The writer of that song and many others will be performing at the Songwriters Showcase at the Lowell Opry House Saturday at 7 p.m. Songwriters from around the South will entertain with their original songs and stories.
David Steen, who recently released his third CD “Life,” has opened for Rascal Flats, Charlie Daniels and Josh Turner. His songs are published with DSM in New York, he performs regularly at the Bluebird and is the current host of the Lowell Opry House “1st Saturday” show.
Ian Porter was raised in Florida and started his musical journey with the punk rock group Money Jar. After graduating high school in 1999 he moved to Tennessee to pursue a degree in music and religion. He played with various contemporary Christian groups before settling into his current position as guitar player and harmony singer with Bartlee Norton and 64Highway. He now lives in Chattanooga with his wife and daughter.
Catherine Kimbro was born in Lawrenceville and was raised on classic country and gospel. She began writing songs at age of 10 and picked up the guitar five years later. Her first demo “Racing” was cut when she was 16 and soon became a metro-Atlanta favorite. She has songs played on Atlanta’s 94.9 “The Bulls Backyard Country Program” and has performed at the writers night at the Bluebird Café in Nashville. She has a new CD out titled “Someday.”
Adam Goodale grew up in California and moved to Georgia to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He is a singer/songwriter who writes personal songs from the heart. He now resides in a historic building he remodeled in Bowdon and has a CD out titled“Adam Goodale and Friends.”
Sam Dailey started playing guitar and writing songs around the age of 14. He has played in several bands such as The Middle of the Road Band, Saddletramp and Ironhorse to name a few. He has played acoustic solo for the past several years and is currently playing in an acoustic duo with local legendary musician Joel Shipp.
Jonathan Dorsey, a local singer/songwriter/musician, has been performing throughout the South for more than 20 years. He has shared the stage with Rick Fowler, Percy Sledge and members of R.E.M. and has songs published by famed Sun Records legend Roland James. He played bass with many local bands including: “Afterlife,” “Sea of Green,” “Bluesmobile,” and “Backstreet.” He performs regularly as a solo artist at the Sunnyside Café and has a new CD out entitled “Desperatown.”
Mimi Gentry has been a columnist for the Times-Georgian for more than a decade. Although her bread and butter is writing, her true love is singing on stage. She cut her teeth in some of the smokiest honky-tonk dives in the state, singing with her brother Bill Gentry. She appears, on occasion, with bands like the George Britt Band and the Duke Baggett Band, and can always be found at her weekly gig with the Carrollton Presbyterian Church Choir. She is joined Saturday with good friend Stan Hodgen on string bass.
Butch Watson was a recent finalist a the “Idol at the Fair” held at the Opry House. He has been playing guitar and performing since he was a teenager. He performs regularly at restaurants, pubs, parties and charity events all around the Atlanta area.
George Britt, from Carrollton, designed and built the Lowell Opry House and performs with his band original and traditional country music here at least once a month. He was the first place winner of the GMIA Songwriters showdown for his song “No Bottom in the Hole.” He performs at the Bluebird in Nashville, has released three CDs and was recently honored by the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame.
Mark Lyle has been a coordinator for NSAI here in Carrollton for the past 20 years. He has had more than 30 independent cuts and a CD out titled “Better’n Elvis.” He performs regularly at the Bluebird and with the George Britt Band here at the Opry and occasionally with his son Tyler.
The showcase is held once a quarter and is only $5 admission. For information call 770-854-8435, or purchase advanced tickets at Round 2 Consignment, 728 Bankhead Highway, Carrollton, or visit lowellopryhouse.com.