POINT PLEASANT — Once again, the Point Pleasant Regatta has booked two up-and-coming country acts for this year’s festival set for June 26-28.
The concerts, which are free, will feature John King on June 26 and Brothers Osborne on June 27 on the main stage at Riverfront Park.
Brothers Osborne are on tour with Eric Church and their current single, “Rum,” is No. 47 on the charts and climbing. The duo also had another country song that charted called “Lets Go There.” King’s current single, “Tonight Tonight” has been one of the most added songs to radio over the past few weeks and was No. 55 on its first week charting.
According to Jacob Hill, regatta organizer, with the economy struggling it becomes difficult to find affordable, national entertainment. But he said the regatta committee is pleased it could secure two country acts with current radio chart activity. Entertainment at the regatta is once again expected to be a showcase for rising county music talent.
King is from a little mountain town in Georgia’s Habersham County and after graduating high school, he studied music at the University of Georgia. His dedication and tenacity paid off in opening slots for nationally recognized, award-winning artists; a feat that is virtually unheard of without a booking agent.
After catching the ear of Black River’s vice president of A and R, renowned songwriter and producer Doug Johnson in late 2012, King signed a publishing deal with Black River Publishing in conjunction with Razor and Tie. Johnson, known for his seven No. 1 and ten top 10 hits including Lee Brice’s “Love Like Crazy” and Randy Travis’ “Three Wooden Crosses,” was blown away with John’s talent and they began writing together.
In 2013, Black River Entertainment signed King to their artist roster; along with “Dancing with the Stars” champion and acclaimed singer/songwriter Kellie Pickler and country music superstar Craig Morgan, (“This Ole Boy,” “International Harvester,” “What I Love About Sunday.”)
As mentioned above, things are going well for Brothers Osborne, who are on tour with Eric Chuch. Brothers John and TJ Osborne, orginially formed a band called “Deuce and a Quarter” which played cover songs from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Dwight Yoakem to Merle Haggard to Bob Seger. They performed at local venues in their small town, but it was here that the brothers got the taste for performing live.
John (guitar) moved to Nashville, Tenn., first to play in other bands. Two years later, TJ (vocals/guitar) moved to Nashville. It was then they formed Brothers Osborne and began playing as many writer rounds as they could. The duo are signed to EMI Records Nashville and late last year, their first single “Let’s Go There” hit number 36 on the country charts. Their current single is “Rum” and is described as a “back-porch-sing-along-song.”
Brothers Osborne have also been named one of “Country Weekly’s” One’s to Watch in 2014.
For more on this year’s Point Pleasant Regatta, go to http://www.pointpleasantregatta.org/ or find it on Facebook. Also, check back to the Point Pleasant Register for upcoming announcements for this year’s event.