Guitars and Golf country music concert set Friday

Apr 01, 2015

By Brad McEwen, Albany Herald

ALBANY — Country music lovers will be flocking to downtown Albany Friday when three hot country performers perform at this year’s Guitars and Golf charity fundraiser.

Now heading into its third year, the Guitars and Golf concert, which is scheduled for April 3 at Albany’s State Theater, is part of pro golfer Josh Broadaway’s Crosshanded Classic golf tournament which has morphed from a way to help Broadaway chase his dream into a way for the golfer to give back to the community.

According to Broadaway and his brother Drew, who in addition to helping his brother with the event is also the manager of Edwin Watts Golf in Albany, the golf tournament, now in its 14th year,and the accompanying concert was started to help Josh raise money to fund his golfing career.

However, for the last four years the event has been geared toward raising money for different charitable causes.

“We started the tournament as a way to help him get on tour,” said Drew Broadaway. “As he’s gotten better and had good years, we can donate more of that money to other causes. My brother has been able to chase his dream of playing golf because of the generosity of others, so he wanted to give back.”

Josh agrees, saying that he and his brother were both raised to help others, and that being able to play golf professionally and having enough success to use prize money and sponsorship deals with Taylor Made, Titleist, Beachcraft and Carson’s Brewery to fund that endeavor has allowed him to honor his upbringing and what he feels is an important part of life.

“I’ve had some decent success the past few years and now it’s time to give back,” said Josh Broadaway. “Our parents always raised us to help others and that’s what this is all about. That’s what life’s about really. It’s just my turn to do for others.”

Since they started donating money to different groups the Broadaways say they’ve given to organizations such as Lights of Love and the American Cancer Society. The event has also allowed the brothers to give money directly to families in need, including last year giving part of the $6,000 raised to a family dealing with a loved one afflicted with cystic fibrosis.

“We’ve given to lots of stuff over the years,” said Drew Broadaway. “It’s really neat to see the look on someone’s face when you’re able to give a family that can’t afford to buy groceries or pay their bills a check for a few thousand dollars. It’s just a good feeling.”

Drew Broadaway also said that the event has become so successful thanks to the help of some sponsors and corporate supporters, which include Langdale Chevrolet, McCleskey Cotton, Musculoskeletal Associates, Beachbraft, Global Parts Aero, and Stewbo’s Restaurant Group, all of whom make the event’s mission of doing something good for the community a reality.

While the main focus is to raise money for good causes, Guitars and Golf has also afforded the brothers an opportunity to create a fun concert event which has featured a slew of country music talent.

In the past the concert has featured Bronwood native and now country music star Cole Swindell, who has helped pen hits performed by Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett.

An avid lover of country music, Josh Broadaway said he’s been thrilled at the success of past shows and really pleased that the event has been able to generated interest in the careers of the artists that have performed.

“We’ve been fortunate of the past few years to have access to talented folks from south Georgia,” said Josh Broadaway. “It’s also been cool to see artists like Cole have increased success. I think the first year he played he was just becoming known and we had a good turn out. The next year he played and we sold out.”

While Swindell will not be returning for this year’s concert, the 2015 event will feature another Cole that is currently making a big name for himself in the country music world, Cole Taylor. Taylor, who grew up near Cuthbert and recently signed a record deal with Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville thanks to his ability as a performer and songwriter, is one of three hot country acts that will be featured Friday night.

Taylor was named the Georgia Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year at the 2012 awards and has penned hits that have been performed by the likes of Florida Georgia Line (“Sippin on Fire”), Rodney Atkins, (“It’s Your World”) and Chase Rice (“Look at My Truck”).

In addition to Taylor, Guitars and Golf will also feature local favorites Highway 55, who have played the event every year, as well as up and coming singer/songwriter Adam Sanders, who is the event's headliner.

Sanders has had a slew of recent success earning co-writing credits on Luke Bryan’s “Out Like That,” Cole Swindell’s “A Dozen Roses and a Six Pack,” and Dustin Lynch’s “Hell of a Night," and is primed to take the country music world by storm.

“The first year we did this Cole Swindell was the young up-and-comer,” said Drew Broadaway. “This year Adam Sanders is the up-and-comer, and we really think he’s about to explode too. We’ve known Adam for a while and he’s probably fixing to sign a record deal too.”

The Broadaways also feel that in addition to having a great line-up, the $15 ticket price is a great deal for folks who are looking for something fun to do on a Friday night.

“It’s very affordable for three acts,” said Drew Broadaway. “If you like country music you should come out to the show because it’s going to be a good time. We’ve got a lot of talent.”

Tickets are $15 in advance at Harvest Moon, Edwin Watts Golf and through or $20 at the door. Doors to the show open at 7 p.m. and the music will start between 8-8:30 p.m.

Information about the both the golf tournament and the concert can be found on the Cross-Handed Classic Facebook page.

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