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Hank Williams Jr, Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band & JoDee Messina

Celebrating 50 Years of Concerts at the WVU Coliseum
September 13, 1997

Country Comfort Tour print ad with photo of left to right Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels, JoDee Messina, Hank Williams Jr Country Comfort Tour & Experience
Hank Williams Jr
Travis Tritt

The Charlie Daniels Band
& JoDee Messina
SHOW DATE: Saturday, September 13, 1997 • 7pm
It's no secret that Hank Williams Jr., 2020 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee and five-time Entertainer of the Year, knows how to throw a party so when Hank and his buddies Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band and JoDee Messina rolled into the Coliseum on September 13, 1997, that's exactly what fans were expecting. The Country Comfort Tour presented by Fruit of Loom did not disappoint! 

Fans enjoyed a five-hour concert by some of the biggest names in country music—a show described as "hotter than a four-alarm fire"—but they were treated to the ultimate interactive music experience prior to the concert. A state-of-the-art mobile festival was set up in the Coliseum parking lot, the entrance to which was flanked by two 10-foot-tall Gibson guitars. Concert-goers could take photos in front of replicas of the facade of the historic Ryman Auditorium or the Grand Ole Opry stage. The 35,000-square-foot Experience midway contained five tents and three semi trailers of interactive exhibits offering country-oriented computer games, virtual jam sessions with country artists, line dancing and music at Billy Bob's Texas "On the Road." The highlight of the Experience was the mobile country music museum featuring items from Marty Stuart's private collection paying tribute to the legendary Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash.

To further add to the concert atmosphere, a Fruit of the Loom-branded miniature helium balloon could be seen floating above the crowd during set breaks. 

A copy of a concert ticket from the 1997 Country Comfort Tour at the WVU Coliseum 
The average ticket price was $23.75.

This concert was the fourth and last time that the late Charlie Daniels would perform at the WVU Coliseum. His first appearance was in 1975.


Hank Williams Jr

Travis Tritt

The Charlie Daniels Band

JoDee Messina
Hank Williams Jr., Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels, JoDee Messina. Fruit of the Loom Country Comfort Tour publicity photo