Hold on loosely, because 38 Special will be rockin into the night at the 2017 Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival.
The “Wild-Eyed Southern Boys” will headline the festival and should take the stage around 10 p.m. on Oct. 21 at J.F. Gregory Park. The GOSF is scheduled for Oct. 20-22.
Also performing on Saturday of this year’s festival will be Jerrod Niemann with special guest Adam Wakefield. The evening will be hosted by Big Al Mack of the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show.
“We are excited to announce our Saturday night line-up for this year,” said Tim Proffitt, GOSF chairman. “These amazing artists are going to make this festival one you don’t want to miss!”
38 Special has been touring and recording since 1976, releasing more than 15 albums with 13 Top 10 hits. The band has had three platinum (1 million in sales) and two gold (500,000 in sales) records.
“That’s a pretty good trio,” Proffitt added. “Adam is a nice mix of blues and soul, Jerrod is a hot country artist and 38 Special is about as good as it gets.”
Niemann’s 2014 album “High Noon” went platinum and featured his second No. 1 hit, titled “Drink to That All Night.” His first No. 1 hit, “Lover, Lover,” appeared on his 2010 major-label debut album “Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury,” which was among The New York Times’ top 10 albums of that year.
Niemann originally made a name for himself in Nashville as a songwriter, co-writing “Good Ride Cowboy,” “Midnight Sun” and “That Girl Is a Cowboy” for Garth Brooks. Niemann also performed with The Doobie Brothers on “Southbound,” a recently released album containing new recordings of the group’s classic hits.
Wakefield, whose personal website says he is: “All country. All soul. All the gospel of rock & roll,” is a singer/songwriter/musician who grew up in New Hampshire and now lives in Nashville.
His song “Lonesome Broken and Blue” on “The Voice” hit No. 1 on the iTunes Top 100 chart and was the show’s top debut on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, entering at 73. It has also been the highest-charting (No. 14) of his nine entries on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs.
Proffitt said he expects the event to be a success.
“38 Special is one of the most successful and popular 80s bands out there, and we knew our audience would love to hear them,” he said. “They helped make southern rock what it is today.”
38 Special’s performance will be followed by fireworks. Return to the Bryan County News and visit www.goseafoodfestival.com for upcoming information on other acts performing throughout the weekend, details on carnival rides and a list of vendors.