You haven't heard of a "guitar pull"? That's OK, lots of folks haven't.
Of course, it's a country music term, with undocumented origins. Basically, it means "let's-sing-and-share-and-take-turns."
Five country stars will take the stage at Hard Rock Live 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, for the third annual 99.9 Kiss Country Stars and Guitars concert. All three Stars and Guitars shows have followed the guitar-pull format, meaning the performers rotate songs, almost like an informal get-together of songwriters testing out their material on each other — a popular pastime in Nashville.
"It's all-stripped-down, very informal, and you get the personalities of the artists, because it's not a big production," WKIS-FM program director Ken Boesen says. "Because it's not a big, produced stage show, it's more of a discussion, talking about the music and the songs."
Boesen warns that those people expecting a concert with, say, fireworks and singers employing big bands and speakers will be disappointed. However …
"This is a 'have a beer and enjoy the music,' concert," Boesen says. "It's not a 'drink-too-much-and-get-loud' show."
The performers include:
Phil Vassar, who racked up radio hits as a songwriter long before he began his recording career. Said hits include "Little Red Rodeo" (for Collin Raye), "My Next Thirty Years" (Tim McGraw) and "I'm Alright" (Jo Dee Messina). His own hits include "Carlene," "Six-Pack Summer" and "Just Another Day in Paradise." His latest single is "Don't Miss Your Life."
This year's American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina, who hit the charts with "Like My Mother Does."
Thompson Square, which last year saw "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" spend five weeks at No. 1 and went on to win the Academy of Country Music's vocal duo of the year.
Easton Corbin, who has had two No. 1 singles ("A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll With It") and was named top new country artist of 2010.
Lee Brice, whose debut album "Love Like Crazy," was released in 2010.
The concert benefits Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood.
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