Before Randy Owen of Alabama takes the stage as the headliner for the 6th Annual 7th Inning Stretch Festival on Saturday, Aug. 11, two other high-energy bands will strike up the music on the main stage at the intersection of Warren and Lafayette streets in Uptown Shelby.
Both Darrell Harwood and the Cool Water Band (also known as the CWB) and local favorite Dirty Grass Soul will open the concert portion of the Festival with performances that begin at 6:00 PM. The four-piece band of Darrell Harwood and the CWB is based out of China Grove, N.C., and has opened for national acts including Clint Black, Jason Michael Carroll, Easton Corbin, Colt Ford, Sam Hunt, Tracy Lawrence, Chris Stapleton and Trent Tomlinson. Harwood began performing with his father, the founder of the Cool Water Band, and soon people were booking the younger Harwood for private shows. Bands approached him but he decided to form his own band in 2009.
Darrell Harwood and the Cool Water Band released their first album in 2012 and they have become a desired country music act touring the Southeast. They also play several shows every year for charitable organizations, including Relay for Life and Main Street Missions Food Bank. The band is scheduled to perform at the Carolina Country Music Fest in Myrtle Beach in June with a sterling lineup that includes Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Chris Lane and the Zac Brown Band. Songs by Darrell Harwood and the Cool Water Band include “One for the Money, Two for the Honey, and Three for the Door,” “Momma, I Hate to See You Cry” and “Crime I Didn’t Do.
Dirty Grass Souls hails from Shelby and has been entertaining audiences across the Carolinas since the band’s formation in 2011. The six-member group is known for its mix of country, bluegrass and Southern rock ‘n roll. The band’s instrumentation includes fiddle, guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, pedal steel guitar and percussion. Kevin Dedmon, Tyler Melton and Jared Miller contribute vocals. Other members are Kris Dedmon, Glenn Miller and Lance Watson. Dirty Grass Soul performed at the 2017 7th Inning Stretch Festival. The band has released two albums, “Movin’ On” and “The Long Way;” a new album, “A New Day of Work,” is slated for release mid-summer. The band’s spring and summer schedule will take them across the Carolinas and into Tennessee. Their May bookings include The Inaugural State Line Music Festival, Myrtle Beach Bike Week and the Plum Hollow Music Festival.
The Host City Welcome, the official welcome for the American Legion World Series teams, will again feature Summer Brooke & The Mountain Faith Band, this time as the opening act for Parmalee. The event, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 15, in Uptown Shelby, will open at 5:15 PM with the arrival of the teams and the launch of their cornhole tournament. The band will take the stage at 5:30 PM and entertain until 6:45 PM. Summer Brooke & The Mountain Faith Band also will provide the music portion of a worship service at 10:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 19, at Keeter Stadium as a prelude to the games of the day.
“Summer Brooke & The Mountain Faith Band was such a crowd pleaser for our inaugural Host City Welcome that it was an easy decision to invite them to return,” says Eddie Holbrook, chairman of the local ALWS committee. “Dirty Grass Soul has a strong local reputation for quality performances and Darrell Harwood is gaining popularity across the region. These are all groups we are pleased to present to the audiences of our special pre- ALWS events.”
For more information, call the ALWS office at 704-466-3103 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM weekdays or visit www.americanlegionworldseries.com. www.7thinningstretch.cc
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