Talent from near and far now has the opportunity, with the help of Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music and Arts Festival’s Jim Beam Battle of the Bands 2010, to perform for crowds like those for platinum selling artists, plus the chance to have a song produced by one of Nashville’s most successful producers, James Stroud, whose credits include more than 125 No.1 records and albums that have collectively sold over 52 million copies worldwide.
The Jim Beam BamaJam Battle of the Bands competition is open to all and will afford six finalists the opportunity to perform a 30-minute set on Stage D at Verizon BamaJam 2010 in Enterprise, Al. Finalists will be judged by a panel of top-music industry professionals based on a set of criteria including marketability and talent.

“To participate in Verizon BamaJam on any level is among the most valuable experiences an artist can have,” said Trey Wilson, Vice President of Live Entertainment, Ronnie Gilley Entertainment. ”All six qualifiers will have a chance in the spotlight at Verizon BamaJam and one winner will have the experience of a lifetime with industry icon James Stroud producing a track for them.”

Applications for the 2nd annual Jim Beam BamaJam Battle of the Bands may be submitted online at www.bamajammusicfestival.com from now until Wednesday, April 21. The selection committee will review submissions and announce six finalists on Monday, April 26.

The 2nd annual Jim Beam Battle of the Bands winner will be announced LIVE Saturday, June 5, 2010 at the Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music and Arts Festival.
Since being featured at last year’s event, Atlanta-based group, Blackberry Smoke, has signed with BamaJam Records. They reached No. 3 on CMTs PURE COUNTRY Countdown and have been featured in music magazines such as Country Weekly and Strum Magazine.
With more than 40 top artists anticipated in the festival lineup, Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music and Arts Festival offers three days of non-stop activity, from concerts to camping, for tens of thousands of fans from around the world.  The 2010 lineup already includes:

Kenny Chesney, Hank Williams Jr., Zac Brown Band, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Disco Biscuits, Train, Travis Tritt, Citizen Cope, Buddy Guy, Gretchen Wilson, Danny Gokey, Rodney Atkins, Chris Young, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Alexa Carter, LoCash Cowboys, Houston County, Colt Ford, Rio Grand, The Grascals, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Robert Earl Keen, Matt Kennon, Stoney LaRue, Lucero, Wayne Mills Band, Jake Owen, Blackberry Smoke, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Jonathan Tyler and Northern Lights and Edgar Winter—With more to come!

Tickets to see all performances including the more than 40 artist lineup are available online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.

About Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music and Arts Festival
The Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music and Arts Festival
is a 3-day/3-night music extravaganza on June 3 – 5, 2010 created to celebrate the human spirit through music and arts and to provide financial support to help serve the needs of the people of Coffee County and the surrounding area. Verizon BamaJam is a Country Music festival that blends in Bluegrass and Alternative bands to provide diverse artist lineups.

About James Stroud
James Stroud was tapped by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen to head DreamWorks Nashville in 1997. Under his leadership, the label experienced groundbreaking success with Toby Keith for whom Stroud also produced 20 No.1 records. Stroud’s DreamWorks label was bought by Universal in 2004. The staffs were integrated where Stroud oversaw the rosters of Mercury and MCA Records. The combined rosters included artists; Vince Gill, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Womack, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, Josh Turner and Sugarland. Stroud left Universal early 2007 to return to his ground roots of record production and starting his new independent record label, Stroudavarious Records.

About Jim Beam Global
Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. is the fourth largest premium spirits company in the world, with eight of the world’s top-100 premium spirits in its portfolio and $2.5 billion in revenue.  Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. is part of Fortune Brands Inc. (NYSE:FO), a leading consumer brands company recently named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune magazine. For more information, visit
About Ronnie Gilley Entertainment
Ronnie Gilley Entertainment, a division of Ronnie Gilley Properties, is a full service entertainment company located in Enterprise, Alabama, Ronnie Gilley serves as CEO of Ronnie Gilley Properties, while James Stroud serves as President of Ronnie Gilley Entertainment.  RGE is active in all facets of the entertainment industry, including recording/engineering, music publishing, and artist management/promotion.  RGE’s music interests include Stroudavarious Records, Country Crossing Records, BamaJam Records, and the newly announced Forest Church Records. The company produces the annual Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival, and is the developer of the new $200 million dollar country music themed Country Crossing—a multi-faceted family friendly destination resort near Dothan, Alabama.


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