Nashville, Tenn. – The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) announced today the New Year’s Eve “Bash on Broadway” will feature two special performances by virtuoso pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph. The world-class and Nashville-managed performer, who was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” by Rolling Stone, will perform during the sets of Grammy-winning Country singer Hank Williams Jr. and Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke.
As previously announced, Hank Williams Jr. will headline Nashville’s fifth annual New Year’s Eve free concert and street party, which will also feature performances by Country up-and-comer Brett Eldredge, Southern rock group Blackberry Smoke, indie rock group Kopecky Family Band and singer/songwriting duo Striking Matches. Striking Matches will kick off the festivities with a performance at 6:30 p.m., immediately followed by a raising of Nashville’s own 15-foot-tall red Music Note. The show will be emceed by Storme Warren, Sirius XM Radio personality and host of Great American Country’s Headline Country. Revelers will count down to the New Year with the “Music Note Drop®”, triggering a fireworks display and confetti cannons as it reaches the midnight mark.
Sponsors of this year’s New Year’s Eve ‘Bash on Broadway’ include Coca-Cola, Carl Black Chevrolet, McDonald’s, Nashville International Airport: Arts at the Airport, The Governor’s Highway Safety Office: Booze It & Lose It, Advance Financial 24/7, Korbel, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Jack Daniel’s and Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint.
Further details about the event will be announced. For the most up-to-date information, visithttp://www.visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve.
Virtuoso pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph and his longtime accompanists The Family Band first gained national attention with the release of the album Live at the Wetlands in 2002. The band followed with three studio recordings over the next eight years—Unclassified, Colorblind, and We Walk This Road—which, together with tireless touring and unforgettable performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won them an expanding and passionate fan base. Randolph’s unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, and also attracted the attention of such giants as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who have collaborated with him on stage and in the studio. Most recently, Randolph has attempted to amplify the tradition from which he came by executive producing the Robert Randolph Presents the Slide Brothers album, a recording which features some of the older “sacred steel” players from the House of God church who inspired him to pick up an instrument. He is also taking a bold new step by remodeling an abandoned school building in his hometown of Irvington, New Jersey and opening the Robert Randolph Music and Arts Program. Randolph’s latest album Lickety Split was released in July.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination. Visit the NCVC’s website at http://www.visitmusiccity.com.