“Writers in the Round” is a unique event in that it allows the spotlight to shine on the actual composers of your favorite country songs, not necessarily the artists whose recorded work became a big hit! This Bluebird Café-inspired “Writers in the Round” performance allows songwriters of some of modern country music’s hottest hits to take to the stage to perform their songs, and to share stories about their compositions as well. This recipe results in a festive party atmosphere onstage as the audience is treated to a most memorable evening with a band of songwriting buddies who have such a good time in each other’s company, thrilled to be sharing their tunes and tales! Now in its 4th successful year spearheaded by Florence native and country songwriter extraordinaire Frank Rogers, this year’s performance will also feature songwriters Brent Anderson, Monty Criswell and Lynn Hutton.
Frank Rogers, a native son of Florence, is a record producer, songwriter, musician, music publisher and record label executive. Fresh out of college in 1995, Rogers went to work for EMI Nashville where he rose to the position of Vice President. While at EMI, Rogers signed and produced artists including Brad Paisley, Darryl Worley and Josh Turner. In 1999, Rogers established Sea Gayle Music with Brad Paisley and Chris DuBois. Sea Gayle Music boasts 40 Billboard number one songs, and they were named ASCAP’s Country Music Publisher of the Year in 2010 & 2011. In 2009, the three partners formed Sea Gayle Records, with a roster including Jerrod Niemann and Sheryl Crow. Rogers has produced hits for many prominent country music performers since 1999. His accolades as producer include 39 number one and 70 top 20 songs, 18 Country Music Association award nominations (with one win) and 27 Academy of Country Music award nominations (with five wins.) As a songwriter, Rogers has earned four Billboard number one songs: “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” by Brad Paisley, “Alright” and “This” by Darius Rucker, and “Backroad Song” by Granger Smith. In 2016, Rogers opened Fluid Music Revolution in conjunction with Spirit Music Group.
Among the Nashville notables joining Frank Rogers onstage for this year’s “Writers in the Round” program is Brent Anderson, a Mississippi native, who moved to Nashville and secured his first publishing deal at age 16! In 2009, he signed with Sea Gayle Music and has since written for Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, and Danielle Bradbery, among others. His credits also include the #1 hit “Lonely Tonight” by Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe. Brent is also enjoying success as a producer, including Chris Jansen’s breakthrough hit “Buy Me A Boat.” Monty Criswell came to Nashville from the Alabama coast after passing on an acceptance to law school. He is currently signed to Sony ATV Tree Publishing as a staff songwriter. Monty is a two-time Grammy nominee for Country Song of the Year, and he won the Country Music Association’s Single of the Year Award in 2008. To date, he has a roster of over 200 recorded songs by artists such as Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, George Strait, Trace Adkins, Josh Turner and Darius Rucker. Rounding out this talented quartet is Knoxville’s Lynn Hutton. He moved to Nashville in 1998 and began singing demos for many Nashville hit songwriters. After signing with Sea Gayle Music in 2009, Hutton’s collaborations landed him on the multi-platinum-selling “Chief” album by Eric Church with the song “Jack Daniels,” as well as Scotty McCreery’s platinum-selling “Clear as Day” album. Hutton’s other songwriting credits include tracks by Trace Adkins, Ronnie Dunn, Joe Nichols, and the title track of Florida Georgia Line’s debut album, “Here’s to the Good Times.”
The four “Writers in the Round” artists will be taking the centrally-located stage in the historic Bean Market, surrounded by the audience seated at banquet tables for an intimate evening of musical performances and behind-the-scenes stories about the tunes themselves. The acoustics in The Bean Market are stellar, so sound aficionados are sure to be pleased. Refreshments, including a full bar, will be available. Proceeds from this event benefit the Lake City Boys & Girls Club.
VIP tickets $125 (includes VIP reception, table-side service and 2 complimentary drinks from the full bar at the event)
General admission $75
Thursday, October 5
6:00pm – 7:30pm: VIP Reception at Atlantic Coast Line Building – 103 Irvin Street (reception includes meet & greet with performing artists, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer & wine)
7:00: Doors Open at The Bean Market
7:30pm – 10:00pm: Writers in the Round Program at The Bean Market
All proceeds benefit Lake City Boys & Girls Club