BALLISTIC: COUNTRY MUSIC DEEP IN THE ART OF DALLAS Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie, Trailer Choir, Stephen Cochran, Redneck Souljers4.14.15
This Saturday, April 18, The Bomb Factory is going “honky-tonk” for a day, hosting Ballistic—Country Music Deep in the Art of Dallas. The stellar line-up includes Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie, Trailer Choir, Stephen Cochran, and Redneck Souljers, and will be the perfect way to kick-off the 50th Annual American Country Music Awards celebration, being held here in Dallas. The Bomb Factory, with its ability to accommodate 4300 people and its 50,000 square feet of space is the ideal venue to strap on your cowboy boots and do some two-stepping during country music’s biggest weekend.
Since his debut on the music scene in the early 90s, Sammy Kershaw has remained one of the most consistent power hitters in country music with a chain of major hit records and sell-out shows. Kershaw boasts more than 25 singles that have hit Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the number one hit “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful.” In addition to producing platinum albums, Kershaw has dedicated his life to philanthropic work, providing relief to those affected by the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010 and establishing the Sammy Kershaw Foundation, which has given over 2 million dollars to child-related charities.
Between 1990 and 2004, Joe Diffie charted 35 cuts on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including five number one singles: his debut release “Home”, “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)”, “Third Rock from the Sun”, “Pickup Man” and “Bigger Than the Beatles”. Joe-Joe-Joe Diffie has never slowed down – writing, touring and recording a myriad of projects including his critically acclaimed 2010 bluegrass album “Homecoming,” and his recent “Roots And Boots” acoustic tour and collaborative CD, “All In The Same Boat,” with fellow hitmakers Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin. And now he’s back at it again, riding shotgun with hick-hop sensations the Jawga Boyz on a brand new single, “Girl Ridin’ Shotgun,” which was recently released to country radio.
Trailer Choir is an American country music duo composed of vocalists Marc Fortney and Vinny Hickerson, known as Butter and Big Vinny. With their happy and highly catchy songs like “Rockin’ the Beer Gut,” “Rollin’ Through the Sunshine” and “Off the Hillbilly Hook” this group has become quite popular in the country music scene. Those audience favorites are all included on Tailgate, their debut CD.
Stephen Cochran is an American Country music singer and songwriter best known for the 2007 single “Friday Night Fireside.” Before gaining notoriety as a country musician, he served our country as a combat marine in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cochran suffered an injury on combat patrol, losing all mobility in his legs, and was told that he would never walk again. After an experimental surgery and extensive physical therapy he regained the use of his legs. As a part of his therapy and recovery, Cochran refocused his energy on country music, performing all over the country and in the Middle East. In 2009 Stephen was named as a spokesman for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Research and Development. He is currently working on his second album.
The Redneck Souljers are a group of southern/country rapping friends from Winchester, Tennessee, with Fatt Tarr and C-Hubb making up the key members of the group, and Bigg John being a secondary/dj/hypeman for shows. They recently collaborated with Bubba Sparxxx, rapper and “hick-hop” forerunner on his new album: Made on McCosh Mill Road.