August 18, 2013 on ESPN
country music artists perform at Budweiser Acceleration
Mich. -- The music vibe was so awesome during
this past weekend’s Faster Horses country music
festival, that the team at Michigan International Speedway
will do it again in August with the return of the popular
Budweiser Acceleration concert for fans as part of the
Pure Michigan 400 weekend.
artists Keith Anderson and Drake White and The Big Fire
as well as Tim Dugger will perform at the Budweiser Acceleration
Concert on Saturday, Aug. 17.
headline the always popular and free post-race concert
in Lot 10. The concert will begin shortly after the Michigan
National Guard 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
music group Drake White and The Big Fire will precede
Anderson to the stage. Diehard NASCAR fan Tim Dugger will
open the concert.
is free for anyone with a Michigan National Guard 200
concert is just one of the fun things we do for guests
– for free!” MIS President Roger Curtis said.
“It’s become nearly as important to the weekend
as the NASCAR races themselves. The fans love it; and
we do, too.”
be the poster child for the notion good things happen
to good people. He's quickly earned the reputation of
being an adept writer of award nominated hits, not just
for his own projects but for other artists as well and
his good guy persona is as widely known as his high energy,
let's-get-this-party-started live shows.
of his sophomore album “C'MON!” finds Anderson,
the Grammy-nominated songwriter, in fine form. He co-wrote
10 of the disc's 11 tracks, pairing with some of Nashville's
top tunesmiths including Rivers Rutherford, Tim Nichols,
Chuck Cannon, Vicky McGehee, Jeffrey Steele (also the
disc's producer) and Bob DiPiero.
by myself for so long that it's fun to co-write,"
the Oklahoma native says. "I'm just such a social
person that I love people and working together with them.
Different co-writers have different strengths and I think
you tend to tuck away certain ideas for certain co-writers."
current single, "I Still Miss You," was written
by Anderson, Nichols and Jason Sellers and is one of his
fastest rising to date. He has also co-writen songs for
talents such as Big $ Rich, Garth Brooks, George Jones
and Gretchen Wilson. His song, "Lost In This Moment,"
written for Big $ Rich was nominated for Song of the Year
by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country
and The Big Fire will follow Dugger on the Budweiser Acceleration
stage. White describes his music as “soulful, roots-based
country with a little rock and a little funk.” His
songs are populated with blue collar characters who aren’t
afraid of hard work and know the value of family and friendship.
The opening track from his self-titled debut album, “Cold
Beer With My Name On It,” is a fiddle-laced number
about working all week and enjoying life off the clock
to the fullest. “She Likes It Old School”
celebrates the virtues of a woman who likes back roads,
vinyl records, slow kisses, homemade ice cream and the
very best of life’s simple, classic pleasures.
open the performance in Lot 10. Dugger is addicted to
the “fast lane” – whether it’s
horsepower in the pursuit of superstardom in country music,
or hanging-out at the tack with the major names in NASCAR
who just happen to be his “good buddies.”
Speed is in the blood of the Alabama-born native.
A diehard NASCAR
fan, Dugger developed a loyal fan base in the country
music clubs surrounding the race circuit.
up in awe of Dale Earnhardt and it was a major Sunday
tradition back at home to sit around with my dad and watch
the races,” Dugger recalls. “When I started
playing the clubs I had the thrill of meeting Richard
Childress and struck up a real friendship with his whole
family. From that meeting I ultimately met Mike Curb at
Daytona and got to hand him a CD—that was the beginning
of where I am today.”
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