Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
HE SOUND TRACK of AMERICA Made in Tennessee
Epic Show of East Tennessee! "In the House" Grinder House Christmas Show. "5" hit song writers in one show!!
Call NOW for your reservations 931-707-0440!
Starring Ted Graves and Nita Graves
With special guest:
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, Lovingood Publishing, BMI and has publishing agreements with Matt Lindsey Music in Nashville. Nita is on the Board of Directors for the Knoxville Songwriters Association, on the advising committee for The Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival and is assistant Vice President for the Tennessee chapter of the North American Country Music Association International. (NACMAI)
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 co-hosted the weekly radio show on WLIL 730AM with her husband Tedd Graves in East Tennessee.
Nita Graves is half of the Nashville co-writing duo “Green and Graves” and has been an active songwriter for Skytone Records in Nashville, TN. Nita is actively writing and recording songs today and has had 52 cuts by 23 different artists. It all begins with a song!
Tedd Graves was born at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tellico Plains TN, and now resides in Friendsville TN. During his years as a professional entertainer, Tedd has performed at many well known venues such as Billy Bob's in Ft. Worth, TX, headlined at Boulder Station Casino in Las Vegas, Carter Fold in Hiltons VA, The Bijou Theater in Knoxville TN, and has been a guest on the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree on WSM Radio in Nashville. Tedd was an integral part, both as headlining performer and promoter, of the 52 year long running Tennessee Valley Barn Dance, for the last 8 years of it’s run!
Tedd Graves has also been the opening act for approximately 50 major country music stars including George Jones, Billy Dean, Shenandoah, Gene Watson, Johnny Paycheck, Jack Greene, and many more.
Tedd Graves is a recording artist on both Sims Records and Skytone Records in Nashville. From 2011 through 2013, Sims Records produced 7 national releases going to almost 1000 radio stations across America! One of Tedd's national releases "Jesus Please Take Your Pen in Hand" broke into the top 100 gospel charts. On January 8th, 2015, Tedd Graves had his 8th national release, (and 1st international release!) with "A Man So Loved", on Skytone Entertainment Records and received airplay around the world, including Great Britain, South America and here in The United States! Tedd is an award winning songwriter as well – having written more than 700 songs!
In 2016, Tedd released his 18th album – a collaboration with his brother Tim Graves who was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame at SPBGMA!!
In September 2016, Tedd Graves released a national video with his song supporting our men and women police officers! Please visit Tedd Graves’ song “Thin Blue Line” on Youtube.com.
Tedd is currently working in Nashville on his 19th & 20th CD albums – with a planned release date of 2018!!
With Tedd Graves, music is a family affair! His uncle, Uncle Josh Graves, was known as King of the Dobro, and was an inductee into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. Additionally, Tedd's brother Tim Graves is a founding member of the internationally famous bluegrass gospel group "The Farmhands". Tim is an inductee into the Hall of Fame through SPGBMA, 13 time Dobro Player of the Year, and The Farm Hands are the reigning Overall Best Bluegrass Band of the Year, having just received this award in February 2018! They also received several other awards, including Song of the Year, and Album of the Year! Tedd Graves wrote 2 of the songs on the aforementioned Album of the Year - The Four of Us, and the title cut - Colors!!
Tedd Graves and "The All Star Band", perform their country music shows each Saturday night in Maryville TN. Location: Alnwick Community Center Gymnasium, 2146 Big Springs Rd., Maryville TN 37801. Doors open at 6:30 pm, Tedd Graves and The All Star Band take the stage at 7 pm. You'll enjoy the best music for line dancing, two-stepping, waltzing, cha-chas, and much more on the gymnasium sized dance floor. This is a family friendly venue, non-smoking and no alcohol.
Gerald smith is originally from Statesboro GA and has resided in Nashville TN since 1986. A prolific songwriter, smith has penned such number one songs as “what part of no” for Lorrie Morgan and “every second“ for Collin Raye. He has also had cuts by George Strait, George Jones, Johnny Rodriquez, Clinton Gregory, Taylor Made, the Bankesters, the Rigneys, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Evie Tausen, Justin McBride , Becky Hobbs , Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, Arite Rodriquez, Curtis Wright, bobby Marquez , Karree Phillips, Stephanie Quayle and many more. Gerald also appeared on numerous occasions as the Georgia Quacker on the syndicated TV show Hee Haw and Nashville now with Ralph Emery back in the late 70’s and 80’s. He has performed on stage with Roy Acuff, mike snider, lulu romans, Percy Sledge, Jerry Reed, Barbara Mandrell, T. Graham Brown, Granpa Jones, Dickie Lee, Tony Arata and many more. In addition to the country cuts, Gerald has also had 6 top 20 Christian country hits which he sang himself and 5 country number 1’s in the country genre sang by other artists.
Gerald is presently writing for melody roundup music in Nashville and is also a performing artist on melody roundup records. His single “You Play Like Chet went to number 8 in the Americana roots chart and number 16 in the new music weekly chart. His album and single is #1 in the Arkansas roots chart. Gerald was inducted in the north American country music hall of fame in 2011 and was given the legendary songwriter award and recently received a 3 million air play award from BMI for airplay on “what part of no”.
Michael deBills came from a musical family and has been performing from the age of 11. He plays piano, guitar and saxophone. He is also a published author with his book Music by Numbers” and has taught classes on how to read and writes studio charts from Texas A & M to Morehead KY. He has wrote articles for various magazine’s and newspapers. Michael opened Wolf Valley Productions in 1987 as a pre-production recording studio in which he has worked with over 500 songwriters within the United States, Canada and Europe. His arrangements can be heard over 7000 songs. Michael enjoys the creative end of the art. He has opened shows or preformed with artists such as Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Reed, George Jones, Helen Cornelus, Jim Ed Brown, Cal Smith, Sandy Patty, Sandy Posie, Hager Twins, Swayne River Boys, Alabama, Joe Stampy, Leona Williams, etc. Michael’s piano work and string arrangements can be heard on thousands of karaoke tracks. Being one of the original musicians to ever cut karaoke tracks. You can also here Michael’s piano on Mickey Gilley’s Christmas album and also Lee Greenwood’s Christmas album in the 90’s. With a draw of luck while working for TOP Records (Tennessee Outlaw Publishing) in Nashville Michael had the opportunity to have two songs recorded by Patty Weaver on the Young and Restless which entitled him to a Gold Record. Thanks to producer’s Larry Butler and Norbert Stovall.
Michael was staff keyboard player for WNOX Midday Merry Go Round and Tennessee Valley Barn Dance. He also has worked live radio shows for various stations throughout East Tennessee and the Southeast area of the United States. He has also worked on various such as I 40 Paradise and Nashville Network. Michael has been singing, writing and performing for 50 plus years. He currently serves as Executive Director with North American County Music Association International. Michael continues to produce, arrange for aspiring songwriters and vocalist of all ages. You can catch Michael most weekends doing what he loves bests, music.