When I was first contacted about covering this story I was so excited! Not only do I love Nashville, but I love a feel good story, and boy do we have one for you today!
As a part of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Random Acts of Light Campaign, Nashville star, Charles Esten surprised Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia survivor and die-hard Nashville fan, Caitlin Hensley with tickets to the tour in Dayton, Ohio. 26-year old Caitlin got the full VIP experience, which included early entry, special meet and greets, photos, autographs and more.
Want to see how Hensley was surprised? Check out the video here.
Caitlin, we hope you had an amazing time! Thanks for sharing some pictures with us so we could share your night!
Three days and counting! Yesterday I told you a little bit about Clark Manson and today I want to follow up and share some information about Alexis Gomez! Alexis will be the opener for the concert Friday and it will also be the first time I've seen her! I'm super excited to see her and how she performs live! Keep reading to find out more about Alexis and her American Idol experience.
Tom T. Hall: The Storyteller
Tom T. Hall is a songwriter that I haven't heard much about every before. He has a great track list of songs and awards. Here are some of Tom's achievements!
* 2012 BMI Icon Award Winner
* Known as the storyteller because of his narrative style
* Wrote "A Week In A Country Jail" for Stone Wall Jackson. Hall used his time in jail as an inspiration for the song
* Wrote "Ballad of 40 Dollars"
Sonny Curtis: I Fought The Law
Sonny Curtis is known for writing many songs, however his best known song is probably I Fought The Law. Along with that his set list of songs include: Love Is All Around, The Straight Life, Peggy Sue, Everyday, and More Than I Can Say.
One of Sonny's major influences involved in shaping his music was Elvis!
Sonny's rise to stardom didn't come without a roadblock. He hit on in 1959 when he was drafted in the Army. Sonny used that experience to write Walk Write Back while in basic training.
There have been many artists in many genres covering I Fought The Law. Sonny's favorite rendition though is the cover by hank Williams Jr.
Sonny has received many awards and nominations in his lifetime and writing career. One that I felt important to point out is that he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame!
Bob DiPiero: American Made
Bob DiPiero is known for writing many songs. His credits can be given for these songs:
I Can See Forever In Your Eyes
Take Me As I Am
Blue Clear Sky
Cowboys Like Us
If You Ever Stop Loving Me
*To find out the stories on all of these songs check out the book!*
His songs can be found in a few movies. You can hear Southern Voice in The Blind Side and Coming Home in Country Strong.
"I just want to be known for making somebody's life a little easier for about three minutes" -Bob Dipiero
The Winners of the License To Boot Giveaway are:
I sent you an email on Monday! You will have until Wednesday at Midnight to get back with me and the I will draw another winner! Congratulations and enjoy your License To Boot Tank!
"Whisperin" Bill Anderson: Whiskey Lullaby
Bill Anderson is known for writing many songs, signing as a solo artist and more. Today I will be sharing with you a few interesting facts and numbers about Bill Anderson which I have found from the book Nashville Songwriter. There are many more facts in the book so if you enjoy these make sure you check out the book!
Dallas Davidson: Dirt Road Diaries
Dallas Davidson is one of country music's best writers...in my opinion! He has had some great songs and great co-writes. He is one-third of the Peach Pickers! Find out more about Dallas below!
Tom Shapiro: Never Give Up On A Good Thing
Tom Shapiro is responsible for writing songs for Reba, George Straight, Keith Urban and many others. Today we are going to share what we found out from our Nashville Songwriters series!
Craig Wiseman: Master of The Three-Minute Movie
Craig Wiseman should be known for some great works of art! One of his works include Tim McGraw's song Live Like You Were Dying which spent a record ten weeks at number one. Craig Wiseman launched his music publishing company Big Loud Shirt and uses his staff as a way of knowing whether or not he should be finished with a song or not.
Here's Craig Wiseman's Numbers:
20 Number Ones
80 Million Records Sold Featuring His Songs
Below is a video of Craig singing Live Like You Were Dying for a CMA Songwriter Series. Enjoy!
Freddy Powers and Merle Haggard: Natural High
Chapter One in Nashville Songwriter focus on Fraddy Powers and his collaborations with the great Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. To give you an idea about what his writing was like I need to share that he built his name with his band Freddy Powers and the Powerhouse Four along with making regular appearances on the Today Show and the Tonight Show. He was also very well known for his rhythm guitar playing. Below are some of his greatest accomplishments alone and with Merle and Willie!