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Songwriters to play Park Theater
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Photo courtesy of Shawn St. Jean Dave Kennedy will be taking the Park Theater stage once again at the second annual Nashville Songwriters Night on Friday, Jan. 10. Larry Fleet and Natalie Murphy, two fellow country singers, songwriters and musicians, will join Kennedy to deliver musical performances and storytelling.

A little bit of Music City will be coming to McMinnville during the second annual Nashville Songwriters Night at the Park Theater.

On Friday, Jan. 10, the Park Theater will play host to up-and-coming singers and songwriters Larry Fleet, Dave Kennedy and Natalie Murphy. The three artists will bring a mixture of Americana, country, folk and bluegrass genres to the theater’s stage.

Fleet, Kennedy and Murphy will speak to the audience regarding the internal workings behind creating music and will interact with the crowd during a meet-and-greet. 

“We have a really great group of performers this year and we couldn’t be more excited,” says Park Theater manager Kevin Roberts.

Larry Fleet recently released his own album following a career of writing songs for other musicians, as well as performing his own music. Fleet has shared the stage with Jake Owen and Willie Nelson, as well as being a staple in the Nashville songwriting scene.

Dave Kennedy performed during last year’s inaugural event at Park Theater and gained rave reviews from audience members. Kennedy is a singer, guitarist and songwriter with a smooth and soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics.  

Natalie Murphy will be taking the stage to dazzle the audience with her unique fiddling skills. Murphy will play original songs from her first solo album. She has performed at concerts and festivals around the world, as well as the Grand Ole Opry with many country greats.

“Since McMinnville is in such close proximity to Nashville, it’s a great opportunity to gain access to amazing performers,” says Roberts. “Not only did we want to showcase the talents of these artists, but we hope it will encourage, inform and inspire the many talented musicians in Warren County to reach for their goals in the music industry.”

Over 100 people are expected to be in attendance, but Roberts states the event will be an intimate, informal and acoustic show. The artists will tell stories behind songs they’ve written, and will be available for meet-and-greets following the two-hour performance.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to come together to listen to music, hear the stories behind the lyrics of popular songs and enjoy a night of storytelling,” says Roberts. “We are bringing a little bit of Music City to McMinnville.”

Nashville Songwriters Night will begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening 30 minutes prior to the show. The event is family friendly. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the box office the day of the event or online at parktheatermcminnville.ticketspice.com/nashville-songwriters-night. For more information, call the Park Theater at 931-506-2787.