DRAKE WHITE & THE BIG FIRE TO HEADLINE SC PEACH FESTIVAL
By SCOTT POWELL
Ledger Staff Writer
Drake White & The Big Fire and an all-star band put together by the Craig Sorrells Project will headline this year’s South Carolina Peach Festival concert lineup.
White will perform a free country music concert Saturday, July 18 at 9:45 p.m. on the festival’s site on the county administration building grounds.
White was recently announced as the opening act for country music stars Little Big Town on their fall tour. His new single “It Feels Good” is currently climbing the country music charts.
White was signed last summer to DOT records under the Big Machine Label. The record label represents many major music acts, including Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts.
“Drake White will no doubt be a huge star, and we are lucky to have him playing the peach festival,” festival productions chairman Davis Dickson said. “Most people probably haven’t heard his name, but it won’t be long until they do.”
White is the final performer to take the stage at a downtown festival which will include a barbecue cookoff, wrestling show, games and performances by a variety of music groups over a two day period.
The music starts with a free “Super Jam” concert event on Friday, July 17 that starts at 6:30 p.m. The musicians appearing on stage were put together at the festival’s request by trumpet player Craig Sorrells and his drummer Tez Sherard, who tours regularly with Edwin McCain.
The jam session will feature a performance by rhythm and blues singer Delvin Choice, a finalist on last season’s “The Voice” music show. Other featured performers include Marcus King Band, Gypsy Soul and Frank Wilkie from the Marshall Tucker Band. Special guest signers include Jamie Wright, Audrey Hamilton and Whitney Walters.
The Craig Sorrells Project will anchor the “Super Jam” concert. Many of the musicians and singers are guest performers at Sorrells band concerts.
“I have seen the Craig Sorrells Project three times. They always have featured musicians that sit in on their sets,” said Daddy Joe’s BBQ owner Shag Stepp, who helped the festival put together the concert. “I reached out to Craig Sorrells and Tez Sherard and asked them to put together their dream jam band for the Peach Festival. Their concert will end with an extended jam session where all the artists will be on stage together.”
Music artists performing Saturday, July 18, include Dirty Grassy Soul, Stolen Hearts, Justin McCorkle Band, Joel Turner, Chris Hennessee, and White. Dirty Grass Soul will be the first band on stage at 11 a.m. on the festival stage at the county administration building.