Kix Brooks

Kix Brooks is one-half of country music’s most successful duo of all time, Brooks & Dunn. Along with his partner Ronnie Dunn, the duo amassed 20 chart-topping hits, 40 Top Ten songs, and over 80 industry awards. Brooks & Dunn have sold over 30 million albums making them the best-selling duo in country music history. Brooks & Dunn are currently gearing up for their first nationwide tour in ten years featuring special guests Travis Tritt and Elvie Shane. The REBOOT 2021 TOUR kicks off in Indianapolis, IN on 9/2.  In 2015, the duo also teamed up with Reba McEntire for the longest running country music residency in Las Vegas. It was just announced that the final dates for the hit residency, “REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will take place December 1 – 15, 2021. Brooks, whom Rolling Stone calls “one of the most versatile guys in country music,” is the recipient of three CMA “National Broadcast Personality of The Year” awards for his nationally syndicated radio show American Country Countdown. Brooks was also just awarded ACM’s “National Personality” award for the radio show. Brooks is co-owner of Nashville’s award-winning winery Arrington Vineyards and was the first recipient of the CMA Humanitarian Award. Brooks serves on the boards of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, the Country Music Association, and the CMA Foundation. In 2019, Brooks & Dunn had the prestigious honor of being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. For more information, visit www.kixbrooks.com
 

jimmy Stewart

Jimmy Stewart came to country music from the inside-out. The son of a drifting picker, a man who found more reasons to feel alive moving from town-to-town and jamming with anyone who shared his love of singing and playing than living the standard 9-to-5, it made for an unconventional upbringing for the coal-eyed dobro/fiddle playing kid, who was busy learning Jerry Douglas licks off records.  Having to know paved the way for a gypsy’s life on the fringes of bluegrass and country music. Jamming with a coterie of local musicians – as well as legendary picker Josh Graves – Stewart learned the life, pushed the songs and found that nothing torches a moment quite like the music when it’s ablaze. A kid who was raised on the notion that Jerry Douglas was a supernova, music was how you made your way through the world and there was always another place down the road to pick, he believed that the songs would deliver him to where he wanted to be…. Today, it appears his faith in himself and the music was well-placed.

 

Laurence Hobgood

Contemporary virtuoso pianist, collaborator, composer, arranger, producer, educator, Yamaha Artist, multiple Grammy® nominee and 2010 Grammy® winner Laurence Hobgood has enjoyed a multi-faceted and dynamic career. Recognized for his dazzling piano technique and his signature style of composing and arranging, he's been transporting audiences both at home and abroad for over thirty years. Hobgood was awarded three consecutive fellowships ('90, ’91, ’92) to perform in the Aspen Music Festival. The Chicago Tribune honored him as a 1995 Chicagoan Of The Year in the Arts. In 2003, Hobgood received ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award, given for outstanding music journalism, for his article 'The Art Of The Trio' published by JazzTimes magazine. 

 

Briana Calhoun

Briana Calhoun is an emerging artist with a tenet all her own. Raised in the small town of Farmerville, LA., she is a teacher, mother, wife, artist, songwriter, and champion for the underdog. Calhoun’s unique songwriting style and story is beginning to catch the ears of folks beyond Louisiana. She has written and performed with several award-winning songwriters and artists in Nashville and, last spring, recorded a six-song EP at the renowned Sound Kitchen Studios in Franklin, TN. Most recently, Calhoun has filmed a documentary depicting her incredible journey with the help of music legend Kix Brooks and former NBC meteorologist and host of the acclaimed “A Drop of Sunshine” podcast, Daphne Deloren Matheny. The documentary, along with Briana’s first single off the EP, “Let Jesus Drive,” are set to be released this fall.