November 3, 2014, Meridian, MS – Music and audio innovators Peavey Electronics® recently sponsored the 26th annual Jack Daniel’s® World Championship Invitational Barbecue. Barbecue teams, judges and 25,000 fans from around the world gathered on Saturday, October 25, 2014 in Lynchburg, TN to celebrate barbecue culture, music and more.
After heated competition between some of the world’s most renowned barbecue chefs, Des Moines, Iowa’s Smokey D’s Barbecue emerged as Grand Champions. In addition to taking home top honors, Smokey D’s also received $10,000 and a Peavey JD-AG3™ Jack Daniel’s® acoustic guitar autographed by Peavey Electronics Founder and CEO Hartley Peavey, Jack Daniels 7th Master Distiller Jeff Arnett, and performing artists Keith Anderson and Kyle Jacobs.
“Winning the guitar was crazy,” shared Smokey D’s BBQ owner, Darren Warth. “We’ve never received a ‘trophy’ like that before. I’ve had it in my hands every day since we won it!” Warth entered the world of competition barbecue with his wife Sherry as a hobby in 2003. After initial success, the two launched Smokey D’s BBQ in 2006 as a trailer in their driveway. Today they operate three restaurants in Des Moines and have won over 60 state championships and over 700 category awards.
“It was great having Peavey participate this year at the 26th annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue,” said Debbie Christian, Jack Daniel’s Event Organizer. “Our founder, Mr. Jack, knew that great food and great music just go together, so it was a natural fit to have our long-time friends at Peavey join us for a fantastic weekend in the Jack Daniel’s Hollow.”
Musical guests for the event included country music stars Keith Anderson, Kyle Jacobs and Kacey Smith. Centered around the high fidelity Peavey Versarray™ line array, all stage audio was provided by Peavey Electronics in partnership with KK’s Music of Tullahoma and Manchester, TN.
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About Peavey Electronics®
Founded in 1965, Peavey® is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrix®, Architectural Acoustics®, Crest Audio®, Composite Acoustics® and Trace Elliot® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.
Laura B. Whitmore