HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Scott County festivals have attracted several nationally-recognized recording artists to local stages for concerts in recent years — from Rhett Akins at Brimstone Recreation's White Knuckle Event to Grand Ole Opry regular Mike Snyder at Wings Over the Big South Fork — but perhaps none of them were as easily recognized as the country star who will tkae the stage at Brimstone's SXS Roundup on Labor Day Weekend.
Brimstone Recreation has announced that Tracy Lawrence will headline the annual event, scheduled for Sept. 2-4, 2011. The 42-year-old Lawrence was one of the biggest stars on the country music scene in the 1990s, charting more than 30 Billboard singles, including eight number one hits.
Lawrence burst onto the scene in 1991, when the title track of his debut album, Sticks & Stones, reached the top spot on the Billboard charts. Within the next two years, he had three more No. 1 hits to his name ("Alibis," "Can't Break it to My Heart" and "My Second Home"), followed by three more over the next three years ("If the Good Die Young," "Texas Tornado," and "Time Marches On").
After Atlantic Records folded in 2001, Lawrence bounced around between a number of labels before starting his own record label, Rocky Comfort, in 2006. His first single, "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," went to No. 1, marking Lawrence's first chart-topper in a decade.
Lawrence's friendship with Kenny Chesney — from just down the road in Corryton, Tenn. — has been well-noted. Chesney and fellow country icon Tim McGraw joined Lawrence on an alternative version of "Find Out Who Your Friends Are."
Lawrence's most recent studio compilation was a 2009 Christian album, The Rock, which was nominated for a Grammy.
Brimstone Recreation previously announced that David Allen Coe will headline its Memorial Day weekend event, White Knuckle 2011.