Runners will have their minds focused only on the finish line at the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon in April, but after crossing it, they can focus on John Rich.
Rich, with special guest Cowboy Troy, will headline the post-race concert at the Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m. on race night, Saturday, April 24. The award winning singer, songwriter and producer played on the finish line stage in 2001 — the second year of the event.
Heidi Newfield will open the show along with new artist Jerrod Niemann.
“We are thrilled that John Rich will headline the post race concert and are proud that so many participants return year after year to experience what a great running destination Nashville has become,” said Adam Zocks, the event's general manager.
The concert is open to the public and tickets are now on sale for $35. Tickets can be purchased at the Bridgestone Arena box office, TicketMaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com
Most recently known as one-half of the Multi-platinum Warner Bros. Records duo, Big & Rich, Rich has been honing his writing skills for years. He has garnered multiple Grammy, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations, and was also awarded the ASCAP Songwriter Of The Year Award in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and has written 14 Top 10 singles and over 30 Top 40 singles.
Rich's writing credits include the Academy of Country Music Award winning single of the year, "Redneck Woman," for Gretchen Wilson, Faith Hill's smash single "Mississippi Girl" and Jason Aldean's singles "Johnny Cash" and "Hicktown."
Newfield possesses one of country music’s most distinctive voices, and the Curb/Asylum recording artist is readying songs for her second solo album due out in mid-2010. A true performer with an explosive stage persona, Newfield’s album, What Am I Waiting For, marked her first foray into solo territory since her departure from Trick Pony, the platinum-selling band that earned four top 20 singles, an ACM Best New Artist award, and an army of fans for their rabble-rousing honky-tonk brand of country music.
The Country Music Marathon is a weekend celebration complete with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo and the YMCA Country Music Kids' Marathon. The Nashville Convention Center will serve as home to the expo, where all race participants can pick up their race number, browse through fitness related products and attend informational clinics.
The annual event has been internationally recognized as the ultimate tour of Music City, featuring historic sites such as the Parthenon and Music Row. Featuring many of Nashville’s best live bands on entertainment stages placed along both the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses, the musically themed race is expected to attract 35,000 runners, walkers and junior racers in 2010.
The kids’ marathon on April 23 is sold out with more than 4,000 youth runners in grades K-6 participating. Titans head coach Jeff Fisher continues to serve as the celebrity spokesperson for the event, greeting runners at the finish line near LP Field.