McLemore is announcing the 2022 season Songwriter Concert Series, which is presented this year by FirstBank. The outdoor performances will take place each month beginning in May and ending in October.
Jim McKenzie, Chattanooga market president of FirstBank said, “We are so pleased to be the presenting sponsor for McLemore’s Songwriter Series. We appreciate the valuable role they are playing in our community and we’re looking forward to a series that is filled with a diverse collection of performers and experiences throughout the season.”
McLemore Executive President of Marketing IV Whitman said, “Bringing the community together for music as we enjoy the beauty of McLemore makes for a beautiful evening. We hope audiences will join us in dancing, clapping or simply relaxing to sounds that reflect our love for this special place. We’re excited to welcome new friends and old to our second annual songwriter series. We’re grateful for the support of FirstBank in making this series possible.”
Tickets are available for $55 each and may be purchased by visiting: https://www.themclemore.com/songwriter-series.
About the performers:
Patrick Davis & Friends returns to McLemore to kick off the series on May 19. The Nashville-based songwriter first achieved success in 2006 when he co-wrote “Dixie Lullaby” that landed a top 20 place on the country music airplay chart. He has collaborated with Darius Rucker, Jewel, Guy Clark as well as others, and has opened for many artists including Hootie & the Blowfish and Darius Rucker.
June 9 will bring the ‘Singing Sisters Jam’ to the mountaintop. The event is a tribute to women making their mark in music and will feature a diverse offering of music. This has become a not-to-be-missed event at McLemore and one of the most special evenings of the series. Lauren Jenkins, Kim Richey and Lucie Silvas will be the featured performers for this year’s performance.
Jenkins has earned accolades at the ‘Artist to Watch’ by the New York Times, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Pandora and many others. Named to the ‘Class of 2019’ by DJ Bobby Bones, Jenkins mad her TODAY show debut as Elvis Duran’s ‘Artist of the Month’. Lyric Magazine calls Jenkins “…unapologetically raw at times and…someone with a knack for a melody and an honest, authentic view of life, love and relationships.”
Kim Richey’s songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood (“Believe Me Baby (I Lied)”), Radney Foster (“Nobody Wins”), and Brooks & Dunn (“Every River”). She has contributed vocals to Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Jason Isbell and over twenty other artists throughout her career.
Completing the Singing Sisters Jam performance will be Lucie Silvas. Silvas learned to play piano at the age of five and wrote her first song at age 10. The British songwriter released her latest album, “Kite” in 2018 and is known for her “...soulful voice and her earnest adult alternative rock.” In 2015, she married John Osborne of the Brothers Osborne.
As the summer heats up, so will the McLemore stage. Shawn Mullins will be the featured performer. The singer-songwriter who specializes in folk rock, instrumental rock, adult alternative and Americana music will be bringing many songs including “Lullaby,” which hit number one on the Adult Top 40 and was nominated for a Grammy, to entertain the audience.
One of the favorites from last year’s series will return on Aug. 11. The Sunrise Cuban Band is a quartet of Cuban music, formed by two Cubans, a Venezuelan and a Puerto Rican. Their musical connections reflect a blend of music in the style of the Buena Vista Social Club, Benny More and other greats of Cuban and Latin American music.
Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes known as Buxton Hughes will come to McLemore on Sept. 8. The acoustic duo wrote “Put You in a Song” with Keith Urban and are favorites in the Nashville music scene.
This year’s series will conclude on Oct. 20 with Griffin House. Based in Nashville, the singer songwriter has toured extensively, opening for artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Mat Kearney, and The Cranberries. House recorded the Jackson Browne song “These Days” for the Everwood soundtrack album. He is a featured contributor to the Jackson Browne tribute album, “Looking into You,” singing “Barricades of Heaven.”