Springfield, Tennessee was in for a treat yesterday with the "Taste of the Country" Festival, an afternoon filled with wonderful southern food, local crafts, and amazing live entertainment from talented Tennessee musicians. Music Row's Magazine's "Independent Artist of the Year" Eric Lee Beddingfield headlined the show, rocking out tunes from his latest record "This Life Ain't For Everybody", featuring tales and tunes of a true musician's life on the road, heartbreaks, missing home, and representing his true southern roots. The album's first single is a tribute to his favorite country legend "The Gospel According To Jones", with George Jones himself on the record and music video.
The festival got kicked off at 10am with the sassy country girl Erica Sunshine Lee from northeast Georgia and her band, a Nashville Recording artist and International touring Singer/Songwriter, who rocked the stage country style with her upbeat songs "Put Some South In Your Mouth", "Grandpa's Whiskey" and "Whipped Cream", some of the crowd's favorites. Of course Sunshine sang her titled track from her 3rd album "The Walk of Shame" and had panties and tee shirts to go with the album for sale, and her signature bright colored country boots caught the eye of everyone there. Sunshine says you can purchase the boots directly from her at $150 and save some money from the boutique markup. The
Wayne Mills Band put on a show with his original Outlaw Country Style, and his big Alabama voice lit the crowd up with his songs about love, drinking, and a man who's "Whiskey Bent and Jail Bound," written by Wayne Mills and Erica Sunshine Lee, they performed this Southern Rock story, and also sang Mill's duet "The Truce," putting on their "Best George and Tammy tonight"...
With local bluegrass country artist Tyler Shane playing his sweet ole country twangy tunes about being "God's gift to women," leaving his woman to make her happy, and some Hank Sr. tributes, he won over the crowd, and Brittany Templeton's angelic voice singing tribute to the Civil Wars with her Misti Bailey Band had everyone's attention! The uniquely named and extremely talented Lewd Minx put on a heck of a show with their solid rock trio, followed by 3 of Nashville's incredibly well known and successful Country Singer/Songwriter's: Brice Long, Don Sampson, and Monty Holmes, performing their original hit singles "Troubadour," "Never Again, Again", "Nothing On But The Radio", "I Don't Have Far To Fall", and "Midnight in Montgomery." With all the Barbecue tasting, dancing, singing, and beverages, Springfield, Tennessee got a great taste of the country, and all the locals are already looking forward to the festivities next year.