The 4th Annual Strings & Stories: An Intimate Night of Songwriter’s Tales will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Wedding 101 at The Factory in Franklin. The cozy songwriter’s night will begin at 6:30 pm and will include a tasting by Olivia Olive Oil, appetizers by Whole Foods of Cool Springs, dinner by Amerigo’s, dessert and coffee by Frothy Monkey, wine by Del Rio Wine & Spirits, beer by Music City Mortgage, and musical performances from Nashville’s own award-winning songwriters:
KELLEY LOVELACE: A guitar player from an early age, Lovelace didn’t even think about being a songwriter until he was told to guard some equipment out in the woods at Fort Benning, Ga., during a training session. “They forgot about me for 12 hours…I had time, so I wrote a song.” Lovelace, 44, now is a veteran of the Nashville songwriting scene, with thirteen No. 1 country hits to his credit. He’s co-written hits for his buddy Brad Paisley, as well as Carrie Underwood, Rascall Flatts, Jason Aldean, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Chesney and Trisha Yearwood.
WYNN VARBLE*: Wynn picked up a guitar for the first time when he was 15 and taught himself to play. He remembers picking out his first original melodies soon after he mastered basic chord progressions. The creative sparks started flying, and Wynn formed a bluegrass band when he turned 16. Varble relocated to Nashville in 1992. Wynn had his first #1 song “Have You Forgotten” with Darryl Worley in 2003. The song was nominated for SONG OF THE YEAR by the CMA. In 2008, Waitin’ on a Woman, which Wynn co-wrote with Don Sampson was nominated by the CMA for SONG OF THE YEAR. His most recent #1, I’m a Little More Country recorded by Easton Corbin, was also nominated by the ACM for SONG OF THE YEAR. Wynn’s songs have been cut by a range of great artists, including Easton Corbin, Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Womack, Brad Paisley, Darryl Worley, Kellie Pickler, Montgomery Gentry, Jason Sellers, Gary Allan, Trace Adkins, Clint Daniels, Kevin Denney, Tracy Byrd, The Kinleys, Chris LeDoux, Danni Leigh, Mark Chesnutt and Sammy Kershaw.
LESLIE SATCHER: Leslie grew up in her birthplace of Paris, Texas, where she sang in local churches and schools – an experience which she lists as one of her biggest influences. In 1989, she moved to Nashville to pursue her dream of being a country music singer, but found a niche writing the songs for which she is most well-known — including many by notable country music acts like Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Kellie Pickler, Joe Diffie, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, Pam Tillis, and Willie Nelson. In 2002, Martina McBride’s performance of her song “When God-Fearin’ Women Get the Blues” reached No. 8 in the United States, while her 2006 song “Politically Uncorrect”, performed by Merle Haggard and Gretchen Wilson, reached No. 23 and was nominated for a Grammy award.
All proceeds from Strings & Stories benefit High Hopes Inclusive Preschool and Pediatric Therapy Clinic. High Hopes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency and is the only inclusive preschool in Middle Tennessee with an on-site pediatric therapy clinic. High Hopes is truly unique in the way that children with and without special needs such as Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and other developmental delays play, learn, and grow together every day. The pediatric therapy clinic provides five different outpatient therapies in one location: occupational, speech, physical, feeding, music and listening therapies. High Hopes gives children of all intellectual, physical and mental abilities the opportunity to learn and grow together in an environment that provides a strong foundation for future academic and social success.
Tickets are $150 per person. Seating is limited. For reservations, phone (615) 522.5629 or online at www.highhopesnash.org by February 14.