Check out this years group of incredible songwriters coming all the way from Nashville, TN.
Meet the Songwriters
Check out this years group of incredible songwriters coming all the way from Nashville, TN.
These are the people who have written AND lived the hit songs you know and love.
These are the people who have written AND lived the hit songs you know and love.
2023 Guest Songwriters
The tapestry of southern music in America is rich, vivid and diverse. Adam Hood is an artist who exudes that substantial musical lineage each time he straps on his Telecaster for a show or picks up his pen to write a song. The roots of his Opelika, AL upbringing inform his musicality and guide his soul-stirring lyrics. He paints the characters of his songs with the wisdom that can only be derived by thousands of miles spent behind the steering wheel chasing the next musical adventure from one coast to the next. He delivers the words he writes with verve, passion and a smooth, confident voice that only comes from an artist who truly believes in each word springing forth to the microphone.
Hood has carved out a career that has taken him from playing for tips acoustically in his hometown as a teenager to fronting a band on the biggest stages of roots music. Adam Hood has a yearning deep inside, a calling, to share his take on what country music should sound like. It is a soulful and profound version of the genre that mixes in elements of assorted styles to create something uniquely Adam Hood. A sound he describes as “southern songs. “It’s southern music,’ Hood relates, “The soulful side of southern music, the country side of southern music, the genuineness of southern culture, and the way I grew up. It’s what I’ve always done.”
While initially making waves as a performer of his own songs, it has been other folks singing those songs over the past decade that have added a new layer to Adam Hood’s formidable career. Always a capable and relatable songwriter, Hood has found his way by adeptly crafting songs that created stirring scenes and powerful emotions. An impressive roster of artists have recorded songs from Adam Hood’s pen, including: Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Whiskey Myers, Cody Jinks and Travis Tritt.
While Hood’s songwriting profile has continued to shine over the years, his own recorded and touring output has remained a vital part of the broader country music landscape. Hood’s latest album is titled Bad Days Better. An effort that was recorded in the famed Capricorn Studios in Macon, GA with Brent Cobb at the helm. The vibes and feel of the historic studio helped Cobb and Hood guide this project alongside the energy of past studio inhabitants such as Otis Redding. The Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band and Charlie Daniels Band among others. To be released on Hood’s own independent label, fittingly called Southern Songs. Hood is weaving his present day among the echoes of his heroes and biggest influences; creating a sound, style and moment that is all his own.
Honing in on Adam Hood’s bedrock musical qualities pushed the Bad Days Better project forward with a true sense of purpose. The ghosts of consoles and melodies past imbued each song laid down over four days. In some ways, this experience was the culmination of the myriad of experiences that led Adam Hood to this place in his life. The freshly sober family man recording inside the same walls as the musical icons of his youth, the go-to songwriter of the moment when an artist wants something with grit and groove, acclaimed live performer that’s packed out thousands of venues…all of it is found in the music Hood wrote for this record. An exceptional cast of collaborators that included Brit Turner, Richard Turner and Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke helped lay down the musical tracks. And the background vocals are singularly provided by Miranda Lambert.
The songs Hood wrote for this most recent collection demanded such a serious lineup of session help. Bad Days Better is a deeply personal album. Adam Hood has lived a life full of hills and valleys and spent years living in the valleys while trying to appear to the outward world that he permanently resided on the hills. His countenance and resignation to be honest with himself in all facets of life led to the most raw lyrics of his career. “I speak more than I want to sometimes,” he says,” It makes me nervous to play it because I know it’s a vulnerable moment.” That vulnerability and honesty in his music is just another layer to the southern musical story for which Adam Hood continues to write new chapters.
Adam Hood will always be found where there’s a stage, sharing his version of country music. The essence, the emotion, the spirit and the institution of southern music reside in Hood’s soul. He will continue to write, perform and share that mastery with his audience for years to come. “Music should get under your skin and make you think and make you feel,” he exclaims,”Some people get what I’m saying, some don’t. I want to say what I feel and hope others feel the same way.”
Adam James was raised on a farm in central Illinois. As a child of 90s country radio, he always dreamed of making music in Music City. Now, Adam currently writes for Universal Music Publishing Group and his songs have been recorded by Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley and Zac Brown Band, just to name a few. He recently achieved his first #1 hit with Chesney’s “Knowing You”, which was also nominated for ACM Song Of The Year.
Born and raised in a small town just outside of Bend, Oregon, AJKross began his music career at a very young age playing in a band with his mother and father. At age 3 AJ had already sang lead vocals on anational children’s album. By age of ten, AJ had branched out and started his own band that helped shape the artist that he is today.
After spending a decade traveling around the Northwest AJ made the move to Nashville in pursuit of acareer in Country music. During his first few years in Nashville he worked passionately on perfecting his craft as a songwriter making a goal to write at least two songs a day with hundreds of songwriters around town. After four years in Nashville AJ decided it was time to release his music as an artist, releasing his debut EP, “People Gonna Talk”. Quickly after the release, the EP climbed the Country iTunes charts and AJ began to receive more recognition around town from songwriters and music executives. Since then AJKross has continued to write in preparation of yet another release set for early 2020.
AJ has been influenced his entire career by such artists as: Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton and Johnny Cash. His voice has everything you would expect from a true Country artist and has been described by fellow songwriters as “honey poured over thunder”. Keep an eye open for AJKross as he continues to make a name for himself in Music City. Head over to iTunes, Spotify and AJKross.com to check out some of his music.
Andy Albert is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter originally from Roswell, Georgia. Since moving to town in 2011 he has co-written 150+ songs for various Country, rock, and pop artists. Notable cuts include Dustin Lynch “Thinking ‘Bout You” (6-week #1 and Billboard’s longest running top-10 in Country Airplay chart history) and “Good Girl”, Blake Shelton “She’s Got A Way With Words”, Dan+Shay’ “Steal My Love”, Mitchell Tenpenny “Anything She Says” and current single “
My name is Aris Smith, and I am a 16-year-old country artist from Jacksonville, FL. I am a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. I started writing music when I was nine years old and my passion for writing grew much stronger as I got older. These past two years I have discovered my love for all things country and decided to shift my songwriting to fit the genre. My dream is to make it big in country music and inspire others through my lyrics.
Born of triumph and tragedy, Bobby Pinson’s songs embody the power and integrity to take them across the width of today’s musical landscape. Real-life situations, personal mantras, and the examination of the human condition, all find a place in Bobby’s diverse material he often describes as a mixture of gutter and grace.
Bobby has had over two hundred of his songs recorded by country music superstars such as Toby Keith, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Jake Owen, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, Sugarland, Brantley Gilbert, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, Tracy Lawrence, Trace Adkins, LeAnn Rimes, Montgomery Gentry, Van Zant and many more. Bobby has written over thirty Top 40 hits, including ten number one singles. Bobby’s celebrated songs have earned him 2009 BMI Songwriter of the Year, two CMA Triple Play awards, a Grammy nomination for 2020 Country Song of the Year, CMA and ACM Single and Song of the Year nominations, twenty BMI awards, and five NSAI (Songs I Wish I’d Written) awards.
In 2005, the Panhandle Texas native released his debut album, Man Like Me, on RCA Records which was one of the most critically acclaimed records of the year. An effort hailed by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly as Nashville’s cream of the crop, Man Like Me, landed on Blender Magazine’s top fifty list of all records in all genres, as well as numerous year-end top ten lists. Pinson’s hit single, ”Don’t Ask Me How I Know” lead the way for what has come to be considered by many as one of the best records recorded in the last twenty years.
Singer-songwriter and artist Brady Seals has a pedigree for success. He is related to numerous music industry heavyweights including, Jimmy Seals (Seals & Crofts), Dan Seals (England Dan & John Ford Coley), and country songwriters Troy Seals (Songwriting Hall of Fame Member) and Chuck Seals. Throughout his career, Brady Seals has sold over 11 million albums, topped three genres simultaneously, and his songs continue to captivate audiences and attract licenses for TV, radio, and film.
A touring musician since the age of 16, Brady Seals is probably best known for his tenure in Little Texas. During his six years as keyboardist and co-lead singer for the multi-platinum group, they were voted ACM’s Vocal Group of the Year Award and received two Grammy nominations. Little Texas celebrated three consecutive number one hits with What Might Have Been, God Blessed Texas, and My Love, all of which Seals co-wrote, granting him the ASCAP Triple Play Award.
In 1996 Seals pursued a solo career, collaborating with the legendary Rodney Crowell to co-produce his Warner Brothers album, The Truth. It features a duet with Wynonna Judd, Another You, Another Me that sold over 100,000 singles. A self-titled CD followed in 1998 with guest appearances by Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Timothy B. Schmidt (The Eagles), Bela Fleck, and Max Carl (.38 Special). Seals then explored the pop/rock genre from 1999-2001 by engineering, producing, and writing the album Thompson Street, collaborating with pop innovator Andy Sturmer (Jellyfish).
In 2002 Seals formed Hot Apple Pie (DreamWorks). Comprised of extraordinary musicians, the music industry dubbed the band “Music City’s Super Group.” Hot Apple Pie’s self-titled debut was released in 2005 featuring country music icon, Willie Nelson. The band quickly made history when they became the highest-selling debut country group in the Neilson SoundScan era. Their entry single, Hillbillies Love It In The Hay went Top 20. The video shot to #1 on VH-1 Country and was among CMT’s “Top 20 Sexiest Videos.”
Seals spent the next two years with Hot Apple Pie playing large venues in North America and Canada. They played the Grand Ole Opry, major festivals such as Summerfest, and opened for country giants Keith Urban and Tim McGraw. Fans clamored for tickets to see and hear their live show as word spread about the amazing musicianship and Seals’ “Jagger-esque” stage appeal. Hot Apple Pie gained the respect of music industry insiders and established acts due to their tight harmonies, agile playing skills, and charismatic stage antics.
In 2008 Seals released an independent solo CD called “Play Time” featuring friends, Richard Marx and Stan Lynch (Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers) and hit the road again. He spent two years performing in clubs, theaters and other venues across the country.
When 2015 rolled around Seals along with his friend and co-writer, Gordon Kennedy founded the songwriter show called Music City Pickers LIVE! featuring artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Larry Stewart (Restless Heart), Richie McDonald (Lonestar), Peter Frampton, and many other hit-makers.
In 2016 Brady paired up with Lua Crofts (daughter of Darrell “Dash” Crofts) to form Seals & Crofts 2. Audiences can now experience the music of 70s rock duo Seals & Crofts in a whole new way. They can hear the hits Summer Breeze, Diamond Girl, and We May Never Pass This Way (Again), artfully re-imagined with a reverent nod to the past. The project will feature many popular Seals & Crofts classics, as well as new songs from Seals & Crofts 2.
2016 also brought on another musical project for Seals. He was also asked to front a Tom Petty tribute band called The Petty Junkies. The group is comprised of the who’s who of Nashville professional studio musicians and artists who have been very successful in their own right. Well over 300 hit songs have been penned, played on, sung, or produced by the members of this band.
Brady recently released his version of the iconic hit, God Blessed Texas along with a new memoir called God Blessed Texas & Me Too. He’s currently booking shows for 2021.
A country songwriter and singer, Brian Davis grew up in the small rural town of Bilboa, North Carolina, and by the time he was eight, he was the guitar tuner for his father and grandfather, both of whom were regional honky tonkers. Davis moved to Nashville when he was 24 to pursue his dream of being a professional songwriter and performer, and legendary Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard took him under his wing, offering Davis a publishing deal with a weekly retainer. Davis refined his writing, developing a rock-tinged, contemporary country style that left room for both party anthem stompers and tender ballads. After meeting then-up-and-coming country singer and songwriter Brantley Gilbert, Davis began co-writing with him, and Gilbert took Davis out on the road as an opening act. With six independent albums under his belt, including 2005’s One Good Beer, 2008’s Bd III, 2010’s Pull Up the Tailgate, and 2012’s Under the Influence, Davis began to draw considerable attention, both from fans and from the movers and shakers of Nashville’s flourishing country music scene. In 2017, he delivered the EP Raise ‘Em Up Right Now.
Chad is probably best known for his work with the ACM nominated duo Halfway to Hazard. Born in Hazard Kentucky, he was exposed to lots of different genres of music coming from a musical family, including Bluegrass, classic country, singer-songwriters and rock n roll. Chad graduated from a Belmont University with a business/music business degree and signed his first recoding contract soon after with his rock band, Sodium. Halfway to Hazard, comprised of Warrix and David Tolliver, whom is also a Eastern Kentucky native secured a recording deal with Universal Records and Style Sonic Records with Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw co producing the acts debut album. The self titled album made quite a splash debuting at number #14 on the Billboard Country chart. The first single “Daisy” was a top 40 hit. Warrix’s song, “Die By My Own Hand” was also recorded by McGraw on his Emotional Traffic album. Country till the Day We Die, a showcase of the duo’s rock and country influence was featured in the EA Sports video game, NASCAR 2008. Warrix has played countless venues of every size since the late 1990’s as both an artist and a side musician. Notable stints as the lead guitarist for Randy Houser snd Keith Anderson in the mid 2000’s. Recently Chad has been continuing his work as a music producer with new up and coming talent. His recent cowrite of “Good Time Girl” with Tik Tok sensation and country artist, Taylor Austin Dye has been making its marks on various digital streaming platforms. When not being creative with music related endeavors, he enjoys spending time with his family, riding dirt bikes and operating his tractor. Chad continues to write, produce and tour with and for various artists
Chris Blair is the Owner and Founder of one of the most renowned music venues, The Listening Room Cafe with locations in both Nashville and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and can be best described as an innovator, a philanthropist, and a music lover. A successful entrepreneur, Blair sits on the board of the Nashville MS Society, Music Venue Alliance Nashville, DISMAS House, and is involved and volunteers in other non-profits and community service activities. As an entrepreneur he also owns and operates artist management company Emerge Nashville and is co-owner of many other businesses.
A singer-songwriter by nature, Blair has had a love and appreciation for music as long as he can remember. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where his passions began, learning to sing at the ripe age of six and play guitar. He spent many of his formulative years working in the hospitality industry while expressing his creativity through songwriting, performing, and travelling for shows on the road. Blair attended Southeast Missouri State College, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication with a minor in Business Management. At his 1997 graduation, he performed an original song, becoming the only person in 100 years to perform at the college’s ceremonies.
After moving to Nashville in 2003 and playing in some the city’s most iconic live music venues, Blair saw a distinct need for a venue that incorporated quality sound, talented songwriters, and great food in an upbeat restaurant-style setting. Combining his passions for music with his love of hospitality and great cuisine, he conceptualized the idea for what is now The Listening Room. Since 2006, The Listening Room has become a place where guests can actually hear the music and the stories behind their favorite songs, and songwriters are the heart of the performance. The venue is heralded as one of Nashville top live music establishments, acclaimed by national publications and top performing artists.
Blair believes that behind every song, there is a story to be told. He seeks to provide a platform for artists to share their stories and make a living in Nashville’s songwriter community. Through The Listening Room’s Sound Good, Do Good program, Blair also gives back to the community by donating a portion of ticket sales to locally-based charities and those in need. When he is not listening to music, writing music, or creating exceptional opportunities for guests to hear music, Blair spend his free time flying planes, entertaining friends, and enjoying the company of his wife and three young children.
Working as a bouncer at a West Texas honky-tonk, Cliff Cody’s life changed forever when the waitress dared him to sing at Karaoke Night. Lucky for Cliff, a band was in the audience looking for a lead singer. They offered Cliff the job that night. The next day he bought a guitar, a week later he had written his first song and 6 months after that, he moved to Nashville.
After living in Nashville for 4 years with little success, Cliff went back to school and became an RN. While at a songwriter’s retreat in Wyoming, he met his songwriting hero—D. Vincent Williams and he told Cliff something that would change his path. “Whatever “it” is, you’ve got it and I don’t think you even realize it.” That was the encouragement he needed and in 2005 Cliff signed his first publishing contract with EMI.
“Chasin Whiskey” was Cliff’s first cut and recognized as a highlight of Julie Roberts’ album “Men and Mascara” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Cliff’s second cut was “Glad You’re Gone”, a song he co-wrote with the members of Halfway to Hazard David Tolliver and Chad Warrix. He co-wrote “Gotta Go to Heaven” with artist Josh Thompson and co-wrote the first single on D. Vincent Williams’ freshman album, “Down by the River.” Since first playing the Key West Songwriters Festival 10 years ago, Cliff has become a favorite performer in Key West as well as the rest of the country. Cliff performs over 200 shows a year! He has opened for Gary Allen, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Phil Vasser, Aaron Lewis, Blackberry Smoke, David Allan Coe, Parmalee, Tracey Lawrence, Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, Aaron Tippin, Love and Theft and many more. He appeared on the ABC talent Show “Rising Star” in 2014 and wrote and performed a song for the critically acclaimed book and CD, “The Shoe-Burnin’ – Stories of Southern Soul” available on Amazon.
His soulful voice and story telling style of writing has helped Cliff build a loyal following. He makes fast friends and
A little bit muddy water Mississippi, a little bit California beach bum, Danny grew up playing, singing and writing for his family gospel band while being consumed with 70’s FM radio. He achieved his first #1 gospel song as a writer at age 17 before moving to Nashville and spending the 90’s singing lead in country rock band, Western Flyer. After Western Flyer disbanded, Danny’s vocal talent lead to singing 100’s of songwriter demos as well as adding background vocals to numerous albums by the likes of Blake Shelton, Montgomery Gentry and Keith Anderson before focusing on his passion for writing songs. As a writer, Danny’s musical diversity has lead to cuts by artists ranging from Gloriana to Joe Cocker and he has celebrated numerous hit songs, including Craig Morgan’s “International Harvester” Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah”, 2009’s most played country song, “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean and the recent Locash hit song “I Love This Life”.
Dave Berg is a singer/songwriter originally from Portland Oregon now making his home in Nashville TN. His songs have been recorded by a wide array of artists including Keith Urban, Bake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Rodney Atkins, Jewel, Jimmy Buffett, Reba McEntire and Meatloaf to name a few. He’s had five number one country songs to his credit, including the most played country song of 2008, “If You’re Going Through Hell” recorded by Rodney Atkins. Other hits include “Stupid Boy” by Keith Urban, “These Are My People” by Rodney Atkins, “Moments” by Emerson Drive and “What Kinda Gone” by Chris Cagle. In 2008 Berg was named Billboard’s Country Songwriter of the Year, as well as ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Country Songwriter of the Year. Berg has also recorded three independent singer/songwriter records of his own, “Three Perfect Days”“Surface” and “Not Quite So Alone”
Dave Brainard has produced albums for a number of Nashville artists including Jamey Johnson, Jerrod Niemann (including the #1 hit “Lover Lover” and the top five “What Do You Want”) and earning him a Grammy nomination for Brandy Clark’s acclaimed album, “12 Stories”. Dave also has a long songwriting career that includes songs recorded by Brooks & Dunn, Neal McCoy, Sammy Kershaw, Hunter Hayes, Jeff Bridges, and Jenny Tolman to name a few.
Kentucky native David Tolliver has been a fixture in Music City for over 15 years. Tolliver broke out into the Country music scene with his country-rock duo, Halfway To Hazard, in 2007 with their debut Top 40 Billboard Hot Country hit and iTunes single of the week, “Daisy”. That same year they hit the road opening for Country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on the Soul2Soul tour. In May 2008, Halfway To Hazard was nominated by the Academy of Country Music for their “Duo of the Year” award. Halfway To Hazard toured again on the “Live Your Voice” tour with Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean. Tolliver is now embarking on the newest chapter of his 15-year career in the Nashville music scene as a solo artist. This year he signed a new deal as a co-venture between country star Lee Brice and Curb/Word music publishing. David has had cuts by Tim McGraw, Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, Jerrod Niemann, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Edwin McCain, Cade Foehner, Joe Diffie, Neal McCoy and many others.
Davis Loose: Raised in St. Augustine, Florida, at an early age, Davis found his love for country music. He picked up a guitar at age 11 and started writing songs, playing local bars and festivals around the state of Florida. At age 20, Davis moved to Nashville to pursue his dream of being a country music artist. He has performed on world renowned stages like the Bluebird Cafe. Since moving to Nashville, Davis has penned songs with songwriters such as Mark Irwin, Russel Sutton, Bridgette Tatum and Marty Stuart, just to name a few. Davis has opened for acts such as Travis Tritt, Muscadine Bloodline, Walker Montgomery, The Steel Drivers & Dan Tymynski. Davis is in Nashville permanently pursuing a lifelong career in the Country Music Industry. Instagram // @DavisLoose (https://www.instagram.com/davisloose/?hl=en) TikTok // @DavisLoose (https://www.tiktok.com/@davisloose)
Florida boy, born and raised in the small town of Dade, City Fl, son to Emmet Stevens Sr and Stephanie Stevens has been making his mark in the local music industry and recently breaking into the national music scene opening up for acts such as LOCASH, Jerrod Niemann, The Bellamy Brothers, and more…
At the young age of 11 he started singing in the church where his father is a pastor. Though he didn’t know his passion for music would begin there, its what got him started. His father is also a respected Horse Farrier.
Emmet was in his freshmen year of college when he had to come home to help his dad during some health issues. He picked up the guitar in his downtime as an outlet to help him navigate this time in his life. It didn’t take him long to realize, the college life wasn’t for him. He dropped out of college and began focusing on music full time. With the support of his friends and family he quickly started making this dream become a reality.
Now working with Mandolin Entertainment, and averaging about 200 dates a year, Emmet is currently working on his debut record with Artist/Producer and mentor, Craig Campbell. Music is estimated to be released late 2022 or early 2023.
The very words “Halfway to Hazard” were the first ever penned by the duo & inspired not only their name but are symbolic of the musical journey their lives have taken
Chad Warrix and David Tolliver started playing together in Nashville clubs. Their regular shows soon started a buzz around them that ultimately attracted the attention of producer Byron Gallimore & country superstar Tim McGraw; who, sensing the potential of the two, steered them into the studio. They soon released their first self-titled album & opened for Tim McGraw & Faith Hill on the Soul to Soul II Tour. The following years afforded them opening slots for Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean and others, ACM nomination for Duo of the year, and the Billboard smash single “Daisy”.
H2H use their position as country music artists for philanthropic efforts that significantly move the needle. They have raised over $1,000,000 for music programs in their home state of Kentucky. They also raised over $500,000 for hurricane relief in Texas and Florida. In addition to those amazing charitable efforts they are active with the TJ Martel Foundation, Storme Warren’s Nashville Navy, and *Tracy Lawrence’s Turkey Fry.
Jaida Dreyer is currently one of Nashville’s most sought after female co-writes. Her eclectic writing style has had her penning songs with the likes of Guy Clark to top writers on the LA pop scene. A writer of nine acclaimed tunes for the hit television series ‘Nashville’, her songs have also been featured in Paramount’s, ‘Yellowstone’, A&E’s, ‘The Returned’ and Netflix’s, ‘Longmire’. Jaida celebrated a multi- week number one writing Luke Bryan’s, “Home Alone Tonight” featuring Little Big Town’s, Karen Fairchild. Most recently, her songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Granger Smith, Brantley Gilbert, Cody Jinks, Kevin Costner & The Modern West and more. Jaida has toured the country with artists ranging from current hit makers Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, to the legendary Merle Haggard, as well as being a frequent guest on The Grand Ole Opry. In December 2018, after accepting an invitation and representing team Jake Owen, she was crowned the inaugural winner of USA Network’s singing competition show, ‘Real Country’.
Jamie Floyd is a Nashville based two-time Grammy-nominated independent songwriter & recording artist. She has written songs recorded by Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, Miranda Lambert, Ronnie Dunn, Sturgill Simpson, Ingrid Andress, Brian McKnight, Wrabel, Kalie Shorr, Ty Herndon, Ashley Monroe, Madi Diaz, Jake Hoot, Cassadee Pope, Hayden Panettiere, Kellie Picker, Lucie Silvas and more.
Jamie’s launches her new single “I Never Want To See You Again,” a singable/danceable/cryable ‘country sad song in disguise’ on April 28th—and though it features her signature brutally honest lyrical style, it marks a new, fresh sound for Jamie (co-produced with her husband, Jimmy Thow, co-written with Jimmy & Madi Diaz), and it will be the first of 3 upcoming brand new singles, along with 3 brand new music videos!
Other new releases include “The Blade,” co-written by Jamie and recorded by the legendary Ronnie Dunn for his latest #1 album “100 Proof Neon.” Jamie also co-wrote 4 songs that appear on the new Ty Herndon album “JACOB.” One of the tunes is a duet Floyd sings with Herndon, and she co-wrote the debut single from the album, “Till You Get There.” Other notable credits include having co-written “Anything But Love” with new country star Ingrid Andress, which appears on Ingrid’s Grammy nominated album, “Lady Like,” and cowriting the last single from Kelly Clarkson & Jake Hoot (Winner of The Voice Season 17), a duet called “I Would’ve Loved You.” The song has amassed more than 15 million views and 7 million streams. She also has songs included on the newest albums by Wrabel (Nettwerk/Big Gay Records), Cassadee Pope, Kalie Shorr (TMWRK) and several songs on the new Madi Diaz album “History Of A Feeling” (ANTI). Recently, Madi has been showcasing several songs she’s co-written with Jamie, opening for Hary Styles on several dates for his ongoing “Love on Tour.”
Jamie has written extensively for film and television, including writing, and performing “Oh Darlin,'” the only original song featured in Theresa Rebeck’s Glimpse, a new thriller shot entirely on an iPhone. The film features an all-star cast including Michael Emerson, Alysia Reiner, Raul Esparza and Janet McTeer. She also wrote and recorded “Let it Shine,” which closes out the final scene of the new movie Dakota. Her other credits include writing the finale for Dolly Parton’s A Country Christmas Story and writing and performing the entire 12 song soundtrack for Burt Reynolds’ award winning final film The Last Movie Star. Jamie and her co-writer John Martin took home the Nashville Film Festival’s “Best Song in A Feature Film” for “Yet To Come,” the closing song of the Burt movie. She also appeared in the critically acclaimed documentary The Last Songwriter alongside Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris and Jason Isbell.
As a composer & lyricist, Jamie has written all the original music, 20+ songs, for an upcoming new musical in development, “The King’s Wife.” The musical recently had its first 29 hour reading with the prestigious Playwrights Horizons in NYC. The piece is produced by Emmy and Tony-nominated and Drama Desk winning producer Jennifer Kranz in association with multi-Tony-nominated Rosalind Productions (Broadway’s The Prom, Funny Girl, Three Tall Women, King Lear), with book and story by award winning playwright Mêlisa Annis, directed by Tamilla Woodard (Hadestown) and with Music Direction by Ethan Popp (“The Greatest Showman,” Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, School of Rock). Jamie was also tapped to write the theme song “Little Christmas Miracles,” for Off Broadway Christmas play, of the same name. She penned the song by herself, especially for the show, and made her off Broadway debut as both a songwriter and a performer at The Actors Temple Theater in New York when she closed the show with her performance of the song on opening night. Jamie has most recently been tapped as a composer along with artist Jeremy Ryan, for another new Broadway musical in development titled “That Boy Ain’t Right,” alongside her longtime collaborator and accomplished playwright, Mêlisa Annis.
As a touring artist, Floyd has toured nationally, including playing Stagecoach and headlining at The Washington State Fair with her band. After the independent release of her EP “New Girl,” debuted at #6 on the iTunes Country Album charts, Jamie made her Grand Ole Opry debut, opening for Metallica & Three Days Grace. The show aired in 300 cities/drive-ins across the United States and Canada as part of the Encore Drive In Nights concert series. She was awarded 2021’s “Rising Star Award” by the Concert For Love & Acceptance, a televised charitable event organized by Ty Herndon’s Foundation for Love & Acceptance and CMT.
She plans to tour extensively and will release new music beginning April of 2023.
With a razor-sharp wit and throwback sound, Jenny Tolman is on deck to become her
generation’s Roger Miller—a comedic troubadour with a decidedly feminine perspective,
offering savvy wordplay and wisdom far beyond her years. With titles like “High Class White Trash,” her debut album There Goes the Neighborhood lit up Nashville in 2020 by delivering engaging snapshots of small-town life in the fictional Jennyville. Not many new artists would step into the spotlight quite so brazenly but doing so has been worth the gamble thus far for Tolman, with the Nashville Scene singling out There Goes the Neighborhood as “Best Country Debut Album,” while The Tennessean named her an “Artist to Watch” and MusicRow Magazine included her in its “Next Big Thing” Class of 2020. Pretty heady stuff for a 25-year-old whom veteran Music Row writer Robert K. Oermann says is “practically single-handedly bringing humor back into country music.”
Jesse Rice is a multi-platinum selling and award-winning singer-songwriter and producer in Nashville, TN. Originally from low-country South Carolina, Rice moved to Nashville in 2002, where he began working for EMI Music Publishing. From 2007 to 2014 Rice was a staff songwriter at Artist Revolution Publishing. In the winter of 2014 he then signed a worldwide publishing deal with Ole Music Publishing.
As a writer, Rice has won ACM, CMA, AMA, Billboard, BMI & SESAC Awards, including Awards for SESAC Song of The Year and ACM & CMA Single of the Year for Florida Georgia Line’s hit ” Cruise”
“Cruise” was his first #1 hit as a songwriter, and the song then went on to become the longest-running #1 country music song of all time, spending an unprecedented 25 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts. To date, “Cruise” has sold 11 million downloads, making it the largest selling single in country music history, and the only country song ever to receive a Diamond certification by the RIAA. In addition, “Cruise” was remixed and re-released on the pop charts by the rap artist Nelly, going on to spend a crossover -record 42 weeks in the Top-10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and reaching a peak of #4 in August 2013.
Other songs written by Rice include Ashley McBryde’s debut single “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” which recently garnered the #1 spot on Sirius XM The Highway’s Top 30 Countdown and is the lead single from McBryde’s “Girl Going Nowhere”- nominated for Best Country Album at the 2019 GRAMMYS, “The High Life” by Colt Ford, the Kristian Bush of Sugarland single “Light Me Up”, “Whoa” by Chase Rice, “While He’s Still Around” from the current Florida Georgia Line Billboard #1 record Dig Your Roots.
As an artist Rice also tours promoting the act that is his passion- THE PIRATE SESSIONS, whose first 2 volumes of that record each debuted in the Top 20 on the iTunes Country Album Charts. PIRATE SESSIONS III was released on January 27, 2017, and debuted in the Top 5 on the iTunes Country Album charts. His single “Hope Town” is currently in rotation on Sirius XM Radio Margaritaville. At the 2017 Trop Rock Music Awards, Rice was named the winner of the Horizon Award for best new artist.
Jolie is an independent singer-songwriter based in Saint Augustine, Florida. She is known in Northeast Florida for her powerful vocals and intimate performances. She was voted Saint Augustine’s “Best Female Vocalist” and “Best Musician” in 2019 and 2020 and often garners comparisons to artists like Sarah Mclachlan, Sara Bareilles, and Birdy. In November 2019, Jolie released “I Can Only Be Me,” an EP of five original songs at a sold-out release concert in Saint Augustine, Florida. Currently, Jolie plays regularly in Downtown St. Augustinewhere she consistently draws large crowds and stops traffic. She continues to establish a following in Northeast Florida and beyond.
Justin Wilson Raised by his grandparents in a small North Georgia town, Justin Wilson fell in love music and started touring the east coast. He made his way to Nashville, at the age of 17, where he discovered his passion for the songwriter. Over the years, Justin Wilson has accrued over 80 recorded songs, 14 singles and quite a few hits. His first #1 song, “KISS YOU IN THE MORNING” was recorded by Michael Ray, quickly to be followed up by Randy Houser’s “WE WENT”, Mitchel Tenpenny’s “DRUNK ME” and Dustin Lynch’s “MOMMA’S HOUSE”. Over the years Justin has had songs recorded by country stars like: Morgan Wallen, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Granger Smith, Parmalee, Restless Road, and many more! Make no mistake about it, if you have ever seen JW play a show, his incredible vocals and witty banter will keep you entertained and captivated.
Lauren Hungate is a songwriter from Franklin TN. Lauren is currently signed with Concord/Chromatic Music Publishing. She’s had cuts with Elle King, Chrissy Metz, Kimberly Perry, Carter Faith, Ashland Craft, Lily Rose, Spencer Crandall, Lauren Watkins, & more. She was BMI Buzz class of 2020 & one of the “25 Songwriters You Need To Know” for 2021. She’s written with the likes of: Little Big Town, Charles Kelley, Jake Owen, Sasha Sloan, Carly Pearce, Maddie & Tae, Raelynn, Cam, Corey Kent, Mackenzie Porter, Nate Smith and others.
Lee Thomas Miller is a songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee.
Since moving to Nashville in 1991 he has had 18 top 20 singles with 7 reaching #1 and has earned 13 BMI radio performance awards. His songs have reached radio play in excess of 25 million spins with streaming numbers reaching into the hundreds of millions.
He won both a CMA and an ACM award for Song of the Year with “In Color” as recorded by Jamey Johnson. “You’re Gonna Miss This” won Song of the Year at both the ASCAP and NSAI awards and single of the year at the CMA awards.
His accomplishments include 3 Grammy nominations, a teen choice award, 13 BMI awards and has had 4 different songs nominated for ‘Song of the Year’ at the major industry awards. (CMA, ACM and/or Grammys)
Miller has also been given 4 “Songs I Wish I Had Written” trophies as voted on by the professional membership of NSAI (the Nashville Songwriter’s Association).
Miller has had success also as a record producer producing a pair of top 20 hits on recording artist Steve Holy including his #1 record “Brand New Girlfriend”
He cowrote the most recent Scotty McCreery single “It Matters To Her”.
Matt Dragstrem has written No. 1 hits such as “I’ll Name The Dogs” (Blake Shelton), “One Margarita” (Luke Bryan), “What My World Spins Around (Jordan Davis), “You Look Like I Need A Drink” (Justin Moore), “Sippin’ On Fire” (Florida Georgia Line), and “Be A Light” (Thomas Rhett ft. Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban) as well as landed cuts by artists Maren Morris, David Guetta, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Dan + Shay, G- Eazy, Charlie Puth, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, and more. He also has nearly a dozen songwriting and producer credits on Rhett’s Country Again: Side A and Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album.
“My story is similar to a lot of Nashville songwriters,” Dragstrem tells American Songwriter. “Fall of 2005 at the Bluebird Cafe, I saw country music Hall of Famer Jeffery Steele playing his latest Rascal Flatts No. 1 [song]. It was an inspiring show and definitely sparked my interest of pursuing songwriting as a career path.”
A self-proclaimed “late bloomer,” Dragstrem did not start co-writing songs until his sophomore year at Belmont—starting with TV and film. It wasn’t until he graduated that the songwriter began to pursue his country/pop music career.
In an ever-evolving pop/country landscape, Dragstrem says he never knows exactly what will resonate as a “hit.” Instead, he focuses on authenticity—delivering his truth in the hopes that others might find theirs within it. “For me,” he says, “if you are true to who you are and create what you feel is special there’s a good chance a lot of other people will feel the same too.”
While co-writing, Dragstrem learned how to fill in the gaps in the writers’ room. He has played the guitar most of his life, so he finds himself often functioning on the music side of the songwriting craft. But, through years of experience and success, Dragstrem enjoys each aspect of the creative process.
“I’m a bit of a jack of all trades, master of none,” he says. Depending on the collaboration, he says, “I try to insert myself in a way that might not be my co-writer’s individual strengths.”
The vetted songsmith warns against being “too precious.” He says, “The more I’m not needing a song to work out the more things work out.” This reverse psychology leads him to approach the process with an open mind, allowing inspiration to flow freely. He doesn’t “beat [himself] up” or “get too attached.”
Dragstrem’s songs have been recorded and released by A-List artists such as Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Dan + Shay, Dierks Bentley, Lady A, Cole Swindell, and Brothers Osborne, along with G-Eazy and Charlie Puth—with whom he achieved a Top 40 hit. This track record speaks to Dragstrem’s trans-genre talent, making him a not-so-secret weapon in the evolving soundscape of Nashville.
Mel Washington, 38, was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He’s been a singer songwriter since he was 18 years old and has played venues across the US, Australia and Europe. Mel has pursued his career relentlessly and without exception to his principles; he believes music to be profoundly healing and that it should be shared with an open heart and mind.
Aside from his talents on the stage, Mel is a gifted conversationalist able to get to the heart of any story through his emotional range and intelligence. His life experience has been marked by the usual trappings of a traveling musician, the charm of southern religion, and even a stint of homelessness. He brings a genuine warmth to conversation that evokes great storytelling from even a casual acquaintance.
Social sites: @MelWashington – Instagram @MelWashington – Twitter
“Someone asked me how I became ‘Such a well rounded musician’” says Nashville based Americana/Rocker Mick Fury, “‘When you’ve found every different way to f*** Up, the correct path remarkably reveals itself.’” In 2002 Mick moved to Hollywood, CA and began performing. He also managed to get jumped twice by homeless women. “That established sort of a nice baseline, I could only go up from there.” Returning home to Syracuse NY, Mick’s new hard rock band Silent Fury landed their song “Exit Wounds” in Underworld. They opened for Vertical Horizon, Spin Doctors, The Stone Temple Pilots and more. The nights of hard drinking and carousing were taking their toll however and they needed a change. Mick moved to Nashville to try his hand at country.The band soon found themselves on stage with Frankie Ballard,Craig Campbell, and Brothers Osborne. The new musical direction had a clock on it though, and that ran out fast. “Once I heard 97th “country song” reference tailgates and daisy dukes and Friday nights, I said screw it.”
Mick began touring Solo, playing Key West Songwriter Fest, Americana Fest, and CMA. He found his myriad histories merging together as he’d open for Travis Tritt, the next weekend his old friends in Vertical Horizon. “We’re the inevitable product of all our choices – LA, NY and Nashville couldn’t just be dusted off, they’d become affixed to my musical soul.”
In 2021 Mick was asked to be the composer for Cole Houser’s (Rip of Yellowstone) and Mel Gibson’s film Panama. Upon theatrical release in March 2022, Panama landed in iTunes Movies Top 8. Simultaneously Mick pulled his rock and roll ruffians back together and begun plotting for a new Rock/Americana album. “90’s music was great,” Mick says, “People want real, honest songs, with a little bit of “f*** You.”. I can do that.” The new album “1981-1996” is due out in June.
Country singer-songwriter based in Nashville, TN with 20+ million streams under his belt. Check out the new single, “If It’s Over It’s On.”
2023 will be a milestone year: From touring with the Lacs and working on a major project with multiple releases scheduled that include “Home Out of Hometown,” produced by Grammy nominated Dave Brainard.
Nashville based songwriter, Paul Orehovec, is first and foremost a storyteller.
Drawing inspiration from personal triumphs, failures and the diverse characters he’s met along the way, Paul weaves tales of love, heartbreak, and the pursuit of happiness into his songs. He splits his time, co-writing with up-and-coming country artists and releasing his own music under the moniker, “Poor Life Choices”
With “Poor Life Choices”, Paul explores a wide range of genres, incorporating elements of country, folk, reggae, and rock to create a sound uniquely his own. Often humorous, sometimes gut-wrenching, always authentic.
Paul was born in Ohio and raised in Miami, Florida where he cut his teeth as a songwriter and live performer with multiple bands. During his tenure in bands, he played hundreds of shows, performed at festivals like the Warped Tour and opened for James Brown, The Skatalites, and many more.
Orehovec moved to Los Angeles to pursue music and his other storytelling passion, film. For over 15 years, he lent his creative expertise to the world of television, contributing to the success of numerous shows, most notably “The Closer” and “Major Crimes” for TNT. With his background as a television producer, Paul brings a unique perspective to his songs, infusing his music with an innate sense of structure, character and cinematic quality.
Although he never stopped writing songs and performing, it wasn’t until 2020 that Paul decided to pursue the craft full-time. He created “Poor Life Choices” as a tongue-in- cheek way to self-deprecatingly describe his career change and began to release music.
Paul moved to Nashville to surround himself with the world’s greatest songwriters and the next big country stars. The audiences in Music City have embraced his clever and captivating lyrics, as he explores the human condition and confronts the absurdity of life’s highs and lows.
He is currently recording the first full-length “Poor Life Choices” album.
Music to singer/songwriter Preston James has never been about fame or notoriety. Music isn’t a hobby or just a way to make a living. Music is as essential to him as food, air and water. That may seem like an exaggeration but one only has to spend five minutes with this 21 year-old professed “music nerd” to understand nothing else drives or defines him. Whether it’s listening to, reading or talking about, singing or playing, writing or recording, alone or in front of a crowd; music is the force that moves James forward.
A wicked guitarist with a soulful voice, James has spent countless nights since he was 14 years old onstage at The Wildhorse Saloon, Ole Red, ACME Feed & Seed, Country Music Hall of Fame and others in the historic Nashville Downtown District. He performed with Delbert McClinton during his Sandy Beaches Cruise, Vince Gill invited him to sit in with the Grammy award winning Time Jumpers and he received two standing ovations from a sold- out Ryman Auditorium crowd as the opener for The Brian Setzer Orchestra.
The best way to describe Preston James would be this: REAL country music, mixed with a bit of blues, a slice of outlaw and peppered with some classic rock. James draws much of his inspiration from musical heroes of the past – Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline and Stevie Ray Vaughn as well as living legends Vince Gill, George Strait and newer artists Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and Brothers Osborne. “I love the story telling of country, the soul of the blues and the passion of rock.”
Born and raised just outside of Nashville in Cheatham County, Preston has grown up with a closer look than most at the music industry. With his father, a former tour manager and his mother, a country music publicist, James grew up amongst some of the top recording artists in country music. Naomi Judd was his “God Mother” and Miranda Lambert even baby sat him a time or two. He was, however, more enamored with their band and musicians than the stars themselves and knows it’s not just the talent, but the soul you have to invest to have life-long career. It can’t just be something you do but it has to be what you do. It’s that unbridled passion that has accelerated his musical development and surprised listeners when they realize his age.
James signed a writing deal with Downtown Music Publishing at 18 but none of what he has achieved can be considered an overnight accomplishment as he’s been “noodling” on
his guitar since he could walk and he wrote his first song at age 7. While it was his Dad who taught him some basic chords and a few Tom Petty tunes, it wasn’t long until Preston was working with a variety of mentors not because his parents pushed him but because they couldn’t get him to do anything else.
“I’d work with a country guy one week, a jazz guy one week, and a blues guy some other time. I like to soak up as much as I can and honestly, I think that has a lot to do with my sound. When I was a kid I started guitar lessons with a rock guy and then with a jazz professor for a while. I don’t play jazz very well but I learned a lot.”
Music was very much James saving grace. Not very interested in sports and challenged by ADHD, Preston always had a hard time feeling comfortable at school. It was only in music that Preston has ever felt like he could comfortably be himself.
“I have never loved anything like I love music. There are plenty of girls and cool cars and all sorts of things but my guitar will always be my best friend. I had a hard time with school but when I didn’t have friends, I had my guitar. It never moved, it never left me and it has always done right by me.”
James’ first love is Holly but she may not be what you would envision. “I knew Holly was mine from the moment I played her in the store – A 1957 Gibson J-50 I bought on Holly Street in East Nashville. I busted my butt playing gigs and saving until I could afford her.”
It’s the past that has captured Preston’s heart the most whether in vintage guitars, classic music, legendary artists or historic venues. “I said a million times growing up, ‘…if I can ever play the Ryman, I’ll honestly be done. I won’t need to do anything else in my musical career.’ Now that I’ve done it though I’m like ‘…yeah, I spoke too soon because I’m not done!”
A frequent collaborator of Luke Combs, Williford helped pen the 2019 CMA Song of the Year, “Beautiful Crazy,” which went RIAA-certified 9x platinum and ruled Billboard’s Country Music Airplay chart, holding the No. 1 spot for seven straight weeks. Williford also co-wrote Combs’ chart-topping singles “Forever After All” and “Doin This,” the latter of which was nominated for Country Song of the Year at the 2023 Grammys. Originally from Gastonia, NC, Rob’s latest endeavor has been collaborating on a studio project with Kyle Cook of Matchbox 20 and producer David Mescon. The album Wildcard, released in the spring of 2023, was written, and co-produced by Williford at the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. When he’s not writing songs, “Rowdy” can be found on the lake catching bass or playing 90s country on the jukebox at your local Waffle House.
Ronnie Bowman has earned a great deal of respect among Bluegrass, Country, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Gospel music professionals.
Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn as well as multiple Bluegrass artists have brought Ronnie’s originals to #1.
In addition to Kenny Chesney and Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie has seen continued songwriting success with songs recorded by such artists as Wynona Judd, Jake Owen, Lee Ann Womack, Dan Seals, Don Williams and many others including 3 songs recorded on Chris Stapleton’s multiplatinum selling album “Traveller “. The single “Nobody To Blame” won him the ACM award for “Song of the Year”. The album received the ACM and CMA award for “Album of the Year” as well as a Grammy award for “Country Album of the Year”.
As an artist, the International Bluegrass Music Association has awarded Ronnie with Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Gospel Performance and Recorded Event of the Year multiple times for each category. He’s also been awarded Songwriter of the Year from the association.
As a vocalist, Ronnie has recorded with various artists including, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Lee Ann Womack, Del McCoury, Chris Stapleton, and John Fogerty to name a few.
When Ronnie’s not on the road performing, he resides in Nashville, TN where he’s still writing songs and living the life.
Russell Sutton has recently earned chart success with his first No. 1 single “My Boy” by Elvie Shane as well as with cuts by Drew Green. Sutton’s latest hit “Whiskey On You” by Nate Smith has topped the Canadian charts and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart this week.
Taylor Austin Dye is an up-and-coming country singer/songwriter based in Nashville, TN; originally from Eastern Kentucky. Her brand of in-your-face music comes straight from her rowdy country roots. Her “Ride or Dyes” describe her songs as “badass,” “confident,” and “real.”
Tofer Brown is Grammy nominated producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist out of Nashville, TN. With over 150 recorded songs and 100+ TV/Film placements he has seen success across many genres including Country, Pop, CCM, R&B, etc. and has worked extensively with several platinum selling overseas artists. From his BMI award winning song “Night Shift” by Jon Pardi to the double platinum single “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” by Little Big Town, Tofer has also worked with and/or had cuts with Walker Hayes, Lauren Daigle, Jason Mraz, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Elle King, Lady A, Matt Nathanson, Tyler Hubbard, Carly Pearce, Old Dominion, etc.
War Hippies – the country music duo and lifestyle brand from Scooter Brown and Donnie Reis – arrived on the scene in 2022 with a bang and have already garnered widespread critical acclaim for their genuine songwriting and stellar live performances.
The duo first struck a chord with the release last year of their debut single, Killin’ It. The official music video premiered on The Country Network and took the No. 1 spot on the Top 40 Chart, remaining in the Top 5 for more than 20 weeks. It was also the top featured video on CMT.com. War Hippies’ second single, The Hangman, also charted on TCN’s Top 40 Chart and both singles have landed in top positions on the official VEVO True Country playlist. Their self-titled debut album was released world-wide in October 2022; in its first week, the album reached No. 8 on the iTunes Country chart and No. 30 across all genres.
With a combined 25 years of touring experience and more than 30 million streams, neither is a stranger to musical success. An award-winning songwriter, Brown has collected numerous industry accolades and toured extensively with Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt, the Marshall Tucker Band, Whiskey Myers and others, while Reis is a world-renowned violinist who has spent years on the road playing violin/fiddle, keys and guitars and written and recorded hit songs for a variety of artists as well as film and TV projects. The pair’s throwback country feel, unique stories and positive message resonates with both fans and fellow artists alike – Randy Travis joined War Hippies on stage for their debut headlining performance and Tritt, along with Chris Janson, added the duo to their 2022 ‘Can’t Miss Tour’ months before War Hippies even released their first single.
On tap for 2023 is new music and more shows with support from Harley-Davidson, all while War Hippies, also USMC and U.S. Army combat veterans, continue their advocacy work supporting fellow veterans and military families. WarHippies.com
Good chance you’ve heard Wendell’s songs, but if you’ve not heard him sing and play them, you should! Here’s a few … Randy Houser (ASCAP Song Of The Year “How Country Feels”), Rascal Flatts (“Take Me There”, “Fast Cars and Freedom”, “I Melt”, “Banjo”, “Changed”), Kenny Chesney
(ACM nominated Song Of the Year “There Goes My Life”, ASCAP Song Of the Year “How Forever Feels”), Jason Aldean (“Tattoos On This Town”) , Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Brantley Gilbert, Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins, Alabama, Carrie Underwood! He also wrote and sang all those ridiculous Napa Know How commercials. His latest single
“A Little More Summertime” recorded by Jason Aldean is also is latest