Jim Lauderdale to Headline ORNL FCU’s Summer Sessions Concert this Saturday, July 16

Oak Ridge, TN – Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale will headline ORNL Federal Credit Union’s (ORNL FCU) Summer Sessions concert series this Saturday, July 16 in Oak Ridge. Lauderdale will be joined by local favorites, The Alex Leach Band.

Lauderdale’s distinguished career has seen him release over 30 studio albums since 1986. The singer-songwriter’s catalog stretches across country, bluegrass, and Americana genres and his songs have been covered by numerous artists, including Blake Shelton, George Strait, Vince Gill, and the Chicks. Lauderdale’s newest album “Hope” was born during a year of isolation and is a joyous musical tribute to the spirit of overcoming hard times in a spirit of inspirational healing. 

“I wanted to get a musical message out there during this time of what we’ve all been going through, about the hope for better days ahead without seeming sanctimonious or preachy,” Lauderdale says. “What I wanted to achieve was music to somehow help us all get through trying times and give comfort. The past year has been so difficult for everybody. If we can find any glimmers of hope, that really helps get you through another day.”

Hailing from East Tennessee, The Alex Leach Band’s debut album was released under Lauderdale’s label Mountain Home Music. The band thrives on high-energy performances and has spent the last year playing folk, bluegrass, and Americana festivals all over the country. 

All Summer Sessions concerts are FREE to the public and will be held from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the amphitheater in Bissell Park, 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge, TN.

The community is invited to bring their lawn chairs and join their friends and family for an evening of free Americana roots music. Local food truck vendors will also be on-site serving delicious treats and drinks. Stay informed about performances and weather-related cancellations by following us on our Facebook page or visiting thesummersessions.com.

2022 Summer Sessions Lineup 

  • August 20: Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway featuring Barnstar! 
  • September 17: Songs from the Road Band and Henhouse Prowlers 

For approved band images, logos, and biographies, please contact Jessica Emert at jemert@ornlfcu.com. For more information on ORNL FCU’s Summer Sessions concert events, please visit thesummersessions.com

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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