Nashville Nights: In the round with hitmakers

Discover the hit makers of Nashville, Lee Thomas Miller, Wendell Mobley, and Blue Foley, on a three date UK tour in September! For those who are not familiar with their names, they’ll certainly know the hit songs that they wrote. There are countless chart toppers penned by this trio, along with well-known releases from Garth Brooks, Ashley McBryde, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and many others. Experience the magic captured in the writing room as we take you inside the songwriter’s life. The show promises to be a night of spellbinding interpretations of the world’s biggest country hits performed by the songwriters who wrote them. The tour will visit Glasgow (11th Sept), Manchester (12th Sept) and London (13th Sept). Tickets go on sale Friday 30th June!

With a mountain of accolades between them, it’s clear to see why these three songwriters are amongst the highest in demand in the music city of Nashville!

17 Number One hits for the likes of Carrie Underwood, Ashley McBryde, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Brothers Osborne, Brad Paisley, Chris Stapleton, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Jamey Johnson, Lee Brice and many more…. 7 Grammy Nominations, plus Multiple CMA and ACM Awards!

Lee Thomas Miller is a three-time Grammy Award Nominee for ‘Country Song of The Year’ with “The Impossible” (Joe Nichols), “You’re Gonna Miss this” (Trace Adkins) and “In Color” (Jamey Johnson) which went on to win ‘Song of The Year’ at CMA, ACM and Music Row Awards. One of his more recent ACM nominations was for the much-loved track ‘Whiskey and You” by Chris Stapleton. He has writing credits on many music releases for Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley, including UK fan favourite “Perfect Storm”.

In conversation with Rolling Stone magazine, Lee said “Brad is like Chris [Stapleton], in that he’s an artist, but he’s a songwriter first. He could’ve easily written songs for a living, or been a session guitarist. Brad always does well with the big, unashamed love ballad, and he’s very patient and meticulous. We’ll write and rewrite a song for months. You may get together one day and come up with the gist of a song, and that fires him up, and that emotionally invests him, and now he’s going to be all about making it right, no matter how long it takes. “Perfect Storm” was like that. I heard him play it for the first time in London, with my wife in the audience. He introduced the song by saying, “Lee, this song is probably more about your wife than it is about mine,” and whether that was actually true or not, he said it in front of thousands of people — including my wife — and I remember thinking, “Ok, London just got fun.”

Wendell Mobley is one of the most accomplished and sought after songwriters, with his songs spending a collective 25 weeks at Number One in the charts and amassing 60 million record sales. His biggest hits include “Take Me There” and “Fast Cars and Freedom” byRascal Flatts, “How Forever Feels” by Kenny Chesney, “Tattoos In This Town” and “A Little More Summertime” by Jason Aldean and “How Country Feels” by Randy Houser. At least ten songs penned by Wendell hit the top of the charts including “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney which held the Number One chart position for several weeks.He has won two ASCAP ‘Song of The Year’ awards and is a Grammy and ACM Nominee. He’s certainly a writer in demand in music city!

One of his Number One singles was “Banjo” by Rascal Flatts which hit the top spot in 2012. During a chat with American Songwriter, Wendell was asked about the story behind the song. “I remember I was driving up my street on my way home and Neil and I were on the phone talking about an upcoming write we had with Gary LeVox at Gary’s ranch to write the song “Changed” which is the title track of the new album. I’d written there a few times but it’s so far out and so backwoods that every time I go I have to get new directions. I mean you’re literally counting telephone poles, bridges, creeks, donkeys … all kinds of country-ass landmarks. The last few roads do not have names, not kidding! He ended the long drawn-out directions with “and you go and you go and you go … till you hear a banjo” and we both just broke out laughing and said, “let’s write that!” We were with Tony Martin the next day as I recall and just knocked it all out that day in my studio”

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