Nashville Songwriters - Feat. Wyatt Durrette,  Levi Lowrey, Channing Wilson, Dave Kennedy

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Nashville Songwriters - Feat. Wyatt Durrette, Levi Lowrey, Channing Wilson, Dave Kennedy

Thu · June 29, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$20.00 - $30.00

This event is 16 and over

Wyatt Durrette
Wyatt Durrette
Like many artists, Wyatt Durrette found his inspiration as a child. Listening to country and bluegrass music with his father, young Wyatt connected to something in the rhythm and vibrations of music and a sound that became inextricably tied to his childhood. At age eleven, Wyatt tried his hand at adding to that soundtrack by writing his first song.

Wyatt’s interest in music continued into his college years where his influences expanded to Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles and Steve Miller. But coming from a large Virginian family – he is one of eight children – Wyatt understands the importance of roots and so he held onto his by combining the country/bluegrass music of his past with the island music of his present, creating the unique sound in his songs.

While bartending and managing in the local bar scene, Wyatt eventually settled in Atlanta, GA where he managed The Dixie Tavern. It was at this local Atlanta hangout where Wyatt met Zac Brown who was part of The Dixie’s weekly entertainment. The two have been writing songs that have been entertaining and inspiring fans ever since.

Wyatt’s collaboration with Zac has resulted in a collection of songs that celebrate life and the simple joys of living...and what a record-setting collection that is. Twenty two million singles, eight million albums and twelve #1 hits to be exact.

Hot off the heels of a Grammy win for the Zac Brown Band as “Best New Artist,” the band made history as the first artist to achieve four #1 songs in a row from a debut album—all four of these songs co-written by Wyatt, including #1 platinum hits “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” as well as “Whatever It Is,” and “Highway 20 Ride.” The number “1” has been a recurring number for these songwriters, reaching top status on numerous charts including Billboard, iTunes, Mediabase, R&R/BDS, CMT and GAC. With Zac Brown Band’s debut album, ​The Foundation



, surpassing two million in sales, this album has

amassed a staggering eight million in digital sales to date, as well as a Billboard Top 20 Album of 2010. Zac Brown Band’s second major label studio album ​You Get What You

Give, is another winning collaboration, with Wyatt co-writing eleven of the fourteen and repeating the magic of another four #1 songs including singles “As She’s Walking Away” featuring Alan Jackson, “Knee Deep” featuring Jimmy Buffett, “Colder Weather” and “Keep Me In Mind”. Released in September 2010, this album followed the same path of success, garnering a #1 Billboard Top 200 and Country album, another Grammy win for the group, as well as becoming certified Platinum. Wyatt also received Grammy and Academy Award nominations in 2010 for “Where The River Goes”, a song written for

the motion Picture ​Footloose.



2012 brought the release of Zac Brown Band’s third major

label studio album ​Uncaged.



This album continued the sensation winning Best Country Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. With Wyatt co-writing every song but one on this album, it hit #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart as well as #1 on the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart, with over one million records in sales. Two years later in 2015, Jekyll + Hyde was released, marking Zac Brown Band’s fourth major label studio album.

This album had Wyatt’s touch on it with co-writing on eleven tracks, including “Heavy Is The Head” featuring Chris Cornell. This album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 album chart, making it Zac Brown Band’s third #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Furthermore, the song “Homegrown” appearing on this album and co-written by Wyatt, was named Song of the Year by SESAC in 2015.

Just as Wyatt’s musical roots can be traced back to memories with his father, so too can the music he creates today. Now a father himself, Wyatt’s writing is influenced by the love he has for his son. Knowing how one song can make a difference in someone’s life, he strives to make music that touches you deeply, yet hits you like a warm tropical breeze. They just make you feel...good.
Levi Lowrey
Levi Lowrey
Born in Dacula, GA, Levi Lowrey has always known that he was made for music. His great, great, great-grandfather, Gid Tanner, was a fiddle player in the Skillet Lickers band during the 1920s and 30s, and was one of the first artists to ever sell a million records. Lowrey began performing when he was 12 years old and has forged a veritable path of success ever since. As co-writer on Zac Brown Band's CMA Awards nominated song, "Colder Weather," Lowrey's signature style of poignant honesty, both dark and light, acts like a salve for kindred souls. Drawing inspiration from the struggles and triumphs of his own life, Lowrey lays his heart on his sleeve, reassuring us that we're not alone.
Channing Wilson
Channing Wilson
"God could you throw this dog a bone. Let me turn the corner and be home. I'm tired of being on this road alone." Real lyrics are what Channing Wilson is all about.
From a small town in Northwest Georgia, Channing learned about real life American good times and hardships. He's not afraid to tell you about it either. From his songs like "Poor Man's Cocaine" referring to methamphetamines taking over rural America, to songs like "Crazy Over You" which is a throwback love song to the era of Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, Channing's voice along with his lyrics stand alone in a time of mass produced "throwaway" singers and songwriters.
Brought up on the real side of the tracks by two hard working "dirt collar" parents, he had plenty of opportunities to learn real life at an early age. Channing says "I didn't have a musical family. My mother is a pretty good singer, but an even better worker. So, I found music later than most artists." Finding music later for Channing didn't slow down his passion for it. Learning guitar at 17 and starting writing shortly after. "I came across a book of short poems my mother had written before I was born, and after reading them I was so inspired to explore my own creative side."
By age 25, he had flunked out of college and quit more jobs than he applied for. "I never could accept the idea that I was supposed to work every day for someone else. I expected more than a paycheck. After a friend turned me on to Guy Clark and Steve Earle, I knew 2 things. I never wanted to punch a clock again, and I had to become a better writer and musician." That's exactly what he did at 26 years old, he started his first band and quickly learned the ropes as a very successful regional act. That venture lasted 6 years until he became a father and knew he had to step up his game if he was going to turn a dream into a way of life.
Selling a fishing boat and a decent guitar collection to finance trips from north Georgia to Nashville every week paid off in October of 2010 he was approached by EMI Music Publishing after playing a Tuesday night showcase called Alabama Line. After meeting with EMI a few times he was offered his first publishing deal. "I didn't know what I had to offer such a big corporate publishing company, but when I looked on the roster and saw Guy Clark I knew I was in." It didn't take long before he was in the room with his teacher. Learning from the master himself. "Just knowing Guy has made me a better man, but getting to share ideas and stories is a dream come true."

Channing got his first cut with a song titled "Living With The Blues." Sony recording artist Tyler Farr cut the song the same way he heard the demo. Acoustic and raw. Channing even played the guitar track on Tyler's upcoming album. He has been writing with some of Nashville's best writers such as Guy Clark, Ashley Monroe, Drake White, Dave Kennedy and more. All the while pursuing artist acknowledgment. When asked if he wanted to be an artist he replied "If you can't tell I'm an artist by listening to my songs, you're not listening."

He has shared bills with so many of his heroes such as Billy Joe Shaver, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Tony Joe White, Chris Knight, Dale Watson, and many more including getting invited to be on the 2012 Country Throwdown Tour.

Channing's love for country music history and the future of country music is second to none. "I came to Nashville to make a difference and I'll always work hard to earn respect from my peers. I owe them that at least. Hell, I've played their songs so many times for free."
Dave Kennedy
Dave Kennedy
After years of paying dues everywhere from dives to theaters, Dave Kennedy has descended on Nashville like whirlwind. With a voice big enough to grab your attention and songs great enough to hold it, the singer-songwriter and East Tennessee native has spent years developing his craft both as a performer and prolific writer all around the Southeast, and is determined to take his place among the new wave of Americana and more traditional country music artists. His songs are equal parts heartbreak, redemption, whiskey and truth, which is why he’s quickly becoming a favorite of music fans, songwriters, and artists alike. Dave has spent the last 7 years tirelessly playing and writing in search of the voice and statement he wants to bring to the music he loves. With ear and heart ever faithful to the country traditions and journeys of those who came before him, his ability to connect with an audience through both his words and performance is a testament to both his traditional roots and his soulful voice, which resonates with or without a microphone.
Venue Information:
Madlife Stage & Studios
8722 Main st.
Woodstock, GA, 30188
http://madlifestageandstudios.com/