Darryl Worley is gearing up for an exciting weekend of fun in his hometown of Savannah, TN next month – and it's all for a great cause. The singer announced the lineup of events for September 12-14, which will culminate with the 12th Annual Tennessee River Run. This year, Worley will share the stage with Brandon Lay, Jami Grooms, Donica Knight, and country legend Ronnie Milsap – who will become only the second act to make a repeat appearance at the event since 2002.
"Having Ronnie back is truly an honor," Worley told Billboard. "I think the only artist that we've ever had come back is John Anderson. It's a big treat for me. I look at his schedule from time to time, and I decided to not close the show this year. I'm going to help introduce Ronnie, and then my wife and I are going to get in a real comfortable spot and hear all those number one hits. That'll be the first time I won't be closing the show, but it's going to be a special night. One after the other. It will be amazing."
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 (also titled "Grits, Glam, and Guitars) 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. Songwriters that will be participating include Walt Aldridge, Anthony Smith, Brett James, as well as Worley.
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.TNRiverRun.org
The singer said the event has become easier to book over the past few years. In the beginning, he said it was tough to attract acts. But, with the success that the Run has had, and also with the successful launch of the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center, his phone rings constantly with other performers wanting to lend a hand.
"I get fellow artists asking me all the time 'When can I play the Tennessee River Run?' It's the people that volunteer their time, and work on this event. It's just a special event."