Join us at The Station for an evening of Songwriters In The Round, featuring hit songwriter, Jim Parker, Grammy nominated songwriter, Suzy Ragsdale, and award winning singer songwriter, Karen E. Reynolds. This is a RARE opportunity to enjoy these three great singer songwriters in one of the south's most unique and intimate listening room settings! Hear the stories behind the songs and enjoy the magic moments that can only happen with a 'writers in the round'!
Showtime is at 8:00 pm but we'll have the optional smoked pork BBQ available at 7:00 pm when the doors open! We don't sell the BBQ, but we do encourage tipping the smoke master if you choose to eat with us! We also suggest you also bring cash to purchase artists CD's and merchandise.
ADVANCE TICKETS ARE SUGGESTED AND RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! Your ticket assures you'll have a seat. Ticket's are "Will Call" and will be available at the door under your name day of show when doors open at 7:00 pm EST. You can also visit The Station RSVP List for information on reservations.
-Is it ok to BYOB or bring in small cooler? Yes feel free to BYOB or drink of choice, and bringing in a small cooler is fine. Just please drink responsibly or have a designated driver.
- It's festival seating and every seat is a great seat!
-Should we bring our own chairs? No, we have plenty of seating.
-Can we bring chips, snacks, or side dishes to share? Yea sure it's fine, and much appreciated, but not required.
-What's the address? 4206 Miser Station Road, Louisville TN 37777.
-Do you have a restroom? Yes.
-Can we bring the kids? Keep in mind some folks bring adult beverages, but being a 'listening room', The Station's certainly not a bar environment. We must respect folks paying the opportunity to listen to the music, so we prefer kids be 12 yrs or older to attend our shows. That said we're reasonable folks so contact us if you need to request an under 12 exception.
Email BillyHubbardMusic@gmail.com or text/call Sarah at 865-603-8676 with any questions.
Learn more about The Station online at http://www.miserstation.com
ABOUT THE ARTISTS!
ABOUT JIM PARKER:
All it took was holding his first guitar at the age of eighteen (1961) that was given to him by his sister’s boyfriend, Jimmy Gilmer, who had a hit song in the sixties called Sugar Shack. Within a year he was playing in a band and later became a founding member of The Illusions and landed a record deal with Dot Records. In the early sixties he and his band, “The Illusions”, left their hometown of Amarillo, Texas, and head to Los Angeles. During that time, “The Illusions” became “The Kitchen Cinq” recording for Lee Hazelwood’s LHI label. Three years of hard work later led to jobs with other recording bands like “Armageddon” and “THEM” (post Van Morrison). Jim also did some studio work with various recording artists for example Sonny & Cher with guitar and vocals.
Moving to Nashville in 1975 was the beginning of another fantastic phase of his career where he met a young John Anderson and began writing successful chart songs. To date, Jim has released 6 albums and 12 singles. He has co-written and co-published with many #1, Hall of Fame and Grammy winning songwriters over the years including: Co-writer/Co-Publisher of #1 hit Bluegrass Song “Better With Time” with Artist Billy Droze (2017), Co-writer/Co-Publisher of Bigger Hands recorded by John Anderson (2009), Co-writer of hit song “Chicken Truck” recorded by Hall of Famer, John Anderson, (1980) and Co-writer of “I’ve Got A Feelin’” also recorded by John Anderson.
Songwriter advocate, teacher, mentor, workshop facilitator, Jim is also the creator and host of a popular series at the Von Braun Center Playhouse in Huntsville, AL called Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series© where he showcases the incredible talent of his hit songwriter friends from Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Canada and surrounding areas. The dinner-theater atmosphere has created a highly anticipated monthly event where people listen to great songs from the people who wrote them and here the stories behind their songs. www.jimparkermusic.com
ABOUT SUZI RAGSDALE:
Suzi Ragsdale is one of the few artists to claim Nashville, Tennessee as her home town. Surrounded by music, musicians and songs, along with her Father being none other than Ray Stevens', Suzi spent a lot of time in recording studios and back stages. At home, when she wasn’t playing the piano or listening to her dad and his friends play music, she would sit for hours and sing along with an old Seeburg jukebox, filled with 45’s of the Everly Brothers, James Taylor, The Beatles, Ray Charles and all the hits of the day. Her influences also include Guy Clark, Van Morrison, John Hiatt and countless others.
At 11, she began singing publishing demos for Nashville songwriters. This was a good source of income for Suzi for the next 20 years or so. She’s also sung background vocals on other artists’ records, such as Guy Clark, Darrell Scott, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, Randy Travis, Ian Tyson and many others.
At age 15, she began writing songs and after a few years working the reception desks for some of Nashville’s recording studios, Suzi secured a publishing contract and went to work full time, singing and writing. Her standards had been raised considerably by the company she’d been keeping, and she’d worked with the best – Guy Clark, John Hiatt, Darrell Scott and Verlon Thompson, to name a few.
Verlon and Suzi collaborated from 1990 to 1998, writing and recording independent albums for their own VnS Records. Their two duet CDs were very well received and many of the songs on them have been recorded by other artists such as Anne Murray, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, Rodney Crowell, Lari White and Billy Dean.
Suzi continued to collaborate with Darrell Scott, both on stage and in the studio, performing on all of Darrell’s CDs, written with him and had him produce her first solo album, Future Past, to which he contributed his talents as an instrumentalist, along with Verlon and a host of other great musicians.
Suzi has gone on to write, record and release her own music and her release, 'Best Regards/Less of the Same’ charted on Americana radio, debuting at 35. She received a Grammy nomination for her song, “Bad Angel,” recorded by Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson and nominated in the Best Country Collaboration Category.
Suzi says. “My 30 years of making records and wanting to be heard looks like it’s paying off now.”
ABOUT KAREN E. REYNOLDS:
Award winning Singer Songwriter and Recording Artist, Karen E. Reynolds, has appeared at premier venues, performance series' and high profile festivals such as Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, Atlanta's Eddie's Attic, Kent State Folk Festival, Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, Jammin at Hippie Jacks, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Cape Fear Folk Festival, Nashville Songwriters Festival, National Shrimp Festival, Rhythm n Blooms Festival, The Square Room, Dogwood Arts Festival, Douglas Corner, Fleur de Lis Acoustic Series, The Listening Room, and the cherished Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame, all while sharing the stage with some of the best in the music industry and in front of tens of thousands.
With a style that is described as, "Americana Heart & Southern Soul", Karen has been coined as, "a consummate performer who can command any audience", and calling her “hearty voiced” one moment and claiming her to have the “voice of an angel” the next. Karen signed her first publishing agreement in 2007 which brought attention from both independent and major labels. Since, she regularly writes with nationally recognized artists and songwriters, and has chalked up a respectable list of independent cuts including (just a few): Ryan Sheley, Robbie Helton (lead guitarist for Emi Sunshine), Callie Watson, Jason Mitchell, Sean Gasaway, and well known Canadian artist, Amanda Rheaume, as well as, major label holds including the likes of Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson. Karen currently enjoys a variety of publishing arrangements, including managing her own publishing.
A respected music industry consultant, Karen is also host and program director of a worldwide program that has aired for over 19 years, is a sought after speaker and workshop presenter at conferences and music industry events, and has taught songwriting and music business for a variety of organizations and universities. Karen is also the Director of the very successful 'FBISF In-Schools Outreach Program', and serves as the 'writer-in-residence' instructor for the Mississippi Songwriters Festival Educational Outreach. For additional info, visit www.reverbnation.com/karenereynolds, www.facebook.com/karenereynoldsmusic, www.twitter.com/karenereynolds or www.karenereynolds.com (currently being redesigned)
KAREN'S PRESS QUOTES:
"An Americana singer songwriter in the realm of creativity as Cheryl Wheeler, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, James Taylor and Carole King."- Metro Pulse Magazine
"One of Tennessee's best singer-songwriters."-Bluegrass Standard Magazine
"Fantastic vocals, compelling lyrics and great instrumentation! Love your music and will be playing more!"-Deb Anderson, Host/Co-Music Director, KZUM, Lincoln, NE
"....a singer-songwriter with a melodious alto and a penchant for writing everything from wickedly witty to staggeringly beautiful lyrics."- Maryville Daily Times