Newbird On The Water

Singer-Songwriter Summer Concert Series

Join Us For

An Evening of Song & Stories

Once a month through the summer, Wildwood hosts a phenomenal evening of song and stories with the writers who made them famous.   It’s like being at the Bluebird in Nashville, but sitting by the lakeshore.  This listening room type experience features some of the most highly acclaimed and award-winning singer/songwriters around.

Music

On The Lake

Time – 7:00 9:00
Cover – $15 per person (Proceeds go to the songwriters).  Guests staying at Wildwood for two nights or more are free.
Seating is limited, please call our concierge at 931-653-4360 to hold your table.
Cocktails – An open bar will be available.

If you love acoustic music and hearing the stories behind the songs, if you long to find a secret place that many know of but only a few share… may the music bring you here.

Summer Lineup

Jamie FloydTICKETSLISTEN

 

Jamie Floyd is a Nashville-based two-time Grammy-nominated independent songwriter & recording artist.

Jamie has written for film and television including writing for and appearing in the critically acclaimed documentary The Last Songwriter, writing several songs including the finale for Dolly Parton’s A Country Christmas Story and co-writing the entire 12 song soundtrack for Burt Reynolds’ final film The Last Movie Star.

Her work has been recorded by Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, Miranda Lambert, Sturgill Simpson, Ingrid Andress, Brian McKnight, Wrabel, Kalie Shorr, Ty Herndon, Ronnie Dunn, Ashley Monroe, Madi Diaz, MUNA, Jake Hoot, Cassadee Pope, Hayden Panettiere, Kellie Picker, Lucie Silvas, Josh Grider and more.

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Carolyn Dawn Johnson –  LISTEN

 

The life and career of hit singer-songwriter Carolyn Dawn Johnson has been a steady climb to the top, as she remains a staple in the country music industry nearly 20 years after setting out to pursue her dreams in Nashville.

Just four short years after making the 60-hour drive from Vancouver, BC Canada to Music City U.S.A., Johnson scored her first chart-topping hit as a songwriter when Chely Wright took “Single White Female” all the way to No. 1. The success then led to publishing deals and cuts with several other artists like Patty Loveless, Mindy McCready, Kathy Mattea, Pam Tillis, SheDaisy Lila McCann, Suzy Bogguss, Linda Davis, Jo Dee Messina & more. Johnson was named Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year in 2000 by Music Row, and has continued to carry that title well as one of the town’s most loved and respected tunesmiths around.

Besides laying down vocals for her own albums, Johnson’s angelic voice can also be heard on several outside projects with Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Jana Kramer, Johnny Reid, Blake Shelton, Dan+Shay, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, and Patty Loveless. In addition to the side work with other artists, Johnson has also garnered such elite titles as the Canadian Country Music Awards’ Producer of the Year in 2004 and 2009 for her hand in producing one of many Canadian-based projects in recent years.

Over time, Johnson’s focus shifted back to what drew her to Nashville – her love and passion for songwriting. Johnson’s unique way of expressing words has made her a writer in town that aspiring newcomers hope to shape their own careers after.

Phil Barton TICKETSLISTEN  

Phil Barton is an Australian songwriter living in Nashville, TN. He had his first No. 1 with the Lee Brice smash, “A Woman Like You”. This song led to a Music Row Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, and NSAI award for one of the coveted “Ten Songs I Wish I’d Written,” and has since been certified double platinum.

Recently, Barton landed the title track on recording artist Matt Stell’s, “Better Than That” EP. He has “I’ve Gotten Good” coming out on Universal Music Group’s recording artist Priscilla Block. In 2021 he had the single “Forever + 1” come out on Records artist, Chase Martin as well.

Along with his success in American Country Music, Phil has had eleven Top Ten singles in Canada with artists like Tim Hicks, Chad Brownlee, The Washboard Union, Jojo Mason, and Meghan Patrick. In Australia, he has also had cuts with Lee Kernaghan, Missy Lancaster, Busby Marou, Jai Waetford, The Wolfe Brothers, Reigan, and more.

In 2018 he signed a co-publishing deal with Liz Rose Music and Anthem Entertainment.

His songs have been recorded by Sara Evans, David Nail, Eli Young Band, Dustin Lynch, Cassadee Pope, Morgan Evans, Seth Ennis, LOCASH, and many more.

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Fred Wilhelm  LISTEN | TICKETS

Fred Wilhelm is an award-winning songwriter/singer originally from New England. Although his songs have been recorded by a multitude of multiplatinum superstars (like Rascal Flatts, Lindsay Ell, Walker Hayes, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins, Randy Travis, and more), as well as highly revered Americana artists (like Lori McKenna, Matthew Perryman Jones, Mindy Smith, and others), featured in film and television, and played on stages the world over, he considers his greatest professional accomplishment to be avoiding a day job since 1999. He is a prolific writer, creating well over 100 copyrights a year, and a regular performer at The Bluebird Cafe and other listening rooms.

Jeff Trott – TICKETS | LISTEN 

Award winning, singer-songwriter, producer Jeff Trott is part of the Nashville music scene.

Trott’s name is synonymous with Sheryl Crow, having co-written some her biggest hits. “If It Makes You Happy”, “Everyday is a Winding Road”, “A Change”, “My Favorite Mistake”, “Soak Up The Sun”. Recently released songs written with Natalie Hemby (“Heroes”), Lucie Silvas (“Cool Down”), Hayes Carll “ Leave lt All Behind”.

Produced the 2019 Hootie and The Blowfish record “Imperfect Circle”. Produced Aaron Lee Tasjan’s album “Karma For Cheap”. Clare Dunn “Salt And Lime”.

Sheryl Crow’s 2017 album “Be Myself” and songs from Crow’s 2019 album “Threads”. Produced Leighton Meester’s 2014 LP “Heartstrings”. “One Bad Eye” with Morgan Kibby of M83. Griffin House’s 2007 record “Flying Upside Down”. He produced Stevie Nicks for the soundtrack of “Practical Magic”.

Jeff was awarded Songwriter of the Year by BMI in 1998. He has also written with Hillary Lindsey, Maren Morris, Brandy Clark, Andrew Combs, Jimmy Robbins, Devon Gilfillian, Jonathan Singleton, Kristian Bush, David Shaw of the Revivalist, Rob Thomas, Jillian Jacqueline, James Mercer (of The Shins) The Brummies, Morgan Kibby, Kendal Marvel, Robert Randolph, Randy Houser, Keith Gattis, The Who, Tears For Fears, Joe Cocker.

Jeff has played in a wide range of bands such as Tears For Fears, Wire Train, World Party, Pete Droge, Bash And Pop, The Lifers.

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James House – TICKETSLISTEN 

James House has sung radio hits, written successful songs for others, built a studio and been a session musician and a record producer.

But when he began playing music on his own at age 18, he gravitated to the sounds of The Beatles, Loggins & Messina, Van Morrison, Crosby, Stills & Nash and the like. His big, versatile, emotive singing voice gained him a pop recording contract in Los Angeles. He also sang on the soundtracks of such films as Teen Wolf II, Fire With Fire, Gleaming the Cube, Speed Zone and He’s My Girl. In 1983, House took a plunge into rock recording with a self-titled LP for Atlantic Records. His songs were recorded by pop artists like Rita Coolidge, Lisa Hartman, Fiona, Fee Waybill and Kylie Minogue.

His music publisher urged him to turn his attention back to country music. James House moved to Nashville in January 1988. By the following year, he was an MCA Records artist and on the country charts with singles such as “Hard Times for an Honest Man.”

In 1993, Diamond Rio had a huge hit with House’s co-written “In a Week or Two” and Dwight Yoakam scored with his “Ain’t That Lonely Yet.” (Grammy nominated for Country Song of the year). His country songs were also recorded by Ricky Van Shelton, Mark Collie and The Mavericks.

James House roared up the country charts, himself, with 1995’s “This Is Me Missing You.” That same record was revived as a hit in England in 2013. With “This Is Me” reaching #1 and two other tracks from the album “Little By Little” and “ A Real Good Way to Wind up Lonesome” both reaching the Top 10 of the UK Country Dance Chart in 2014.

Martina McBride took his co-written “A Broken Wing” to No. 1 on the country hit parade in 1998 where is was also nominated for CMA song of the year. Since then, James House’s songs have been recorded by country stars such as Steve Holy, Lorrie Morgan, Sara Evans, David Ball, Craig Morgan and Steve Azar as well as by the pop/rock acts Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Olivia Newton-John and Bonnie Tyler.

Jeff Cohen – TICKETS | LISTEN 

Jeff Cohen a 4 Time BMI Award winning, Grammy Nominated Songwriter/Producer/Publisher based in Nashville whose songs have appeared on over 20 million albums sold, over 100 placements in TV/Film and over 10 million video games. Jeff’s songs have been recorded by The Band Perry (Hit single/BMI Award – Postcard From Paris), Evan and Jaron (Hit single/BMI award – Crazy For This Girl), Big and Rich (Hit single/BMI award – Holy Water), The Shires (Hit Singles – 1000 Hallelujahs, Daddy’s Little Girl and Echo), The Worry Dolls – Endless Road (2018 UK Americana Award Song of The Year Nomination), Laura Bell Bundy (Hit single – Giddy On Up – also #1 Video CMT and GAC, Richie MacDonald of Lone Star (Hit single – I Turn To You), Ilse DeLange (Hit Single – Beautiful Distraction), Waylon (Hit Single – Hey), Nell Bryden (Hit Singles “Amy” and “These Changes”) , Nikhil D’Souza (Singles – “Beautiful Mind” and “Silver and Gold”), Sugarland, Josh Groban, Mandy Moore, Macy Gray, Spin Doctors, Nick Lachey, Teitur, Doc Walker, Mickey Guyton, Hush, Luz Casal, Marc Broussard, Kristian Bush, Jasmine Murray, Cho Yong- Pil, Tina Dico, Sandi Patty and many more.

His songs have been featured in TV shows such as Jack and Jill (theme), Paw Patrol (theme) I Married A Princess (theme),The Exes (theme), Dawson’s Creek, Party of Five, One Tree Hill, American Idol, Saturday Night Live, The Simpson’s and many more. HIs songs have been featured in movies such as Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Stuart Little 2, Aquamarine, Princess Diaries, Grandma’s Boy and more.

Among his constant co-writers are Jamie Hartman, Sacha Skabek, Kara DioGuardi, Liz Rose, and many more.

Jeff is a Board Member of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) and Board Member of Inspired Nation Foundation. He is also founder and songwriter of the critically acclaimed band Pancho’s Lament

In a previous life he was a music executive at BMI working with such talent as Jeff Buckley, Kara DioGuardi, Lisa Loeb, Joan Osborne, Ben Folds, Ani DiFranco, Spin Doctors, and many more.

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James Slater
James T. Slater

James T Slater – TICKETSLISTEN  

James T. Slater is a two-time, grammy-nominated, piano-playing, bilingual singer-songwriter of Bolivian American descent signed to Disney Music Group Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Durham, North Carolina, and raised in the tropics of the Panama Canal Zone in Central America.
Willie Nelson’s “Life Is A Moment”, Tim McGraw’s recent first single…Looking for That Girl, Enrique Iglesias’ “Only A Woman” on his new Sex And Love C.D., Rascal Flatt’s “Life Is A Song” are all James’ compositions. His songs have been recorded by Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Kelly Pickler, Reba McEntire, Gloriana, Martina McBride, Enrique Iglesias, Chris Brown, Chris Young and a host of others. His Grammy nominations include Jamey Johnson’s “The High Cost of Living”, country song of the year, and for Martina’s “In My Daughter’s Eyes”. James also has a song in the new George Clooney Film “TOMORROWLAND” which hits theaters May 22, 2015.
James lived in Zurich Switzerland for six years touring, recording and writing with Belgian super group Vaya Con Dios and has traveled the world from Panama to Dublin, from Spain to Havana.
He and his grand piano now live in Nashville, Tennessee. He has recently signed a Worldwide Publishing Deal with Disney Music Group. Martina’s recording of “In My Daughter’s Eyes” has become a modern day standard garnering James a BMI country award as well as a BMI pop award in 2006.
James also co-wrote the winning “The Way That I Want You”, sung by Julio Iglesias Jr. on CMT’s Season 1“Gone Country” reality show as well as co-writing “Glorious Train” with Sheila E on Season 3, and his solo c.d. release “Key West Address” is a love letter to the island that reminds him so much of his tropical upbringing, so much so that the mayor of Key West has awarded James the “keys to the city” and proclaimed the song “Key West Address” the island’s official theme.
James’ latest release is “Barefoot Heart”, 14 brand new compositions including the raucous
“Mexicoma”…a Tim McGraw favorite in concert…

Victoria Banks – LISTEN 

Labeled “one of the best songwriters in the business” by Nashville’s MusicRow magazine, Victoria Banks was named Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) in 2010 and has been nominated for 9 other CCMA Awards. She is an instructor of Songwriting at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business.

Victoria – who hails from Muskoka, Canada – co-wrote 3 songs on the ground-breaking 2020 EP Bridges by the Grammy-nominated Mickey Guyton, and 4 songs on Guyton’s 2021 Remember Her Name album, including “What Are You Gonna Tell Her” (which made history as the first original song performed by a Black woman on the ACM Awards). Guyton delivered another ACM Awards performance in 2021 with Victoria’s song “Hold On”.

In her multi-decade tenure as a songwriter on Nashville’s Music Row, Victoria has had cuts by over 100 artists, including ASCAP, SOCAN, CCMA and Covenant-award-winning hits such as the solo-written “Saints & Angels” by Sara Evans, Jessica Simpson’s Billboard record-breaking “Come On Over”, and one of the top Canadian singles of the decade: Johnny Reid’s “Dance With Me”. Her songs have been recorded by Carly Pearce, Lauren Alaina, Terri Clark, Cassadee Pope, The Shires, Isaac Slade (of The Fray), and more, and have been featured in TV and movies like Breakthrough, Nashville, American Idol, and Dancing With The Stars.

As an artist, Victoria has released four self-produced, self-penned albums, including 2020’s Uncovered (for which she produced, arranged, engineered, and played every instrument on every track). She has appeared on NBC’s Songland TV show, toured with artists from Reba to Wynonna, and performed alongside the Nashville Ballet when they choreographed several of her songs for their Attitude program, including the ballet’s title song City Of Dreams. Recently Victoria became a podcast host with the launch of The Table Women, exploring the ups and downs of the female experience in entertainment through interviews with notable women.

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Jenn Shott – LISTEN

Nashville-based songwriter Jenn Schott has had her songs recorded by artists including Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, The Eli Young Band, Mickey Guyton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Pam Tillis, Lonestar, Gloriana, Jana Kramer, Francesca Battistelli, Lucy Hale, Jamie Lynn Spears, and Restless Heart. Jenn co-wrote Mickey Guyton’s debut single, “Better Than You Left Me,” which was named one of Billboard’s 10 Best Country Songs of 2015. She also penned the title track of Tim McGraw’s Grammy nominated album, “Two Lanes of Freedom,” which was the namesake of McGraw’s 2013 summer tour. McGraw’s current single “7500 OBO” was also co-written by Jenn.

Sarah Darling  – LISTEN 

Iowa native Sarah Darling has developed collaborations with writers and producers in Nashville, Los Angeles, and the UK, giving her a distinct and contemporary country sound. Her credits include 5 full length albums, multiple singles and duets. The latest release, The Campfire Sessions, is an acoustic collection of country songs that inspired us all. Tracks include Wide Open SpacesBring on the Rain, You’re Still the One, and even a country version of California Gurls.

The last full album release, Wonderland, reached #1 on the official UK Country Charts. She has over 20 million streams on streaming platforms, over 11 million video views, and over 600k worldwide fans. She has performed on many historic stages – Grand Ole Opry stage over 95 times, BBC Radio, C2C London, Conan, HLN and more.

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Jenn Bostic – LISTEN 

 

Jenn Bostic is a soulful singer/songwriter with a hint of blues, country, pop and gospel. Her emotive songwriting and powerful vocals have been touching hearts around the world. “Jealous of the Angels,” written for her late father, was championed by both Smooth Radio and BBC Radio 2. She has performed the song on BBC Breakfast, Weekend Wogan, Good Morning Sunday and Songs of Praise, and the music video has over 3 million views on YouTube. She has had 4 singles playlisted at BBC Radio 2, the most listened to radio station in Europe.

She has performed sold out tours across the United States and Europe, and has opened for the likes of Richard Marx, Christian Kane and The Band Perry. Venues have included The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.