Hear the stories behind the music from the songwriters themselves in an intimate acoustic performance from hit songwriters Ryan Hurd (“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton; “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” Luke Bryan; “You Look Good,” Lady Antebellum), Brandon Kinney (”Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean; “Boots On,” Randy Houser) and Parker Welling ( “Yours,” “Blue Tacoma,” Russell Dickerson).
Country music’s hit songwriters take the stage to talk about and perform their hit singles before a limited audience. These artists have written or co-written, produced and played alongside some of country music’s biggest stars like Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, Chris Janson, Trace Adkins, Cole Swindell, Maren Morris, and more.
Ryan Hurd has written songs that have been recorded by Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, and Rascal Flatts among many others. In 2015, he celebrated his first No. 1 single as a songwriter with the Grammy and CMA-nominated duet “Lonely Tonight,” recorded by Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe. No stranger to the road, Hurd has been tapped by Thomas Rhett, FGL and Maren Morris for multiple tours. In addition, Hurd was named one of Rolling Stone Country's "Artists You Need to Know" and a CMT "Listen Up" Artist. In March 2018, Hurd surprised his fans by releasing an unannounced song, “Diamonds Or Twine,” the day before his wedding with singer-songwriter Maren Morris. The emotional song hit No. 1 on Sirius XM’s The Highway Hot Country Countdown.
Brandon Kinney has been influenced by artists like Roger Miller, John Anderson, Don Williams and John Conlee, particularly drawn to songs with lighter themes or blue-collar subject matter in the traditional form of the genre. His journey as a songwriter has garnered him cuts with artists like Jason Aldean (“Drowns The Whiskey,” “Set It Off”), Cole Swindell (“No Can Left Behind,” “Reason To Drink,” “Love You Too Late,” “Should’ve Ran After You”), Luke Bryan (“Beer In The Headlights”), Justin Moore (“I’d Want It To Be Yours,” “Off The Beaten Path”), Chase Rice (“Dirt Road Communication”), Chris Janson (“Right In The Middle”), Willie Nelson (“Ain’t Goin’ Down On Brokeback Mountain”), Craig Campbell (“Outta My Head”), and Randy Houser, whose single “Boots On” went to #2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
Parker Welling is Nashville-born and raised on Southern tradition. The hallmark of Welling’s songwriting is clever and emotional lyrical concepts expertly painted and paired with memorable melodies that have audiences singing along at first listen. Her songs collectively have well over 100 million streams on Spotify alone and she has been listed in the top 20 on the Country Songwriters Chart. Most recently, Parker wrote three songs with breakout Christian artist Zach Williams on his Grammy Award-winning Christian Album of the Year. She also landed 9 out of 11 songs on Russell Dickerson’s debut release. In addition to having co-written his anticipated follow-up single “Blue Tacoma,” Welling penned the RIAA certified platinum single “Yours,” the debut single for Russell Dickerson which made a Billboard record-breaking 39-week climb, peaking at a multi-week number one and spending 9 weeks in the top 5.