With the arrest of BamaJam's primary organizer, many are concerned the Wiregrass' largest musical festival won't happen.
Amid country crossing closing and his recent indictment, Ronnie Gilley says he's been financially crippled to say the least.
Despite his personal hardships, Gilley says BamaJam is still a go.
“Obviously I'm going to have to be real focused on defending the allegations that are against me right which we look forward to doing so in court...but as for now BamaJam is full speed ahead. It's hard to imagine BamaJam getting any bigger but there's a strong possibility that 2011 could be the largest in the history of the country,” said Gilley,
Gilley says life has been tough lately, to say the least...
“Being handcuffed ankle cuffed and waist cuffed and shackled...walking into a federal courtroom in front of the media and facing the judge, “said Gilley.
But...he won't let it keep him, or the wiregrass down.
“I would hate to see political agendas, and that's basically what it boils down to, punish the citizens of the wiregrass of Alabama once again,” said Gilley.
He says not having BamaJam, would be one of those "punishments.”
“We’ve put the wiregrass region of Alabama on the map in a profound way. You can go back and look at the national media that's been on BamaJam for three consecutive years now, we've brought people in from 48 states and 11 countries you know that is amazing. The sales tax revenue that's generated each year generates 300,000 dollars in 3 days...that's pretty doggone significant,” said Gilley.
For those who already bought tickets for BamaJam, Gilley says not to fear.
If for any reason the festival had to be canceled, which he does not foresee happening, he guarantees everyone would get their ticket money back.
Gilley said this year's event is possible, despite his political and financial obstacles, because he got a little help from some friends.
He says he'll have a big announcement, concerning who those friends are and why it's significant... Next week.