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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • A taste of Nashville

  • Macon is about to get a little taste of Nashville. Find out more here.
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  • Macon is about to get a little taste of Nashville. Specifically, three Nashville songwriters who have written music for some of your favorite country artists coming to perform on the Royal Theatre stage.
    "In recent years the Royal has offered up a lot of theatre, but not too much country music," says Artistic Director Todd Davison. "I am excited about bringing these songwriters to the Royal."
    The three artists—Byron Hill, Roxie Dean and Wil Nance—will take the stage in a different manner than a usual concert. They will perform the songs they wrote that you usually hear on the radio, while intertwining the stories and anecdotes that helped develop their songs.
    "People don't realize that there is a songwriter who wrote that music for George Strait and Reba McEntire, so when we get up and play these songs and tell the stories behind the lyrics, they really come away from that show thinking, 'wow, I've never seen anything like that.," said Byron Hill. "That seems to be the common reaction. People are pleasantly surprised which is fun for us."
    Between the three artists, they have written songs for George Jones, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Alabama, Sammy Kershaw, John Michael Montgomery, Diamond Rio, Sara Evans, Trace Adkins, Lorrie Morgan, Jamie O'Neal, Brad Paisley and more.
    "This really is a once in a lifetime event," said Roxie Dean. "It's just like you are sitting in the living room playing and just having fun. It's not scripted. It's not rehearsed. It's a treat."
    The concert is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, at the Royal Theatre. Plus, Hill, Dean and Nance will be holding a songwriters workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Royal Theatre.
    "If you have written a song and would like a professional opinion make sure to come out," said Davison.
    For more information on admission prices or the workshop, email Davison at tjdavison@cvalley.net.
    "The best word to describe this event is intimate," said Dean. "But not boring. We definitely like to have fun. There is crying, laughter and lots of surprises."
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