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Nashville’s Hit Country Songwriters: The Stories Behind the Hits

Presented by The Pullo Center at The Pullo Center, York PA

Oct 07 2016
Nashville’s Hit Country Songwriters: The Stories Behind the Hits

Join us for an evening of incredible music, and storytelling, as 4 of Nashville’s most prolific songwriters perform their hit songs.

Join us for an evening of incredible music, laughter, and storytelling, as four of Nashville’s most prolific songwriters perform their hit songs live on stage. Hear the entertaining stories behind the songs that were recorded by such artists as Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and more.

Talented singers, musicians, and songwriters JT Harding (“Sangria” – Blake Shelton, “Somewhere With You” – Kenny Chesney), James Slater (“Unstoppable” – Rascal Flatts, “In My Daughter’s Eyes”- Martina McBride), Dylan Altman (“Take A Little Ride” – Jason Aldean, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” – Jake Owen), and 2016 Oscar Nominee Phil Barton (“A Woman Like You” – Lee Brice, “Yeah Yeah Yeah” – Dustin Lynch) take the stage together to make you laugh, cry, and relive the moment you first heard that hit song on the radio as they recount what brought these songs to life.

Staples in Nashville, but comfortable writing songs for other artists and genres, this group of extraordinary musicians will leave you wanting more. With four hit songwriters, three guitars, and one piano, this will be one magical evening you won’t soon forget!

J.T. Harding

J.T. Harding was born an orphan in Nashville but soon was adopted and raised in Detroit. While other kids were on the baseball field, J.T. spent his high school years in the basement jumping around to MTV, trying to write his own songs and putting together several bands. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream and made his first demo with prize money he earned by winning the TV game show VH1 Rock N Roll Jeopardy. He has written several hits including, “Smile” with Uncle Kracker, and the number one chart-topping songs “Somewhere In My Car” with Keith Urban, “Alone With You” for Jake Owen, “Somewhere With You” for Kenny Chesney and the Blake Shelton single “Sangria.”

James Slater

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., and 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 George Clooney Film “TOMORROWLAND”.

Dylan Altman

A New Jersey native and Berklee-trained musician, Altman has called Nashville home since 1993. During that time, he has secured cuts and singles on artists including Tim McGraw, The Eli Young Band, Trace Adkins, Eric Paslay, Will Hoge, and Gabe Dixon, among others.

Phil Barton

The Sydney native has lived in Australia for most of his adult life, but at 34 years old, decided it was time for him to take a leap of faith and try his luck in Nashville. Barton has quickly become an example to many of how to achieve the American dream and be successful at something you love.

Phil Barton wrote “A Woman Like You” (Lee Brice); “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (Sara Evans); “She Rides Away” (David Nail); “Yeah Yeah Yeah” (Dustin Lynch), and songs recorded by Cassadee Pope, Tate Stevens, Thompson Square, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, and Rodney Atkins.


$35, $20

Contact: 717-505-8900

Email: alp20@psu.edu

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Jessica Lee

Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper