McLemore Songwriter's Series Begins May 23 With Patrick Davis

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Patrick Davis
Patrick Davis

The Songwriter’s Series at McLemore’s 4th annual season begins on Thursday, May 23, with monthly performances through October. This year’s performances are sponsored by First Bank and Land Rover of Chattanooga. The popularity of the series has grown over time, and it is anticipated that most, if not all, shows will sell-out well in advance of the performance. Guests experience stories told by renowned songwriters in an intimate venue atop Lookout Mountain that encourages audience participation.

Patrick Davis will once again launch the annual series. While he is a fan favorite, McLemore is also special to him. His 2022 fall wedding at McLemore was featured in People magazine.

“The McLemore Songwriter’s Series has become a tradition for audiences around the region and we’re excited that Patrick Davis is once again kicking off the season with us,” said IV Whitman, executive vice president of Marketing for Scenic Land Company. “The intimate venue with very limited ticket offerings encourages our artists to share experiences gathered throughout their careers. As writers, their lyrics and melodies are often top-of-mind with audiences, but many don’t know the back story about them. This series provides a unique opportunity to share those experiences.”'

Tickets for the May 23 performance, and the rest of the season, are on sale now for $55 per person. Due to the limited number of available seats, McLemore highly recommends purchasing tickets in advance. The event is all ages and open to the public. Rain or shine.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. A plated dinner option is available at the show. This month’s special menu at $30 per plate includes a roasted pork tenderloin with fingerling potatoes and panzanella salad with spring mix, heirloom tomato, red onion, and roasted squash and zucchini. Attendees are also encouraged to make advance reservations at one of McLemore’s on-site restaurants: The Creag or Croft.

Review for Patrick Davis:
A mainstay of contemporary American roots music, Patrick Davis has spent two decades leaving his mark onstage, on record, and in the writing room. He’s a critically acclaimed solo artist. A road warrior. Founder of music festivals like Songwriters in Paradise. Most importantly, Davis has established himself as a prolific songwriter, penning tunes for his own albums and icons like Guy Clark and Jimmy Buffett.

With Carolina When I Die, he reintroduces himself as a Southern storyteller and classic craftsman. It’s a modern-day album steeped in the timeless sounds of his influences: the smooth soul of Ray Charles, the heartland folk-rock of Jackson Browne, the nuanced country of Lyle Lovett, and the big-band bombast of Joe Cocker & Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Tying those sounds together is a versatile musician who, having already established himself as a hit songwriter for others, is rededicating himself to his own records. Carolina When I Die may be the fifth full-length release of Davis’ catalog, but it marks a new beginning, too.

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