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GCMF Launches Largest Three Day Outdoor Country Music Fest
Country’s Biggest Stars are Coming to Marietta Labor Day Weekend 2023

MARIETTA , G.A. (April 13, 2023) ━ Southern Entertainment, the producers of Carolina Country Music Fest, the ever popular Barefoot Country Music Fest, Greenville Country Music Fest and more, is bringing Georgia Country Music Fest (GCMF) to Marietta, Georgia. Southern Entertainment has partnered with TRZ Management and JRM Management Services to bring Country’s biggest stars to the beautiful Cobb County. 

GCMF will spotlight country music with an emphasis on red dirt country. Artists slated to perform throughout the weekend include Turnpike Troubadours, Cody Jinks, Koe Wetzel, and Jamey Johnson along with 30+ national, regional, and local artists. Georgia Country Music Fest will take place at the Jim R. Miller Park – North Georgia’s State Fairgrounds, over Labor Day weekend, September 1-3, 2023.

This star-studded three-day family-friendly event will feature live performances, unique vendors, theme nights, camping, and more! Located just 15 miles northwest of Downtown Atlanta in Marietta, Jim R. Miller Park provides residents and visitors access to an exciting selection of attractions and amenities, making it the perfect spot for Georgia’s newest country music fest. 

“Georgia is rich in history and tradition, offering a deep rooted connection to country music,” said Bob Durkin of Southern Entertainment. “We are thrilled to bring the first fest of this caliber to the area. Get ready for a one of a kind experience.”

“This partnership brings over 100 years of combined experience to Cobb County,” said Mitch Lesi of TRZ. “With such a fluent knowledge in the industry of providing live entertainment to millions of guests throughout the United States, GCMF is sure to be the next best thing coming to the residents and visitors of Georgia.”

“JRM management is excited to partner with Southern Entertainment and TRZ Management, two entertainment powerhouses to bring a much-needed new facet of entertainment to Cobb County,” said Tod Miller, President JRM Management. “Jim R. Miller Park is the perfect facility to host the next big thing, Georgia Country Music Fest.”

Early Bird tickets to the Georgia Country Music Fest will be released at 8 am EST for purchase on Friday, April 14. For more information, visit: www.GeorgiaCountryMusicFest.com

GCMF will take place at Jim R. Miller Park – North Georgia’s State Fair Grounds located at: 2245 Callaway Road SW, Marietta, GA 30008 

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About GCMF:
Georgia Country Music Fest ®, (GCMF), Georgia’s largest 3-day outdoor country music fest is located in Marietta, GA, at the Jim R. Miller Park – North Georgia’s State Fairgrounds. GCMF is host to the industry’s biggest stars with 30+ artists slated for September 1-3, 2023, bringing a unique blend of today’s country headliners, regional stars, up-and-comers and locals favorites. With the combination of country music, hot Georgia nights, unique vendors, theme nights, camping and more, this family-friendly, three-day fest is the ultimate end of summer vacation destination.

About Southern Entertainment:
Southern Entertainment is a full-service event and production company. Our unwavering commitment to excellence has led us to produce over 500 events across the United States. We specialize in planning, marketing and executing a wide range of concerts, festivals and other live music events with some of the music industry’s biggest stars.

About TRZ:
TRZ Management is a premier event and entertainment company that specializes in providing independent full service promotions for large scale concerts and festivals throughout North America. With over 500 concerts and events produced featuring major artists like Chris Stapleton, Post Malone, Luke Combs, and Cody Johnson, our team offers top notch event services from on sale to on stage. Transparency, innovation, and quality define TRZ Managements core values. Whether it’s booking, production logistics, talent buying and management, or implementing unconventional marketing strategies, TRZ Management has tools you need to create an unforgettable experience.

About JRM Management:
JRM Management has over 30 years of experience creating and managing special events. From the North Georgia State Fair to Marietta Fourth of July, if an event is happening in Cobb County, there is a good chance JRM is involved. With over 50 events on the 2023 calendar, from golf tournaments to arts and crafts shows, taste events, egg hunts, concerts, and school functions, JRM maintains a keen focus on every aspect of producing successful events. We have built a solid reputation as a company that only promises two things – service and results.

About Marietta GA:
Marietta is located in Cobb County Georgia along the beautiful backdrop of the Chattahoochee River and the historic Kennesaw Mountain foothills. Just 15 miles northwest of Downtown Atlanta, Marietta is characterized by an abundance of natural resources and historic and cultural assets. Marietta provides residents and visitors an exciting selection of attractions, festivals, annual events, outdoor concerts, shopping, and more! Visitors and residents alike are sure to enjoy the traditional Southern charm and history of this quaint, modern city.

About Turnpike Troubadours:
Turnpike Troubadours are one of America’s most beloved and respected independent bands. Since their debut in 2005, the band has released four studio albums and amassed a huge and deeply dedicated fan base. The band has toured relentlessly, playing countless sold-out shows and festivals across the country. Consisting of Evan Felker (lead vocals), Kyle Nix (fiddle), Ryan Engleman (electric guitar), RC Edwards (bass), Gabe Pearson (drums) and Hank Early (steel, accordion), Turnpike Troubadours will make their highly-anticipated return to the stage this spring.

About Cody Jinks:
Cody Jinks is the kind of artist who thrives being on the road, traveling from city to city playing shows night after night. In a typical year, the singer-songwriter isn’t at home longer than five or six weeks at a time. That road-heavy approach, when coupled with a ferocious live show, has helped Jinks amass a loyal fan base and carve out a successful career on his own terms as an independent artist. In fact, he won “Independent Artist of The Year” at the 2020 MusicRow Country Breakout Awards and earned the most radio spins for an independent artist last vear with songs such as “Ain’t A Train” and “Same Kind Of Crazy As Me.’ These honors are just the latest in a long list of accolades Jinks has received since the release of his gold-certified 2015 breakthrough album, Adobe Sessions, which featured the platinum-certified, fan-favorite single, “Loud and Heavy.” His 2016 full-length I’m Not the Devil also reached No. 4 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, while 2018’s Lifers and a pair of 2019 albums (The Wanting and After the Fire) reached No. 2 on the same chart. On top of this, Jinks has nearly 2 billion streams to date across platforms, to go along with his 2.18 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Much of this success is due to Jinks’ songwriting, which is refreshingly raw and honest about life’s ecstatic ups and agonizing downs. And so, in early 2020, when faced with being off the road for an indefinite period due to the pandemic, Jinks decided to hunker down, stay busy and work on his craft. “My wife and I were sitting on the front porch and I said, ‘You know what I’m going to do with this time? I’m going to become a better songwriter. I don’t know how long the lockdown is going to be, but I need to reach out to songwriters I haven’t written with before and pick their brains. I need to get better at my craft. I need to learn from some other people.’ Jinks ended up connecting with old friends, frequent collaborators and even some of his heroes for virtual writing sessions. The result was a productive time: In May 2021, he simultaneously recorded two full-length albums in two different styles: a solo country record, Mercy- written entirely during the pandemic and a metal record, None The Wiser, under the band name Caned By Nod.  “It was very different recording them at the same time,” Sinks says. “Literally, it was being in one studio and walking next door and going from this beautiful country song that we’re doing to just this really angry metal song, flipping a switch.” However, he is uniquely suited for this switch. Although he sometimes found the process taxing, Jinks came to view the experience as an opportunity to fully translate his brair for the first time, simultaneously exploring the multiple facets of his artistry. The country album, Mercy, reflects the chemistry Jinks has with Thompson and his long-time bandmates. In fact, there was no stress or ramping-up process even though they hadn’t seen each other in 14 months before entering the studio to record. “We’ve been playing together for so long that we just jumped right back in,” Jinks says. “It couldn’t have been more seamless, and I’m so thankful for that. Everybody was on the same page when we got there; everybody was ready to go. Really, you couldn’t tell that it had been 14 months since we had sat down together. It was pretty incredible.” The songs are loose and reflective, and demonstrate both the band’s interplay and Jinks’ eclectic songwriting; Mercy is a mix of forceful twang-rock (the ominous “Hurt You”‘), bar-band country-blues (the freewheeling “All It Cost Me Was Everything”) and classic ballads (the pedal steel-driven “I Don’t Trust My Memories Anymore”). However, Mercy’s diverse songwriting also reflects an eclectic lineup of collaborators, as Jinks was able to schedule writing sessions with Jim Lauderdale, Brent Cobb, Channing Wilson, Chris Shiflett, Kendell Marvel, Adam Hood, TN Jet, Josh Morningstar, David Matsler, Greg Jones, and Ward Davis, as well as his wife, Rebecca. “Normally, if I’m going to go write with other people, I’d normally fly somewhere, or they’d fly here. But we couldn’t do that, so we got very good at doing Zoom call writes.” Jinks says Mercy’s songs mirror the uncertainty and emotional roller coaster the world was on last year, with raw emotions on the surface from the narrator who’s at a tough crossroads (“Like a Hurricane”), a protagonist feeling the weight of the world and trying to keep going (“Shoulders”) and someone consumed by anger and revenge (“Hurt You”). “There’s nothing in the songs about what happened to the world, but some of the songs are heavy, just in the context,” he says. “On some days, we’d get up, and everybody would be bummed out because it was another day of not being able to do anything. And then some days, it was like, ‘Man, we’re going to write a fun song today. We’re going to write, like, the ending track to the country record that we’re about to drop.’ You had all of these emotions. You couldn’t be all doom and gloom.” Indeed, Mercy also features a song about the restorative power of love (“Feeding the Flames”) and a cautionary tale about what happens when a night goes astray thanks to the hard stuff (“When the Whiskey Calls the Shots”). Caned By Nod’s None the Wiser takes its cues from arena-caliber classic rock, thrash metal and even psychedelic-tinged grunge, thanks to stinging guitar riffs, hulking low-end grooves, and Jinks’ gruff vocals. The album’s lyrics are also darker, and feature protagonists who are disillusioned by people and the world around them, or struggle with self-destructive tendencies and regret over poor life choices. There are no easy answers or happy endings on None the Wiser, just the harsh reality of consequences. Jinks isn’t a metal novice (in the late ’90s/early ’00s, the Texas native fronted a thrash metal band called Unchecked Aggression) although switching back into a rock-leaning mindset was a challenge. “I was scared of going in to start that record, because that’s uncharted territory for me,” he admits. “I hadn’t recorded like that in over 20 years. I kept asking everybody, ‘Does that sound cool? I think this is cool. Is this cool? Does this song translate well?’ It was nerve-racking. But it was fun.” None the Wiser includes both new songs and ones that date back to the late ’00s, though Jinks co-wrote all of them with guitarist Ben Heffley, his Unchecked Aggression bandmate. “We started playing with each other when we were in high school; we go way back,” Jinks says. “Ben and I have always been able to sit down and write a song, and that’s a rarity. So it was just a natural thing to collaborate. I mean, I’ve been making music with that guy for the last almost 25 years.” Although the songs on None the Wiser span an extended time period, Jinks is proud that the album is cohesive, and the older material fits in seamlessly with newer songs. “It’s not a concept record, but it does flow well,” he says. “It’s a testament to their quality that the songs we did 12, 13 years ago held up with the songs that we were spitting out literally while we were recording. Like I said, Ben and I have always just been able to just grab guitars and go.” Although both None the Wiser and Mercy were recorded at the same place, Sonic Ranch in Texas, they were two separate projects using two different bands and two different studios. About the only crossover happened when his country band helped with backing vocals on a few metal songs. Jinks admits switching back and forth like this could be stressful, though the recording sessions had a grounding force in Edward Spear, who produced, mixed and engineered both albums. “He’s quite possibly one of the most talented people I’ve met in this business,” Jinks says. “On None the Wiser, I was going, ‘Ed, I’m not in my comfort zone right now. I need help. I need to help finding keys to sing in. I don’t know where we need to go after this, or this and that.’ But the consistency there is what made me comfortable having him be on both projects at the same time. I trust him implicitly, and he’s a genius at what he does. No matter what style it was, he approached it with ferocity. He doesn’t mince words.” Despite the separation between the albums, Jinks wanted to make sure both None the Wiser and Mercy contained grit. “I don’t want it to come out like a slick Nashville record,” he said about the latter. “I want it to come out sounding like us, like me. I want it to sound real.” However, both Mercy and None The Wiser reflect Jinks taking great leaps forward in his songwriting, and adding even more perception and nuance to his already-rich character sketches. “The actual art of writing was the only thing I really had to focus on to keep myself sane,” he says. “In our world, we’re called singer-songwriters. I’m a songwriter-singer. The song comes first. If I’m not writing a great song, then I’m dead in the water. I really, really focused on being a better wordsmith.” Yet, if anything, Jinks sees this exercise in self-improvement as a full-circle moment of sorts. “We all started out as teenagers in our rooms, either beating the hell out of drums or trying to figure out a new Metallica lick or whatever,” he says. “We went back to that, in a sense where I’m sitting there, I’m 40 years old, and it’s like, ‘What am I going to do?’ It’s like, ‘Well, I can go practice my guitar.’ What the hell else am I going to do?’

 

About Koe Wetzel:
Surrounded by flames, amps cranked all the way up, and no f*cks given, Koe Wetzel leaves a trail of sold-out venues, screaming fans, and empty booze bottles in his wake wherever he goes. Proudly hailing from Northeast Texas, he has quietly asserted himself as the ultimate country rockstar, bulldozing the boundaries between Nashville songcraft, rowdy Texas spirit, and rainswept Seattle hard rock. After moving 1 million units under the radar and popping off as one of the hottest live performers in the game, he welcomes everyone to the party on his 2022 full-length offering, Hell Paso [Columbia Records]. “I did what I wanted to do,” he exclaims. “This was straight up me. Nobody told me to do this record. We pulled in every genre we were feeling at the time. We spent the last ten years trying to make this sound -Hell Paso is it.” Never compromising, Koe might just be the last real rebel out there. The Gold-selling singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer shakes up the status quo, shatters expectations, and sticks to his guns with a sound steeped in country storytelling, yet spiked with grunge grit. He’s unapologetic, undeniable, and unlike anyone else you’ve ever heard. Without anything to prove and nothing to lose, he continues to kick ass on his own terms. Breaking through with a series of independent releases and tallying over 1.3 billion streams to date, he has impressively notched three RIAA Gold-certified singles, including “February 28, 2016,” “Something To Talk About,” and “Drunk Driving.” The latter adorned his 2020 Columbia Records debut, Sellout, which arrived to widespread critical acclaim from American Songwriter, Billboard, The Boot, Rolling Stone, and more. At the same time, he has quietly emerged as a powerhouse performer. He graced Pollstar’s “Top Worldwide Tours” back-to-back in 2020 and 2021, moving hundreds of thousands of tickets in the process. In addition to headlining his own Koe Wetzel’s Incredible Music Festival, he has packed arenas, amphitheaters, and ballparks across North America, attracting a devout audience. At the top of 2022, Koe and longtime collaborator Taylor Kimball retreated to Sonic Ranch recording studio-a stone’s throw from the Mexican border just outside of El Paso, TX. Holed up on a pecan farm for a month, they had nothing to do “except eat wonderful Mexican food and fucking play music.” “It was straight-up bliss, man,” he says. “I couldn’t go to the bar because there isn’t one. I just had to make music!” Fittingly, he set the stage for Hell Paso with “April Showers.” Powered by a galloping riff awash in distortion, it culminates on one of his most chantable choruses. “It gives you a taste of the entire record,” he adds. “It was a good song for everyone to jump into.” On its heels, the single “Creeps” crawls on grimy guitar towards a sing-song refrain tailormade for stadium-size crowds-or karaoke at your favorite old watering hole.  “it was a feel-good song for me,” he says. “I’m big into the Zombie apocalypse like The Walking Dead, so I wanted an apocalyptic zombie video for this b*tch.” Punctuated by nocturnal Spanish guitar and Spaghetti Western-style whistling, “Cabo” recounts a weekend of endless debauchery in Mexico with no shortage of gory details. “It’s a million percent true,” he grins. “I’ve pissed off a lot of girlfriends and wives, but other than that it’s wonderful.” Hank Ealy from Turnpike Troubadours lays down tear-drenched pedal steel on “So Low” where Koe confesses, “I’m so low it’s f*king awesome. Makes me glad there ain’t a cure for the insane.” “It was like nothing we’ve ever done before, so I was like, ‘Hell with it, put it on here'” he says. “YellaBush Road” brings him back home with vulnerable verses and another vital hook, “And I’m way too blessed to b*tch today.’ “YellaBush Road’ is my community,” he goes on. “It used to be a lot bigger. They had a school, a church, and everything out there. Now, there’s not even a road sign for it. This is my hometown song though. You get on the road, you get away from everything you know, and you start to miss it. So, the tune puts me back there.” Then, there’s “Better Without You.” Guitar wails in between a punchy beat as he promises, “I’m doing better without you being around.” “I bought a house a year ago, and I’ve probably slept in my bed for maybe like two months out of the last year,” he notes. “I had to unpack everything in my garage. One of those boxes had all of my ex-girlfriend’s shit in it. It was raining outside. I was in one of those moods where I was like, ‘F*ck this, I’m going to sit on the couch and grab a guitar.’ You’re over it, but you’re not really over it.” The ride reaches its emotional highpoint on “Sad Song.” He concludes the record with a fiery final word. “I just got in the booth and sang,” he recalls. “It was all in the moment.” In the end, there’s nobody like Koe, and we should be really f*king grateful. “We brought everything together into one on Hell Paso,” he leaves off. “You’ve got to be yourself. Once I put out something authentic, it worked. This record is going to get a lot of flack, but it’s going to get a lot of love too. I’m not going to stop. Hopefully, I go home at some point, kiss grandma, and she’ll maybe cook me breakfast.”

About Jamey Johnson:
Eleven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson is “one of the greatest country singers of our time,” according to the Washington Post. He is one of only a few people in the history of country music to win two Song of the Year Awards from both the CMA and ACMs. His 2008 album, That Lonesome Song, was certified platinum for 1 million in sales, and his 2010 ambitious double album, The Guitar Song, received a gold certification. In addition, he won two Song of the Year Trophies, for “Give It Away” and “In Color,” both from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. He has received tremendous praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal and other publications, many of which have hailed his albums as masterpieces. In 2012, the Alabama native released his fifth studio album, a tribute project to late songwriter Hank Cochran. The Grammy-nominated Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran paired him with Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Ray Price, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Vince Gill and Merle Haggard. In 2013, the Nashville Scene’s 13th annual Country Music Critics’ Poll named it the year’s best album. (Two years earlier, the same poll named Johnson’s The Guitar Song as the year’s best album, and Johnson himself as best male vocalist, best songwriter and artist of the year.)

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