Cole Swindell, Sarah Buxton and BMI Songwriter of the Year Rodney Clawson join the All-Star lineup of singers and songwriters for the 11th annual Stars For Second Harvest event on Tuesday, June 9th at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Presented by O’Charley’s, hosted by acclaimed hit songwriter Craig Wiseman, and benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, the show will feature unplugged acoustic style performances by some of country music’s most acclaimed songwriters and performers.
Concert tickets are on-sale now for both general admission $35 plus applicable service charges and preferred seating $55 tickets and are available at Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, Ryman box office, Ryman.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. A limited number of “Nashville Cast VIP Experience” are also available for $250. The VIP tickets will include premium seating, a meet and greet with Charles Esten, Lennon and Maisy, as well as a special gift bag. To purchase a “Nashville Cast VIP Experience” ticket visit Ryman.com.
ACM’s New Artist of The Year Award winner Cole Swindell will be joining already announced headliner, Dierks Bentley and stars of ABC’s NASHVILLE – Charles Esten and Lennon & Maisy. Sarah Buxton and Rodney Clawson will be joining Craig Wiseman for the writers round.
Warner Bros. Records recording artist Cole Swindell released his self-titled debut album just over a year ago. With 3 million tracks and over 350,000 albums sold, the debut LP features Swindell’s latest single, “Let Me See Ya Girl,” along with his first three consecutive No. 1 Gold-certified singles as a solo artist: “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey,” “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” and (platinum certified debut hit) “Chillin’ It.” Named Music Row’s Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, with celebrated songwriting credits which include “This Is How We Roll” by Florida Georgia Line, “Get Me Some of That” by Thomas Rhett, and several songs with Luke Bryan such as his No. 1 single “Roller Coaster,” among others. Swindell is currently out on Jason Aldean’s “Burn It Down” tour and Kenny Chesney’s “Big Revival Tour” through the fall.
Sarah Buxton signed her first publishing deal in 2000, which led to her working with songwriter Craig Wiseman and producer Dann Huff. The collaboration of Sarah, Craig and Dann ultimately led her to sign with Lyric Street Records in 2004. While Sarah was working on choosing songs for her first album, Keith Urban heard the song “Stupid Boy” that she co-wrote and decided to record it. The song was released as a single in 2006 and landed at #3 on the Country charts. It garnered a CMA nomination for Song of the Year in 2007 and later went on to win a Grammy for Best Male Country performance in 2008 for Urban. In 2012 Buxton signed with Wiseman’s publishing company Big Loud Shirt. In the short time that she’s been at Big Loud Shirt, she’s had songs cut by Sara Evans, Cassadee Pope, Blake Shelton, Gary Allan and David Nail. Many of Sarah’s songs have been featured on ABC’s TV series Nashville, including “Nothin In This World Will Ever Break My Heart Again,” “Yellin’ From The Rooftop,” “Loving You Is The Only Way To Fly,” “It’s My Life,” “Stronger Than Me” and “Heart On Fire.”
BMI and NSAI Songwriter of the Year Rodney Clawson has 19 #1 hits to date. In 2007 Clawson received two nominations for CMA Song of the Year with “Lost In This Moment” and ACM Song of the Year with “Amarillo Sky,” by Jason Aldean. Country music legend George Strait released Rodney’s song “I Saw God Today” the song became Strait’s highest debuting single of all time and won CMA Single of the Year and was nominated for Best Country Song at the 2009 Grammy Awards. In 2012, Rodney earned three #1 songs on Country radio, with Blake Shelton’s “Drink On It,” Luke Bryan’s “Drunk On You” and Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride.” 2014 has been another banner year in Rodney’s career, 6 of his songs reached the #1 spot including “Helluva Life,” Frankie Ballard, “Lettin’ The Night Roll,” Justin Moore, “Bartender,” Lady Antebellum, “American Kids,” Kenny Chesney, “Dirt,” Florida Georgia Line and “Burnin’ It Down,” Jason Aldean. “American Kids” was nominated for Country Song of the Year at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
Proceeds from the concert benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in their efforts to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. For more information, visit secondharvestmidtn.org.