Marilyn Harris would be the first to say looks can be deceiving. No one would suspect when meeting Marilyn for the first time that she is a songwriter or that she has written songs titled “I Picture You Naked” or “Put Your Big Girl Panties On”. Marilyn was born in Tullahoma Tennessee where she resides. She is the mother of three children and grandmother of four. Marilyn had been a “closet songwriter” since her early teens. She came out of the closet about eight years ago when she began playing in songwriter open mics and songwriter rounds in Nashville and surrounding areas. Marilyn’s music is a mixture of Rock & Roll, Blues, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Gospel and Americana. She says that’s because she was influenced by her older sister’s rock & roll records of the ‘50s, the British Evasion and the folk singers of the ‘60s, and the singer songwriters of the ‘70s. Marilyn says, “I just like good music, I don’t really care what you call it”.
For the past nine years, Gary Clardy has been involved with every school building project or renovation in Rutherford County. As the assistant superintendent for Engineering and Construction, he's overseen projects ranging for energy-efficient lighting upgrades in every school to the construction of Stewarts Creek High. But most people would be surprised to know that at night, he trades in his hard hat for a guitar pick, and he's been making custom guitars for the past few years from his home in Burns, Tenn., where he also has a recording studio. "I've got a varied background but with the professional position I have now, people are kind of shocked that I'm a songwriter and a luthier," Clardy said. Clardy is now donating his talents to help raise money for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. He's donated one of his handmade guitars -- valued at $2,800 -- to be given as a door prize during the Teddy Bear Music Festival that will be held April 27-28 at the James E. Ward AG Center in Lebanon.
The Restless Music Duo are a pop influenced music group composed of sisters Emily and Rachal. The restless began with a country influenced sound, but evolved into writing music inspired by artists such as Tori Kelly, Ed Sheeran, and Sara Bareilles. “Coming Alive” is the title of The restless first studio EP, and the featured single “Phone Calls to Heaven” won Kentucky Songwriting Competition in 2016. Former guests of WSM Opry Radio, The restless can be found performing in and around the Nashville region, and are currently working on another pop/rock influenced EP at Pat Lassiter Productions, based out of Nashville. The restless are also in the process of planning a Summer mini tour, dates to be announced later in 2018. You can find more on the restless at therestlessmusic.com. “It all begins with a song!”
WestWend is an Americana/country duo comprised of Jonathan Maness (guitar, vocals) and Wendy Crowe (vocals). Established in 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee, they perform and record new traditional country music. With Jonathan’s roots in bluegrass and Wendy’s roots stemming from the Delta blues, classic country, and Motown, they have come together to create a sound all their own.
WestWend’s latest CD, “Linger For A While”, takes bluegrass standards and makes them new again, while their originals capture their audience with a traditional flavor. Wendy’s voice has been best compared to Alison Krauss, while Jonathan’s rich baritone and agile flatpicking are well known to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. WestWend has performed at some of the biggest festivals in the United States and Europe including: the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, the National Cornbread Festival, the St. Augustine Seafood festival, the Pensacola Great Gulf Festival and more. They also performed a 14 day tour in 5 european countries, including the Spring Bluegrass Festival in Switzerland. They have also opened for Rhonda Vincent, Guy Clark, and Tyler Hilton.
The road goes on forever for WestWend and their second album is set to be released in late 2018. Whichever way the wind blows, you can be sure to see WestWend in a town near you.
Glenn Douglas Tubb (born in Texas) is a Songwriter married to Dottie Snow Tubb. The song Skip A Rope written by him and Jack Moran, performed by Henson Cargill was nominated for a Grammy in 1969. Glenn Douglas Tubb performs at The Ernest Tubb Record Shop Texas Troubadour Theater Midnight Jamboree. In addition to Skip A Rope, he co-wrote the hit "Home Of The Blues" with Johnny Cash and he co-wrote the George Jones & Tammy Wynette hit "Two Story House" with Dave Lindsey and Tammy Wynette. He wrote a Gospel song for Johnny Cash titled "I Talk To Jesus Every Day" that was later recorded by Bob Dylan and others. He also finished writing an unfinished song that Hank Williams left behind when he died titled "Heartbroken, Forsaken And Alone." He was also asked to finish writing the last song that Johnny Cash was working on when he died titled "my Lord Has Gone." Glenn and his wife, Dottie, are ministers now and they broadcast their church service called THE KITCHEN TABERNACLE on the internet on "Facebook Live" and Periscope" each Sunday in the afternoon. The program is viewed all over the world. In his early career, Glenn recorded for Decca Records where he produced an album and several singles. He also recorded for MGM Records and Mercury Records and Dot Records. In the 1950s, he toured with Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, George Jones, Marty Robbins and many others. He is still recording his songs today, both Gospel and Country. He does a lot of duets now with his wife, Dottie.
The Young Fables (TYF) are a promising country duo comprised of three-time American Idol vet Laurel Wright and accomplished guitarist and vocalist Wesley Lunsford. The act hails from Maryville, TN and has already collected impressive accolades including the Grand Prize at the Texaco Country Showdown which landed Laurel on the Ryman Auditorium stage at age 16.
Fast forward five years to 2017, TYF spent the year engaging and organically expanding their grassroots following while on the road supporting their debut release Two. They've appeared with such notable acts as Lauren Alaina, Josh Turner, Sara Evans, Chris Janson, Randy Houser, The Band Perry and Chris Lane. Quickly becoming a breakthrough face on the country scene, outlets like the world-renown "The Boot," "NASH Country Daily," the UK's "Think Country" and TN Vacation all spotlighted this emerging act. Capturing the ears and attention of two of the industry's most revered names, Keith Urban said they "had me immediately" and Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta praised "a flawless vocal."
The fan-favorite "Covering Your Tracks" video series solidified Laurel and Wesley as prolific online performers and a stand out act in Music City. Securing a win at the Nashville finals of the NASH FM nationwide NASH NEXT competition, the radio giant embraced the duo as an America's Morning Show Ty, Kelly and Chuck favorite, regularly highlighting The Young Fables' songwriting strength in the Ten Minute Tune segment. Partnering with CMT, the network exclusively premiered their first single "Completely," a song that would go on to find regular rotation on video programming like The Country Network.
Harold “Hawkshaw Hawkins Jr.” Hawk was born April 8, 1963 to Country Music Hall of Fame star Ms. Jean Shepard. Hawk Jr was the second born son of legendary Hawkshaw Hawkins who had the number one hit song in the country “Lonesome 77203” and untimely passed away the same week, just a month before Hawk was born. Hawkshaw died in the fatal crash that killed Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas.
Born to two very musical people, naturally Hawk found himself following in their footsteps at a young age. Hawk learned to play guitar, and found he not only had a talent for playing, but his rich smooth voice was original and drew a crowd wherever he went. Hawk Jr has appeared on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry both the old Ryman auditorium and the new Opry at Opry Mills, he has done shows with such greats as Bill Anderson, Jack Green, Roy Clark, Charlie Louvin, The Marshall Tucker Band and much more.
Hawk Jr also has also the writer of over 500 songs and has had cuts from artist such as Johnny Lee, Ronnie Mcdowell, Hank Williams Jr, Davis Daniel, Shawn Camp, Ron Williams, and several other acts.
“It all begins with a song!”
Darrell McCall's little sister releases her very first CD titled "My Imagination" on Heart of Texas Records. The new project contains twelve great songs and was produced by Justin Trevino and recorded at our Heart of Texas Recording Studio in Brady, Texas. Diane originally recorded for Mega Records and was part of the Charley Louvin road show for over five years.
Diane also is joined by the McCall Choir (Darrell, Mona, Guyanne, DeeJee, Darla, Jeremy, Cody, Skeet and Amber Digby) on a song the Diane's mom wrote titled Reach Out.
Dean Holman worked as an ironworker from 1988 until his retirement in 2014, when he started The Music City Hayride as a way to help different charities. This has been a lifelong passion and to be able to make this a reality still feels like a dream.
On September 17th 2017, Dean Holman from Madison, Wisconsin received the “Humanitarian of the Year” award for his work with The Music City Hayride, a nonprofit Country Music show that benefits charities such as Music & Memories, Honor & Valor and Operation Stand Down (TN).
The Grinder House and Tex-A-Billy Records is honored to present Larry Scroggs singer song writer in the "House" April 27th 6-8 pm. Larry brings deep rooted rock, country and blues to his writing as a real story teller.
The Larry Scroggs Band is a full service band from Gainesville Ga that covers many genres including Country, Rock and Blues. The band specializes in original music written by seasoned songwriter and front man Larry Scroggs. Originally formed in 2012 and renamed to The Larry Scroggs Band in 2017. The majority of the members swap out leading vocal duties throughout a show.
Cyndi began singing as a child growing up in a suburb of Detroit to the likes of Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops and a gambit of the Motown Scene.
Her interest soared during a songwriting contest hosted by Kentucky Fried Chicken. She did not win the contest but discovered what has become a life-long passion.
After nine years and a hundred songs later, she co-wrote “Lonesome Dove” with Garth Brook’s debuting on his “Rope in the Wind” album.
Cyndi enjoys writing and co-writing with artists and aspiring artists alike averaging two production-ready songs per month.
As a singer, Ms. Torres is frequently hosted at Writer’s Nights, Live Radio Programs, and a host of Nashville area musical venues.
She and her guitar usually perform a set of three to twenty songs ranging in style from country to rock, folk to bluegrass, gospel, contemporary Christian and just a little bit of the blues.
She is equally comfortable sharing her melodies and lyrics with a handful or hundreds. Her greatest pleasure rests in opening her heart to her listeners and inviting them to share in a bit of her life.
Jerry J. Thomas winner of the Josie 2017 Male vocalist of the Year, Inducted into the Georgia and Texas Country Hall of Fame is LIVE at the Grinder House. This true American original singer/songwriter, born in the southern Ohio town is playing to benefit the Hospice of Cumberland County. JJ’s heart is as big as his songs and has picked the Hospice of Cumberland County as just one of his personal charitable causes. Come out meet Jerry listen to a great song writer and help support the Hospice.
Nita Graves is a professional songwriter from Nashville, TN. Nita’s first recorded cuts and single releases were with Sims Records out of Nashville in November, 2012. Since then, Nita has had 34 cuts by 17 different artists. Nita has had songs published by English Music Publishing, BMI; Miranda May Music, BMI and Lovingood Publishing, BMI. Nita was a judge in the North American Country Music Association International. (NACMAI) finals in Pigeon Forge, TN in March, 2014 and in the artist Singing Competition at Dawg Patch in Maryville, TN.
Nita’s father, J. R. Miller, was a head writer for the television show Hee Haw, allowing Nita to grow up “behind the scenes” at the Grand Ol’ Opry during the Hee Haw era. Nita is a member of Nashville Songwriter’s Association, and was voted as a top performing finalist in the Spring Training Seminar for Tin Pan South 2016. Nita has been voted to the Board of Directors for the Knoxville Songwriter’s Association, has co-hosted the weekly radio show on WLIL 730AM with her husband Tedd Graves and is on the planning committee for The Smoky Mountain Songwriter’s Festival.
Nita Graves is now half of the new co-writing duo “Green and Graves” and is a songwriter for Skytone Records in Nashville, TN. Nita is actively writing and recording songs today! It all begins with a song!
Jonathan Gabriel Masters is an independent American singer/songwriter who specializes in the oftentimes non-traditional exploration of Christian and spiritual themes. From Crossville, TN Jonathan has a strong foundation based in an Industrial Folk/ Indie Spiritual genre.
Wica Intina & Meekah is the multi-layered project of musician/writer/visual artist Dakota Brown. Born and raised in Rickman, TN, he started recording music, and other Avant Garde projects under the moniker 'Wica Intina' in 2012. The name derived from his Native American heritage of Lumberton, NC, he quickly began releasing small batches of cassettes on labels such as, Kerchow! Records, Almost Halloween Time Records, and Meliphonic Records, a label he co-owns with fellow brother and primitive guitar saint, Joseph Allred. Now joining him is long time friend, and musician/poet Micah Bilbrey (Meekah) ,and together they blend folk/psych folk/primitive mysticism for their own interpretation of song.
Sean’s incredible popularity and high demand has led to major publishing and record deals in the US and the UK, garnering over 70 songs cut within the last three years, three #1 songs on the Americana and Independent charts, five Top 40 on Billboard and Independent Charts, songs in major movies, documentaries, NFL Sports, as well as his highly acclaimed 2016 album release "Mississippi Vol. 1".
Singer/Songwriter/Producer Sean Gasaway, Mississippi boy, has become a hurricane-like force to be reckoned with.
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“Melissa Ellis has long been a staple of our concert music series here at the Cumberland County Playhouse. Her smooth sounds and comic wit keeps our audiences laughing and entertained. It is always our pleasure whenever we are able to get her on to one of our stages, her music fills an outdoor theater setting perfectly…blues under the stars, a perfect way to spend a summer evening.”
~Sam Hahn, Concert Producer, CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE
Marlow Music Inc. is a progressive rock band, deeply rooted in blues, jazz, and swing, headed up by it's founder, Nick Marlow.
a self taught musician Nick brings his talent and passion to his music. Jazz, Boogie, singer song writer Nick is a standard in and around the area and played the "House" multiple times. Marlow Music Inc can be found in a number of the venues in Cumberland County.
Jo Smith, a soulful and gritty songwriter from south Georgia, makes music that is an extension of herself. A passionate storyteller, Jo remains inspired by the countless hours she spent spinning her dad’s vast collection of vinyl records as a child growing up on her family’s cattle farm.
Jo Smith is a modern take on an old sound, and manages to strike the elusive balance between vulnerability and empowerment. Jo Smith’s unique sound fearlessly forges together the unlikely influences of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, James Taylor, KT Oslin and Keith Whitley. And it’s catching on.
Named a Rolling Stone One To Watch in 2017, and the first female Highway Find on Sirius XM in 2017, Jo, and her JoTown Sound as she likes to call it, is catching on. In 2018 she joins the the prestigious CMT Next Women of Country, and her single “Old School Groove” is added to the widely-followed crossover Spotify playlist Wild Country. In response to her solo acoustic show
which is gathering steam in musical hotbeds like Asbury Park, NJ, Jo will also be releasing an acoustic record in 2018.
Best to let you listen for yourself when it come to the talent Mr. Kemmers brings to the Grinder House stage.
Cole Kemmer Is an old soul in a young man.
Grinder House joins Avalon Center Domestic Volience to celebrate J.J. Thomas's birthday. In respect of our elders we won't reveal his numeric age, however we are honored to bring this incredibly talented singer song writer to the stage here at Grinder House with special guest star Jason Adams.
Jerry J.Thomas an American original singer/songwriter, born in the southern Ohio town of Ironton,Ohio. The same fertile soil that produced artist such as Bobby Bare,Earl Thomas Conley,Cowboy Copas to name a few. Jerry began singing professionally at the age of 14 at various venues around the Jacksonville,Florida and southeast Georgia area. He was raised in Jacksonville,Florida and was neighborhood friends with the Van Zant family of Lynyrd Skynyrd,38-Special southern rock fame. His music is a melting pot of traditional classic country with a southern rock charm.
Come out and support the ongoing efforts of Avalon Center and celebrate the birthday of a great artist and greater man.
Greg Baughman has been performing since he was young; winning 4H competitions in school, in the high school rock and roll band, acting in musicals, and a professional DJ and performer for over 30 years.
Recently performing at the Rhea County Fair as well as Shake the Lake in Spring City, Greg brings a variety of music to your ears including 70's and 80's, classic rock, and country.
Aaron Ingram, Matt Page and Matthew Luther are a roots-y, acoustic trio with rich vocals and exceptional harmony. Aaron Ingram and Matt Page are both natives of Cumberland County, Tennessee. They grew up together and got into music at a young age when Aaron’s grandfather taught them how to read music. Later on they slowly immersed themselves into guitar following in the lyrical and melodic footsteps of Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, and Jim Crowe. With their help of his cello, Matthew Luther brings a smooth, captivating edge with him that gives integrity to the group. Since coming together as a unit, they have been making people happy wherever they play with their down-to-earth approach to modern music and the classics. The group most recently played at the Palace Theatre.
73 N Main Street Crossville, TN 38555
Grinder House is honored to host Mike Shanks, top drawer Acoustic Blues, Southern Rock and premier dobro picker. Mr. Shanks has extensively worked in and around the Nashville circuit and brings decades of musical stylings for your listening enjoyment. Join us 6-8 pm Friday night 1-5-2018 and welcome Mike Shanks to the best little intimate music venue in East Tennessee. As always NO cover charge and BYOB!