Peach Pickers & Friends Raise More than $100K for Music Education Charity
Georgia natives Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip — otherwise known as the Peach Pickers — got together with several other artists May 10, 2016 for the third annual Georgia On My Mind concert benefitting the Georgia Music Foundation at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and raised more than $100,000 for the charity.
The show featured performances from Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Tyler Farr, Randy Houser, Maggie Rose and many more up-and-comers. The organization supports music preservation, education and outreach throughout the state of Georgia.
“It just gets better every year,” says Davidson. “The Peach Pickers and I are humbled by the support of our fellow artists, the sponsors and especially the fans coming out and showing so much enthusiasm. We not only get to have this incredible music experience but we are able to give back and fund the Georgia Music Preservation, Education and Outreach Grant program. Hopefully we’ll continue to outdo ourselves each year.”
Davidson recently released his new single “Laid Back,” featuring Rose and hip-hop duo Outkast’s Big Boi, who joined him onstage to perform the song at the event. The concert also featured a unique tribute to Otis Redding by his sons, Dexter Redding and Otis Redding III, including their covers of “Hard to Handle” and “Try a Little Tenderness.” Davidson presented the brothers with the Georgia Music Foundation’s Flamekeeper award, honoring them as well as their mother Zelma for keeping their father’s musical legacy alive.
Toward the end of the evening, Bryan performed his tune “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day” with the Peach Pickers, with whom he wrote the song, and Currington closed it out with his cover of the titular classic, “Georgia On My Mind."
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