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WKML and Beasley Media are disappointed to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Stars & Guitars concert, due to concerns about the health and safety of our listeners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thank you to our amazing sponsors, fans, and supporters throughout the years for supporting Stars & Guitars,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President and General Manager, Kent Dunn. “These are unprecedented times. The safety of our community, staff, and country artists is our number one priority. As a result, we have made the decision to cancel this year’s event. We’ll be back bigger and better than ever in 2021!”

Coming off the heels of the biggest Stars & Guitars ever in November of 2019, it was a difficult decision to cancel this year’s show. A sold-out crowd of nearly 5,000 people filled the Crown Coliseum to see Chris Janson, Russell Dickerson, Kip Moore, Morgan Wallen and HARDY in November of 2019. And this year’s lineup promised to be even better.

“We wanted so badly to be able to put on this amazing show for you this year, but as we continued the planning process, it became clear that the logistics were going to make this a show that wouldn’t live up to the standards we want our shows to live by,” WKML Programming Director and afternoon on-air talent Randall C. Bliss. “The health and safety of each and every one of our wonderful listeners is so important, and we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to protect all of you.”

Stars & Guitars is unlike the traditional one-artist concerts most fans may be used to, Stars & Guitars puts all of the artists on the stage at one time for a unique acoustic experience. Featuring story-telling, unique song performances, and a whole lot of fun, it’s an entertaining show from start to finish.

To help fill the gap during our unique quarantine experiences, WKML has been proud to bring our listeners our Stars & Guitars at Home social media concert experiences with some of the top artists in country music. We’ve also been thrilled to bring listeners unique radio concert listening experiences with our special Superstar Mini Concert series.

“We know how much our listeners really love their country music and we have some really exciting plans for the coming months,” Bliss said. “We really miss getting to see everyone and hate that we won’t get a Stars & Guitars experience in person this year. But don’t worry, we will definitely be back, unplugged, unscripted and unforgettable!”

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Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.