2019-03-13 / Front Page

The sounds of Peanut Proud Festival

Saturday, March 23th

When the music cranks up at Peanut Proud around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, it will be Few Miles South “bringing back that classic, country sound and honky-tonk atmosphere.”

Few Miles South is a country and southern rock group created by Early County raised Blake English and Los Angeles native Tori Lund.

Blake is an Early County High graduate and the son of Debbie and Randall Collins and the late Bill English.

Blake and Tori met in 2014 while playing in an L.A. church. Tori, a classically trained singer and piano teacher, and Blake, a multi-instrumentalist and producer, connected over a shared love of country music.

Eager to pursue music and ditch the city, Tori and Blake quit their jobs and headed to the deep woods of Georgia.

Their first single and music video, “On Down the Road,” charted overseas and won “Best International Music Video” in 2017 by HOTDISC Country Music Awards.

Welcome home Blake!!!

Jimmie Allen

The marque entertainer taking to the stage at 3:45 p.m. will be “New Male Vocalist of the Year” nominee Jimmie Allen.

“That’s a windfall plus for Peanut Proud fans,” state co-festival coordinator Mike Newberry. “He received that nomination after we booked him for the festival!”

A simple phrase sums up Allen’s view on life and music: Never give up.

His musical dreams and a love of true-to-themselves artists like Alan Jackson, Aaron Tippin, Montgomery Gentry, and Jason Aldean brought him all the way to Nashville – and eventually around the world for an Armed Forces Entertainment tour of Japan.

But Country music wasn’t ready for him. “People were just trying to help,” he says now. “But they wanted me to change my sound and told me I had to lose my boots. The turning point came when I stopped listening, and finally, let my music be a natural reflection of who I am.”

Kicking off 2018 on nearly every “Ones to Watch” list, has been a turning point in the singer’s career as he raced through milestones most only dream of — earning a standing ovation during his Grand Ole Opry debut, cracking the Top 20 with his first-ever single and checking off many major bucket list items in between. Jimmie’s hit “Best Shot” was a #1 hit the end of 2018.

The Kentucky

Headquarters

In between at 2 p.m. “the great American rock ‘n’ roll band,” declared by Billboard magazine, will take the stage.

The award winning Kentucky Headhunters, morphed from the 1960s Southern blues-rock band Itchy Brother in 1986 led by brothers Fred and Richard Young and cousins Greg Martin and Anthony Kenney

Their first album, 1989’s Pickin’ On Nashville, sold over two million copies. The album won a Grammy Award, three Country Music Awards, an American Music Award and an Academy Of Country Music Award.

The Street Dance

Atlanta Allstars

The Atlanta Allstars will be back by popular demand for their fourth performance at the Peanut Proud Street Dance at 7 p.m.!

The Atlanta Allstars are an absolute, out of this world live, party band with an outstanding cast of superb musicians and vocalists.

When the headline entertainers are not on stage, emcee comedian Dennis “Moonshine” Rader will be interacting with the crowds, “making you laugh and enjoy yourself!”

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