The Bluebird Holiday BashSinger-Songwriter
The Jay Patten Band
Nashville TN | Rock
Jay put together a band in Nashville and ever since The Jay Patten Band has been a mainstay on the Nashville night scene, as well as the concert stage (He’s opened for Maynard Ferguson, Taj Mahal, Stanley Jorden, Ray Charles and others).
In 1982, Jay became the first artist to step foot on the stage of the now world famous “Bluebird Cafe.” Twice a year, ever since, Jay and the band host the anniversary and the Christmas Shows, Some of the artists that have appeared with Jay’s band include Rita Coolidge, John Prine, Janis Ian, Lee Greenwood, Michael Johnson and many more.
“One of the best things that ever happened to me was getting the opportunity to work with my friend Crystal Gayle...” Jay is currently Crystal’s music director. Besides playing sax, guitar and mandolin, he steps up to the podium and conducts for her. He has conducted over fifty symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Canada including the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra and the United States Navy Band. He also has played on nine of Crystal’s albums as well as co-producing three of them. He’s even recorded two vocal duets with Crystal. In December of 2001, Crystal recorded (and released as a single) Jay’s song “Christmas in America.” “I’ve literally played thousands of shows with Crystal and I am still amazed by the tone of her voice as well as the wonderful feeling she puts into ev’ry song.”
Jay Patten has released five well-received albums including his CBS CD "Black Hat and Saxophone," which made the national charts as well as being featured on VH-1. Other projects include "Impressions Of Christmas," "Night Blue" and his big band project "All In Blue Time," featuring his friend Buddy DeFranco. Check out Jay's latest project, "Crystal Nights," a gift of passion from a vital and diverse musical artist...Mr. Blue Jay Patten.
Mandy Barnett, a native of Crossville, Tennessee, started singing at five years-old. She has been singing since.
As a teenager, Mandy starred as country music legend Patsy Cline in the stage show “Always . . . Patsy Cline” at the celebrated Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The performances were sold out nightly and received rave reviews across the country. Mandy, in role as Patsy, appears on the Decca Records cast recording.
Mandy soon signed with Asylum Records where she released her first album as herself, appropriately entitled, “Mandy Barnett.” The album received glowing reviews in major trade publications and magazines, including “Time" magazine, as well as praise from veteran country artists and fans.
In due course, Seymour Stein, who introduced the world to Madonna, Seal, the Barenaked Ladies, and k.d. lang, heard Mandy’s voice and was, he said, “spellbound.” When Stein launched Sire Records within Warner Music Group, Mandy was the first artist he signed. Mandy’s Sire Records project paired her with the undisputed pioneer of the Nashville Sound, producer Owen Bradley. The album that they made together, “I’ve Got A Right To Cry,” would be his final contribution to the community who knew him through his work with legends Ernest Tubb, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Kitty Wells. Owen passed away four songs into the project, but not before leaving his unmistakable mark on the album. His brother and longtime partner, Harold Bradley, inherited the delicate task of finishing the album with Mandy. A legal pad filled with Owen’s handwritten notes for each song guided the two through the rest of the sessions, and what was to be Owen’s farewell to the world was poised to propel Mandy and her remarkable vocal talent once again into the national limelight.
“I’ve Got A Right To Cry” was a huge critical success. “Rolling Stone” magazine named it the top country album of 1999. Other stellar reviews appeared in “People,” “Newsweek,” “Interview,” and multiple national newspapers. Mandy appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” as a result of her acclaim.
In addition to her own albums, Mandy has been featured on movie soundtracks, including “A Walk On the Moon,” “Traveller,” “Space Cowboys,” “Election,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” and “Crazy.” Mandy also sang on the SpongeBob SquarePants album “The Best Day Ever,” sharing the spotlight with the likes of Brian Wilson, Tommy Ramone, Flaco Jimenez, and NRBQ.
Mandy tours regularly and is a frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry. She reprised her role as “Patsy Cline” in the acclaimed production “Always . . . Patsy Cline” at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee during 2009, in honor of the 15th anniversary of the celebrated venue’s extensive renovations and re-opening. Back by popular demand, Mandy again hit the Ryman stage in “Always . . . Patsy Cline” in June and July 2011.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Rounder Records teamed up for the 2010 exclusive Cracker Barrel store release of Mandy’s Christmas album “Winter Wonderland,” which distinguished music historian and critic Robert K. Oermann called “an instant classic.” Among other publications praising “Winter Wonderland,” the “L.A. Times” lauded Mandy’s “pipes of steel,” “big” voice and “glorious echo” harkening back to the likes of all-time great female singers like Cline and timeless sounds. “All Music” proclaimed “Winter Wonderland” as “timeless,” as Mandy captures the nostalgic holiday mood “perfectly and wonderfully.” Rounder re-released “Winter Wonderland” widely for holiday season 2011.
Mandy’s latest album “Sweet Dreams,” released in 2011 on the Opry Music label, features Mandy’s renditions of songs previously recorded by Patsy Cline. Along with Cline hits like “Crazy,” “I Fall To Pieces,” “Faded Love,” and the album title track, Mandy offers stunning versions of Irving Berlin’s pop standard “Always” and the Mel Tillis-penned “Strange.” Reviewing “Sweet Dreams,” DigitalRodeo.com applauded Mandy’s talents as “one of the most beautiful ’classic country’ female voices of all time. She has total control of her voice and sings effortlessly. Barnett is a true master of her craft.” “Country Weekly” magazine affirmed this view, noting how Mandy embodies “the emotional torch-and-twang style of Patsy Cline with authority” with her captivating “effortless and emotional performances.”
Nashville TN | R&B/Soul
"Jimmy - my soul brother!"
"If you are asking who I think is the best Southern Rock singer - hands down, Jimmy Hall, no question."
—John Bell, Widespread Panic
"For my money, Jimmy is the best white R&B singer alive."
Jimmy Hall was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Mobile by a musical family steeped in gospel tradition. At the age of 20, he moved to Macon, Georgia with his newly formed band, Wet Willie, and was signed by Capricorn Records. Hall shared the studio and stage with artists such as The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jeff Beck Group, Grand Funk Railroad, and a host of others while Wet Willie gained the reputation as one of the hardest working bands on the road. Gregg Allman once said that Hall “…is the hardest man to follow on stage that I ever worked with”. As Wet Willie helped to create the Southern Rock genre they scored a major radio success with Keep on Smiling. This record solidified their place in rock and roll history, and Wet Willie’s hits are still being played on the radio today.
Nashville TN | Rock
Even if you don't know her by name, you probably have her in your CD collection. She has provided backing vocals for a who's who of performers ranging from Etta James and Delbert McClinton to Trisha Yearwood and Wynonna to Kristen Chenoweth and Bruce Cockburn. She was the first and only female vocal choice of super producer Don Was when he started his own project The New Maroons with Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Ringo Starr and Mark Goldenberg. And Jonell Mosser is just getting started.
With riveting live shows and her undeniable voice, Jonell has been packing in crowds of believers for over three decades - no small feat in an age of short attention spans and an ever-changing musical landscape. She is the rare artist who finds the soul of every song she sings and bares it for both herself and her audiences, whether it's a feisty strut, devastating heartbreak or a finely etched portrait of a moment in time.
With both critical and popular acclaim in her corner, Jonell continues to make loyal fans of everyone who hears her. Her latest release Fortunes Lost, Fortunes Told shows a woman at the height of her talent. Once you discover her, you will be a believer, too.
Nashville TN | Blues
I am a singer-songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee.......
I feel so blessed to sing for a living, to have a wonderful husband, family and friends who are also my family. I know I'm only human and have made plenty of mistakes in my life but appreciate each day for the chance to be a better human being.....
Born in Bristol, England but spending most of his professional songwriting
career in Nashville, Tennessee, Roger Cook has received many accolades,
including five Ivor Novello awards.
Roger is a member of SODS (Society of Distinguished Songwriters) and is the only British songwriter ever to enter The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Cowboy Jack Clement
For more than half a century, Jack Clement has found himself surrounded by some of the world's greatest singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists. This was no accident. His brilliance was recognized early on by Sam Phillips whose Sun Records studio was the cradle of rock 'n' roll, and over the years top new talent has been drawn to Jack's door and has followed him like the mythical Pied Piper (though, of course, none of these people were rats). If you think we exaggerate, please spend some time within this site and prepare to be amazed by the most famous musician you, perhaps, have never heard of. And, as Pineapple Jack, he still picks a mean ukelele
Simply stated, Striking Matches, made up of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis, came to Nashville to play music. Sarah, a Philadelphia native and Justin from Atlanta met when a professor at Belmont University paired them at random to play for a classroom full of guitar majors. Consequently, their first performance was the first time they had ever played together. The pair has been writing and performing ever since. Their influences range from Jerry Reed to the Beatles, John Mayer to Patsy Cline, and back again. It becomes more obvious every day that they were born to play music together.
Sarah and Justin put out their first self-titled EP in October 2012, and their song "When the Right One Comes Along" (co-written with Georgia Middleman) was featured on ABC's new drama "Nashville". Since then, the duo has performed across the country opening for acts like Kip Moore and John Hiatt, as well as Nashville's New Year's Even Bash On Broadway with the Fray, and the Grand Ole Opry.
Nashville TN | Jazz
Jazz with Dreads. Annie Sellick may be compared to the greats - “Ella’s playfulness, Carmen’s attitude, Betty’s instincts and Anita’s flair…” (Greg Lee, WMOT jazz radio).But, she is unequivocally and undeniably an original.Don’t let her southern drawl, as sweet as biscuits n’ honey, cause you to make assumptions, because there is nothing shy or demure about Ms. Sellick’s control - of the stage, the music, her sound, and her audience.
“ A singer-songwriter of unusual clarity and intelligence.” - Peter Cooper, The Tennessean Alan Rhody has followed a long and at times, a very solitary path as a singer-songwriter over the last three decades. And it has been his own path, from his beginnings in Louisville, Ky to eight years in Canada, finding his musical calling and on to Nashville, where he was immediately hailed as a bright new talent and proceeded to have his songs covered by a who’s who of country, folk and bluegrass. Now a nationally recognized writer and artist, he delivers Led by Love, his ninth album. The new record marvelously ties together several musical and personal threads of Alan’s music and life. In some ways, it brings his music and songwriting full circle, even including some Bluegrass-influenced pieces, natural for a Kentucky native. There are also rocking tempo tunes, introspective numbers, and shimmering musical and lyrical moments throughout this powerhouse set - the latest example of Rhody’s wonderful combination of singing, songwriting, and production gifts. As so often happens in Alan’s work, the session players and singers are an All-Star cast of musicians from several genres, including Sam Bush, Mike Henderson, Jay Patten, Guthrie Trapp and Jonell Moser.
Roberto Bianco is the Romantic Voice of Our Time. He is VERY romantic and performs all over the world. He believes in Life, Love, and Romance. Roberto Bianco has worked with Cowboy Jack Clement for 30 creative years and will never forget one moment because Jack taught him how to perform with his soul.