Three country music artists perform at Budweiser Acceleration Concert

August Concert

The music vibe was so awesome during this past weekend’s Faster Horses country music festival, that the team at Michigan International Speedway will do it again in August with the return of the popular Budweiser Acceleration concert for fans as part of the Pure Michigan 400 weekend.

Country music artists Keith Anderson and Drake White and The Big Fire as well as Tim Dugger will perform at the Budweiser Acceleration Concert on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Anderson will headline the always popular and free post-race concert in Lot 10. The concert will begin shortly after the Michigan National Guard 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

Rising country music group Drake White and The Big Fire will precede Anderson to the stage. Diehard NASCAR fan Tim Dugger will open the concert.

The concert is free for anyone with a Michigan National Guard 200 race ticket.

“The concert is just one of the fun things we do for guests – for free!” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “It’s become nearly as important to the weekend as the NASCAR races themselves. The fans love it; and we do, too.”

Anderson could be the poster child for the notion good things happen to good people. He's quickly earned the reputation of being an adept writer of award nominated hits, not just for his own projects but for other artists as well and his good guy persona is as widely known as his high energy, let's-get-this-party-started live shows.

The release of his sophomore album “C'MON!” finds Anderson, the Grammy-nominated songwriter, in fine form. He co-wrote 10 of the disc's 11 tracks, pairing with some of Nashville's top tunesmiths including Rivers Rutherford, Tim Nichols, Chuck Cannon, Vicky McGehee, Jeffrey Steele (also the disc's producer) and Bob DiPiero.

"I wrote by myself for so long that it's fun to co-write," the Oklahoma native says. "I'm just such a social person that I love people and working together with them. Different co-writers have different strengths and I think you tend to tuck away certain ideas for certain co-writers."

The album’s current single, "I Still Miss You," was written by Anderson, Nichols and Jason Sellers and is one of his fastest rising to date. He has also co-writen songs for talents such as Big $ Rich, Garth Brooks, George Jones and Gretchen Wilson. His song, "Lost In This Moment," written for Big $ Rich was nominated for Song of the Year by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

Drake White and The Big Fire will follow Dugger on the Budweiser Acceleration stage. White describes his music as “soulful, roots-based country with a little rock and a little funk.” His songs are populated with blue collar characters who aren’t afraid of hard work and know the value of family and friendship. The opening track from his self-titled debut album, “Cold Beer With My Name On It,” is a fiddle-laced number about working all week and enjoying life off the clock to the fullest. “She Likes It Old School” celebrates the virtues of a woman who likes back roads, vinyl records, slow kisses, homemade ice cream and the very best of life’s simple, classic pleasures.

Dugger will open the performance in Lot 10. Dugger is addicted to the “fast lane” – whether it’s horsepower in the pursuit of superstardom in country music, or hanging-out at the tack with the major names in NASCAR who just happen to be his “good buddies.” Speed is in the blood of the Alabama-born native.

A diehard NASCAR fan, Dugger developed a loyal fan base in the country music clubs surrounding the race circuit.

“I grew up in awe of Dale Earnhardt and it was a major Sunday tradition back at home to sit around with my dad and watch the races,” Dugger recalls. “When I started playing the clubs I had the thrill of meeting Richard Childress and struck up a real friendship with his whole family. From that meeting I ultimately met Mike Curb at Daytona and got to hand him a CD—that was the beginning of where I am today.”

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