Country music star and songwriter Darryl Worley will host hit songwriters Wynn Varble, David Lee and Brett Jones on Tuesday, July 15, for the Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters’ Event at Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Murfreesboro. Held at Bumpus Harley-Davidson at 2250 N.W. Broad St. in Murfreesboro, the show will begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The performance benefits the Darryl Worley Foundation, which supports a variety of organizations, including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center and the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center. This event, along with others held in Memphis and Jackson before the Tennessee River Run, raise more than $120,000 annually for the charity.
Through six albums and 20 hit singles, Worley has produced one of the most impressive, wide-ranging catalogs in contemporary music. In addition to his success as a musician, Worley is known for his patriotism, support of U.S. troops and emphasis on helping others. When asked about this event, Worley said, “This is a night where we have a rare opportunity hear the songwriters perform their hits and tell the stories behind them. All of us in the room get to feel like we're just sitting around with friends, laughing and enjoying some music. So many people give to make this evening a great one that’s all about helping others — from the songwriters to the Bumpus family to the auction donors to the guests.”
Varble wrote the number-one song “Have You Forgotten” with Worley in 2003; it was nominated for Song Of The Year at the CMA Awards. He also co-wrote “Waitin’ on a Woman,” recorded by Paisley, and “A Little More Country Than That.” Varble's songs have been cut by a variety of other artists, also, including Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Womack, Montgomery Gentry, Jason Sellers, Gary Allan, Trace Adkins, Clint Daniels, Kevin Denney, Tracy Byrd, The Kinleys, Chris LeDoux, Danni Leigh, Mark Chesnutt and Sammy Kershaw. On CMT’s Next Superstar, Varble was a top-four finalist.
Lee’s first single and top-ten hit was “Now You See Me Now You Don’t,” recorded by Lee Ann Womack. David landed his first #1 hit, “19 Somethin’” recorded by Mark Wills in 2002. John Michael Montgomery recorded “Letters From Home.” In the summer of 2007 he had three songs on the Billboard chart — his second #1 hit, “Lucky Man” recorded by Montgomery Gentry, the Grammy-nominated “I Need You” recorded by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and “I Wanna Feel Somethin’” recorded by Trace Adkins. In 2010 David has his third #1 hit, "Roll With It" by Easton Corbin and a top-ten hit by Lady Antebellum, "Hello World."
Jones’ first hit was his 1993 Top 20 song for the Confederate Railroad “When and Where.” Since then he has had more than 100 major recordings and 14 Top 10 records, including seven No. 1 songs. His most recent hits have been Billy Currington’s “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” Jason Aldean’s 2010 chart topper, “Crazytown,” and Justin Moore’s No. 1 single, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.” Jones recently achieved the rare status of having No. 1 records in each of the past three decades.
Guests at the event will have an opportunity to purchase several rare, autographed bottles of Jack Daniels — one Ducks Unlimited single barrel, one Scenes #8 Lynchburg, one Tennessee Rye, one unaged Tennessee Rye (clear), one Gentleman Jack and one Double Barreled #27 Gold. Tickets are $75 each, $750 for a standard seating table of 10 and $900 for each second-tier table. A $1500 Golden Circle table includes a private meet and greet and seating for ten people. For more information, contact Angie Bumpus at Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Murfreesboro at 615-849-8025
This songwriters’ event precedes the 13th anniversary celebration of Darryl Worley's Tennessee River Run, with a concert planned for Saturday, Aug. 9 in Savannah, Tenn. The 2014 Tennessee River Run also includes a golf tournament, bass tournament, motorcycle ride, boat poker run, kids’ fishing tournament and a 5K. Updates can be found at www.darrylworley.com, www.facebook.com/TennesseeRiverRun and www.tnriverrun.org. Proceeds from the Tennessee River Run fund the Darryl Worley Foundation, which has existed since 2002 to serve special needs for people in the Mid-South.