Despite some rotten weather, last year’s fireworks put Nashville on the Yahoo! Travel Best Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in 2013 list. Although fireworks seem to be the most anticipated part of any July 4th celebration, the music is what draws in the crowd for Music City each year.
Set to play the Jack Daniel’s Main Stage on July 4, 2014 are Billy Currington, Ashley Monroe, Striking Matches and The Nashville Symphony. These artists are all unique in their own way and will each bring their own creative niche to the stage.
Like many artists in town, Billy Currington moved to Nashville after just one visit. He fell in love with the city on a trip with some band mates from church and immediately knew Nashville would be his new home. At the ripe age of 18 he began writing songs and playing in bars, again, like many artists do when they move to town. Since signing with Mercury Records in 2003, Currington has released five award-winning studio albums and made quite a name for himself. A few of his most popular songs include “Must Be Doin’ Something Right,” “Let Me Down Easy,” “Good Directions” and his two newest singles, “Hey Girl” and “We Are Tonight.”
Ashley Monroe began writing songs in the year 2000 to help deal with the immense pain she was feeling from losing her loving father. As she began to understand that her love for performing was more than a little hobby, she and her mother moved about three hours west to Nashville from Knoxville, Tennessee so Monroe could follow her dream. Within a year, she had signed a publishing deal and later a recording contract that allowed her to release her first single “Satisfied.” Since then she has recorded vocals for Train’s album California 37, recorded an EP and also released her first album, Like a Rose, in 2013. Monroe even formed the female country-rocker trio Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley in 2011.
Over the years, The Nashville Symphony has earned its famed reputation for its state-of-the-art performances and works by America’s leading composers. The eclectic 85-member orchestra, which offers classical, pop and jazz pieces as well as children’s concerts, performs more than 140 times per year. The 19 recordings released by The Nashville Symphony have received 14 Grammy nominations and seven Grammy Awards, and have turned them into one of the most active recording orchestras in the country.
Sarah Zimmermann, from Philadelphia, and Justin Davis, from Atlanta, were randomly paired together to play in front of a classroom full of guitar majors at Belmont University. The two immediately realized they were destined to play music together. They formed their duo, Striking Matches, and have been playing and writing songs together ever since. The EP they released in October of 2012, on which they co-wrote all four songs, was named among iTunes’ “Best of 2012.” The EP helped place them on NPR and in The Wall Street Journal; they have even played the Grand Ole Opry several times and have three songs featured on the hit TV show Nashville. The band is preparing to release their first full album in September of this year.
Mediocre concerts would never fly in Nashville. Any day of the year, when vacationers head to Music City, their expectations for a live concert are set high before they even arrive. The 4th of July is no different. Music City has an amazing lineup planned for their July 4th day-long celebration right in the heart of downtown Nashville.