Mayor Jake Windham is excited to announce country star Jamey Johnson will headline the 2020 Pearl Day Concert slated for Friday, May 1. The concert will also feature opening performances by another country favorite Frank Foster and Pearl’s own singing sensation Zach Bridges.
“We were so excited to have Jamey Johnson accept our invitation to perform this year. He is going to bring a party to Pearl,” said Mayor Windham. “This is a terrific line-up and we can’t wait for May to get here.”
Tickets are $25 and will go on sale Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.
The concert will take place in the north lot of Trustmark Park starting at 5:30 p.m. The 2019 Pearl Day Concert featuring Lauren Daigle drew more than 10,000 people.
The City of Pearl will be celebrating its 47th birthday after being established back in 1973.
Eleven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson is “one of the greatest country singers of our time,” according to the Washington Post. He is one of only a few people in the history of country music to win two Song of the Year Awards from both the CMA and ACMs.
His 2008 album, That Lonesome Song, was certified platinum for 1 million in sales, and his 2010 ambitious double album, The Guitar Song, received a gold certification.
In addition, he won two Song of the Year Trophies, for “Give It Away” and “In Color,” both from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. He has received tremendous praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal and other publications, many of which have hailed his albums as masterpieces.
In 2012, the Alabama native released his fifth studio album, a tribute project to late songwriter Hank Cochran. The Grammy-nominated Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran paired him with Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Ray Price, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Vince Gill and Merle Haggard.
In 2013, the Nashville Scene’s 13th annual Country Music Critics’ Poll named it the year’s best album. (Two years earlier, the same poll named Johnson’s The Guitar Song as the year's best album, and Johnson himself as best male vocalist, best songwriter and artist of the year.)
Frank Foster embodies musical independence at its highest level. He not only has taken the road less traveled, but the road almost never traveled. Acting as his own record label, Management, booking agency and publishing company, he has managed to find success that some major label artists may never find. This rural Louisiana native and former oil field man has taken his songs from the campfire to the coliseum seemingly overnight, all the while gaining a following of fans whose loyalty is unmatched.
His musical journey started in 2011 with the release of his first album Rowdy Reputation. To follow that up, in the late summer of 2012, he released his second album, Red Wings and Six Strings. Each and every song from both of those albums have become nightly sing-alongs at his shows. Foster’s next 5 albums all debuted on the Billboard Country Charts.
Southern Soul was released in 2013 debuted at No. 11.Rhythm and Whiskey was released in 2014 debuted at No. 4. His early 2016 release, Boots On The Ground, debuted at No. 7. Later in 2016, he released Good Country Music, which debuted at No.13. In 2018, he released his seventh album, ’Til I’m Gone, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Country Album Sales Charts giving Foster his highest mark yet. He’s a singer, a songwriter and his own boss. He refuses to let anyone water down his kind of country music. If he lives it, he writes it; if he writes it, he sings it; if he sings it, he believes it. Frank Foster ... a true original.
Zach Bridges, of Pearl, Mississippi, was most recently seen on Season 17 of NBC's "The Voice" where he sang Blake Shelton's song, "Ol' Red". Turning the chairs of Blake himself, and Gwen Stefani, Zach chose to join Team Blake as one of his only two male country artists.
In the Battle Round, he was paired with other male country artist, Cory Jackson. They performed a duet to Toby Keith's "Should've Been a Cowboy", where Zach advanced to the Knockout Rounds. In the Knockouts, Zach was paired with Ricky Braddy, who sang John Legend's song "So High". Singing Garth Brooks classic, "The Dance", Zach left Blake with a tough decision. Braddy was chosen to advance, eliminating Zach, just missing his chance at the live playoffs.
Bridges didn't pick up a guitar until the age of 20. Shortly after, he started booking gigs and writing his own songs. Playing mostly solo shows and in a few different bands, he has been playing the central Mississippi area since 2012. It was 2019 when his big break came and was invited to audition for "The Voice". Since his appearance on the hit series TV show, Bridges is in the process of booking shows all over the Southeast with his band, along with writing and putting out new music.