With the news today that our 4th QYK Guitar Pull is coming home to The Mahaffey Theater November 7, I thought it’d be a good time to look back at the first three.
If you’ve never been to one, you’re probably wondering… what IS a QYK Guitar Pull anyway? I know that’s the question I had. It’s unlike any concert you’ve ever been to. It’s just the stars and their guitars! And the best part is there’s no downtime. You don’t have road crews taking up half the night changing over sets from one act to the next. There’s no wasted time because all of the acts are on stage TOGETHER the entire night. It creates a once in a lifetime chance to see each particular lineup on stage with each other, sharing road stories and laughs. Over the years, it’s been a mix of new country and Nashville veterans. The contrasting styles and personalities makes for a unique event.
While it would be great to have Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and George Strait on stage together, what makes the QYK Guitar Pull special is the intimacy of the event. Instead of a big stadium show, you’re up close with the stars as they create the feeling that you’re all just hanging out in the backyard by the fire playing music. And the best part is, money is raised for charity. While it would be great to have a stadium caliber lineup, ticket prices are kept low. And you’ll often get introduced to up and coming artists long before the mainstream catches on to their talent.
I remember the year Kane Brown was that guy at the end of the stage that nobody quite knew yet. He’d gathered a fan base on the internet, but hadn’t had any big hit songs yet. Now two years later, he’s had #1 hit singles on the radio, toured with Jason Aldean and has been nominated for several ACM Awards.
Last year, Chris Janson wanted to introduce the QYK Guitar Pull audience to a song he’d been working on. While usually it’s the radio hits that bring the crowd to their feet, jaws dropped the first time we all heard “Drunk Girl.” The song was announced as a “Song of the Year” candidate yesterday for this year’s CMA Awards.
Let’s take a look back at the first 3 lineups as we get ready for QYK Guitar Pull #4! My question for you for my show tonight is… if you could bring back one performer from the first three years, who would it be? Tweet @WQYKGeno or call in tonight: 1-800-992-1099.
QYK Guitar Pull #1: Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice, Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum, Jerrod Niemann, Eric Paslay, Maddie & Tae
QYK Guitar Pull #2: Gary Allan, Tyler Farr, Chris Lane, Josh Turner, Chase Bryant, Kane Brown
The #QYKGuitarPull pre-sale starts in 15 minutes. Code word is “QYK.” This is the signed guitar from last year’s Guitar Pull. Find out Monday who’ll be signing the 3rd one. . . . #strazcenter #thestrazcenter #tampa #joshturner #chasebryant #chrislane #kanebrown #garyallan #tylerfarr #mahaffeytheater #themahaffey #stpete #qyk #995wqyk #995qyk #wqyk #guitarpull
QYK Guitar Pull #3: Big & Rich, Jon Pardi, Joe Nichols, High Valley, Chris Janson, Danielle Bradberry