Chattanooga musician Davey Smith has received national media attention for a song he wrote for New York Yankees pitcher Shawn Kelley, “These Boots Ain’t Just for Show.”
Weston Burt, the flagship artist for HitShop Records, calls himself “a hard-working guy from Alabama who loves country music.”
Justin Chain of Fort Payne, Ala., has appeared on NBC’s “The Voice” and is working on his first album, "Real Country."
Rising country music star Weston Burt will headline Libertyfest III, the annual family fun festival preceding Independence Day in East Ridge.
Gates open at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at Camp Jordan Park, with food, craft and merchandise vendors, plus bouncy houses and slides for the kids. A karaoke contest will start at noon, with a grand prize of $1,000 to the winner. Fireworks will cap off the day at 10:30 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the East Ridge Merchants Association and the city of East Ridge.
Burt cites Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, Lynyrd Skynyrd and fellow Fort Payne musicians Alabama as influences. He learned to play guitar listening to Alabama's songs.
"The first song I ever learned was 'Dixieland Delight,'" he said. "Just being from the same place as they were made me realize that it was possible to make it. With Alabama, I saw that it could happen."
He has released the singles "Lucky Sometimes" and "Smile That Smile."
IF YOU GO
■What: Libertyfest III, headlined by Weston Burt.
■ When: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28.
■ Where: Camp Jordan Park, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge.
■ Admission: $10.
■ Phone: 423-331-0104.
■ Website: www.eastridgetn.org.
■ Note: Chairs or blankets recommended for seating.
1 p.m. Karaoke contest (call 678-520-4533 to register)
4:30 p.m. Stallion
6 p.m. Jimmy Tawater and the River City Showcase, featuring Janella Hayes
7 p.m. Justin Chain
8 p.m. Davey Smith and the Pearl Snap Preachers
9:15 p.m. Weston Burt
Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.