Admission to the Concert is Free with the Purchase of a GEICO 500 Ticket; Green Also Performed at Talladega in Fall of 2019 During Track’s 50th Anniversary
TALLADEGA, Ala. (March 22, 2022) – Talladega Superspeedway will welcome home country music artist and Alabama native Riley Green, who is set to headline the track’s traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert on April 23, during GEICO 500 weekend. It will mark the second time that Green, who was born just down the street from the historic 2.66-mile venue in nearby Jacksonville, AL, has performed at the track’s Saturday Night Concert.
Admission to the Saturday Night Infield Concert is FREE to all infield guests and anyone who purchases a ticket to the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series event on Sunday, April 24. To see all weekend admission opportunities, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.
Raised on the sounds of traditional Country, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music, Green learned the spirit of songwriting and performing at a young age while spending time with his grandfather, Bufford Green, who ran the Golden Saw Music Hall. Riley shared the stage with him and other men of his generation, laying a foundation for the songs he’d craft in the years to come.
His full-length debut album DIFFERENT ‘ROUND HERE was released in 2019 via BMLG Records and has produced Platinum-certified No. 1 hit “There Was This Girl” and Platinum-certified single “I Wish Grandpa’s Never Died” – a song People praised “might take him to a whole new stratosphere,” and one he shares co-writing credits posthumously alongside his two grandfathers. Highlighting his Southern roots and relatability, he co-wrote each track offering a perspective Rolling Stone describes as “Drinks-in-the-air Nineties country at an Alabama vs. Auburn tailgate.” Riley was named ACM’s New Male Artist of the Year in 2020.
“Playing at the Talladega Superspeedway in 2019 was a dream come true for me,” says Green. “Ever since I was a kid, we would drive down to the racetrack on Saturday for the concert that night and stay for the Sunday race. Some of my favorite memories as a kid were watching Dale Earnhardt Sr. with my granddaddy on Sunday afternoons. I am really looking forward to getting the opportunity to come back again and play at that iconic place.”
The Saturday Night Infield Concert festivities, located at the intersection of Eastaboga and Talladega Blvds., are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. CDT. The show kicks off after the running of a racing doubleheader, 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 during the upcoming weekend, including the fan-favorite 140,000 square-foot Talladega Garage Experience, which includes: up-close access to Garage Viewing Walkways, Pre-Race Ceremonies and Victory Lane; hospitality areas such as Fan Suites, Premium Box seating, and Busch Balcony; incredible Kid’s programming; and a limited number of remaining RV camping spots.
NASCAR’s new ‘Next Gen’ car will see its first action on Talladega’s 33-degree banking in the GEICO 500 (2:00 p.m. CDT start on Sunday). Debuting in the season-opening DAYTONA 500, the Next Gen car is a collaboration of the brightest engineering minds in racing and the automotive industry. It is designed to give the drivers greater control and will put an emphasis back on race strategies, team personnel and vehicle setups while returning the ‘stock car’ look to NASCAR. So far this season, the race cars that look more like street version vehicles, have put on incredible racing for fans.
ABOUT 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 performing at a young age while spending time with his grandfather Bufford Green, who ran the Golden Saw Music Hall. Riley shared the stage with him and other men of that generation, laying a foundation for the songs he’d craft in the years to come. His full-length debut album DIFFERENT ‘ROUND HERE (BMLG Records) has produced two PLATINUM-certified hits with No. 1 “There Was This Girl” and “I Wish Grandpas Never Died,” a song People praised “might take him to a whole new stratosphere” and one he shares co-writing credits posthumously alongside his two grandfathers. Highlighting his Southern roots and relatability, Riley co-wrote each track offering a perspective Rolling Stone describes as “Drinks-in-the-air Nineties country at an Alabama vs. Auburn tailgate.” His seven-song collection BEHIND THE BAR features “If It Wasn’t For Trucks,” a song MusicRow praises “Riley’s great country vocal, honest presentation and true-to-life lyrics raise this one head and shoulders above the rest.” Named 2020 ACM Awards New Male Artist of the Year, Billboard describes his music as “accessible, winning songs” while American Songwriter proclaims his “storytelling talents shine bright.” Whiskey Riff further notes he is part of a small group who have “brought country back to its roots: the blue collar sounds for the working man, by the working man.” Named a CMT “Listen Up Artist,” Riley was also voted as one of the CRS 2020 New Faces and earned MusicRow’s Breakout Artist of the Year. In addition to his own headline dates, including a July 3 stop in Nashville, Riley joins Luke Bryan and Brooks & Dunn this year in the US before heading to Canada with Luke Combs. He has previously 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 racetrack on the NASCAR schedule (record 88 lead changes in 188 laps), the highest-banked (33 degrees) and the longest (2.66 miles), as well as the most fun and fan-friendly. Three- and four-wide racing at 200 mph are a norm at Talladega Superspeedway, along with nail-biting, photo finishes. For information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.