2018-03-07 / Front Page

If the music don’t getcha...... the food, fun, friends and parade will!

The Peanut Proud Festival is excited to have Jo Dee Messina — one of the most passionate, high-energy performers in country music on stage for the 10th Annual Peanut Proud Festival! A seasoned veteran in the music industry, Jo Dee’s breakout song, “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” jumpstarted her career, making her a household name.

Following the success of her debut, Jo Dee posted nine No. 1 hits, 16 Top 40 songs and sold over five million albums, earning honors from the ACM Awards, CMA Awards, and

GRAMMY Awards.

Sharing her hit tunes, newly penned, emotionally-driven songs and personal testimony, Jo Dee has been traveling the country for many years, receiving rave reviews for her authenticity, commitment, and openness on stage.

Hoping to inspire and enlighten fans from all walks of life with every step she takes, Jo Dee has made it her mission to present herself and her story with honesty, allowing people to see behind the masquerade.

Fueled by faith, belief, and love, Jo Dee — a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, speaker, author, and incredibly gifted singer-songwriter — pours her heart and soul into everybody she meets and everything she touches, which is perhaps why Jo Dee Messina is such a timeless name in the music industry.

Jo Dee was diagnosed with cancer last fall, forcing her to cancel her concert tour. “God is going to use her and her story to intercept people in their pain and remind them that He is near,” producer Seth Mosley stated after working with her on a new called “Here” following her cancer diagnosis. “It was one of the most powerful moments I’ve had in my entire studio career.”

Adding to the festival’s “WOW factor” will be the rising Country group, Sweet Tea Trio. “They are wonderful spirited young ladies with big Alabama smiles! I predict now, these girls are headed for the big time!” Kid Rock stated after they opened several of his concerts.

The trio was named Alabama’s Country Female Artist of the Year for 2016.

Kid Rock and his fans fell in love with Victoria Camp, Savannah Coker and Kate Falcon, ages 18-20, on his eighth annual Chillin’ the Most Cruise, 2017, where they performed six shows.

Sweet Tea Trio is finished 2017 strong, opening for Bon Jovi and Alabama concerts, were featured as the Spotlight artist in Seattle at the Victorian Country Christmas, performed in Nashville’s for Whiskey Jam at the Basement Eastand headlining at the Work Play Theater in Birmingham.

Their performance at Peanut Proud won’t be the trio’s first trip to Early County. After being asked to write a song for Huntin’ is Good, they garnered major attention from the hunting industry, landing them the chance to sing at the annual Country Goes Hunting event in Blakely in 2014 and 2015.

Peanut Proud festival goers will also get to hear Chris Bandi, a new sound heard the first time he played in Music City four years ago. The singer/songwriter is now among the most exciting up-andcoming artists.

Bandi launched 2017 by earning a spot on both The Boot’s “10 New Country Artists To Watch” list and The Shotgun Seat’s “17 for 17: Country Artists To Watch This Year.”

His debut single “Man Enough Now” has garnered over 12 million streams on Spotify alone, where it was added to the “Wild Country” playlist.

His second single, “Gone Girl” premiered last month with Taste of Country.

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