Darryl Worley’s 13th Annual Tennessee River Run

June 23rd, 2014

Darryl Worley’s 13th Annual Tennessee River Run
Keeps Focus on Service

SAVANNAH, Tenn. — June 10, 2014 — Building on their history of having raised more than $1.4 million to help others, Darryl Worley and his team of volunteers have announced plans for this year’s Tennessee River Run events. They will host the 13th Annual Tennessee River Run concert, presented by Bumpus Harley-Davidson, in downtown Savannah on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Gates will open at noon, and The Ben Parker Project will perform just after 1 p.m., followed by Crossroads, Cruzer, Surviving Allison, Bryan Moffitt Band and Dead Horse. Worley’s performance will close out the event that night.

Concert tickets will go on sale on June 15th and will be available at the Darryl Worley Foundation Office at 325 Main St. in 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 or pay with PayPal at www.tnriverrun.org. Adult tickets are $15 until the day of the show and $20 at the gate. Tickets for those seven to 12 are $10. Children six and younger can enter free with a paying adult. Those who would like to make a donation to the Darryl Worley Foundation can make the gift online at www.darrylworleyfoundation.org.

There also are several additional Tennessee River Run events that support work of the Darryl Worley Foundation. The Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters in the Round Gala will be held Friday, Aug. 8, on the lawn of the historic home of Savannah Mayor Bob Shutt and his wife. Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m., with music beginning at 6:45 p.m. Sponsorship tables for 10 people are $3,500 for a golden circle table, $750 for a corporate table and $100 for an individual ticket. Reservations are available by calling 731-607-3375 or 731-926-5076.

Three Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters’ Events raise money for the Darryl Worley Foundation throughout the summer. They are scheduled for Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Collierville on Tuesday, June 24, Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Murfreesboro on Tuesday, July 15 and Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Jackson on Tuesday, July 22.

The motorcycle poker run and arts and crafts fair are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9. The TRR Golf Tournament will be Friday, Aug. 15 at Shiloh Golf Course in Adamsville. The Pickwick Parrot Heads will host the TRR Boat Poker Run on Saturday, August 16th. The 5K and bass tournament (www.theworley.org) will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6.

Regarding the 13th annual event, Worley said, “Even though schedules are demanding, hosting the Tennessee River Run is a priority. This year we’ve moved the event to August and lowered ticket prices. Of course, we have a great time but the bottom line is raising money to help our neighbors. Each year an incredible team of volunteers gives their time, money and resources to make someone else’s life better, and that’s what matters most.”

Throughout a career that has produced nearly 20 hit singles, Worley has become a mainstay of modern country music. The Hardin County native has topped the charts with singles including “I Miss My Friend,” “Have You Forgotten?” and “Awful, Beautiful Life.” He hit the Top 20 with the first three singles from Hard Rain Don’t Last – “When You Need My Love,” “A Good Day to Run” and “Second Wind” – and followed with “If Something Should Happen,” “I Just Came Back From a War,” the iconic “Tennessee River Run” and “Sounds Like Life To Me.” Along the way, he earned nominations for five major ACM and CMA awards, including Song of the Year and Single of the Year, and wrote songs for other artists, including George Jones. For his latest album, One Time Around, Worley wrote all but two of the songs working with longtime friends and collaborators like Wynn Varble, Don Poythress, Brett Jones, Steve Leslie and Kevin Grantt.

Six bands will take the stage before Worley’s performance this year. The Ben Parker Project (www.benparkerproject.com) from Moulton, Ala. features 16-year-old Parker on vocals and lead guitar. His parents, Gaylon and Kendra, provide harmony and vocals, and Gaylon is on bass guitar. Zach Lowrey adds vocals and plays rhythm guitar, and Colby McLemore is on the drums.

Crossroads, from Jackson, Tenn., plays a variety of music from classic to southern rock, new country and even some funk thrown in just for fun. Band members Jim Bryan, Mike Blackwell, Josh Weaver, Hill Hight and Jimmy Stegall all are seasoned veterans.

Another Jackson favorite, Cruzer (www.CruzerRocks.com), performs a unique blend of rock that covers a broad range of styles from R&B to modern rock. Cruzer features two lead vocalists, Bill Daggett and John McManus, both playing lead guitar, drummer Josh Wood and bass player Kelly Duncan.

Surviving Allison is a high-energy pop-rock band whose influences range from pop and rock to folk and blues. Surviving Allison has played with Top 40 artists from several genres, including: Dave Matthews Band, Montgomery Gentry, Andy Grammer, Gloriana, the Eli Young Band and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Through Surviving Allison’s Belk sponsorship, they also are playing alongside Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, OneRepublic, The Script, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line.

Bryan Moffitt has opened for country acts such as Trent Tomlinson, Daryle Singletary, Worley, Mickey Gilley, Gene Watson, Georgette Jones, Little David Wilkins and W.S. Holland. He currently has several songs on the radio such as “Gasoline,” “The Stone” and “Joanie.” The Bryan Moffitt Band plays regularly around West Tennessee, often helping organizations such as The Carl Perkins Prevention of Child Abuse Center and Relay for Life.

Dead Horse, formed in a basement in Bucktown, Tenn., is an alternative country band. Fronted by Justin Smith and Chris Jackson, the band also features Preston Lambert on bass and Bud Russell on drums. After bursting on to the scene in March 2012, within six months the band had shared the stage with names such as Badfinger, David Lee Murphy, John Anderson and Worley. Their self-titled EP features five tunes written by the band.

More information is available at www.darrylworleyfoundation.org, and updates on all events can be found at www.facebook.com/TennesseeRiverRun, www.darrylworley.com and www.tnriverrun.org. 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.

TRR SCHEDULE

June 23rd, 2014

Tuesday, June 24th
Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters in the Round
Memphis Bumpus Harley-Davidson

 

Saturday, June 28th
Motorcycle Poker Run
Kyle’s Sports Grill-Crump

 

Tuesday, July 15th
Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters in the Round
Murfreesboro Bumpus Harley-Davidson

 

Tuesday, July 22th
Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters in the Round
Jackson Bumpus Harley-Davidson

 

Friday, August 8th
6:00 p.m.
Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters in the Round Gala
Location:
Home of Mayor and Mrs. Bob Shutt; Savannah, TN

 

Saturday, August 9th
10:00am
Motorcycle Poker Run
Location:
Pickwick Landing State Park
Highway 57
Pickwick Landing Dam, TN 38365

 

12:00am
Downtown Savannah – Gates open

 

12:30 pm
Concert starts

Lineup:

The Ben Parker Project
Crossroads
Parker Forbes & Everson
Cruzer
Surviving Allison
Bryan Moffitt Band
Dead Horse
Darryl Worley

 

Friday, August 15th
9:00am
Golf Tournament
Location:
Shiloh Golf Course – Adamsville, TN

 

Saturday, August 16th
10:00 am
Boat Poker Run
Location:
Pickwick Landing State Park

 

Saturday, September 6th

5:00am
Bass Tournament
Pickwick Landing State Park

 

8:00am
5K Run
Location:
Pickwick Landing State Park

 

10:00am
Charity Motorcycle Ride
Pickwick Landing State Park

 

See www.tnriverun.org for more info!

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June 16th, 2014

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Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run Will Bring David Lee Murphy, John Anderson, Badfinger and Black Oak Arkansas to the Stage

August 15th, 2013

Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run, presented by Bumpus Harley-Davidson, will bring David Lee Murphy, John Anderson, Badfinger, Black Oak Arkansas and special guest Zoe Z to the stage with Worley in downtown Savannah on Saturday, Sept. 15. The 2012 Battle of the Bands winner will kick off the concert at 3:00 p.m.; gates will open at 2:00 p.m.

Worley established the Tennessee River Run to serve the region he calls home. The Tennessee River Run benefits the Darryl Worley Foundation, which supports a variety of organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center and the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center. In commenting on the festival’s 11th year, Worley said, “I think it speaks volumes about the people involved in Tennessee River Run that this event has made it past the 10-year mark and we’re still going strong!”

Tickets are $30 until the day of the show and $35 at the gate. They are available at the Darryl Worley Foundation Office at 325 Main St. in Downtown Savannah, Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau and all banks in Hardin County. Individuals also can go to http://www.tnriverrun.org or call 866-484-3877 to pay by credit card. Admission for middle and high school students is $20, children ages 7-12 is $15, and children 6 and younger enter free with a paying adult. Gold Circle Seating is $100 and is available in advance only.

A few days of events make up the Tennessee River Run celebration. The Cowboy Boots, Cocktail Dresses and Country Music Songwriters in the Round will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, on the lawn of the historic home of Savannah Mayor, Bob Shutt and his wife. Songwriters performing will include Worley, Wynn Varble, Walt Aldridge and Jim “Moose” Brown. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m., with music beginning at 7:00 p.m. Sponsorship tables for 10 people are available for $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500. Individual tickets are $100 per person. This event is the fourth and final in the 2012 series of Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters’ Events, which have been sponsored by Bumpus Harley-Davidson in Collierville, Murfreesboro and Jackson. To date, the songwriters’ events have raised more than $113,000 for the foundation.

The TRR Golf Tournament will be Friday, Sept.14, at Shiloh Golf Course in Adamsville, and the Battle of the Bands finale will be that night at 8:00 p.m. at Freddy T’s in Pickwick. The bass tournament will begin on Saturday, Sept. 15, and conclude on Sunday, Sept. 16. Saturday also will bring a 5K run, a motorcycle poker run, a youth fishing tournament and an arts and crafts fair. The final event of the Tennessee River Run will be the concert in downtown Savannah Saturday evening with Worley, Murphy, Anderson, Badfinger, Black Oak Arkansas, Zoe Z (vocalist and cellist) and the 2012 Battle of the Bands winner.

Throughout a career that has produced nearly 20 hit singles, including three No. 1 hits, chart-topping albums and sales in the millions, Worley has produced one of the most impressive, wide-ranging catalogs in contemporary music. For a decade he has been a mainstay of modern country, a distinctive singer and first-rate songwriter, topping the charts with singles including “I Miss My Friend,” “Have You Forgotten?” and “Awful, Beautiful Life.” When describing his highly anticipated album, One Time Around, Worley said, “I consciously made a decision that I wanted this record to have the same kind of substance as my very first record. That album was pretty straightforward country, and it had some really great songwriters’ songs — well crafted and clever but with substance. I also wanted something uplifting and fun that sounded different and had great grooves.” The album’s first single, “You Still Got It,” has already made its mark in 2012.

Murphy’s “Dust On The Bottle” and “Party Crowd” have become staples at country radio and have gained a permanent spot on the repertoire of every country music cover act. “Party Crowd” was the most played song on country radio in 1995, and “Dust on the Bottle” spent two weeks at No. 1. Both songs were on Murphy’s debut MCA album, Out With A Bang, which went platinum and became the best-selling debut album by a male country artist in 1995. That same year The Academy of Country Music nominated Murphy for Top New Male Vocalist. Murphy quickly became one of Nashville’s most in-demand songwriters, whose compositions have been recorded by many of today’s country music superstars. Kenny Chesney’s “Living In Fast Forward” and “Live A Little,” as well as Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” all landed at the top of the charts.

The story of Anderson and his platinum-plus album, Seminole Wind, is the story of the country music come-back of the decade. It’s the true-to-life, yet larger-than-life, saga of one of the most dramatic career turn-arounds of the 1990s. It’s the story of just reward for a singer who originally took country music by storm and helped keep it true to its roots back in the early ’80s. His memorable hits from that musical era included “Wild and Blue,” “I’m Just An Old Chunk Of Coal,” “1959,” “I Just Came Home To Count The Memories,” “Black Sheep” and “Swingin’.” “Swingin’” was not only the Country Music Association’s 1983 Song of the year; more recently it was cited by the A.M.O.A. as one of its all-time top-forty jukebox hits — right up there with “Hey Jude” and other perennial favorites by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, George Jones and The Rolling Stones.

From humble beginnings in South Wales to their meteoric rise to fame as “The New Beatles,” Badfinger has remained one of England’s most talked about and beloved bands. Several of their hits live on, including “No Matter What,” “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue.” Their timeless “Without You” was also a hit for Harry Nilsson in 1972 and for Mariah Carey in 1994. Under the direction of founding member Joey Molland, Badfinger now incorporates the talents of long-time bassist Mark Healey, former Foghat lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Billy Davis, Tommy Keene drummer John Richardson and Chicago-based session musician Steve Wozny on keyboard.

Black Oak Arkansas produced their first album in 1971. Bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special and Molly Hatchet copied Black Oak’s style to make a sound that is easily identifiable as Southern rock. These bad boys of the South set standards for live performances and still electrify audiences. They have three gold albums and TV appearances have included Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, Midnight Special and ABCs In Concert. The King himself, Elvis Presley, encouraged them to perform the LaVerne Baker Classic that has become their signature song, “Jim Dandy to the Rescue.” They maintain a busy tour schedule at bike rallies, music fairs and festivals around the country.

Proceeds from the Tennessee River Run fund the Darryl Worley Foundation. The foundation, a 501c3 public benefit corporation, has existed since 2001 to serve special needs for people in the Mid-South. More information is available at http://www.darrylworleyfoundation.org, and updates on all events can be found at http://www.facebook.com/TennesseeRiverRun, http://www.darrylworley.com and http://www.tnriverrun.org.

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

July 22nd, 2013

SAVANNAH, Tenn. — 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 www.darrylworleyfoundation.org,
and updates on all events can be found at www.facebook.com/TennesseeRiverRun, www.darrylworley.com and www.tnriverrun.org.

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

July 15th, 2013

Savannah, TN (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, Donica Knight and Parker Forbes.

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., and Forbes will take the stage then. The first 200 people through the gate with receive a free CD with three of Forbes’ songs.

On Thursday night, Sept. 12, Grits, Glam and Guitars, the Worley and friends songwriters’ event, will be held at the home of Mayor and Mrs. Bob Shutt (White Pillars at 320 College St. in Savannah). Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the country cocktail event will feature songwriters Worley, Anthony Smith, Brett Jones and Walt Aldridge, who will perform their hits and share the stories behind them. A variety of items will be sold at auction. Prices are $3,500 for a golden circle table, $750 for a corporate table and $100 for an individual ticket. Reservations are available by calling 731-607-3375 or 731-926-5076.

The TRR Golf Tournament will be Friday, Sept. 13, at Shiloh Golf Course in Adamsville. With a 9 a.m. tee time, the tournament is already full. On Saturday, Sept. 14, the TRR 5K Run will begin at 8 a.m. at Pickwick Landing State Park. Pre-registration is $15, and registration will be $20 on the day of the event. The TRR Motorcycle Poker Run will begin at 10 a.m. at Pickwick Landing State Park. Fees are $25 per bike/$20 per rider. (The annual TRR Bass Tournament is planned for Nov. 9.)

An after-party will be held at the Savannah Moose Lodge (195 Moose Lodge Loop) following Saturday night’s downtown concert. Dead Horse, the 2012 TRR Battle of the Bands Winner, will perform from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and the public is invited. Proceeds from all events help others through the Darryl Worley Foundation, and details are online at http://www.tnriverrun.org.

In addition to Bumpus Harley-Davidson, several sponsors make Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run possible. They include: City of Savannah, Hardin County, PCA, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, West Tennessee Healthcare, Jerry Van Woerden, Hardin County Bank, Hardin Medical Center, Savannah Homes, Sitters & More, KELLOGGS, Clayton Homes, Charter Business, Savannah Healthcare and CB&S Bank. Other businesses making donations include Top o’ the River, Huddle House, Pepsi, Budweiser and Integrated Communications.

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 Darryl Worley Foundation, a 501c3 public benefit corporation, has existed since 2002 to serve people in the Mid-South. It directly helps individuals in need and serves 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. Foundation information is available at http://www.darrylworleyfoundation.org, and updates on events can be found at http://youtu.be/Jv5nC46Qh1Y, http://www.facebook.com/TennesseeRiverRun, http://www.darrylworley.com and http://www.tnriverrun.org.

Worley Helps Brothers Battle Autism and Seizures

May 3rd, 2012

Two brothers have received help from the Darryl Worley Foundation in their battle against autism and seizures. Seven-year-old Wyatt Garrett and five-year-old Wayden Garrett recently met the singer/songwriter to thank him in person for the gift that helped them receive treatments at the Tennessee Hyperbaric Center in Jackson.

After meeting the family, Worley said, “I was blown away by the fact that these parents wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. They just kept pushing until they found something that would help their boys. Their faith and determination are great examples for all of us.”

According to the boys’ mom, Kathy Garrett, Wyatt’s seizures began when he was almost two months old. Wayden has battled seizures, also, and was diagnosed as having autism at age three. That is when he went from talking in sentences to being nonverbal.

The mom of four explained, “We had tried every treatment we could find — utilizing hospitals and testing in several states — but nothing had worked. Then we came across hyperbaric oxygen therapy on the internet.”

Garrett described how she connected with Kristi Hogg, who had sought HBOT treatments for her daughter’s mitochondrial disease before founding Mayci’s Miracle Fund to help those with special needs. Hogg, now the patient liaison at the Tennessee Hyperbaric Center (http://www.hyperbaricoxygentherapies.com), was able to answer the Garretts’ questions about HBOT.

Since insurance does not cover the cost of the treatment, the Garretts immediately began making plans for conducting fundraisers and saving money. They also applied to the Darryl Worley Foundation for assistance. The foundation approved their request and sent a check to Mayci’s Miracle Fund, a West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation fund, to help with expenses for the brothers’ HBOT. (Mayci’s Miracle Fund and The Tennessee Hyperbaric Fund of the West Tennessee Hearing and Speech Center both receive donations to help individuals receive HBOT treatments.)

In discussing the boys’ treatments, Garrett said, “We started to notice changes within the first several days. Wayden said a sentence out of the blue, and Wyatt seemed to be able to concentrate better. After the 20th of 40 treatments, we noticed that Wayden’s speech exploded. He began saying three-word sentences that were clear and meaningful, and later he started making jokes — which was huge!”

She added that soon afterward people began noticing that Wayden was making eye contact and talking to them and that his ability to concentrate was better. Wyatt’s grades improved, and his seizures stopped. She reported that in the few weeks since completing this first round of treatments, both boys have made even more progress.

The Garretts plan to continue HBOT treatments to seek additional improvements. Garrett summarized her feelings by saying, “I feel like we are a family — finally! Wayden has told us all that he loves us, and he was not able to say that before HBOT. We are indebted to those who have helped us with this treatment, especially Darryl Worley and his foundation. His down-to-earth nature and generous spirit have meant the world to us.”

While the Darryl Worley Foundation receives general donations and memorials throughout the year, most of its funding comes from Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run, held each September in Hardin County. This year it is planned for Sept. 13-15. Individuals can stay updated through http://www.darrylworley.com.

Have You Forgotten? 9-11 Rolling Memorial Truck to Travel to Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run

September 13th, 2011

The 9-11 Rolling Memorial Semi-truck will travel from Shanksville, PA, to Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run this weekend with a 778-pound piece of steel from the World Trade Center at Ground Zero. The artifact will be displayed Friday, Sept. 16, in Downtown Savannah, TN, and Saturday, Sept. 17, at Tennessee’s Pickwick Landing State Park — sites of concerts that Kansas, Montgomery Gentry and Worley will headline. The names of the victims from the Twin Towers, Shanksville, Pentagon and First Responders are displayed on the entire semi-truck, along with the song title, “Have You Forgotten?” Worley’s September 11th tribute song.

“Darryl’s love of country and gratitude to those who protect our freedom have been ongoing themes in his life and career,” said Rendy Lovelady, Tennessee River Run Event Producer and Darryl Worley Manager. He added, “Having this opportunity to host the tenth anniversary edition of the 9-11 Rolling Memorial during our tenth anniversary is a great honor that Darryl and all the volunteers are thrilled to have.”

The tenth anniversary edition of the 18-wheeler will begin its Remembrance Tour Across America at the Tennessee River Run in conjunction with the Twin Towers Orphan Fund. Road Scholar Transport (http://www.roadscholar.com) of Pennsylvania owns and operates the semi-truck that is part of their Charity Awareness Program at RST. For more 9-11 Rolling Memorial information regarding the truck schedule and its mission, visit the Twin Towers Orphan Fund at http://www.ttof.org, http://www.911rollingmemorial.com or http://www.roadscholar.com.

The memorial will be present in downtown Savannah on the evening that Kansas, Derek St. Holmes (lead singer of the Ted Nugent band) and Mark Slaughter (lead singer of Slaughter) perform there. Gates will open at 6 p.m., and the main entrance will be in the middle of Main Street between Uptown Bistro and Signs of the Time Museum. Slaughter and St. Holmes will take the stage at 8:30 p.m., and the truck will be on display from the time the gates open.

The truck will move to Pickwick Landing State Park on Saturday, Sept. 17. That evening Montgomery Gentry, Worley, Jesse Keith Whitley, the Tony Bridges Band and Ben Mathis will perform. Attendees will be able to view the memorial truck and visit vendors inside the gate beginning at 2:30 p.m. Ben Mathis, the opening act and 2011 Battle of the Bands winner, will take the stage at 4 p.m. The rolling memorial will be on display through the end of the night, which will conclude with fireworks following Worley’s performance.

Tickets are available at the Darryl Worley Foundation Office at 325 Main St. in Downtown Savannah, by calling 866-484-3877 and by searching Tennessee River Run at http://www.ticketfly.com.

In addition to hosting the 9-11 Rolling Memorial Truck, Worley’s Tennessee River Run includes a ribbon cutting, songwriters in the round gala, golf tournament, bass tournament, 5K run, motorcycle poker run, youth fishing tournament, and an arts and crafts fair. Updates on all events can be found at http://www.facebook.com/TennesseeRiverRun, http://www.darrylworley.com and http://www.tnriverrun.org. The event is sponsored by Bumpus Harley-Davidson.

Proceeds from the Tennessee River Run fund the Darryl Worley Foundation. The foundation, a 501c3 public benefit corporation, has existed since 2001 to serve special needs for people in West Tennessee, Northwestern Alabama and Northeastern Mississippi. Additionally, it supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center. More information is available at http://www.darrylworleyfoundation.org.

10th Anniversary of Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run Includes Celebrities, Fireworks and Cash Prizes

September 7th, 2011

Concert headliners Montgomery Gentry, Kansas and Darryl Worley will be among the celebrities taking part in the 10th anniversary of Worley’s Tennessee River Run. Bill Dance and Worley will visit participants at the TRR Pick-a-Partner Bass Tournament that will award a $10,000 first place prize, and Sterling Marlin will join Worley and golfers at the TRR Celebrity Golf Tournament. Bumpus Harley-Davidson sponsors the Sept. 15-17 festival, which has been named favorite outdoor adventure in West Tennessee by the readers of The Tennessee Magazine.

The Friday night, Sept. 16, concert in downtown Savannah, Tenn., will bring rock legends to the stage when Kansas, Derek St. Holmes (lead singer of the Ted Nugent band) and Mark Slaughter (lead singer of Slaughter) perform. Gates will open at 6 p.m., and the main entrance will be in the middle of Main Street between Uptown Bistro and Signs of the Time Museum. Slaughter and St. Holmes will take the stage at 8:30 p.m.

The Saturday night, Sept. 17, concert at Pickwick Landing State Park features Montgomery Gentry and Worley with Jesse Keith Whitley, the Tony Bridges Band (from American Idol Season Five) and Ben Mathis (2011 Battle of the Bands winner). Attendees can visit arts and crafts booths and food vendors inside the gate beginning at 2:30 p.m. Before the opening act takes the stage at 4 p.m., the 101st Airborne will fly over during the national anthem. The biggest fireworks show in TRR history will end the night following Worley’s performance.

Tickets are available at the Darryl Worley Foundation Office at 325 Main St. in Downtown Savannah and by searching Tennessee River Run at http://www.ticketfly.com. Admission for Friday night’s concert is $15 in advance or $20 at the gate, which opens at 6 p.m. Tickets for Saturday night’s concert are $35 in advance and $40 at the gate. Saturday night admission for children ages seven to 12 is $15, and children six and younger enter free with a paying adult. A weekend concert pass is available for $45 in advance and $50 at the gate. Golden Circle Seating is $100 and is available in advance only.

Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Savannah Mayor Bob Shutt, Hardin County Mayor Kevin Davis, other dignitaries and volunteers will join Worley and his wife Kimberly at a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. Held in front of White Pillars, the home of Mayor and Mrs. Shutt at 320 College Street in Savannah, this tradition officially will open the 10th Anniversary of Worley’s Tennessee River Run.

A capacity crowd is expected at the 10th Anniversary Gala Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters in the Round: Black Ties and Blue Jeans. Scheduled for Thursday evening at White Pillars, the gala will feature dinner from the Savannah Chop House at 6:30 p.m. Worley and guests will perform at 7 p.m. Sponsorship tables for 10 are available for $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500. Individual tickets are $100 per person.

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey will serve as auctioneer. In addition to many valuable silent auction items, live auction items include: dinner for eight with Worley catered by The Broken Spoke at a Pickwick Lake venue; a hunt with Worley, rifle and gear provided by Mossy Oak; a private Titans’ game-watching party for 20 with favorite tailgate foods at Uptown Restaurant in Savannah; an Italian dinner for six at The River Cottage in Savannah; a Hilton Head golf trip; a NASCAR trip that includes a chance to drive a lap on the track; an Ole Miss football helmet autographed by Archie Manning and Eli Manning; original paintings by Lisa Eley (owner of Lake House Gallery) and Randy Parrish; and many others.

The TRR Golf Tournament will be Friday, Sept. 16, at Ross Creek Landing Golf Course in Clifton, Tenn. The bass tournament also begins on Friday, and the Slaughter/St. Holmes/Kansas concert in downtown Savannah will conclude Friday’s celebration.

The second day of the bass tournament is planned for Saturday, Sept. 17. A 5K run, motorcycle poker run, youth fishing tournament (with prizes including bicycles and savings bonds), and an arts and crafts fair will welcome participants on Saturday, also. The final event of the Tennessee River Run will be the country concert with 2011 Battle of the Bands winner, the Tony Bridges Band, Whitley, Montgomery Gentry and Worley at Pickwick Landing State Park that evening. Updates on all events can be found at http://www.facebook.com/TennesseeRiverRun, http://www.darrylworley.com and http://www.tnriverrun.org. Individuals can receive event updates by from Worley by texting TRR to 66937. Three people and their guests (six total) will win Saturday night seat upgrades and a backstage pass by texting TRRWIN to 66937.

Proceeds from the Tennessee River Run fund the Darryl Worley Foundation. The foundation, a 501c3 public benefit corporation, has existed since 2001 to serve special needs for people in West Tennessee, Northwestern Alabama and Northeastern Mississippi. Additionally, it supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center. More information is available at http://www.darrylworleyfoundation.org.