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Buckeye Lake Country Music Songwriters Festival
October 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday October 5th, 5p – 11p, outside, rain or shine (tented if it rains)
5:15-7p – LEE GANTT, DEREK POSEY, & CHERRY AVENUE
7p – 9p – Up and coming Nashville artists/songwriters: WYATT MCCUBBIN, MATT VRBA, & ELDON HUFF
9p – 11p Our three headlines: BRICE LONG, PHILLIP WHITE & MARK NESLER
This is an outdoor ticketed event not to be missed!! An intimate music experience with multiple Nashville singer-songwriters, similar to the Bluebird Cafe concert, but held on the beautiful shores of Buckeye Lake! Concert held lakeside and will be tented if inclement weather occurs, online advance ticket purchase of tables for six include dinner, single seats have option to add dinner to their ticket during online ticket purchase, general admission lawn tickets also available. IF YOU WANT TO SIT WITH FRIENDS YOU MUST PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TOGETHER.
Limited menu available that evening at walk up counter in our wine production room. Multiple bars open in and around winery grounds all evening offering wine, beer and cocktails. No outside food or beverage permitted.
A native of Hopkinsville, KY, Brice has enjoyed a successful 25-year music career. His songs have reached the top of the charts three times. Gary Allan’s “Nothing on but the Radio” reached #1 and won an ASCAP Award as one of the most performed country songs of 2005. He topped the charts again with Randy Houser’s “Like a Cowboy,” which was nominated for CMA Song of the Year and earned an RIAA Gold certification. He recently celebrated another #1 single with Jon Pardi’s “Heartache on the Dance Floor,” one of the most played country songs of 2017.
Garth Brooks included Brice’s song “All-American Kid” on his comeback album Man Against Machine, which was capped with a memorable performance on the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Brice’s other radio hits include Chris Stapleton’s recent “Scarecrow in the Garden”, Randy Houser’s “Anything Goes,” Gary Allan’s “Today”, Casey James’ “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night” and Jon Pardi’s “What I Can’t Put Down”. He has also had cuts with Garth Brooks, Hank Williams Jr, George Strait, Josh Turner, Reba McEntire, Chris Young, Gretchen Wilson and more.
Phillip White is a Alabama native that has spent the last 20 plus years writing songs for some of the biggest artists in the business. George Strait, Luke Bryan, Chris Ledoux, Vince Gill, Darius Rucker, Reba, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, and Jake Owen are some of the artists that have recorded Phillip’s work.
Among these include the 2003 ACM Song of the Year “I’m Movin’ On”, The Theme song for Reba’s self titled hit TV show “I’m A Survivor” and Blake Shelton’s “Nobody But Me.” Over the past couple decades he’s been published by some of music row’s most respected publishers including stops at Murrah Music, Disney, Universal, and Sea Gayle Music. As a performer, White has played some of the most legendary venues in the nation, including the Ryman Auditorium,The Grand Ole Opry House, The Station Inn, The Louisiana Hayride, The Bluebird Cafe, The Disney Theater, and The Florida Theater just to name a few.
Another in the long line of great Texas writer/artists, Mark Nesler writes honest, heartfelt country songs in the spirit of all the country music greats-with a definite focus on today’s contemporary sound. Artists that have benefited from his songwriting talent are George Strait and Tim McGraw in particular. McGraw had a six week #1 single with the Nesler penned song “Just to See You Smile” on his multi-platinum selling “Everywhere” album.
George Strait has two #1 singles, thanks to the songwriting talent of Mark Nesler: “Go On” and “Living And Living Well.” Nesler also co-wrote Darryl Worley’s #1 hit, “I Miss My Friend.”
Other hit singles include: “For You I Will”- Aaron Tippin, “Heaven In My Women’s Eyes” and “Just Let Me Be In Love”- Tracy Byrd, “Why, Why, Why”- Billy Currington, American Idol finalist Bucky Covington’s debut single, “A Different World,” and Keith Urban’s #1 single release, “You Look Good In My Shirt.”
In 2010, Nesler’s music broke new ground when one of his songs was selected as the title track for the movie, Country Strong. He also wrote Billy Currington’s #1 hit, “Let Me Down Easy” and Josh Turner’s hit, “Time Is Love”, Billboard’s most played country single of 2012.
Mark continues to write every day and is one of Nashville’s most successful and respected songwriters and artists.
Wyatt McCubbin is a singer-songwriter from Selma, Ohio. Thinking back on his earliest memories of music he says, “As a kid I remember hearing everything from Merle Haggard and Alan Jackson to Bonnie Raitt and Joe Cocker through the speakers of my dad’s old cassette player. My mom and dad schooled me on all kinds of music, but it all had one thing in common, it all had soul.” Wyatt always loved music, but It wasn’t until he broke his arm playing middle school football that he decided to pick up a guitar for therapy and learn to play.
Since graduating high school in 2013, Wyatt makes regular trips from Ohio to Nashville writing with and gaining support from some of Nashville’s top songwriters as both a writer and a country artist.
Wyatt has had his songs recorded by artists such as Jake Worthington, Flatt Lonesome and Josh Ward among others. Wyatt’s loyal, homegrown fans won’t have to wait for his new music much longer either. He signed a publishing deal with SNG Music in Nashville in August of 2017 and has recently recorded a new album with hit making producer/writer Carson Chamberlain. As an artist, Wyatt has performed with or opened for artists such as Merle Haggard, George Jones, Charlie Daniels, Dwight Yoakum, Easton Corbin, The Kentucky Headhunters, Josh Tuner and more.
Perhaps the only working musician in the world who’s resume includes walking 3200 miles across America, Nashville based artist Matt Vrba has added yet another accomplishment onto his already impressive list, the release of his fifth commercial album, “Lessons Learned”. Since the release of his first album (Everywhere In Between) in 2004, Vrba has crisscrossed America and Europe dozens of times, logging over 2400 shows at venues ranging from a sold-out performance at Chicago’s House Of Blues, and LA’s famed Viper Room, to huge festivals such as The North Beach Festival in San Francisco, and The Bite of Seattle.
Song’s from Vrba’s albums have made their way to numerous national television programs, commercials, films, and radio stations around the world. In February of 2008, he auditioned (along with 35,000 others) for NBC’s reality-show Nashville Star. Vrba made it through round after round of call-backs in Portland, Austin, and Nashville, all the way to the semi-finals (a mere 30 artists) where he performed for Jewel, John Rich, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Jeff Steele, and he appeared on the first episode of the show which aired on NBC. More recently, Vrba spent some time writing and performing in the Caribbean with country superstars such as David Lee Murphy, James Otto, Chuck Wicks, Joe Nichols, Randy Rogers, Jessica Andrews, Ira Dean, Steel Magnolia, and Joanna Smith. Just this past summer Vrba logged an astonishing 20,000+ road miles performing with heavy hitters such as Josh Turner, Chris Young, & Hannah Bethel.
At a time in the music industry when gimmicks and multi-million dollar stage productions often overshadow the music, Eldon Huff keeps it simple and straight to the point with a no frills approach. Born and raised in Harlan, KY, Huff began
his career at just 12 years old playing in a house band at a local V.F.W. Throughout his teens he honed his skills in the dive bars and honky-tonks of Kentucky and Tennessee. In one short year after his move to Nashville in 2004, Music Row quickly recognized him as a serious “Triple Threat”. An ace guitarist with a soulful voice filled with honesty and conviction, matched with down home lyrics and a stage presence all it’s own. Record labels and publishers soon started calling and he eventually settled into a deal with Sony ATV. During his 3 years at Sony, he and his band stayed on the
road playing nearly 200 shows a year, building and maintaining a loyal fan base. In 2010 after the end of the Sony deal Huff went back on the road as lead guitarist and background vocalist for country artist Eric Church. Feeling “unsatisfied” in his role as a sideman Huff left the Eric Church band and released his debut album, Tough Times and the Truth. “Now I’m back to doing what brought me to Nashville, writing great country songs and playing them to the best of my ability. I’m looking forward to making a new record and playing these songs for the fans.” Says Huff. He has walked a path that many have turned from and others have stayed on and fought to find their success. From his humble beginnings in Kentucky to the stage of the Grand Ol’ Opry and the small screen, making cameo appearances on the ABC hit show nashville. “I’m doing things I never thought I’d do. Like Nashville. How did that happen? I’ve stood on the stage of the Opry twice now with my buddy Andy Griggs and man what a feeling that was. It just made me even more hungry for a chance to play there as an artist and stand on that sacred circle.” Huff explains. A journey that is far from over and a new chapter that will no doubt bring the success he’s worked hard for. The future looks bright for Eldon Huff. Stay tuned folks, it’s starting to get good.
Born and raised in the heart of the mid west, Lee Gantt is a Nashville singer/songwriter from Columbus, Ohio. Growing up just 10 miles from one of the largest universities in the country, Lee cut his teeth playing in clubs while attending college at Ohio State University. The unique blend of old-style country lyrics and new-school country melodies are hallmarks of the Lee Gantt sound. Gritty, heartfelt lyrics with powerful driving melodies help to fortify the deep connection Lee has with his fans.
For the past 7 years, Lee has been touring across the country, performing in over 25 states and opening for some of the biggest names in country music, such as Chris Young, Dustin Lynch, Thompson Square, Phil Vassar, Love & Theft, Neal McCoy, Colt Ford, Easton Corbin and many more.
Lee is also a regular member of the Nashville songwriting community and splits time between Columbus and Nashville.
Derek Posey is a country singer/songwriter born and raised in Newark, OH. After finishing a college football career at Trine University in the fall of 2013, Derek purchased his first guitar and taught himself how to play to fill his spare time during his last semester. Three chords and couple broken strings later, Derek found himself playing rhythm guitar in a college bar band that was formed around 2am at a local watering hole with some close friends. Once graduation day rolled around in May 2014, Derek moved back to Mt. Vernon, OH where he started his solo career and formed The Derek Posey Band. The band’s “nostalgic honky-tonk meets in-your-face rock & roll” sound matched with honest, whiskey soaked lyrics describing life, love, faith, & heartache through the eyes of a blue-collar American, will leave you hanging onto the edge of your barstool ordering up another drink to listen to their next song. Band members Derek Posey (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Jeff Hatch (lead Guitar), Dave Mccoy (drums), & Caleb Mccoy (bass) formed the Band in 2015 and haven’t looked back since. The Derek Posey Band continues to cut their teeth in bars, clubs, festivals, & corporate events across the U.S. Links: https://derekposeyband.com/ https://www.facebook.com/derekposeyband/
Cherry Avenue is a harmony driven duo based out of Nashville, TN composed of lead singer, Erika Catt, from Utica, OH and Guitarist/vocalist, Adam Catt, of Brownsville, KY. Both are no strangers to performing and have been at it since childhood playing all over the United States and beyond, opening for Joe Diffee, Sammy Kershaw, and more. Their music has been played on multiple FM stations! This duo will give you an energetic set whether they are rocking it acousticly or jamming with the band, don’t miss this rising Nashville Recording Artist!