Children receiving high-quality care at Wellmont Health System hospitals will benefit from the benevolence of a locally grown country music artist who is again hosting a concert to raise funds for these facilities.
The third annual Brinley Addington Hometown Throwdown, presented by First Kingsport Credit Union, will be held Saturday, June 20, at the Kingsport Farmers Market on Clinchfield Street near Food City in downtown Kingsport. Addington, a rising country music star who was reared in the city, will be the opening act, followed by Chuck Wicks, who burst onto the Nashville music scene in 2007 with his Top 5 hit “Stealing Cinderella” and has enjoyed a diverse entertainment career in succeeding years.
Gates will open at 6 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.
The event will be a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, for which Wellmont is the affiliate in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. All money raised by this national charity stays local, and Wellmont uses the funds to buy state-of-the-art equipment for its pediatric departments, birthing units, neonatal intensive care unit and emergency departments and to fund community partnerships that advance children’s health.
Wellmont will use Children’s Miracle Network donations to add room and services to its NICU in the coming months.
“We have enjoyed the opportunity the last three years to make a positive difference in children’s lives by holding the hometown throwdown,” Addington said. “I am extremely excited this year to have someone of Chuck’s immense talent joining us for the event. We look forward to performing an energetic and fun show for the crowd and bolstering children’s care at all ages.”
Organizers, supporters and beneficiaries of the concert held a news conference Thursday, May 21, at the credit union to discuss the event and assistance it will provide children in the region. The credit union is serving as the concert’s title sponsor for the second straight year.
“It is a privilege for us to participate in the hometown throwdown, which has enhanced our region’s quality of life in a palpable way,” said Beverly Boling, the credit union’s CEO. “It is important to ensure children in our area receive excellent care, and this event and the star power behind it are helping make that a reality. We encourage the community to support this worthwhile cause.”
Since his initial hit, Wicks has continued to make his mark in the entertainment business, with releases of other songs, such as “All I Ever Wanted” and “Man of the House.” Another song, “Old School,” spent 15 straight weeks on the Great American Country Top 20 Countdown. In 2013, he released his EP “Rough,” which reached the Top 10 on the iTunes country album charts.
Wicks co-hosts Cumulus’ “America’s Morning Show,” a show with Terri Clark, Blair Garner and Lee Ann Womack that features songs, interviews and news about country music lifestyles. He has also ventured into other media, appearing on multiple Outdoor Channel hunting shows and vignettes, including the “The Hunt Club,” which he hosts. Plus, he wrote and performed the theme song, was a featured hunter and was part of the pro hunting staff on the show “Huntin’ on Empty” on the Pursuit Channel.
Addington has shared the stage with acts such as The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Josh Turner, Thompson Square, Jerrod Niemann and Thomas Rhett.
He first introduced himself to country music in 2011 when he released his debut full-length album “Homegrown.” His sophomore album “Middle of Nowhere,” released in August, reached No. 16 on the iTunes country charts. Addington recently played at the Key West Songwriter’s Festival and will perform on the October excursion Country Cruising with Trace Adkins, Neal McCoy, Thompson Square, Parmalee and other top-name country artists.
Todd Norris, Wellmont’s senior vice president for system advancement and Wellmont Foundation’s president, said the hometown throwdown is a great community event.
“This is an excellent partnership between two musicians on the rise and Children’s Miracle Network to give our youth the best chance to thrive with their health,” Norris said. “We’re especially proud of Brinley for remembering the welfare of his home community and thank him for his commitment to bettering the community’s health.”
In addition to the credit union, major sponsors for the hometown throwdown are Saxon Clark/Weichert Realtors, Fairway Ford, Courtesy Chevrolet, Price & Ramey Group, Food City and VIPSeen Tri-Cities.
Additional sponsors are Berry’s Pharmacy; Carter-Trent Funeral Homes; Cave’s Drug Store; Diamond Exchange; East Lawn Funeral Home; Edwards, Tipton, Witt Agency; Freeman Productions; Golden Corral; Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home; Hot Dog Hut; Jim Cline II with Farmers Insurance; Metro Travel; Rush Street Neighborhood Grill; Spoden & Wilson Consulting; Top Gun Cheerleading; and Valley View Animal Clinic.
Tickets can be purchased now for $10 in advance at the Food City stores on Clinchfield Street and Eastman Road in Kingsport, as well as the locations in Colonial Heights, Church Hill and Weber City, Virginia. They will also be available beginning the week of May 25 at First Kingsport Credit Union. Tickets can also be purchased for $12 at the gate. Children 10 and younger can attend for free.