Oral Litigation

A Tennessee promoter is seeking damages of nearly $30,000 for breach of oral contract after a canceled Don Williams show.

The country veteran was to perform July 28th at Johnson City’s Freedom Hall Civic Center but canceled the day before, according to plaintiff Rodney T. Booth Enterprises.

The suit names Don Williams Enterprises LLC, manager Robert Pratt, agency The Bobby Roberts Company and road manager Jeff Hatfield as defendants.

According to the filing, Booth promoted a July 23rd concert in North Carolina that apparently drew fewer fans than Williams and his team expected. With 600 tickets sold for the Johnson City show, Pratt suggested the show be canceled but insisted that a $7,500 binder be paid to Williams, the suit says.

Booth refused to cancel, citing the money already invested and the fact that venue coordinators told him ticket sales were increasing, according to the suit. Pratt “accepted and agreed with” Booth’s decision, the suit says.

However, the suit alleges, agent Brian Jones told Booth July 27th that Don Williams Enterprises had canceled the appearance because Williams did not want to play for less than 2,000 fans.

Booth is seeking economic damages of $18,413 and punitive damages of $10,000 in addition to other costs, according to the lawsuit.

Williams’ official Web site still listed the Johnson City concert on its “Events” page at press time.

When contacted by Pollstar, Pratt said he had no comment on the suit. Calls to Roberts and Jones were not returned.