The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® truly raised the bar in 2018 with a sold-out MVB Bank Country Music Party. Never satisfied to rest on its laurels, Festival President, Barry Carper, is very pleased to announce that, in 2019, the Festival has signed red-hot singer/songwriter, Jimmie Allen, to headline a special three-act bill at the 2019 MVB Bank Country Music Party, presented by, and in conjunction with, Shenandoah Country Q102, an iHeart Media station; and, staged in the Festival’s Tolley Dental Entertainment Zone.
Jimmie Allen was born in Delaware; but, moved to Nashville in 2007. While working and struggling, looking for his big break, he auditioned for “America’s Got Talent” and “American Idol.” In those days, he performed with Colton Dixon during a group round; and, befriended 2013 Festival Grand Marshal, Scotty McCreery, who went on to win the competition. Allen and McCreery later reconnected and toured together. After doing a talent showcase for representatives of Broken Bow Records in early 2017, Allen was signed to that label’s Stoney Creek imprint, and released his self-titled debut EP, which was produced by Ash Bowers. The label said that the decision to sign Allen was “one of the fastest they ever made.” A track from the EP, “Blue Jean Baby,” was added to Spotify’s “United States Viral 50 Chart;” and, his first official single, “Best Shot,” was released in early 2018. The week of its release, it was the second most-added song to country music radio playlists. His debut album, “Mercury Lane,” was issued in October 2018. “Best Shot” reached the number one position on “Country Airplay” in November 2018, making him the first African-American artist to send his debut single to the top of that chart. The album’s second single, “Make Me Want To” was released to country radio on February 1, 2019.
Appearing with Jimmie Allen is the amazing all-girl, all-beautiful, sister-duo of Presley & Taylor. Their official biography states: “The duo’s dynamic vocal delivery and song selection reflect the good things in life, centered on real life experiences: faith, hope, and love. Their original material, such as recent single, “Heart over Mind,” featuring Pam Tillis; or, “Tall, Dark, and Lonesome,” penned by country music Hall of Famer, Bill Anderson; coupled with crowd favorites, like “Jolene” and “Fishing in the Dark,” forge a true country sound that is unmistakable to fans. Complete with closely-held sibling harmonies, steel guitar, and swirling fiddles, listeners immediately become fans that are treated to great country music performed in a new and energetic way.”
Opening the show will be added feature, Bryan Frazier. Bryan grew up in Winchester, and started writing and playing music at the age of thirteen. With a wide mix of musical influences [from Alan Jackson and Eric Church to Bryan Adams and Lynyrd Skynyrd], Bryan creates with his music a 90’s country vibe with a contemporary twist. Now based out of Nashville, Bryan plays regularly throughout the southeast; and, has performed at prestigious Nashville venues such as The Bluebird Cafe, Whiskey Jam, and The Ryman Auditorium.
The doors will open at 7:00pm on Saturday night, May 4th, 2019; and, Bryan Frazier will get the party started at 7:30pm. For the second year in a row, the MVB Bank Country Music Party will be held at the Festival’s Tolley Dental Entertainment Zone, located at the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center on the campus of Shenandoah University. Tickets for the event are all General Admission and cost $30.00. They may be purchased at ABHQ at 135 North Cameron Street [540-662-3863]; or, online; or, starting Friday, April 5th, at the Festival’s Souvenir Store and Ticket Outlet at a location to be announced soon.