Piggott Picnic to Feature Free Concert

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Jamie Teachenor

A free concert by Nashville singer-songwriter Jamie Teachenor will highlight the new and improved Piggott Fourth of July Picnic and Homecoming next month. The 86th edition of the local picnic will also feature a new and exciting midway, featuring Johnson's Rides and Concessions of El Dorado, Ark.

This year's festivities will get underway Wednesday, July 3 with the first of several pageants at the beauty revue stand. The complete listing of all the pageants, age specifications and entry details may be found elsewhere in this edition.

Thursday, July 4 the annual parade will be held beginning at 9 a.m. with Charles Wright serving as this year's Grand Marshal. Activities at the picnic grounds will get underway at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day.

Live entertainment will be featured a various times during the day, and will include such local favorites as Patrick Patterson and The Band, young Ty Winchester, and Mark Cave. From 6 to 8 p.m. Teachenor will be performing a free concert for picnic goers.

Music has always been a way of life for Jamie Teachenor. At the age of nine, he was fronting bands playing venues all over the Southeast. Later as a teenager, his unique ability to connect with an audience began drawing hundreds, even thousands, to his shows, landing him in newspapers, and gaining him lots of regional radio airplay. He soon left his home in Fagus, Mo. to chase his musical dreams in Nashville.

Once in Nashville, Jamie quickly began making a name for himself as a songwriter, first appearing on the charts in 2005 with Blaine Larsen's debut hit single, "How Do You Get That Lonely", a song that is a powerful message in the face of suicide. Teachenor has also had songs recorded by Joey+Rory, Gwen Sebastian, Kevin Denney, Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, Collin Raye, Trisha Yearwood, Trace Adkins and Luke Bryan. He was presented with his first gold record in 2011, when Luke Bryan's "Doin' My Thing" album was certified gold. As a Platinum selling Singer/Songwriter, he continues to prove himself as a contender in the world of songwriting.

Teachenor has had the privilege of performing for millions on ABC's "Good Morning America", the CBS "Early Show", the "Grand Ole Opry" live at both, the Opry House and the Historic Ryman Auditorium, CNN, MSNBC, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Joey+Rory Show, "Muscle Shoals To Music Row", and the Legendary 650AM WSM Radio show. His songs have been featured in two movies, "One Angry Man" (2010) and "Season Of A Lifetime" (2011). Jamie's song "How Do You Get That Lonely", along with the story behind it, was included in the 2011 book release, "Chicken Soup For The Soul" Country Music Edition.

In early 2012, Jamie bridged the gap from exclusive songwriter to artist/producer releasing his debut album, The Departure. In late 2012, Jamie signed an exclusive songwriter agreement with Gasohol Music Publishing and immediately began working on his second solo project, an EP titled "Waiting Room", which is scheduled for release in late 2013. Following the performance by Teachenor the annual Miss Piggott pageant will be held. Afterward, Patrick Patterson and The Band will perform until the fireworks display at 10 p.m. And, the day's activities will draw to a close with the 10:30 p.m. drawing for three $5,000 cash prizes.

Armbands are also available for the midway, and will be in use from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and all day Thursday, July 4. Armbands purchased by June 30 are $15 and the price will be $20 afterward and at the picnic grounds. Armbands are now on sale at The Treasure Chest, Al Williams and Sons Nursery, Fred Ort Insurance and the Sugar Creek Country Club in Piggott along with Flaunt Hair Salon in Qulin.

The annual Piggott Fourth of July Picnic and Homecoming is hosted each year by the Piggott Cemetery Association. It serves as the primary fundraiser for the continued maintenance and upkeep of the Piggott Cemetery.

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