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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (February 10, 2017) – The sound of Country Music will be alive and well in the heart of the Smoky Mountains throughout 2017 with the announcement of an eleven-show Celebrity Concert Series at the Country Tonite Theater, one of the top musical theaters in Pigeon Forge.

Tanya Tucker – one of the most revered and respected song stylists in Country Music history – will kick off the 2017 concert series with a performance on April 22 at 8pm and the legendary Bellamy Brothers will close out the series on November 17.

Tim McAbee, whose company First Class Productions, will produce the series says he is excited to bring top-name entertainment to the Pigeon Forge area. "This year we have many audience favorites returning, as well as a few artists taking our stage for the first time. It is an honor to welcome these legendary entertainers to Pigeon Forge. We love working with these artists who not only deliver a great show, but also still enjoy performing for their fans. All of them bring a very special evening of music."

In addition to Tucker and The Bellamy Brothers, the concert series will include Gene Watson and Jeannie Seely on May 27, T.G. Sheppard and Ronnie McDowell on June 23. Of special note will be appearances by two members of the Country Music Hall of Fame – the Oak Ridge Boys, who will perform a 3pm and 8pm show on September 23, and Jimmy Fortune (of The Statler Brothers), who will take to the stage on October 15 for a 3pm matinee show. Friday, October 20, will offer fans a rare chance to see Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee – famous for their hits during the Urban Cowboy era – together for a 3pm and 8pm performance.

Tickets for all shows will go on sale Monday, February 13 at 9am, and are available by calling 865-453-2003. For more information, fans can visit

The 2017 Country Tonite Celebrity Concert Series is sponsored by Hometown Sevier Co., WIVK-FM, WBIR-Channel 10, the Smoky Mountains Coupon Book, The Thomas Group, and Buddy’s Bar-B-Q.

2017 Country Tonite Celebrity Concert Series (Shows at 8pm EST unless noted)
April 22 : Tanya Tucker
May 27: Gene Watson and Jeannie Seely
June 23: T.G. Sheppard and Ronnie McDowell
July 22: Neal McCoy
August 25: Tracy Lawrence
September 23: The Oak Ridge Boys (3pm and 8pm)
October 15: Jimmy Fortune (3pm)
October 20: Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee (3pm and 8pm)
November 17: The Bellamy Brothers


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