2019 Lineup

Bill LaBounty's musical direction was clear by the age of 19, when he was signed with his rock band to RCA Records. The Pacific Northwest native then took his act solo, recording an album for Twentieth Century Fox Records, followed by 3 albums for Warner Bros. Records, which spawned the pop hits Never Gonna Look Back (with James Taylor), Livin' It Up and This Night Won't Last Forever. Bill's most recent album The Right Direction, enjoyed success in Europe and Japan. Over the years his resume includes cuts by an array of Pop and Country artists including Patti LaBelle, Jimmy Buffett, The Judds, Steve Wariner, The Temptations, Brooks & Dunn, Steve Goodman and Phoebe Snow, Peter Cetera and Tim McGraw, among others.

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Grammy, CMA and ACM nominee Bobby Tomberlin began his career in the music business at the early age of eleven as a disc jockey in his hometown of Luverne, Alabama. During this time, he interviewed legends such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Keith Whitley. Mel Tillis gave Bobby his first publishing contract, and he is currently a staff songwriter for CURB Music Publishing in Nashville, TN. Bobby co-wrote the number one Country and Top 5 AC single, "One More Day", recorded by Diamond Rio and co-authored the inspirational book by the same title. He co-wrote the Top 10 hit single, "A Good Day To Run" with Darryl Worley and the hit, "Country" with Mo Pitney and Bill Anderson. Bobby has also had songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers, Josh Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Nichols, Pam Tillis, Thompson Square, Rodney Atkins, Joe Diffie, Sylvia, David Nail, Chris Young, Terri Clark, Little Jimmy Dickens, Chely Wright, the Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Ty Herndon, Linda Davis, Dylan Scott, T.G. Sheppard, Jett Williams, actor Chris Pine, Eddy Arnold, Russ Taff and many others. Bobby's songs have been used in numerous films.

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Brandon Kinney’s journey as a songwriter has garnered him cuts with artists like Jason Aldean (“Drowns The Whiskey,” “Set It Off”), Cole Swindell (“No Can Left Behind,” “Reason To Drink,” “Love You Too Late,” “Should’ve Ran After You”), Luke Bryan (“Beer In The Headlights”), Jon Pardi, Justin Moore (“I’d Want It To Be Yours,” “Off The Beaten Path”), Chase Rice (“Dirt Road Communication”), Chris Janson (“Right In The Middle”), Willie Nelson (“Ain’t Goin’ Down On Brokeback Mountain”), Craig Campbell (“Outta My Head”) and Randy Houser, whose single “Boots On” went to #2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

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It’s hard to deny the pure talent and passion for her craft that is clearly the driving force behind many of artist Bridgette Tatum’s high profile career milestones. In 2009, this native of Florence, South Carolina, co-wrote the Most Played Song on Country radio stations across the United States. A tremendous achievement for any songwriter, the song, “She’s Country” (recorded and released by Platinum-selling country superstar Jason Aldean), held the #1 position on the chart for two consecutive weeks, reached two million plays, and out sold every genres ringtones, all of which are rare accomplishments, as well. In 2010, Tatum’s song, “Loud” was selected as the Official Theme Song for ACC Football’s 2010 Season. This fast-paced anthem celebrates the excitement and energy of ACC Football, captured in a raucous music video that was seen in all ACC Markets, resulting in exposure for Bridgette totaling over 27 million households.

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David "Dave" Pahanish is an American singer-songwriter. He co-wrote the No. 1 Billboard country music singles "Do You Believe Me Now” by Jimmy Wayne, "American Ride" by Toby Keith, and "Without You" by Keith Urban. Pahanish has also had songs recorded by Tim McGraw. A native of southwestern Pennsylvania, Pahanish regularly performed folk rock on the stages of Pittsburgh for over 15 years. His songs appeared in television series and he collaborated with Nashville-based songwriter Michael Garvin. Pahanish relocated from California, Pennsylvania to Nashville in late 2006. Within weeks, he was offered three music publishing deals, and signed with 3 River Publishing, owned by songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Dallas Davidson, and Cole Wright. Pahanish wrote the majority of songs on Moon Township country singer Sarah Marince's debut CD, Somebody Like You. He also co-wrote and co-produced the Top 40 Billboard Hot Country Songs charting single, "I Will", by Jimmy Wayne. Pahanish co-wrote the single, "Without You", with Joe West, recorded by Keith Urban on his 2010 album, Get Closer. Urban chose the song because of how closely the lyrics and message fit in with his own life, stating: "it's the most autobiographical song I never wrote." Pahanish wrote the song after meeting his wife’s family for the first time, without realizing any similarities to Urban’s life. The song became Urban's 12th No. 1 single and Pahanish and West's third No. 1 song. Two of Pahanish's songs were recorded by Tim McGraw for his 2012 album, Emotional Traffic.

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Originally from the great state of New Jersey, Dylan has been writing songs and performing in Nashville for 18 years. He has had three #1 songs: Tim McGraw’s “Watch The Wind Blow By,” Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and most recently Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride.” Other artists who have recorded Dylan’s songs include Trace Adkins, Will Hoge and Gabe Dixon. He is an avid supporter and volunteer for Musicians On Call, an organization that provides live music for patients in area hospitals, and he co-hosts an annual benefit for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) with good friend and frequent collaborator EMI Records Nashville recording artist Eric Paslay. His proudest accomplishment is his beautiful daughter Isabella, who serves as his greatest inspiration.

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Frank J. Myers is originally from Dayton, Ohio, but moved to Nashville in 1981 to pursue a career in music. He got his start in Nashville as band leader, road manager and lead guitarist for Eddy Raven in 1981 and worked with Eddy for 9 years. It was with Eddy that Frank started writing, playing and co-producing sessions. They had 2 number ones, 5 number twos and 3 top tens with songs such as I Got Mexico, Bayou Boys, You Should’ve Been Gone By Now, Sometimes A Lady and many others. It was in 1982 though, that Frank had his first single (a song he wrote by himself) with You And I for Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle which stayed number one for four weeks Country, number two for six weeks AC and number 6 for four weeks Pop. It was during his time with Eddy Raven that Frank met Gary Baker. They had their first number one together in 1993 with Once Upon A Lifetime by Alabama. Gary and Frank recorded one album for MCG/Curb Records as Baker & Myers and were 3 time nominees for Duo Of The Year at the ACM’s and CMA’s. Their greatest accomplishment as writers together came when John Michael Montgomery recorded I Swear which was number one for 4 weeks on the Country charts.

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Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, Gary served in the army then worked as a deep sea oil field diver in the North Sea and Gulf Of Mexico. He backpacked the world carrying his guitar and somehow collected a basement full of Gold and Platinum records along the way! "Saying the most with the least, is what I'm good at!" Constantly on the move, he has ridden his motorcycle loaded with a sleeping bag and guitar on a solo journey around the United States and parts of Canada in a constant search for inspiration. This journey took him to Normandy where he wrote on Omaha beach and then back to Africa in 2017 on a solo motorcycle journey to the exact locations where brothers in arms had made the ultimate sacrifice. These songs were then recorded in an ongoing compilation 'Songs from the battlefield'. Currently Gary is touring the US in a built out van, sharing his songs and blogging from the road. In 2005, Gary experienced his first big single #1 hit with Joe Nichols as the artist singing “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”. In 2009, “Back When I Knew It All” went to #1 with the dynamic country duo Montgomery Gentry. Today He continues to write great country songs, telling his tales and inspiring would be songwriters. Some of the artist singing his hit wonders today are ..Montgomery Gentry….Darryl Worley….Michael Peterson…..Craig Morgan……John Michael Montgomery….Joe Nichols…Ritchie Macdonald of Lonestar and Hot Apple Pie to name a few . Some of his best times in songwriting have come from co-writing sessions with members of Bread…..Motley Crew……Firefall……Rascal Flatts…… Blues Brothers….the Flying Burrittos….and many others!

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James Slater wrote the Grammy-nominated songs “High Cost of Living,” (Jamey Johnson) and “In My Daughter’s Eyes” (Martina McBride). His writing credits also include “Can’t Shake You” (Gloriana); “Lookin’ for That Girl” (Tim McGraw); “There’s More to Me Than You” (Jessica Andrews); “Unstoppable” (Rascal Flatts); and songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Julio Iglesias, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Kellie Pickler, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Young.

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In 2000, Jason White released his seminal album, Shades of Gray, which earned him both critical acclaim and commercial success, and went on to influence a generation of Nashville songwriters. Fifteen years and three genre-defying albums later, White is poised to release his newest work, a double-LP set entitled Sundown on Sweeney Bluff. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, by a small-town Yankee father and a Louisiana-bred Southern belle mother, White is a man who defies typecasting, a restless artistic spirit who refuses to be pigeonholed. If pressed to describe his music, he calls it “American Hash,” a hodgepodge of the styles spawned in the U.S. that forever changed the world’s listening habits: the blues, country, jazz, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll. The songs that make up White’s American Hash have been recorded by a fittingly eclectic group of artists: country legends Tim McGraw and Diamond Rio; alternative stylists Swan Dive and Liam Titcomb; soft-rock crooner Russell Hitchcock; string-band icons Old Crow Medicine Show; and pop/rock divas the Muddy Magnolias, to name a few. As guitarist and lead singer for the Ohio-based band the Janglers, White toured relentlessly through his 20s, learning the joys and heartaches of the road. Inking a deal with Universal Records in 1996, White moved to Nashville to launch his solo career. Since then there have been many deals: with record labels, music publishers, managers, booking agents, publicists, et al. There have been successes and letdowns. But through it all, he has been driven by a love of melody and harmony, joy in the turn of a lyrical phrase, savoring the complexity behind a simple song arrangement, and harboring an unquenchable need for self-expression.

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Jim McCormick is a three-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum lyricist who has twice seen his work reach the #1 position on the Billboard country charts. His songs have been recorded by Jason Aldean , Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Harry Connick Jr, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Cody Johnson, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Jamey Johnson, Randy Travis, and many others. McCormick is staff songwriter at BMG Music Publishing and a faculty member in the film and music industry studies program of Loyola University where he teaches the craft and business of songwriting. He’s also a member of the faculty of Belmont University in Nashville. He lives in New Orleans with his wife and three sons.

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James, a contestant on season three of The Voice, is an American original, deeply committed to expressing stories of his life through the power of lyrics. He openly articulates that following repeated trial and error, he has found himself and is keenly aware that determination yielded a true sense of originality. His surroundings, and life as a hometown boy from Worcester, MA has shaped him as a man. The industrial economy, and its hard working local populace, have had an impact on his drive to leave it all out on the stage during every live performance, with his intent to stage great concerts that inspire those in attendance to relate to the lyrics and emotion of the work.

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21 year old Tennessee native Sam Williams is the spitting image of his grandfather, Hank. Sam writes a wide range of music and signed a development and publishing deal with Kobalt Music in 2018. Growing up on his family’s catalog, as well as 21st century mainstream music, his lyricism and style makes one pay attention to how a lineage of music grows over time. Songs like his next single, “Happy All The Time” leave the listener wondering how history has a way of repeating itself. Some of Sam’s co-writers include Lori McKenna, Dan Tyminski and Daniel Tashian.

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With ornery tuning keys and rattling fret boards, Roscoe and Etta are a pair of aged arch top guitars possessing wills of their own. Maia Sharp and Anna Schulze are two singer-songwriter-producers who play these instruments and claim title to their names as Roscoe & Etta, on their eponymous debut. Anna and Maia, who met in Los Angeles at the fabled Hotel Café, knew that they were on to something from their first songwriting session, but they had to keep writing to figure out what. Both artists maintain vibrant careers as artists and songwriters. Anna, originally from Minnesota, has released five well-regarded solo projects, placed songs in the Oscar-winning documentary Icarus and the MTV series Awkward, and been featured in the digital magazine This is Melo. She learned her studio craft under the auspices of producers Glen Ballard and Justin Meldal-Johnsen. Maia Sharp, acknowledged as “a songwriter’s songwriter”(The Chicago Tribune) has writing credits for a roster of platinum artists that includes The Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Lisa Loeb and Trisha Yearwood, and has produced projects with Edwin McCain and Art Garfunkel, with whom she collaborated as a featured artist. In addition, she tours extensively behind her seven solo releases, and performs on bills with artists like Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffin and Keb Mo. Exploring their songwriting chemistry, their disparate influences, and acknowledging their double-digit age difference: the concept of recording a full collection of songs as an artist duo dubbed Roscoe & Etta came into focus. The harmonies of Roscoe & Etta pair Anna’s bright tonalities against Maia’s darker alto. “When both of us are singing, it feels like each voice is the melody,” says Anna. Adds Maia, “If you find the right person to sing with, you’re working half as hard and getting twice the power. It’s a resonance that lifts you both up.”

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19 year old Singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family's farm in central New York State, is fast establishing himself as an authentic original, Americana artist with an old soul. His deep, beyond-his-years lyrics and melodies, raw, soulful vocals, and powerful live performances have attracted an ever growing number of devoted fans of all ages, selling out shows throughout the US. As a folk/blues singer-songwriter, who cut his teeth at local farmers markets, open mics, and iconic New York venues like Caffe Lena, the Towne Crier Cafe, and The Bitter End, Sawyer seemed an unlikely match for reality tv, but quickly won over broad audiences with his genuine delivery and unique arrangements of classic songs, going on to win season 8 of NBC's The Voice. Fresh from that whirlwind, Sawyer went forward with the release of his major label debut, A Good Storm, with Republic Records, an impressive blend of soulful Folk, blues, and rock, entirely written or co-written by Sawyer. His 2016 A Good Storm Tour included 62 shows across the US. For 2018, Sawyer has once again gone independent; the highly-anticipated Hide Your Ghost, entirely written and produced by Fredericks, sheds the high gloss major label treatment, and stays true to Fredericks’s honest and elegantly stripped down style, a self-described “free range folk”, incorporating elements of blues, roots rock, and jazz with live instrumental arrangements throughout. Considered one of the top ten Americana Albums of 2018 so far, Chris Griffy of AXS magazine calls Hide Your Ghost “a bluesy folk rocker with a no-frills production that relies on Fredericks' raw voice to carry the emotional weight.” Beginning in June, Fredericks embarks on an extensive tour throughout the US and Canada, in support of Hide Your Ghost.

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