With the recent success of the title track to their recording on the John Boy & Billy label, 4th & Goal, Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive become the first-ever Bluegrass band booked during Canton, Ohio’s Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, to celebrate the new Hall of Fame inductees for 2017: MORTEN ANDERSEN, TERRELL DAVIS, KENNY EASLEY, JERRY JONES, JASON TAYLOR, LADAINIAN TOMLINSON, AND KURT WARNER.
The week long celebration features many different activities, including the NFL/Hall of Fame Game. Baucom and band will be laying the drivin’ Bluegrass on the crowd during their set---sharing the main stage honors with Toby Keith and Kid Rock.
Baucom says, of course, they are honored. “Being huge football fans, this type of booking in the main stream means a lot to the band.” The song that ‘got the ball rolling’ so to speak, was “Fourth and Goal”, written by Paula Breedlove and Brad Davis. Breedlove happens to be a resident of Canton. One of her old classmates, David Little, has worked over the years in production of many major sporting events and has working relationships with many of the Hall of Fame executives and staff. After hearing the song, he knew it would be a perfect fit and worked tirelessly to see that the band got a set on the main stage for one of Ohio’s biggest events. He shared information with the Hall on Baucom’s musical credentials of 4 decades and the right connections were made. Or as Bauc likes to say, “when it was 4th & Goal, we slipped into the end zone in a big way!”
Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive will be performing on the Main Stage of the festival on Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 2:30 to 3:00pm. We know lots of Bluegrass fans love football. Hopefully a lot of football fans will love Bluegrass, too!