NOVEMBER 21, 2013




Six-Time Vocal Group of the Year and Grammy Award Winners to
Headline Presidents' Gala and Halftime Show

Diamond Rio, one of the most successful groups in the history of country music, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Each year, this award is presented in recognition of excellence in the field of music and entertainment, as well as service to the community. Diamond Rio will receive the award at the Presidents’ Gala at the Peabody Hotel at 7pm on December 30, 2013. Past recipients include Danny Thomas, Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Lou Rawls, Clint Black, Little Richard, Alabama, The Beach Boys, LeAnn Rimes, The O’Jays, KC & The Sunshine Band and last year’s honoree, The Temptations.

Diamond Rio will be the headline entertainment at the Presidents’ Gala Dinner Dance and star in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s halftime spectacular on December 31, 2013. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl game will kickoff at 3pm.

Diamond Rio has sold over 10 million albums, earning three platinum records and five gold records. They won their first Grammy Award in 2011 and have a total of 14 Grammy nominations. They have also been honored as the Country Music Association’s Vocal Group of the Year four times, and twice as the Vocal Group of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.

Diamond Rio’s debut song, “Meet in the Middle”, was a huge hit as it reached number one on the music charts. That accomplishment made Diamond Rio the first group in the history of country music to have a debut single rank number one on the music charts.

Since that initial success in 1991, Diamond Rio has had hit after hit. They have had 33 singles on the Billboard charts, including number one songs “I Believe” and “Beautiful Mess”. Their other notable hit tunes include “How Your Love Makes Me Feel”, “Norma Jean Riley”, “Love a Little Stronger”, and “One More Day”.

Diamond Rio will perform two of their best known tunes during halftime of the 55th AutoZone Liberty Bowl game, “Beautiful Mess” and patriotic fan favorite “In God We Still Trust”.

In addition to Diamond Rio’s many hit records, they have had an incredible impact on the lives of children through their long-time support of Big Brothers-Big Sisters. They have served as national spokesmen for Big Brothers-Big Sisters and have raised more than $1.5 million dollars for the charity.

For tickets to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Presidents’ Gala ($175 each) or the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic ($55 each), call the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at (901) 795-7700 or visit www.AutoZoneLibertyBowl.org.



The 12th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game will feature the top 84 high school seniors representing 44 schools from public and private schools in the Memphis area. Each player was selected on the basis of his character, his on and off-field achievements and his classroom performance.

Four finalists for the state of Tennessee’s Mr. Football Award are among this year’s All-Star Game participants: wide receiver Devin Perry of Memphis University School, kicker Gary Wunderlich of Memphis University School, ECS running back Cole Heotis and lineman Charles Mosley from Brighton High School.


Lynord Crutchfield, the head coach at Central High School, will coach the Red team and Chris Michael, the head coach at Millington High School, will coach the Blue team. “With these very fine head coaches leading the teams, we will continue the tradition of excellence the All-Star Game has established over the past eleven years,” said AutoZone Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart.

Many alumni of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game have gone on to pursue their education in college as well as play football. For example, a number of former all-stars are currently playing for Ole Miss (Barry Brunetti, Matt Brown, Mark Dodson, Darrius Henderson, Herbert Moore, Ben Still, Jaylen Walton), Vanderbilt (Brian Kimbrow, Gerald Perry, Spencer Pulley, Latevius Rayford, Darrius Sims, Mack Weaver, Trey Wilkins) and Alabama (Brandon Ivory, Harrison Jones). The University of Memphis has 20 former AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Players on their current roster.

“The AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game gives the fans an opportunity to see local talent that, in many cases, they have only heard or read about,” said Crutchfield. “Because of the exposure the All-Star Game has created over the past eleven years, there has been an increase in the stature and visibility of all high school football programs in the Memphis area.”

“This game gives Memphis a chance to showcase the abundance of talent in the Memphis area,” said Michael. “It gives all these senior players one last opportunity to have a great experience in their final high school game.”

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game has provided numerous Memphis-area high school athletes the opportunity to showcase their talents to earn college scholarships. In 2010, 30 all-stars were awarded scholarships; in 2011, 34 players earned scholarships and in 2012, an all-time record 46 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game participants received scholarships.

The All-Star Game will be played Saturday, December 14 at Memphis University School. The kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 for ages 6 and under) and can be purchased through the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ticket office, 795-7700. The game will be broadcast on radio by Sports 56 WHBQ.


Tickets to the 55th AutoZone Liberty Bowl are on sale now! Great seats are still available so get yours today. To get tickets, complete the Ticket Request Form, call the Bowl office at 901-795-7700 or visit the Bowl's Ticketmaster page. For more information about the 55th AutoZone Liberty Bowl and its related events click here: 2013 AZLB Ticket Brochure.


The 3rd Annual BBQ Bowl, sanctioned by the Memphis Barbecue Network (MBN), will be held December 31, 2013 on Tiger Lane prior to this year’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Teams will compete for great prize money and awards. The winner of the Ribs category will receive entry into the 2014 MBN Invitational! For more information click here: BBQ BOWL


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