When COVID-19 began to close all of America down, T. Graham Brown jumped into action not wanting the music to stop playing, as touring was coming to an immediate halt. By calling a few friends from the 80's and 90's era of Country music, T. Graham decided it was time to put together one of the first live social concerts for fans to watch from anywhere, all in an effort to keep the music playing.
Out of all of that, Hats Off To The 80s & 90s - The Music Continues was born and included Brown, Wade Hayes, Bryan White, Tim Rushlow, Ronnie McDowell, David Frizzell, Tim Atwood, Lulu Roman, and hosted by Inside Edition's Megan Alexander. Taking place on March 23, 2020, from the 615 Hideaway studio in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, the grouping of artists performed as acoustic as possible, practiced social distancing, and remained in their vehicles until it was their time to perform. Now, a few months later, all of those efforts were recognized by the Telly Awards with a Bronze win for Social Media Live Event.
"Man, you know we pulled this together in like 4 days and it was a labor of love," says T. Graham Brown, who served as the Executive Producer for the show. "I called on a few friends who didn't feel comfortable getting out and I completely understood. I then called some others and they were like 'sure, as long as we are all gonna be safe about it'. I never expected anyone to really pay much attention to what we were doing, to be completely honest about it. To win an award for doing something from the heart is really a pretty cool thing."
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