Tennessee’s favorite country music singer will headline a concert at the Battle at Bristol.

Kenny Chesney will play Friday, September 9, one day ahead of the Tennessee-Virginia Tech game.

“My days at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City are where I first learned to love what I do,” said Chesney in a release. “I played a lot of music in the Bristol area during that time – and even made my first album there while still in college.

“I had a lot of dreams then, but never did I dream I would be playing at Bristol Motor Speedway. The idea of that was too big to dream. So to say I’m excited to be coming back to play in an area where this dream started is an understatement! Music and sports have defined my life, and it’s not every day an artist is allowed to combine the two for something as special as this.”

Joining Chesney is country music bands The Band Perry and Old Dominion.

Chesney┬árecently played at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium, and the Tigers needed new grass, courtesy of AU Grounds Crew on Twitter:auburn-field

You can read the official release here.