You still have a few chances to get Guitar Pull tickets
Ramblin' Rhodes
By Don Rhodes| Columnist
Thursday, November 12, 2009

The 11th annual WKXC-FM Guitar Pull again offers a great lineup for those lucky enough to be holding tickets for the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center, 471 University Parkway.

Tickets are sold out, but the radio station (99.5) is giving away tickets to listeners daily at 7:20 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 2:20 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. through Monday.

The station also is giving away tickets at different locations through Monday. Today's stops are noon to 2 p.m. at Jiffy Lube on Richard Avenue in Aiken, and from 4-6 p.m. at Gerald Robinson Paint, 3850 Washington Road in Evans. Other stops can be found at kicks99.com.

Before Tuesday's show, Steve Azar and Jypsi will perform a free concert at 5:30 p.m. outside the Convocation Center.

Here are the artists connected with this year's Guitar Pull:

TRACE ADKINS: This will be his fourth Guitar Pull appearance. His hits include (This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing, Every Light In The House (Is On) and Songs About Me . He was a finalist on The Celebrity Apprentice , has done KFC commercials and in 2007 released his autobiography A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Free-Thinking Roughneck .

JOE NICHOLS: He was due to be part of the 2008 Guitar Pull but had to cancel. His hits include Brokenheartsville and Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off . His current CD is An Old Friend of Mine, and his current single is Gimmie That Girl . He plans to star on Broadway in 2010 in the musical Pure Country on Broadway , with Lorrie Morgan set to play his manager.

CRAIG MORGAN: This Grand Ole Opry member has worked as an EMT, a contractor, a sheriff's deputy and a Walmart assistant dairy manager, and he spent 10 years on active duty in the U.S. Army with the 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. His hits include Redneck Yacht Club, Almost Home, Love Remembers and International Harvester .

JOSH TURNER: South Carolina-born Mr. Turner, also a member of the Opry show cast, hit stardom with the 2003 release of his gospel-flavored single Long, Black Train . He sang in a gospel quartet called Thankful Hearts while attending Hannah-Pamplico High School in Florence County. He then went to Francis Marion University before getting his degree at Nashville's Belmont University where he met his wife, Jennifer. His other hits include Your Man, Would You Go With Me? and the duet with bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, Me and God .

BIG KENNY: Most country fans know Virginia-born William Kenneth Alphin as half of the country duo Big & Rich with John Rich, who formerly was bass guitarist and co-lead vocalist of Lonestar. The duo's hits include Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy), Lost In This Moment and 8th of November .

GLORIANA: Brothers Tom and Mike Gossin, who played in bars in Wilmington, N.C., created this group in 2007 in Nashville with friends Rachel Reinert and Cheyenne Kimball. The group recently opened several shows on a tour with Taylor Swift.

Don Rhodes has written about country music for 39 years. He can be reached at (706) 823-3214 or at don.rhodes@morris.com.

From the Thursday, November 12, 2009 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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