Sunday, October 7, 2018

Five Professional Songwriters to Take Stage in Nashville on Oct. 20 for 'Tunesmithing' Show

         NASHVILLE -- Five professional songwriting acts will take the stage on Oct. 20 (Saturday) at "Tunesmithing," a monthly songwriters show at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at the Aloft Nashville West End Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. 
         Attendees will enjoy original songs and instrumentals by Terry Bell, LaLa Deaton, Denny Martin, Jon Robbin, and Julie Rust. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Nashville composer-educator-publicist Chuck Whiting will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound. 

        "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase is sponsored by Music City Arts Network, Striking Moon Music, and Shine Time Music. The monthly show was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters, as well as artists of all kinds. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for artists at all levels. 

        For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write, or visit


Monday, October 1, 2018

Americana Fest: Station Inn Comes to Life on Saturday Evening with Kathy Mattea and Others

By Wil Comstock
Music City Arts Contribution Writer

   NASHVILLE -- The 2018 edition of Americana Fest was spectacular with outstanding performances. Here are a few photos from an exciting Saturday night (Sept. 15) at the Station Inn.

Emily Scott Robinson, heartfelt nuanced vocals.  Highlight: “The Dress” about the date rape she suffered when she was in her early twenties.


Carolina Story, husband and wife Ben and Emily Roberts.  Earthy and velvety workingman vocals.  Highlight: “Lay Your Head Down” offering reassurance everything will be alright.


Leslie Stevens, classic country vocals, think Emmylou Harris. Highlight: “Everybody Drinks and Drives in Heaven,” an upbeat crowd pleaser that showcases Leslie’s humor.  


Kathy Mattea, Expressive earthy vocals with a touch of blues.  Mattea lost her voice when she went through menopause. She had to relearn how to sing again with the help of a vocal coach. The result is a soulful, lower, mature voice. Highlights: The fun “Chocolate on My Tongue” and the moving “St. Teresa.”


(Photos by Music City Arts Contributing Writer Wil Comstock)