Admission to the concert is free with the purchase of a GEICO 500 ticket; Green also performed in Talladega in the fall of 2019 during Track’s 50and Birthday
TALLADEGA, Ala. (March 22, 2022) – Talladega Superspeedway will host Alabama-born country music artist Riley Green, who is set to headline the track’s traditional Saturday Night Infield concert on April 23, during the weekend. -end GEICO 500. This will be the second time Green, who was born just down the street from the historic 2.66-mile venue in Jacksonville, AL, has performed at the Saturday night concert.
Admission to the Saturday night on-field concert is FREE for all on-field guests and for anyone who purchases a ticket for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series event on Sunday, April 24. To view all weekend admission opportunities, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.
Raised on the sounds of traditional country music, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel, Green learned the spirit of songwriting and performance at a young age while spending time with his grandfather, Bufford Green, who led the Golden Saw Music Hall. Riley shared the stage with him and other men of his generation, laying the groundwork for the songs he would create in years to come.
His first full album DIFFERENT ‘ROUND HERE was released in 2019 via BMLG Records and produced the Platinum-certified No. 1 hit “There Was This Girl” and the Platinum-certified single “I Wish Grandpa’s Never Died” – a song People praised “could take him to a whole new stratosphere,” and he shares posthumous co-writing credits alongside both of his grandfathers. Emphasizing his Southern roots and relatability, he co-wrote each track offering a perspective that Rolling Stone describes as “90s country drinking in the air during an Alabama vs. Auburn tailgate.” Riley was named ACM’s 2020 New Male Artist of the Year.
“Playing at Talladega Superspeedway in 2019 was a dream come true for me,” says Green. “Since I was a kid we would go to the racetrack on Saturday for the concert that night and stay for the race on Sunday. Some of my favorite childhood memories were watching Dale Earnhardt Sr. with my grandfather on Sunday afternoons. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to come back and play in this iconic place.
The Saturday Night Infield Concert festivities, located at the intersection of Eastaboga and Talladega Boulevards, are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. CDT. The show kicks off after a racing doubleheader has run, featuring the General Tire 200 (12:00 p.m. CDT) for the ARCA Menards Series and the Ag-Pro 300 (3:00 p.m. CDT) for the NASCAR Xfinity Series .
Several additional opportunities await fans at Talladega Superspeedway over the coming weekend, including the fan-favorite 140,000 square foot Talladega Garage experience, which includes: close access to the garage’s observation decks, ceremonies before the race and at Victory Lane; hospitality areas such as Fan Suites, Premium Box Seating and the Busch Balcony; amazing children’s programming; and a limited number of remaining RV campsites.
NASCAR’s new “Next Gen” car will see its first action on Talladega’s 33-degree incline in the GEICO 500 (2:00 p.m. CDT start Sunday). Launched at the DAYTONA 500 season opener, the Next Gen car is a collaboration of the brightest minds in racing engineering and the automotive industry. It is designed to give drivers greater control and will emphasize racing strategies, team personnel and vehicle setup while bringing back the “stock car” look to NASCAR. So far this season, racing cars that look more like street vehicles have put on some amazing races for fans.
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ON RILEY GREEN
Born in Jacksonville, Alabama, riley green was raised on the sounds of traditional Country, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music. He learned the spirit of songwriting and performance at a young age while spending time with his grandfather Bufford Green, who ran Golden Saw Music Hall. Riley shared the stage with him and other men of that generation, laying the groundwork for the songs he would create in years to come. Her first full album DIFFERENT’ ROUND HERE (BMLG Records) produced two PLATINUM-certified hits with No. 1 “There Was This Girl” and “I Wish Grandpas Never Died”, a song People praised “could take him to a whole new stratosphere” and he shares posthumous co-writing credits alongside both of his grandfathers. Emphasizing his Southern roots and relatability, Riley co-wrote each track offering perspective rolling stone described as “90s country drinking in the air during an Alabama vs. Auburn tailgate.” His collection of seven songs BEHIND THE BAR presents “If It Wasn’t For Trucks”, a song MusicRow praised “Riley’s big country voice, honest presentation, and down-to-earth lyrics elevate this one above the rest.” Nominated ACM Awards 2020 New Male Artist of the Year, Billboard describes his music as “accessible, winning songs” while American songwriter proclaims that his “storytelling skills shine brightly”. whiskey riff further notes that he is part of a small group that has “taken the country back to its roots: blue-collar ringing for the worker, by the worker.” Named a CMT”Listen Up Artist,” Riley was also voted as one of the 2020 CRS New Faces and won MusicRow‘s Breakout Artist of the Year. Along with her own headline dates, including a July 3 stopover in Nashville, Riley is joining Luke Bryan and Brooks & Dunn this year in the US before heading to Canada with Luke Combs. He has already hit the road with Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Jon Pardi and Dierks Bentley. For upcoming tour dates and more, visit RileyGreenMusic.com.
About Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway is the most competitive race track in the NASCAR program (record 88 lead changes in 188 laps), steepest (33 degrees) and longest (2.66 miles), as well as the most fun and more fan-friendly. Three- and four-wide races at 200 mph are a norm at Talladega Superspeedway, along with biting photo finishes. For more information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.