BENEFITTING SOUTH CHEATHAM MEALS ON WHEELS FEB. 25TH
Joe Elmore of “Tennessee Crossroads”
Added to Host Event Featuring Allen Shamblin, Craig Wiseman, and Casey Beathard
Three of Nashville’s most celebrated songwriters will headline the SUPER SONGWRITERS NIGHT BENEFITTING SOUTH CHEATHAM MEALS ON WHEELS. Allen Shamblin, Craig Wiseman, and Casey Beathard will captivate the audience as they sing their hits and share the stories behind the music. Joe Elmore, familiar to television viewers across the state as the amiable host of “Tennessee Crossroads” (PBS) will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The event will be Feb. 25th, from 6:00-10:00 PM, at Chaffin’s Barn Theatre in Bellevue. The evening includes dinner by nationally acclaimed Carl’s Perfect Pig, as well as the chance to bid on unique items during both live and silent auctions.
Shamblin has had more than 100 songs recorded by artists from several genres of music. He was inducted in 2009 into the Nashville Songwriters Foundation Hall of Fame. In 1990, Randy Travis took “He Walked On Water,” a song about Shamblin’s grandfather, to #1 on the country charts. This began a string of hits such as “Walk On Faith,” by Mike Reid, “In This Life,” by Colin Raye, “Thinkin’ Problem,” by David Ball, “Life’s a Dance,“ by John Michael Montgomery, “ Don’t Laugh at Me,” by Mark Wills, “Where the Blacktop Ends,” by Keith Urban, and Dove Award winner, “It’s In God’s Hands Now, “ by Anointed. “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” recorded by Bonnie Raitt, was voted the #8 song of “The 100 Greatest Songs of All Times.” Shamblin received a Grammy award for “The House That Built Me,” recorded by Miranda Lambert.
Wiseman has played a significant role in shaping contemporary country music. He was named ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year in 2003, 2005, and 2007. In 2005, Wiseman won a Grammy for “Live Like You Were Dying,” by Tim McGraw. That song spent 10 weeks at #1, and earned Wiseman both CMA and ACM Song of the Year awards. The following year, he took home the same awards for Brooks and Dunn’s “Believe.” In 2009, Nashville Songwriters Association International named Wiseman Songwriter of the Decade. To date, Wiseman has had over 300 cuts, 100 singles, and #21 #1’s.
Beathard’s hits for mainstream artists emanated from the dream shared by so many who come to Nashville. “I drove to Nashville from Virginia in the early nineties in an old truck with a TV and clothes in back, my life savings ($2000) in my pocket, and my singin’ dreams in my head,” Casey recalls. “I paid five months rent on a place, got a day job (mail order at the Country Music Hall of Fame) and a night job (dishwashing at the Bluebird Café) to make ends meet. I played and sang for anyone who’d listen. My goal was to be a super-star artist, but when people began recording my songs, I realized my true destiny.” A few of those people who’ve cut Beathard’s songs are Kenny Chesney (“No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem,” “Don’t Blink,” and “The Boys of Fall”), George Strait (“How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls”), Tracy Lawrence (“Find Out Who Your Friends Are”), and Eric Church (“Like Jesus Does”).
Elmore is a television personality, musician/songwriter, and self-professed “regular Joe” who connects with millions of fans each week. “Tennessee Crossroads” has garnered several Emmy awards, and Elmore has hosted the show since its beginning. On January 25th at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Regional Emmy Awards, Joe received the Silver Circle Award, honoring 25+ years of contributions to the industry. Many of Joe’s fans connect with him because of their need for speed, since he also hosts America’s premiere, and longest-running, high performance car show, “Horsepower TV” (SPIKE). As the Master of Ceremonies for SUPER SONGWRITERS NIGHT, Elmore brings to the event his longtime passion for music. He played bass in several Mid-South bands, including Bill Black’s Combo, a group formed by one of Elvis Presley’s first sidemen. He was immersed in the historic music of the “Memphis Sound” during its heyday and backed up some of the legends of rock and R&B.
Tickets are $40, and all proceeds go to provide meals and assistance for our community’s elderly. Purchase online with secure Paypal at www.pegramumc.org, by phone at 615-969-4139, or at the following locations: Noah’s Closet in Pegram, Community Bank & Trust in Pegram and Kingston Springs, Heritage Bank in Kingston Springs, and Pinnacle Bank in Bellevue.
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