Come June 10, a fashion-savvy lineup of country-music artists will take a break from their respective touring trails, songwriting and recording to hit the fashion runway in the name charity.
Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon, 120 2nd Ave. North, is the site for the upcoming 2009 Country Weekly Fashion Show and Concert, which his sponsored annually by country-entertainment magazine Country Weekly. And this year’s show ‘n’ shindig will benefit Musicians on Call, a 10-year-old organization that was created with the mission of bringing recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities to enhance the healing process.
In addition to Country Weekly, now in its 15th year of publication, the 2009 fashion event will be sponsored by Durango, Lifetime Networks and Chevy. In turn, clothing and boots from Durango, Flavour boutique and Wrangler will be featured on the runway.
“We are truly excited and anxious for our Country Weekly Fashion Show and Concert to kick off June.10,” said the on-deadline Larry Holden, editor in chief of the magazine, during an interview via e-mail. “This is our third year to sponsor the show and we’ve got an array of country stars—from legends to newcomers—ready to walk the fashion runway.”
Chuck Wicks, Jessica Harp and GAC's Suzanne Alexander will co-host this year’s event, with a fashion-forward-meets-country-styled talent lineup that will include Keith Anderson, Chris Young, John Michael Montgomery, Mark Wills, Adam Gregory, Trent Willmon, Emily West, Aaron Tippin and Thea Tippin, Sarah Buxton, Trent Tomlinson, Jennifer Hanson, Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys, Eric Durrance, Bo Bice, Katie Armiger, Joey + Rory, Whitney Duncan, The Roys, Crystal Shawanda, Megan Mullins, Justin Moore, Dean Brody, Mica Roberts, Carter’s Chord, Bomshel, Jypsi, LoCash Cowboys, Krista Marie, Love & Theft and last but not least, Brad Cotter.
“Our three co-hosts—Chuck Wicks, Jessica Harp and GAC’s Suzanne Alexander—are key reasons for fans to come to the show,” Holden said. “And the icing on the cake is that the event goes to help a great charity—Musicians On Call. … This is our third year to sponsor the show and we’ve got an array of country stars—from legends to newcomers—ready to walk the fashion runway.”
Among this year's first-time country artists-turned-models is Flordia native Durrance, whose latest single, "Turn It Off," rose to No. 17 in popularity on GAC's fan-voted, music-video countdown. Now based in Nashville, the talented singer-songwriter has been busy recording music for his next release, but he's more than happy to take a break to participate in this year's CW-sponsored fashion show.
"I don't know that I am much of a model, but I'm going to give it my best shot," he said in a recent interview. "It's for a great cause, Musicians On Call, and when it comes down to it, that's what this is all about—teaming to help others where you can. I'm excited to take part, honored to have been invited and ready to give it my all!"
Doors for this year’s show will open at 11 a.m. and the fashion-related festivities officially get under way beginning at noon.
Tickets: Special VIP tickets in the front row areas and prime runway seating are almost sold out, Holden reported. However, a limited number of $125 runway tickets and $50 reserved tickets near the runway are available.
Also available for purchase is a table in the event’s “Music Row” section, which is a row of premium tables behind the runway seats. These tables are $750 and include eight seats, name recognition from the stage, appetizers from the Wildhorse Saloon and two buckets of domestic beer.
For more info: For more information or to purchase VIP tickets, go to www.countryweekly.com/fashionshow or call 212-741-2709. General admission seating is on sale now through TicketMaster.
To view Durrance and two of his bandmates performing a live-acoustic version of "Turn It Off," please click here. (You'll like it, so come on, do it!)