Lineup set for three days of Throwdown

Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlock enjoys a legacy that includes significant roles in two major bands: Skynyrd and Blackfoot.

Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlock enjoys a legacy that includes significant roles in two major bands: Skynyrd and Blackfoot.


Joe Bellacomo

Organizers Justin Andrews, left, and Sam Shugart are focusing on the final details before the start of the Georgia Throwdown which is scheduled to run Friday through Sunday at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds.



5 p.m.-6 p.m. — Randy Houser

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Easton Corbin

9:30 p.m.-11 p.m. — Big & Rich w/Cowboy Troy


4 p.m.-5 p.m. — Faith Jackson

6 p.m.-7 p.m. — The Lacs

8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Col. Bruce Hampton

11 p.m.-12:15 a.m. — Cole Taylor


3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. — Mathis Brothers

4 p.m.-4:45 p.m. — Spong

5 p.m.-6 p.m. — Mac George

7:45 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Caylee Anna

9:30 p.m.-10 p.m. — Ryan West Band

10:15 p.m.-11 p.m. — Tony Brook Band

12:15 a.m.-1:15 a.m. — Unbreakable Bloodline


5 p.m.-5:45 p.m. — Layne Oliver

6 p.m.-6:45 p.m. — Rod Holt

7 p.m.-7:45 p.m. — Spencer Bell



4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. — drivin n cryin

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Drive-By Truckers

9:30 p.m.-11 p.m. — Lynyrd Skynyrd


noon-12:45 p.m. — Evergreen Family Band

1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. — Relapse

3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. — Another Alien Astronaut

6 p.m.-7 p.m. — Kristen Kelly

8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Evan Barber & the Dead Gamblers

11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. — The Bo Henry Band


12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m. — Broken Glass

2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. — Abigail Rose

4:30 p.m.-5 p.m. — Rhyal Knight

5:15 p.m.-6 p.m. — Ben Sutton

7 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Neal Lucas Band

7:45 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Messendger

9:30 p.m.-10 p.m. — One Too Many Mornings

10:15 p.m.-11 p.m. — The Deadfields


noon-12:45 p.m. — Frank William Dremel

1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. — AMP Up the Music

2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. — Jon Smith & Rachel Mansfield

3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. — Destiny Brown

4 p.m.-5 p.m. — Stephen Harrell



1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. — Sarah Davidson

2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. — Dallas Davidson & Rhett Akins

4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. — Corey Smith

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Colt Ford

8:30 p.m.-10 p.m. — Uncle Kracker


noon-12:45 p.m. — Unbroken

1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. — Colby Dee

3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. — Hwy 55

5:45 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Ben Wells

7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — J Blues Band


10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. — Bobby Morrison & Hannah Wilson

11 a.m.-noon — Gospel Music

1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. — Nathan Nelson

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. — Caitlin Guiterrez

4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. — Wainright Applegate

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Meow Kapow

ALBANY, Ga. -- The musical buzz around this weekend’s Georgia Throwdown is rightfully centered on big-name acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Big & Rich, Drive-By Truckers, Uncle Kracker and others.

But when the history of the event is recorded at some future date, it will be the Mathis Brothers Band that will have earned one of the most significant spots in festival lore. The Brothers will be the first act to play at the three-day event, kicking the whole thing off Friday at 3 p.m. on the Fox 31 Stage.

By the time late Sunday evening rolls around, when Uncle Kracker finishes up his set around 10 p.m. on the Flintco Throwdown Stage and all the vendors start packing away their goods, more than 50 artists will have played on the four Throwdown stages.

Most of the attention over the course of the three days will be focused on the Flintco Stage at the northern-most part of the 106-acre Exchange Club Fairgrounds site. That’s where the headliners will perform.

A pair of hot young country stars will be the first to play on the specially built 90-foot Flintco Stage. Randy Houser, whose “How Country Feels” is currently in the upper reaches of the country Top 40, will play at 5 p.m., and he’ll be immediately followed by Easton Corbin at 6. Corbin’s “Lovin’ You Is Fun” was at No. 7 on last week’s country chart.

Back in the spotlight after an extended hiatus, modern country superstars Big & Rich, along with their pal Cowboy Troy, will command the spotlight with Friday’s closing set (9:30 p.m.-11 p.m.) on the Flintco Stage. B&R’s “That’s Why I Pray” is currently among country’s Top 40.

The Phoebe Community Visions Stage will also feature a powerful lineup Friday with Faith Jackson set to play at 4 p.m., The Lacs to follow at 6 p.m., and Col. Bruce Hampton starting his set at 8:30 p.m.

Rising country singer Cole Taylor will perform from 11 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. on the Phoebe Stage Friday, and one of the hottest bands in Southwest Georgia, Unbreakable Bloodline, will close down the first day of music with a high-energy 12:15 a.m. set on the Fox 31 Stage.

The second day of music will start at noon with performances by the Evergreen Family Band on the Phoebe Stage and by Frank William Dremel on the acoustic J&B Irrigation Saloon Stage inside the pavilion at the front entry to the festival.

Local favorites such as Abi Permenter (1 p.m., J&B Irrigation Stage), Relapse (1:15 p.m., Phoebe Stage), Another Alien Astronaut (3:15 p.m., Phoebe Stage), Stephen Harrell (4 p.m., J&B Irrigation Stage), Rhyal Knight (4:30 p.m., Fox 31 Stage), Kristen Kelly (6 p.m., Phoebe Stage), Messendger (7:45 p.m., Fox 31 Stage), Evan Barber & the Dead Gamblers (8:30 p.m., Phoebe Stage) and the Bo Henry Band (11 p.m., Phoebe Stage) will perform on Saturday.

The Flintco Stage will feature Southern rock at its best Saturday with drivin n crying playing at 4:30 p.m., Drive-By Truckers at 7 p.m. and Lynyrd Skynyrd at 9:30. Skynyrd’s latest album, “Last of a Dyin’ Breed,” debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart after debuting Aug. 21.

Gospel music on the Fox 31 Stage will open Sunday at the Throwdown, and Unbroken will play at noon on the Phoebe Stage.

Sarah Evans, the rising country singer who is the wife of Albany-born Nashville songwriting superstar Dallas Davidson, will kick things off Sunday on the Flintco Stage, and her husband, along with fellow songwriter and “Peach Picker” Rhett Akins of Valdosta, will follow at 2:30 p.m. Dallas Davidson will also hold a private, intimate show to benefit the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Foundation later in the day.

Corey Smith will command the Flintco Stage at 4:30 p.m., followed by Colt Ford at 6:30 p.m. and Uncle Kracker at 8:30.

Tickets for the festival are available at georgiathrowdown.com and at various locations throughout Albany, including Harvest Moon, Blush, 340 Creative Group, The Catch, and Reynolds & Shugart Insurance Agency. Single-day tickets are $45, while three-day passes are $85.