The fourth annual Summer Salute Festival will feature Grammy Award winner Joe Diffie as its marquee attraction. Diffie will close out the festival, which is slated for Aug. 23-24 in downtown Hopkinsville.
Sponsored by Forterra Credit Union, Pennyrile Electric, Hopkinsville Electric System/EnergyNet and Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority (HWEA), Joe Diffie’s concert Aug. 24 will be a free show in front of the Christian County Justice Center.
Whether singing about untarnished love in the enduring hit “John Deere Green,” the perennial appeal of “Pickup Man” or the heartbreak of dreams unrealized in “Ships That Don’t Come In,” Diffie’s songs have continually painted a portrait of real life with all its joy and angst.
A former Male Vocalist of the Year, Diffie has delivered five Billboard No. 1 singles and has been a member of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry for 25 years. In the music business for over three decades, Diffie is releasing a new album (“I Got This”) in the spring. The title track and the follow-up single “Quit You” are currently available wherever digital music is sold and streamed.
“After we drew 25,000 people last year, we knew we had to keep the momentum going by securing a bona fide star, and that’s what we’ve done in Joe Diffie,” said Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman in a news release. “He’s had a tremendous career in country music, and we could not be more excited about the energy he’s bring to our stage downtown. We are also grateful to our incredible sponsors, who continue to help in keeping this event free for all who attend.”
Opening for Diffie will be up-and-coming country singer and Kentucky native Walker Montgomery. The son of country legend John Michael Montgomery and the nephew of country legend Eddie Montgomery (of Montgomery Gentry), Walker has been working hard to fill the large shoes of his family members.
He began playing local gigs with his band, and others, around age 16. Walker started writing songs and soon found himself in the studio with Noah Gordon and Colt Ford years later in Nashville, laying down his first recording, “Simple Town,” and a few other tracks which would become the basis of his new EP. The collection is an impressive debut from a promising young artist with an instinct for getting to the heart of a song vocally and a knack for recognizing and crafting an intelligent, thoughtful lyric.
Jimmy Church and The Jimmy Church Band will heat up the stage Aug. 23. Summer Salute plans for a big celebration, as attendees will be invited to help ring in Jimmy’s 80th birthday. More details will be announced at a later date, the release stated.
Additional information about Summer Salute entertainment will be released on the official Summer Salute Facebook page, as well as other social media channels. Kids rides, food/drink vendors, merchants, train rides and other free activities will be occurring throughout the weekend.
Vendor booth spaces and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Vendor entry forms can be downloaded at www.hoptownrec.com. Additional vendor or sponsorship information can be received by contacting the Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation office at 270-887-4290.