Country singer Ty Herndon entertains at Red I Diner

Ty Herndon sings during his “Up Close and Unplugged” concert at the Red I Diner.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Ty Herndon sings during his “Up Close and Unplugged” concert at the Red I Diner.

Grammy-nominated country singer Ty Herndon treated patrons at the new Red I Diner to a special “unplugged” acoustic concert recently and helped raise more than $1,200 for charity.

Herndon did two sold-out shows at the restaurant on Jan. 15

The Red I Diner, located at 2024 E. Hunt Road in Maryville, presented “Ty Herndon-- Up Close and Unplugged.” This event included dinner and Herndon’s performance.

Herndon performed many of his previous hits and songs from his newest album, “Journey On,” which has given him his first Grammy nomination.

Tommy Hunt, president of Calloway Oil which owns the E-Z Stop convenience store where the diner is located, said he was impressed with Herndon. “I thought it was a very generous donation of his time and talent for a great cause, and the event was very successful,” he said. “I hope everyone enjoyed it. The customers were very positive, and we’re going to do some more of these concerts. We were tickled with the crowd.”

Jeff Marlowe, Red I Diner managing partner, said the event was a good fundraiser for ALS. “Between the two shows we raised right at $1,200. The crowd was wonderful. They were enthusiastic,” Marlowe said.

The Red I Diner opened on November 28, 2010, and is owned and operated by the Marlowe brothers: Phil, Dave and Jeff. Proceeds from the day went to the ALS Association of Tennessee and The Kevin Turner Foundation.

Ty Herndon is a household name to country music fans due to his impressive string of hits that began in 1995 with “What Mattered Most,” which rocketed to No. One. He has 17 singles that have landed him on Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, numerous industry awards and more than 4 million albums sold.

Herndon released “Journey On” in 2010, received a 2010 Dove Award for one of the songs from the album, “When We Fly.” The album recently received a Grammy nomination. Herndon’s “Journey On” video features Kevin Turner, who was diagnosed in April with ALS. Kevin played at the University of Alabama and professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles. The video can be viewed at

The ALS Association’s and The Kevin Turner Foundation’s missions are “to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig’s disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.” You can learn more about ALS at

Visit the Red I Diner online at

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