Brinley Addington may live in Nashville full time now, but this Kingsport native says he will never forget where his roots are.
“I wouldn’t be who I am, or where I am, if it were not for Kingsport,” he said. “Any chance I get, no matter what level I’m at, I want to be able to give back to my hometown.”
Addington, who cites the music of artists like Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis and Garth Brooks as some of his greatest influences, has been seriously pursuing a career in country music since his graduation from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 2006. He moved to Music City USA about three years ago and began to network and make some contacts.
Since 2007, Addington has had the honor of opening shows for several major artists, such as Chris Young, Josh Turner, The Band Perry, Justin Moore, Florida-Georgia Line, Thompson Square, Eli Young Band, Jerrod Niemann, Marty Stuart, Gavin DeGraw, and Texas favorites Jack Ingram, Roger Creager and the Casey Donahew Band. He also has served as headliner at numerous fairs, festivals and college events in the Southeast.
All of this hard work and diligence has finally paid off.
Last year, the 24-year-old signed with Artist Concepts, a production and artist development company launched by business manager Becky Harris, songwriter Anthony Smith and RCA recording artist Chris Young. Addington also inked a publishing agreement with Razor & Tie, whose Nashville operations are led by Lisa Johnson.
Less than six months into 2013, Addington said he has already done more than 50 shows and hopes to have a new album ready to release later this year.
Addington will take a break from his busy schedule to return to Kingsport later this month for a Hometown Throwdown — a fundraising event for the Children’s Miracle Network.
“Shortly after Christmas, I decided I wanted to do something in Kingsport this summer that would be a little different — something not tied to the festivals and such,” he said.
With the help and suggestion of a couple of friends, Addington said the idea for the Hometown Throwdown started coming together.
“We decided it would be really great to do a concert and make it my own kind of thing and find a great organization to make it a benefit show,” he said. “As we went further along with the plans, we ended up deciding to choose Children’s Miracle Network.”
Hometown Throwdown will be held Saturday, June 22, at Domtar Park.
Gates open at 4 p.m. with musical entertainment running from 5 to 11 p.m.
In addition to Addington, other performers scheduled to take the stage include Arista recording artist Kristen Kelly and the sister-duo act of Hannah and Caroline Melby, better known as HanaLena. Local musicians Beth Snapp and Brad Blackwell are also slated to perform.
John King, last year’s winner of the NASCAR Camping World Truck series at the Daytona International Speedway, will also be on hand signing autographs and meeting fans.
Advance tickets to the Hometown Throwdown are $10 per person and are available at the Food City stores in Colonial Heights, Church Hill and Weber City, Va., as well as the Food City stores on Eastman Road and Clinchfield Street in Kingsport.
Tickets will also be available for $12 at the gate the day of the event.
All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.
“It means a lot to me to do something that’s going to stay in the Tri-Cities. We’ve had a lot of help with this and a lot of great sponsors have come forward and gotten involved. This is something we hope that we can continue for years and years to come. I’d love to be able to do it annually and continue to help out the Tri-Cities,” Addington said.
For more information about Addington and to stay up-to-date on the Hometown Throwdown, visit his website at http://www.brinleyaddington.com/ or his Facebook page. You can also follow him on Twitter @brinley_.