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I’ve been at every KICKS 99 Guitar Pull, except for three years while I was with our company in Tampa Bay. Here are some good and not-so-good things that happen behind the scenes.

The First Year

The first KICKS 99 Guitar Pull was held at Sacred Heart in downtown Augusta. It took well over a month to sell 300 tickets. The line-up? The Wilkinsons, Michael Peterson, Doug Stone, Chely Wright, and the Warren Brothers. You may have to google a few of those…HA! The Warren Brothers are very successful songwriters in Nashville now, and Doug Stone still tours.

After that first show, we all went to the Partridge Inn bar and stayed late. The next day we heard the Warren Brothers got The Wilkinsons’ dad hammered and he left his guitar in the bar.

We never dreamed that this little show would grow into what it is today. Here are a few more stories.

Not Yet, Vince!

The year we had Vince Gill on the GP with Darius was one of the years where we asked the artists to all join in on a grand finale.

We asked Vince to lead it off at the end with “Go Rest High” and he agreed. I was in the KICKS Cafe area behind the stage having a bite with one of Vince’s record reps when my phone started blowing up. The staff told me Vince is singing “Go Rest High” and he wasn’t supposed to do it until the end!

At intermission, I asked Vince what happened and he said a couple of the other guys were getting standing ovations, so I had to do something…Ha!

After Vince told me that, Darius overheard and said, I’ve got one we could do, when he started it,  the crowd went crazy and the first and only fight I’ve seen at GP happened. The song was the David Allan Coe tune, “You Never Called Me By My Name.”

Thanks, Darius.

Never Know Til You Ask!

One of the first huge acts we got early on was Rascal Flatts. They were so big, I knew we wouldn’t get them, but this is when I learned you never know till you ask. I got a call one day and it was Joe Don Rooney with Rascal Flatts and he said, we’re coming!

Vince, Again…..

That same year Vince was on the show and The Band Perry was seated next to Vince, he turned to the guy in The Band Perry with the mandolin and said “play that thing!”, and there was an awkward moment when Vince realized Neil Perry didn’t know the song.

Luke’s First Number 1

Luke Bryan and Lady A were about to leave the venue and grab lunch after sound check and I remember seeing them as they were  walking  out and Luke said “hey, y’all want to finish writing that song?”  They returned to their dressing room and wrote it and then headed to lunch. They performed it on stage that evening and it became Luke Bryan’s first number one song..”Do I.”

One Nation, Under God

We all remember 2001. This was such an emotional GP. After the tragedy in our country in September of that year, we wanted to do something special at the end of the show. We had a huge flag above the stage curtains and I asked Brad Paisley to play The Star Spangled Banner. Brad started picking, the flag unfurled slowly, and unrehearsed, Chris Cagle got up..grabbed a microphone, and recited “The Pledge Of Allegiance.” It was an unforgettable moment.

We’re busy now working on KICKS 99’s Guitar Pull, 2022 edition. Hope you are making your plans to attend! See Guitar Pulls by year below!

 

 

 

 

  • 1999

    Doug Stone
    Michael Peterson
    The Warren Brothers
    The Wilkinsons
    Chely Wright

  • 2000

    Trace Adkins

    Gary Allan

    The Kinleys

    Mindy McCreedy

    Chad Brock

  • 2001

    Brad Paisley

    Chris Cagle

    Joe Diffie

    Chely Wright

    The Warren Brothers

     

  • 2002

    Lonestar

    Trace Adkins

    Mark Chesnutt

    Blake Shelton

    Carolyn Dawn Johnson

    Cindy Thompson

  • 2003

    Rascal Flatts

    Tracy Byrd

    Jimmy Wayne

    Jeff Bates

    Buddy Jewell

    Jessica Andrews

  • 2004

    Trace Adkins

    Dierks Bentley

    Darryl Worley

    SheDaisy

    Billy Dean

  • 2005

    Billy Currington

    Pat Green

    Sawyer Brown

    Danielle Peck

    Trick Pony

  • 2006

    Rascal Flatts

    Jason Aldean

    Jeff Bates

    Darryl Worley

    Julie Roberts

  • 2007

    Dierks Bentley

    Eric Church

    Blake Shelton

    Bucky Covington

    VanZant

    Jo Dee Messina

  • 2008

    Rodney Atkins
    Sara Evans
    Luke Bryan
    Lady A

    James Otto

    Kristy Lee Cook

  • 2009

    Trace Adkins

    Joe Nichols

    Craig Morgan

    Gloriana

    Josh Turner

    Big Kenny

  • 2010

    Jason Aldean
    Vince Gill
    Darius Rucker
    Montgomery Gentry

    Easton Corbin

    The Band Perry

  • 2011

    Martina McBride

    Scotty McCreery

    Jerrod Niemann

    Corey Smith

    Gary Allan

  • 2012

    Luke Bryan

    Little Big Town

    Billy Currington

    Lee Brice

    Brantley Gilbert

    Lauren Alaina

  • 2013

    Florida Georgia Line

    Darius Rucker

    Sheryl Crow

    Randy Houser

    Jennifer Nettles

    Uncle Kracker

  • 2014

    Hunter Hayes

    Kip Moore

    Joe Nichols

    Thompson Square

    Dan and Shay

    Dustin Lynch

     

  • 2015

    Sam Hunt

    Thomas Rhett

    Maddie and Tae

    Craig Morgan

    Jana Kramer

    Jerrod Niemann

  • 2016

    Cole Swindell

    Kane Brown

    Kelsea Bellerini

    Josh Turner

    Trace Adkins

    Chris Janson

  • 2017

    Jake Owen

    Darius Rucker

    Randy Houser

    Lee Brice

    Brett Young

    Big And Rich

  • 2018

    Cole Swindell

    Chris Janson

    Dustin Lynch

    Chris Lane

    Carly Pearce

    Justin Moore

  • 2019

    Luke Combs

    Luke Bryan

    Rodney Atkins

    Riley Green

    Runaway June

  • 2020

    Let’s just forget this year happened, ok? The first time we’ve ever canceled a guitar pull.

  • 2021

    Darius Rucker

    Clay Walker

    Carly Pearce

    Scotty McCreery

    Jon Pardi

    Brothers Osborne

  • 2022

    Coming Soon!