Dahme, Kimberley

Kimberley Dahme is an American singer-songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, performer, record producer and actress. Her music incorporates elements of rock, country & blues. She’s the first woman to grace the stage of the band BOSTON. Dahme was the bassist for BOSTON from 2002. In 2014 she went back out with BOSTON on Electric guitar. In a nod to her songwriting […]

Danzig, Kevin

Kevin Danzig writes and performs modern folk and acoustic rock tunes as well as selected cover songs, accompanied by acoustic guitar, ukulele and harmonica. He plays a Porchboard Bass Drum Pedal with his foot. Originality is Danzig’s hallmark; Kevin’s lyrics are invariably intelligent, the instrumental arrangements are in perfect sync and skillfully executed. He is […]

Day, Johnny

Johnny Day’s lighthearted playfulness is coupled with a laser focus that drives him to his true passion for country music. This twenty-three year old, true-blue country artist has been known to work for twelve hours in the oil fields, only to drive 80 miles to the studio to lay down tracks with his incredible band. […]

Dean, Jeremy

  Jeremy credits his professional evolution as a singer, songwriter, and producer to Dove award-winning and Grammy nominated producer, Joe Huffman. Since their first collaboration in 1997, Jeremy has become an accomplished voice in both studio and live performance. He is a member of the coveted Bluebird Cafe family and has appeared there regularly since […]

Dean, Steve (Hits and Grins)

Nashville songwriter Steve Dean has co-written six number one hits, including the most played song on Country Radio in 2007, “Watching You” for Rodney Atkins, the Grammy nominated “It Takes A Little Rain” for The Oak Ridge Boys, “Southern Star” for Alabama, “Round About Way” for George Strait, “Hearts Aren’t Made To Break” for Lee […]

Dillingham, Craig

Craig Dillingham has played a role in the development of west Texas’ country music for nearly four decades. Only eight years old when he began performing in a family group, the Dillingham Sisters, he remained with the group throughout the 1960s and early ’70s, performing regularly in the west Texas area. Striking out on his […]

Dillon, Dean

Dean Dillon was born on March 26, 1955, in Lake City, TN, and started playing guitar at the age of 7. At 15, he appeared in a local Knoxville variety show called JIM CLAYTON STARTIME as a songwriter and performer; by the end of high school, Dillon had his mind set on Nashville. Hitchhiking to […]

Donley, Nick

Originally from Oak Hill, Ohio, Nick discovered his love for music at a young age. Heavily influenced by CCR, Guy Clark and Gary Allan, Nick picked up the guitar at the age of 17. He was always intrigued by the storytelling that country music provides, and thus began his songwriting career. Nick grew up playing […]

Double Dee (Darwin and Dana Nelson)

The musical collaboration of husband and wife singer-songwriters, Darwin and Dana Nelson (aka: The Mayor & First Lady Of Lucedale, Ms.) known as “Double Dee” has taken them far from coastal Gulfport and their small town roots of Lucedale, Mississippi and carried them across the country where they have created a name for themselves at […]

Dover, Neil

Anybody who makes music that people listen to owes you a thank you for reading this and being a part of this event. Thank you from me. I only exist because of you. Lots of musicians think you are there because of them but I know that I am here because of you. I have […]

Dreyer, Mark

Mark Dreyer – Singer Songwriter / Guitar Player / Producer “My one big cut went Gold but I only got Plywood”! 1-Major cut with Engelbert Humperdinck’s CD – After Dark: Song #10 “I Know You Hear Me”. Cowritten with Beverly Ross (Writer of Lolli PoP Lolli PoP 1960) and Mark Gray. 1-cut on Hank Cochran Gospel CD “Something […]

Eady, Jason

  Since the 2005 release of his debut album, Mississippi-bred singer/guitarist Jason Eady has brought a rare balance of unguarded honesty and poetic sophistication to his songwriting. With his catalog spanning from blues-infused Americana to bare-bones reimagining of classic country, Eady’s seventh full-length takes on a looser, livelier, more groove-driven sound than ever before. But while I Travel On brims with a feel-good spontaneity, the Fort Worth-based artist continues to instill each song with the subtle insight and emotional depth that makes his music so powerful. The follow-up to his 2017 […]

Emerson, Wild Bill

Country Music Legend Wild Bill Emerson Legendary country music songwriter and performer Wild Bill Emerson was born and raised in Alabama. Bill was steeped in country music with a touch of rock-n-roll and blues. He began performing at an early age. When he won a contest, his soul was set on fire to follow his […]

Erdman, Eric

If it’s true that an artist’s job is to captivate us for however long they have asked for our attention no one has looked away from Eric Erdman since he first took the stage to front a band. Maybe that is because there is nothing between Eric and his audience, between Eric and the world. […]

Fehle, Rich

As the son of an opera singer, Rich was immersed in music from day one. Self taught on the guitar he began performing in Coffee houses in the early 90’s. As he honed his craft as a performer he delved ever deeper into writing. While living in Britain from 2000-2006, Rich made connections in the […]

Gasaway, Sean

Sean Gasaway is an award winning singer/songwriter, music publisher, record executive, and record producer. Sean was born on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and now resides in Nashville, TN. Sean’s incredible popularity and high demand has led to performances at Heinz Field, performing his hit “Stomp” and The National Anthem in front of 75,000 plus Pittsburgh […]

Gernhauser, Paiten

I have been performing music with my grandfather for as long as I can remember. We played coffeehouses and festivals around New Orleans coming popular songs and rock and roll versions of nursery rhymes. When we moved to Lie Angeles after hurricane  Katrina, I moved into more contemporary music and recorded some hip-hop and dance […]

Gernhauser, Stephen

Steve and Paiten have been performing together since she was four years old doing mostly covers at local New Orleans venues like the Neutral Ground coffeehouse and the Wooden Boat Festival in Madisonville, LA. Over the years  as Patten matured, they began co-writing songs such as “Into The One”, “It’s A Wrap” and “What Them […]

Gilkinson, Jeff

Jeff is  a member of the ‘Dillards’, inducted to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2009. TV fans remember the Dillards as ‘The Darlins’ from the Andy Griffith Show. He’s recorded and/or performed with Delbert McClinton, John Hartford, Willie Nelson, Mason Williams, Michael Martin Murphy, Jennifer Warnes, Michael Johnson and Tom T. Hall and appeared […]

Gill, Doug (Langham & Gill)

Doug Gill might just be writing the story of your life. The Monterey, CA native has a knack for reaching into his own heart and finding the core of emotions that drives us all. He has spent the last thirty years writing, recording and performing music in Nashville and has worked with some of the […]

Griego, Danny

The roads leading to the entertainment industry witness many Artists & Songwriters. Only a few combine those travels with the level of craftsmanship acquired firsthand from the masters of Country Music. Having penned songs recorded by such artists as Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver and Michael Martin Murphey, Griego has built his real life experiences […]

Grimes, Brittany

  Brittany Grimes is a country singer/songwriter proudly hailing from South Alabama. She fell in love with music and started writing songs at a young age. She has been performing at songwriter’s festivals and local music hot spots since the age of 13. At age 14, she performed at Nashville’s CMA Fest, Tootsie’s, Rippy’s, Blue […]

Hall, MoonDawg

  MoonDawg Hall is a Highway Honkytonk Troubadour! MoonDawg has recorded 3 solo albums,  “Troubladour”, “What Happened to the Songs”, and “Road to Sanity….A Kaiju Experience,” as well as an EP with his duo Goode Dawg. MoonDawg’s “Road to Sanity….A Kaiju Experience” hit the Freeform American Roots (FAR) Chart at #24 in 2016, with thanks […]

Handley, Ted

Ted Handley, AKA Tumbleweed Ted, Was born in Pensacola, and now resides in South Carolina. His claim to fame, or infamy, comes from his song,”Save The Bales,(Talking Square Grouper Blues)”. ‘Save The Bales’ has been recorded by several artists, including Local entertainers, J. Hawkins, and David Johnson. Also, it was released nationally, in 2002, by […]

Hart, Rhonda

Rhonda Hart is a Grammy Award Nominee for co-penning The Title cut “Did I Shave My Legs For This” with Deanna Carter. The album has sold over 5 million copies to date.  The song was also featured in a Bell South Commercial. Rhonda Hart Has been writing and performing in clubs, on the road, over […]

Hawkins, James “J”

Born in Ky, Hawkins moved to Fl in 1968.  He started playing bars and honky tonks along the Gulf Coast in the late 70’s, and was voted Gulf Coast’s best male singer in 1989 by the Pensacola News Journal’s public opinion poll.  J. started playing the FloraBama in 1978 and has been involved with the […]

Hill, Byron

Since moving to Nashville and signing his first publishing deal in 1978, his songs have generated more than 700 recordings, and have been released on ninety-one industry certified Gold and Platinum albums and singles. They have earned ten ASCAP awards, thirty-four U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits, and have become hits in many other worldwide […]

Hill, David

David Hill from Birmingham Alabama a singer songwriter started at the age of 14 writing songs . Starting in a small town of Tarrant Alabama growing up and learning from such talents as Marc Alan Barnette and Neil Thrasher always had a dream of being a hit songwriter . In the last few years playing […]

Hinson, Jimbeau

Sixty-seven year old veteran songwriter Jimbeau Hinson, signed his first pub deal at sixteen, signed his first record deal and won his first ASCAP award at 18. He’s written hits for: The Oak RIdge Boys (Fancy Free & Grammy Nominated COLORS), Steve Earle (Hillbilly Highway), David Lee Murphy (Party Crowd) and Brenda Lee (Broken Trust). […]


“HITS and GRINS” is a trio of talented writers/performers from Nashville who present an extremely entertaining evening filled with great stories, hit songs and comedy. Their songs have been recorded by George Strait, Alabama, Rhonda Vincent, Ray Stevens, Colt Ford, Reba McEntire, Cledus T. Judd and many others. Don’t miss this one of a kind […]

Holland, Johnny

Johnny Holland A Singer & Songwriter , Entertainer from the world known “HIT Recording Capitol of the World”- Muscle Shoals, Alabama Don’t let the small town country boy image distract you, however, Johnny is a World-Class entertainer. Along the way, he’s worked, written & performed with some of the biggest names in music today. JOHNNY […]

Hood, Adam

With a John Denver grin and mind full of Alabama attitude, Adam Hood knows the beautiful mess of blue-collar love and everyone on Music Row wants in. Tracks from his critically acclaimed 2011 album The Shape of Things have been cut by Little Big Town, David Nail, Josh Abbott Band, Brian Keane and John Corbett. […]

Hunter, Cass

Creator of songs and Touch of Cass Custom Leatherworks. Cass has shared the stage with Marty Stuart, LeRoy Parnell, George Jones, Ricky Skaggs and many of her songwriting heroes. Songwriting credits include “Graveyard Full of Hearts,”(co-written w/artist, Matt Miller), Moses Rangel’s “Four Feet,”(C. Hunter/Rick Tiger), and “Thinkin’ You Could be Mine,” (C. Hunter/M.Kerr), Whisper Whitlock’s “Breakin’ […]

Jackson, Carl

Multiple Grammy award winner, Carl Jackson, was born in the small town of Louisville, Mississippi on September 18, 1953. By the time he was eight years old, thanks to his father’s influence and a burning desire inside, he was already well on his way to being an accomplished musician. At age fourteen, after playing backstage […]

Jess, Faith

  Faith Jess is a singer/songwriter native to Pensacola, Florida! She began her songwriting journey at the age of twelve. At this age she also started performing locally around Pensacola. She has performed at multiple places around town including; Vinyl Music Hall, Gallery Night and much more! Faith describes her music genre as country/pop with […]

Johansen, Ottar “Big Hand”

The winner of two Spellemannpriser (equal to the US Grammy Awards), one with Claudia/Big Hand/Casino, the other for the solo album “Game Of Hearts”, Johansen has long been pivotal in the growth and popularity of Norway’s music industry, notably through festival and concert appearances with Big Hand Saloon and through his American tours with Joe […]

Johnson, Andi Zack

  From British Columbia, Canada, Singer/Songwriter Andi Zack-Johnson has written songs recorded by artists such as Brothers Osborne, Josh Thompson, Danielle Peck, Etta Britt, Drew Gregory and others… Vince Gill recorded two of Andi’s songs with his daughter Jenny Gill for her debut album released in late 2016. She also co-wrote Josh Thompson’s smash hit, […]

Johnson, Ken

  Ken Johnson’s songs have been recorded by many artists including  Uncle Kracker, Tyler Farr, Billy Gibbons, Tim Montana and The Shrednecks, Harry Connick Jr., Butch Walker, Chris Janson, Craig Morgan, Joey and Rory, Clare Bowen and Buddy Miller, Josh Thompson, The Farm, Ty Stone, Josh Grider, Walt Wilkins & Wayne Newton among others…  Past hits […]

Johnson, Louis “Cowboy”

We are very excited to have Cowboy Johnson returning to the festival after a four year hiatus!  He has been singing and playing the festival at the request of Mickey Newbury’s mother since 2005.  Currently residing on the West Coast, we get a quick visit with Cowboy during the festival.  He looks forward to playing […]

Joiner, John

Gulf Coast based singer/songwriter/session guitarist John Joiner has performed at music venues across the United States and Europe for over four decades, He has accompanied and shared the stage with renowned artists such as Rodney Crowell, John Anderson, .38 Special, ZZ-Top, Willie Nelson, to mention a few, John has co-written songs with Mickey Newbury, Rock […]