A star-studded lineup selected for 2016 Soybean Festival

The 2016 Soybean Festival lineup has officially been released on their website, and the Plain White T’s has been confirmed as the artist for the UT Martin Student Night.

The other musicians attending include Morris Day & The Time, Brothers Osborne, Travis Cottrell,  Vince Gill, BST, and Three Dog Night.

Morris Day has been a prolific artist for decades, dabbling in everything from funk to rock. His life is entangled with many other pop musicians, but most often with Prince.  This became especially notable in 1984, when Day starred as the antagonist for Prince in Prince’s film, Purple Rain. The two started a band in high school together, and left their mark on each other’s music ever since. Morris Day & The Time is set to play September 2nd, at 9 p.m.

The rising country duo Brothers Osborne will be the next act performing, and takes the stage on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:30. The brothers, John and T.J. Osborne have made the top 40 country hit list with each single they’ve released since their formation in 2013. The most recent single, “Stay A Little Longer”, shot up to a top 10 hit earlier this year.

On Wednesday, September 7th, Travis Cottrell, will bring his praise music to the Soybean Festival stage. Cottrell has produced work with several household names, including MercyMe, Max Lucado, Amy Grant, and Garth Brooks. As of late, he’s settled down to be the music minister at Jackson TN’s Englewood Baptist Church.

Thursday marks the UT Martin Student night, and this year UTM SAC has brought in the Plain White T’s. The Plain White T’s were brought to the national stage in 2005 with the release of their #1 hit, “Hey There Delilah”, and have held their own with a slew of other highly acclaimed singles. While “Hey There Delilah” earned the group two Grammy nominations, their songs “1,2,3,4”, “Our Time Now”, and “Rhythm of Love” have helped secure them a loyal fan base.

Country Music Hall of Fame’s Vince Gill is set to perform in Festival Park on September 9th at 9:00. The recipient of countless awards, including 20 Grammy’s, Gill has been a golden standard for country music since he made his debut in a Pure Prairie League album in 1979. His poignant sound and passion have continued to produce high – selling numbers for all of Gill’s released work, most notably in his fan – favorite single, “Go Rest High on That Mountain”. Gill is also a member of the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, as well as the Grand Ole Opry,  and has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Blood, Sweat, & Tears will precede ThreeDog Night on September 10th, and be the last musical acts of the festival. Blood, Sweat, & Tears, formed in 1967, and beat out The Beatles for Album of the year in 1968. This fame led to their participation in the legendary Woodstock festival of 1969, and haven’t made any indication of slowing down since. BST is especially known for “Spinning Wheel”, and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”.

Three Dog Night also formed in 1967, and released 21 Billboard Top 40 hits within 6 years. In 1976, the group took a 5 year hiatus, to later return with a different sound and a new album, It’s A Jungle. The band was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000.

More information on Martin’s Soybean Festival, can be found on their website.

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