Wynonna Judd will make history with her upcoming headlining concert event, which will feature Ashley McBryde, Brandi Carlile, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, and more special guests.
“The Judds: Love Is Alive – The Final Concert” is taking place Thursday, November 3rd at Middle Tennessee State University in the Murphy Center. The show, which is a recreation of The Judds’ 1991 Farewell Tour, will be airing on CMT in March of 2023. Tickets are on sale now with a portion of the proceeds going towards NAMI Tennessee, an organization that supports mental health and encourages access to services, treatment, and support, in addition to raising awareness. To purchase, click HERE.
The concert will be the largest show held at the Murphy Center since the last time Wynonna and her late mother, Naomi Judd, performed their final show together over thirty years ago on the Judds Farewell tour. This event will also celebrate the venue’s 50th anniversary.
The legendary powerhouse shared the news of “The Judds: Love Is Alive – The Final Concert” during a press lunch at the popular restaurant Fox & Locke in the quaint town of Leiper’s Fork outside of Nashville. CMT and Sandbox Productions event producers were also in attendance as well as MTSU representatives.
“Stepping onstage at the Murphy Center for the first time since Dec. 4th, 1991 will be so surreal for me. It was an emotional night over 30 years ago and will be an emotional night, for different reasons, now,” shares Wynonna. “I can’t wait to lean into the nostalgia with the artists who have made this tour so special, and recreate one of the most iconic nights in Judd “Herstory!”
“It’s serendipitous magic on so many levels to be able to capture Wynonna’s return to the Murphy Center, almost exactly 31 years to the date. And it’s especially meaningful as an MTSU alum to produce such a landmark event, working hand in hand with the university’s faculty and staff to have their students actively participate in the production in its entirety,” said Margaret Comeaux, Executive Producer & SVP of Production, Music & Events, CMT. “We are also extremely excited to collaborate once again with our amazing partners at Sandbox to present a true Judds event spectacular that has been decades in the making, and continue to tell the next chapter in Wynonna’s story.”
“I remember when I was 15 years old, watching The Judds 1991 Farewell Concert on repeat when it first came out on Pay-Per-View. This is such an incredible, full circle moment to reproduce that same iconic special with Wy, and having her joined by all the powerhouse women she has brought with her on tour,” said Sandbox Productions’ Jason Owen, Executive Producer. “I’m so excited for everyone to watch – and for the incredible legacy of The Judds to live on forever.”
“What is most compelling about the Judds’ music is that it captures the love between two women. The Murphy Center event will allow us all to celebrate that love. After all, it was love that built a bridge between the Judds and their audience,” added Beverly Keel, Dean of the College of Media and Entertainment, MTSU. “It is love that connects the family of country music females and strengthens them as they work to make their voices heard.”
Revealed earlier this week, The Judds: The Final Tour has been extended into 2023 – expanding from the original 11-date arena tour. Ashley McBryde, Brandi Carlile, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, and Martina McBride will all be returning for select dates in addition to special guests that are yet to be announced.
The televised performance will be co-produced by CMT and Sandbox Productions. Margaret Comeaux (CMT), Jason Owen (Sandbox) and Patrizia DiMaria (Ladypants Productions) are all Executive Producers, while the Executives in Charge of Production are Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent, and Shanna Strassberg and Donna Duncan are Talent Producers.