There’s one thing that Tennessee is known for and that’s great country music. On the Electrolux Stage and the Main Street stage at Taste of Country USA the entertainment will be a non-stop celebration of great country music.
There will be loads of Traditional Country Music and Bluegrass. You’ll be clapping your hands and stomping your feet to some of the best musicians in Robertson County and around Middle Tennessee. Plus, we’re so close to Nashville we’re sure that a few special guests are bound to show up. Artists are being booked daily and who knows, the next big thing might just be playing on our stage!
Music starts at 10 am and will continue throughout the day on the Electrolux Stage located at the corner of West Court Square and East Fifth. Our Springfield Guitar Main Street Stage will also be jam packed with local gospel, bluegrass, and country artist through out the day!
Here’s the Electrolux Stage Schedule:
10:00 am – Austin Anderson
11:00 am – Barry Coggins and the Big Head Band
12:00 pm – Adam Callis
1:00 pm – David Kroll
2:00 pm – Katherine Saul
3:00 pm – Moonshine
4:00 pm – Monty Holmes and Friends (Songwriters’ Session)
5:30 pm – Jesse Keith Whitley and Ashlee Hewitt
Springfield Guitar Main Street Stage
10 am Springfield Guitar Student Showcase
11:00 am Robertson County Players (selections from “Big River”)
11:15 am Springfield Guitar Student Showcase
Noon – 1 pm Crosby Lane (https://www.facebook.com/crosbylanemusic)
1:00 pm Springfield Guitar Student Showcase
2:00 pm Robertson County Players (selections from “Big River”)
2:15 pm Springfield Guitar Student Showcase
4:00 pm Robertson County Players (selections from “Big River”)
4:15 pm Springfield Guitar Student Showcase
Check out this year’s line up!
Jesse Keith Whitley
As a third generation singer/songwriter, Jesse Keith Whitley has many years of country music in his DNA. Son of Lorrie Morgan and the late Keith Whitley and grandson of Grand Ole Opry legend George Morgan, Jesse has an incredible talent for singing and song writing. He has toured with his mother, Lorrie Morgan and has played popular venues in the Nashville area, and all across the country. His performances have been to packed houses, with audiences on their feet screaming for more when his set is finished.
At age 23, Jesse is launching a new phase of his career by signing with Octabrook Entertainment for management, touring, and recording projects. The recording of his first CD is scheduled to start on November 9, 2010, with the release date of May 9, 2011, the anniversary of his father, Keith Whitley’s death. Jesse is determined that with hard work writing songs, in the recording studio, and in rehearsal halls, he will eventually accomplish his career goals. Having grown up in the music industry and being surrounded by performers his entire life, he knows and understands that work and sacrifice is needed in order to accomplish these goals. It does not come easy, and Jesse knows it.
Even though he springs from music legends, he is in no way a “re-run”. He has worked to craft his own distinctive style as a singer/songwriter. However, when performing one of Keith Whitley’s songs, audiences can hear that magical voice that was his dad’s. Now, Jesse is hoping he can create some of his own magic in the music world.
Born and raised on a horse and cattle ranch outside the small town of Lancaster Minnesota, there is no doubt that 25 year old Ashlee Hewitt has “country” in her bones. She has been singing since she could talk and got her first guitar as a gift from her grandparents when she was 9. She would never put down her guitar, which lead her to start writing music by the age of 13. At only 14, she put her first band together and toured around the country throughout High School, performing at least 150 to 200 dates per year, homeschooling so she could be on the road full time. Ashlee knew Nashville was the place she needed to be to take her career to the next step, so she packed her bags and moved to Tennessee as soon as she turned 18. Shortly after moving to Nashville, she landed a gig singing back up for country music legend Lorrie Morgan, which is where she met her now husband Jesse Keith Whitley. Ashlee achieved great success on the NBC Hit Reality Show “Nashville Star” by coming in at 5th place in 2008. Despite her success, she has remained a down-to-earth country girl with a huge heart. She is very relatable and a great role model, being a young woman balancing a career while being a wife and also a mother to her 9 month old son. Coming from a family of 19 children, family is very important to her. There is no hiding her passion for music as it comes across very vividly in her performances. She is very pleasing to a diverse audience. Her shows touch a wide variety of country songs from old classics by artists like Tammy Wynette and Johnny Cash, to today’s radio hits along with a few originals written by Ashlee herself. Besides being an artist, musician and songwriter, you can also add acting to the list. In 2010 she starred in her first feature film called “Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale” and also has a supporting role in an upcoming film set for release in September of 2013 called “After Life”.
Find out more about Ashlee by going to her Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ashleehewittmusic.
When you are only seven years old and already know what you want to do in life because you just saw Alan Jackson in concert and he literally rocked your world, well a path to Nashville and country music is pretty much the only route you can take. At least that’s the way it was for David Kroll — Alan Jackson and a plastic guitar.
“My first concert ever was Alan Jackson in my hometown of Burlington, Iowa when I was about seven years old,” Kroll said. “I still remember watching him and wanting to be up there on that stage so bad. I walked around the house the following week with my plastic guitar singing ‘Don’t Rock The JUICE Box. That’s what my little ears heard anyway.”
Juice box or jukebox—it didn’t really matter for Kroll had been bitten by the bug. He quickly convinced his parents to get him both piano and guitar lessons. His love of country music continued and he added George Strait and Tim McGraw to his ever-growing list of country music artists who inspired him. The next step for the then 15 year old was to put his training to the test. He formed a band and for the next six years spent his weekends playing at local bars and countless fairs in Iowa and western Illinois, developing a sturdy and impressive fan base along the way. He also found his sea legs when it came to adding energy to his live shows that gelled well with the country music he so loved.
“I went to high school and mowed lawns during the week and on the weekends I was singing and playing in bars with other musicians who were in their 40’s. I learned a LOT from those guys!”
Kroll never removed his eye from what he saw as his prize: living in Nashville and furthering his craft as not only a performer, but songwriter as well. His diligence and numerous trips back and forth between Burlington and Nashville opened a number of doors for him in Music City and soon he had the opportunity to open shows for some of country music’s biggest acts, including Chris Young, Eric Church, Montgomery Gentry, Darryl Worley and more.
A chance meeting with Grammy nominated songwriter and performer Billy Yates led to Kroll’s first publishing deal, and paved the way for a permanent move to Nashville. He hasn’t wasted the opportunity. While live performances are still his favorite part of music – think back to that little boy who decided then and there he too was going to be a country music star – he is definitely putting in his time to become a better writer.
“Being able to write a song drawn from my life or my imagination, and then perform it for music fans is just the ultimate experience for me,” Kroll said.
For more information about David Kroll and experience his music visit him at http://www.davidkrollmusic.com
I was born and raised in Cedar Hill, TN. I am currently a senior at Jo Byrns High School. Music is my life. Always has been and always will. I’ve been singing almost as long as I’ve been able to talk. Started playing guitar about 3 years ago and this path has really taken off for me recently. I couldn’t be more fortunate to have the guys that I have that play along with me. They’re more like brothers to me. Also, I couldn’t do it without the support of family and friends that come out to the shows. Thanks to everyone and God Bless!
Katherine Saul, a 15 year old Nashville native has grown up singing at private, public, and corporate gigs around town. Katherine started playing piano at age 5 and picked up guitar by age 9. She has discovered a passion for the art of songwriting and recently co-wrote and recorded a demo single “You’re Still Here” with songwriter Zac Maloy. She is currently in the process of writing songs to record an EP. In her free time, she performs in community theatre productions and is a varsity football cheerleader for Montgomery Bell Academy.
Rick Baker was raised in Riverdale, Ga., a town 15 miles south of Atlanta. Rick came from a very musical family, where family get tog ether’s were a weekly event, and music was always played by all. Rick’s mother began to teach him how to play the guitar at the age of 8. He took to it immediately, and began to learn country classics he had heard his Uncles sing. As he got older he started playing around town, and developed a great ability to sing harmony. He is also a writer, who has a unique writing style that tells a story as if painting a picture. Rick has been influenced by George Jones, Travis Tritt, Hank Williams Jr, and Randy Travis.
Brian Rigsby was born and raised in Springfield Tn. He starting playing the guitar at 12, and began to write songs that he mostly based on his southern upbringing. Brian has been influenced by great artists such as Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Merle Haggard, and the greatest artist of all time Elvis Presley. When Brian is not performing, there is a good chance you’ll find him in the woods shooting something. If he’s not there, then he is probably on the Tennessee river doing some bass fishing. Brian is truly a southern gentleman in every sense of the word.
This troubadour’s been writing country music for over 30 years. Check out “What Cowboy’s Do”, debut single by Matt Caldwell.
For hit music creator Phillip White, becoming a songwriter was practically a compulsion. “I couldn’t help it,” Phillip says. “I just always wanted to write songs”. Phillip is notable for co-writing such songs as “I’m a Survivor,” the omni-present theme song of the TV sit com Reba, and “I’m Movin’ On,” the Rascal Flatts smash that was named Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music in 2002. Phillip’s songs have also been recorded by such stars as George Strait, Kenny Rogers, Jo Dee Messina and Blake Shelton. Most recently, phillip landed two songs on Scotty McCreery’s platinum album “Clear As Day” including the hit single “The Trouble With Girls”. Phillip also had two of his songs featured on the soundtrack for the film Act of Valor. These songs were recorded by Jake Owen and Wynonna respectively. In addition, Darius Rucker recently recorded the song “Lost In You” that he penned with Phillip. Phillip signed with Universal Music Publishing Nashville in August of 2009 and continues to crank out hits.
Don Sampson was born in Washington,D.C. and grew up in Falls Church,VA. When Don was 22 years old, he moved to Nashville from San Antonio,TX, where he had been playing guitar in the honkytonks. Don signed his first publishing deal in 1985 with New Clarion Music. After various successful publishing deals, Don signed with Sea Gayle Music in 2000. His songwriting credits include the #1 singles Brad Paisley’s “Waitin’ On A Woman,” Gary Allan’s “Tough Little Boys,” Alan Jackson’s “Midnight in Montgomery,” and Bryan White’s “Rebecca Lynn.” “Waitin’ On A Woman” also received the NSAI Song Of The Year honor in 2009. Don has won numerous ASCAP awards, seven NSAI awards, and the TNN Music City News Songwriters Award. Other artists that have recorded Don’s songs include Darius Rucker, Josh Thompson, Jimmy Wayne, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Josh Turner, Tim McGraw, Charlie Daniels, John Conlee, Joe Nichols, and Charlie Pride.
“Waitin’ On A Woman” – Brad Paisley
“Tough Little Boys” – Gary Allan
“Midnight in Montgomery” – Alan Jackson
“Rebecca Lynn” – Bryan White
Barry Coggins started playing at Sam’s Courtyard Cafe in Nashville, TN in 1994 and played there till it closed in May of 2005. Needless to say, there were a lot of good times with a lot of good friends. The Big Head Band, captures those good times! The Big Head Band consists of Tim Grogan on drums & harmonies, Rod Lewis on percussion & harmonies, Garry Todd on bass & harmonies, and Chuck Lambert on electric guitars.