keith Urban's 2014 single "Cop Car".