Sawyer Brown to headline Kingsport’s Racks by the Tracks event on May 20

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – Country music’s Sawyer Brown will headline this year’s Racks by the Tracks in Kingsport, along with Webb Wilder, Faithfully: A Journey Cover Band, Hundred Acres, and Russell Clark.

This year the event will be held on Saturday, May 20th from Noon to 10:00 p.m. Tickets to Racks By the Tracks are $10 before May 10 and $20 on the day of the event.

Organizers announced details surrounds this year’s Racks by the Tracks on Friday morning.

The event will feature more than 70 rare and craft beers. The craft beer tasting event features only 2,000 tickets and 500 tickets for higher gravity beers. Tickets to the craft beer event cost $30, and tickets to the high-gravity beer tasting cost $40 (that includes craft beer tasting).

All alcohol tickets include the concert.

We’re told Barefoot Wines is the sponsor of the wine tasting event. Only 500 tickets are available for the wine tasting event. Patrons will have an opportunity to sample more than 20 different wines. Tickets to the wine tasting are $30.

You don’t have to wait until the day of the event to start the Racks by the Tracks celebration. That’s because there is an addition – a new wing tasting event on Friday night. It’s called the Spring Wing Fling. Admission to that event is $10.

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The following is a press release:

A concert by country stars Sawyer Brown, over 80 unique craft beers, more than 20 fine wines, and a wide variety of barbecue – this is what’s in store for attendees at the 10th annual Racks by the Tracks Festival on Saturday, May 20th.

With over 15,000 people attending Racks by the Tracks last year, the popular festival has become one of the most popular events in the Tri-Cities as it enters its Decade Anniversary.

This year’s headliner, Sawyer Brown is one of country music’s most well-known bands with 23 albums, a Vocal Group of the Year award in 1997 and over 50 singles that have reached the charts. With hit singles like “The Race Is On”, “Some Girls Do”, “Six Days on the Road” and “The Walk”, the group continues to write, record, tour and entertain fans from around the world.

In addition to the headliner this year, Racks is also giving attendees the opportunity to see Faithfully, the premier Journey Tribute Band. Faithfully has been touring nonstop since 2011 and has headlined festivals across America.

Also, starring in the lineup is Mississippi Hall of Famer Webb Wilder, the well-known roots rocker. Vintage Guitar Magazine writes, “If Webb Wilder and his band are passing within 300 miles of your town, don’t miss them!” Wilder is an evangelist for real Rock ‘n’ Roll. As a singer, guitarist, bandleader, film actor, songwriter and humorist, he may be roots-rock’s only true Renaissance man. In addition, local favorites Hundred Acres and Russell Clark will be kicking-off the festival concert.

Kanishka Biddanda, festival founder, says, “This started 10 years ago as a small but fun party to raise awareness & money for local charities. The magnitude that the community has supported the festival year after year, turning Racks by the Tracks into one of the highest-attended single day events in the Tri-Cities, surpasses our dreams. As a thank you, we and our non-profit benefactors wanted to thank our attendees by giving them an outstanding concert lineup to enjoy all-day long.”

One of the biggest changes attendees will notice this year is the large increase in the selection of wines in the Wine Tasting Event. With new title sponsor, Barefoot Winery coming on board in 2017 the wine selection will expand to over 20 varieties. Barefoot Wine is the top selling bottled wine brand in the world and has one of the most expansive catalogs of wine in the industry that include the range of reds, whites, sweet, dry, and fruity. Plus, wine tasting attendees will get to meet & talk with Barefoot Wine experts in person.

James Phillips, festival organizer, said, “One of the founders of Barefoot Wines says when they started in 1986, wine was formal and exclusive. They helped make it fun and inclusive. Barefoot Wine’s team also likes to say they think wine tastes better in a tee than in a tux. To me that sounds like the perfect fit for Racks by the Tracks attendees.”

Operating just like the beer tasting, each ticket will get attendees a commemorative wine tasting glass and access into the all-day concert. The wine tasting event is in the same area as the beer tasting event, so friends and families can spend time together while having tickets to different tastings.

Tickets to the wine tasting are very exclusive as only 500 tickets are available, so readers are encouraged to order tickets well in advance.

As the region’s original craft beer tasting event, Racks will again bring some of the best craft beer selections to the Tri-Cities. Part of what makes the Racks beer tasting so unique and fun is that the festival draws brewery representatives on-site who have never been to East Tennessee. In addition, being one of the top craft beer tasting events in the south, breweries plan months in advance to debut new & one-time only beer recipes at Racks’ well-attended beer tasting event.

In addition, there will be a wide slate of local breweries along with beers from all over the world. In total, there will be over 70 low gravity craft beers, including gluten-free, ciders, to sample throughout the day.

The popular High Gravity Tasting section also returns in 2017 after selling out its first four years. Featuring beers that are over 6% alcohol by volume, these beers are some brewers’ masterpieces. Some breweries, like Oskar Blues, only brew beers that are high gravity, so the only way to try them is in the High Gravity section. This is an exclusive area with only 500 tickets available and will feature over 10 high gravity beers and includes access to the 70 low gravity beers.

“Our tasting event patrons love attending Racks year after year because they get to meet brewery reps from around the nation, sample beers they’ve never tried before and connect with great local brewers. We work hard every year developing relationships in the craft beer industry, so that brewers can come to East Tennessee to showcase what they are creating, but also so that our East Tennessee residents can share with them what makes our community so great,” said festival organizer James Phillips.

The Craft Beer Tasting Event runs from 2pm-7pm and is both indoors and outdoors at the Kingsport Farmers Market. Each attendee to either the Low or High Gravity tasting receives a commemorative glass along with entry into the all-day concert.

Events also include the festival’s SPF 10K and 5K Race/Walk presented by Dermatology Associates. Over 650 runners participated in last year’s races. Along with the fun environment, one of the appealing draws of the SPF race is its course is considered the fastest course in the region due to how consistently flat it is.

For runners seeking a challenging & unique test of stamina, they can sign-up for the Boss Hog Challenge, in which they run in both the 10K & 5K races and receive a fun Boss Hog Challenger t-shirt for participating.

Awards are given for numerous age groups. Race registrants receive a commemorative t-shirt along with complimentary entrance into the all-day concerts. Registration for all races are available at

For those looking to enjoy great food, the BBQ Competition will give attendees an opportunity to taste the best barbecue from restaurants and teams from across the region. Each attendee can cast a vote in 5 different Peoples Choice award categories. No ticket is required to access this section of the festival. Non-barbecue food vendors will also be on-site.

Kids have a section dedicated to them in the Quantum Leap Kid’s Station, which features large inflatables. Kids can also enjoy having their faces painted and other fun activities.

The family-friendly festival opens for lunch at noon and lasts until 10pm. The craft beer & wine tasting events are from 2-7pm. The 10K begins at 9am and the 5K begins at 10:30am. The ticketed music concert is from noon to 10pm.

Entrance to the festival grounds is free and food can be purchased at menu prices. Concert tickets are $10 before May 1 (kids under 5 are free). The Low Gravity Craft Beer Tasting and Concert ticket combo starts at $30. The High Gravity Beer Tasting ticket starts at $40 and provides access to the concerts, and both the Low Gravity and exclusive High Gravity Beer Tasting sections. The Wine Tasting ticket starts at $30 and also includes access to the concerts. Ticket prices increase each month closer to the festival and some events will sell-out. Readers are encouraged to reserve their tickets as early as possible.

To save money, avoid waiting in line and reserve tickets before they sell-out, attendees are encouraged to buy their tickets well in advance. All ticket types can be purchased at

Additionally, Concert, Wine Tasting or Low Gravity Beer Tasting tickets can be purchased at any Food City store. However, to take advantage of the “First 72 Hour Discount Sale”, or to purchase High Gravity event tickets, individuals must purchase them online at

Stay up-to-date on the festivities by joining Racks by the Tracks on Facebook. While entrance to the festival is free, all attendees must have a ticket to get access to the special events.

The festival has generated over $70,000 for local non-profits.
This year’s proceeds benefit several non-profit organizations including Relay for Life, Kingsport Ballet, Rotary Clubs of America, Keep Kingsport Beautiful, PEAK Young Professionals, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and Boys and Girls Club of America.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit or contact event organizers at (423) 863-3998.

The festival is sponsored by Food City, Cumulus Broadcasting, Libation Station, Dermatology Associates, Dogfish Head Brewing, Miller Lite, Barefoot Wine, AccuForce, Eastman Chemical Co., Pepsi, Sapporo Beer, Visit Kingsport, Powell Valley National Bank, Action Rentals, Barberitos of Kingsport and VIP Seen.

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