Sunday, October 12, 2014

Craig Wiseman, Bob DiPiero, Kelley Lovelace, Scotty Emerick

Craig Wiseman, Bob DiPiero, Kelley Lovelace, Scotty Emerick And Other NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS Celebrate Book Release At 3rd & Lindsley

Some of Music Row's biggest hit-writers of the past 30 years came out to 3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill to celebrate the release of Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits, featuring those writers' life stories and how they inspired the tens-of-dozens of hits between them that followed. 

L to R seated are Jeff Silbar, Craig Wiseman, author Jake Brown with arm around Freddy Powers and Catherine Powers.  Standing L to R are Neil Thrasher, Sonny Curtis, Bob DiPiero and Kelley Lovelace   PHOTOGRAPHER credit  Kindell Moore   
L-R seated: Jeff Silbar, Craig Wiseman, author Jake Brown with arm around Freddy Powers and Catherine Powers.

L-R standing: Neil Thrasher, Sonny Curtis, Bob DiPiero and Kelley Lovelace  

Photographer credit: Kindell Moore

Hosting a who's-who of country music's biggest hitmakers, including CRAIG WISEMAN, BOB DIPIERO, KELLEY LOVELACE, SCOTTY EMERICK, SONNY CURTIS, JEFF SILBAR, NEIL THRASHER, and FREDDY POWERS (all featured together in the photo above), following a private meet-and-greet among the songwriters and media, fans were treated to a live event featuring performances of songs from each writer's catalog of hits.  The legendary Sonny Curtis kicked things off with a 4-song set that included arguably his most famous hit, "I Fought the Law (and the Law Won)."  Jeff Silbar then performed "Wind Beneath My Wings" among other crowd-pleasing hits.

The third act of the night's live show was a moving tribute to longtime Merle Haggard co-writer Freddy Powers, who made it out to be part of the night in spite of his battling the advance stages of Parkinson's Disease.  Introduced by his longtime manager/wife Catherine Powers, Freddy's catalog was saluted by a 3-song tribute from hit songwriter Scotty Emerick, best known for Toby Keith # 1s including "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight," "Beer For My Horses," "I Love This Bar," and "As Good As I Once Was," kicking off with the Powers-and-Haggard-penned George Jones # 1 hit "I Always Get Lucky With You," before diving into a deeper Haggard-Powers co-write "Jimmy the Broom," and closing with another Haggard # 1, "Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star." 

Powers' protégé, rising country star Mary Sarah-who Rolling Stone Country called "a prodigy" and currently has a duets album out featuring Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, etc -shined with her stirring rendition of "I Just Want to Sing My Song," before hit writer Neil Thrasher closed out the live event with his performances of the Rascal Flatts' monster # 1 hit, "Fast Cars and Freedom" and Kenny Chesney's "There Goes My Life."  

Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits, the 36th book from music biographer Jake Brown, is available on store shelves nationwide and at all online retailers from BenBella Books.

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