Details and Info: Concert on the Range

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Jo Dee Messina, Lonestar and Chuck Courtenay will perform during the "Concert on the Range."

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Champions Tour officials with the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf have released details on the free community concert to be held at the Westin’s Club at Savannah Harbor driving range on Hutchinson Island next Friday, April 26. The tournament’s “Concert on the Range” will be free of charge and open to the public courtesy of Liberty Mutual Insurance and will feature award-winning country music artists Lonestar and Jo Dee Messina.  Savannah native Chuck Courtenay will perform as the concert’s opening act.

Key information
DATE: Friday, April 26
TIME: Concert gate opens at 5:15 p.m. Chuck Courtney performs at 6 p.m. Jo Dee Messina performs at 8 p.m. Lonestar performs at 9:30 p.m. Golf gates will open at 3 p.m. for free for concert-goers who wish to arrive early and avoid the traffic.
WHERE: The driving range at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
ACCESS: Hutchinson Island can be accessed via Highway 17 both from Savannah (over the Talmadge Bridge) and South Carolina. Additionally, a free water taxi will be available to shuttle people from downtown Savannah to The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. From The Westin, fans may walk to the Driving Range.
PARKING: Parking will be free. Please follow signs once you arrive on Hutchinson Island.
PROHIBITED ITEMS: No photos or videos. No signs or banners. No weapons, umbrellas, or ladders.
FOOD & BEVERAGE: From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., fans will be able to purchase food and beverage at the concert, including beer and wine. Coolers with food and alcohol are permitted. All coolers will be checked for weapons upon entering the Driving Range.

As a welcome to concertgoers, the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf will offer free admission after 3 p.m. on Friday, so attendees can enjoy the tail end of the tournament’s first round before the music begins. The “Concert on the Range” will begin at approximately 6 p.m. on the driving range at The Club at Savannah Harbor.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase, as well as beer and wine from 6-8 p.m. 

“Concert on the Range” schedule of events:


    • 3 p.m.: Free admission to the tournament begins
    • 5:15 p.m.: Gates to the concert open
    • 6 p.m.: Opening act Chuck Courtenay
    • 8 p.m.: Jo Dee Messina performs
    • 9:30 p.m.: Lonestar performs

Fans are encouraged to visit lmilog.com/concert for complete information, including a list of prohibited items, transportation details and weather updates.

"We are very excited to host the concert on site at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf this year," said the tournament's executive director, Joe Rotellini. " We invite everyone to come out to the Westin course on Friday, April 26 to enjoy an awesome evening of country music and encourage fans to come early to experience what the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf is all about-- thrilling competition from the most celebrated golfers of our generation and family fun.”

Multi-platinum, country/pop crossover superstar group Lonestar made their debut in 1995. Since then, the Tennessee-based, Texas-influenced group has amassed nearly 30 singles on the country charts, including 10 No. 1 hits like “Amazed,” “I’m Already There,” “My Front Porch Looking In,” “No News” and “What About Now.” The band's awards include a 1999 ACM Single of The Year for “Amazed” (the song also won the Song of the Year award) and the 2001 CMA Vocal Group of the Year.

Two-time Grammy nominee Messina has earned six No. 1 singles for her popular tunes including "Bye, Bye," “I’m Alright,” "Stand Beside Me," “That’s The Way,” "Bring On The Rain (w/Tim McGraw)" and "My Give A Damn's Busted." She has sold more than 5 million albums since she sprang onto the music scene in 1996 and was named the Academy of Country Music's Top New Female Vocalist award in 1998.

A rising regional star with a Nashville recording contract and a top-notch backing band, singer and guitarist Chuck Courtenay finds inspiration in the work of iconic honky-tonk and outlaw country artists like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and Rodney Crowell. His shows are known for their high energy and heartfelt performances.

Celebrating 11 years in Savannah, the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf returns to the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa on April 22-28 and features a total of three team competitions during the week, starting with the Demaret Division (ages 70+) on Monday and Tuesday, followed by the Raphael Division on Friday and Saturday (ages 50-69).  Official competition begins with the Legends Division (ages 50+), a 54-hole better-ball competition featuring a $2.7 million purse, on Friday, April 26.  Tournament tickets are still available, for information on how to purchase please visit lmilog.com.

Lonestar
About the band

Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has amassed RIAA-certified sales in excess of ten million album units since their national launch in 1995 and achieved ten #1 country hits including "No News," "Come Crying To Me," and their crossover smash "Amazed" (which was also #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first record since 1983's "Islands in the Stream" to top both charts). The band's awards include a 1999 ACM Single of The Year for “Amazed” (the song also won the Song of the Year award) and the 2001 CMA Vocal Group of the Year.

But it isn't hit records and trophies that have kept Lonestar going strong. On the contrary, says lead singer Richie McDonald. "Honestly, through it all, the one thing that has kept Lonestar around is that we're just four good old boys from Texas." All four members, including McDonald, Michael Britt, Keech Rainwater, and Dean Sams, originally hail from blue collar households, and place a premium on the value of hard work. "No matter how much success we've had, it didn't change us as people."

Originally formed in Nashville in 1992, Lonestar played over 500 shows before landing a recording contract. "We traveled for two and a half, maybe three years, just playing in bars," Britt recalls. "We were starting from zero back then." But all those gigs paid off. By the time they released their self-titled debut album in 1995, they already had an enthusiastic fan base. Their first single, "Tequila Talkin'," went Top Ten on the country charts. Its follow-up did even better: "No News" would be the first of many No. 1 singles for Lonestar.

Lonestar continued to ascend in the years that followed. Their third album, 1999's Lonely Grill, was certified multi-platinum in both the United States and Canada. In addition to "Amazed," which was No. 1 with country audiences for eight weeks in a row, Lonely Grill yielded three more #1 country hits: "Smile," "Tell Her," and "What About Now." The 2001 release I'm Already There – featuring the hit song “I’m Already There” -- topped the country album charts, as did the band's 2003 retrospective From There To Here: The Greatest Hits, which produced yet another No. 1 single, "My Front Porch Looking In."

Jo Dee Messina
About her

Jo Dee Messina has sold over five million albums, had nine No. 1 singles and earned two Grammy nominations in addition to awards by the CMA and ACM.

The irrepressible spirit of country music has been in Messina’s DNA since her childhood in Holliston, Mass. She was first attracted to country in the music of Alabama and Hank Jr. as well as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. She appeared in local plays and musicals as a girl, and by 16 she had a band that included her sister on bass and her brother on drums. She performed in clubs throughout the Northeast, booking shows and hauling gear, with a work ethic she inherited from her single-parent mother.

At 19, she loaded a car and headed to Nashville, where she entered talent contests and got a regular gig on Nashville’s “Live at Libby’s” radio show. Producer Byron Gallimore heard her and introduced her to another struggling newcomer named Tim McGraw. Jo Dee was signed, then dropped, by one major label before, at a backstage meeting at Fan Fair, she met and charmed a Curb Records executive and got a record deal on the spot.

With Gallimore and McGraw producing, Jo Dee gained attention out of the box with “Heads Carolina, Tails California” and “You’re Not in Kansas Anymore.” Her follow-up album, I’m Alright, exploded with its back-to-back-to-back chart-toppers “Bye Bye” (ASCAP’s Song of the Year), “I’m Alright” and “Stand Beside Me” made her a star. Jo Dee won the ACM’s Top New Female Vocalist award, the CMA Horizon award and the nod for Most Played Country Female of 1999 from Billboard. The Burn album entered the Country Albums chart at #1, went platinum and earned two Grammy nominations. Hits like “Lesson in Leavin’,” “Because You Love Me,” “Downtime,” “Bring On The Rain,” “That’s The Way” and “My Give A Damn’s Busted” would cement her reputation as one of country’s most loved and enduring hit-makers.

Along the way, Jo Dee has earned a well-deserved reputation as an electric live performer and was one of the first women in country to mount a major headlining tour.

Chuck Courtenay
About him

A rising regional star with a Nashville recording contract and a top-notch backing band, singer and guitarist Chuck Courtenay finds inspiration in the work of iconic honky-tonk and outlaw country artists like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and Rodney Crowell. His shows are known for their high energy and heartfelt performances.

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