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8 Off 8th hosted by BMI

8 Off 8th hosted by BMI

Mon · April 15, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Free

This event is 18 and over

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BMI
BMI
BMI was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

BMI represents more than 700,000 songwriters, composers, and publishers with more than 10.5 million musical works.
Ray Fulcher
Ray Fulcher
Adam Doleac
Adam Doleac
Adam Doleac learned the value of building something with his own two hands, from the ground up, before he ever strummed his first chord or wrote his first lyric. His father introduced him to carpentry at age six, and the experience taught Adam it takes discipline to achieve your goals. The work ethic his father instilled in him led Adam to earn high school academic honors and excel at multiple sports. His baseball talent led him to be recruited by the University of Southern Mississippi. While at Southern Miss, Adam won three rings in four years and played in the 2009 College World Series.

A man of many talents, Adam was also a skilled drummer, though the music wasn’t ever his top priority. Fate intervened during college when shin stress fractures rendered him unable to pursue a post-college baseball career. By that time, Adam had taught himself guitar and developed his vocal ability.

When his baseball career officially ended, Adam started booking shows as a solo artist and writing songs with a teammate. He was diligent about posting his work online, and it quickly garnered the attention of established songwriters in Nashville. After several successful co-writes, Adam made the move to Nashville, and his career quickly gained traction. in 2014, SiriusXM’s The Highway selected “I Put It On Ya” as an On The Horizon track. Shortly thereafter, he was offered a publishing deal with Sony/ATV. To date, Adam’s ability to construct meaningful tunes have earned him cuts from Darius Rucker and Kane Brown.

Determined to also position himself as an artist, released a self-titled debut EP in June 2017. Sirius XM continues to be one of Adam’s most significant supporters. They have played multiple tracks from his EP on The Highway, and Adam was a featured artist on the fall 2017 Highway Finds Tour. Adam has also caught the attention of the streaming world, and several of his songs have earned spots on Spotify-curated country playlists.
Jordan Rager
Jordan Rager
Jordan Rager is the quintessential millennial artist. Keenly aware of how to reach an audience, Jordan expertly marries today's technology to traditional country music. The singer/songwriter spent his teens self-recording videos and performing classic cover songs, which he shared on YouTube. These videos caught the attention of Justin Moore, and before the age of 19, Jordan was opening an arena tour with the country-radio star.

Justin was right: Jordan wowed the crowds along with record execs, and a deal with Broken Bow Records soon followed. He began recording songs with some of the biggest names in country music, like Jason Aldean, and releasing singles to radio. It was an epic roller-coaster ride - the once-in-a-lifetime chance that young artists dream about.

After following his instinct, Jordan amicably parted ways with the label. "If I could do it all again, I'm not sure I would have signed that deal,” he explains, “I needed to grow. It's hard for me to say that, but I didn't know who I was as an artist yet." He learned that this decision paved the way for a period of self-discovery, leading to a new partnership with Riser House Entertainment.

Now 23, the Georgia native has a clear picture of who he is as an artist and where he's headed. Jordan is committed to carving out a lasting career, and he looks to his key influence, Alan Jackson, as a template for success. “I remember being six years old and sitting in front of the TV, and A.J. was on. Even at that young age, I remember watching that and thinking, 'That's cool. I want to do that,’” recalls Jordan, who was also raised on the songs of the Eagles, Merle Haggard, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney.

"My favorite artists are the guys who wrote songs. Songwriting is a very sincere form of expression. You are opening up your soul to people and saying, 'This is what I'm feeling.' I love that," he says. "I want to be an honest writer and artist."

To that end, he's rededicated himself to writing, penning new songs, like "Little Bit of Gravel" and the stunning "Little Reminders." "Little Bit of Gravel" draws on Jordan's own upbringing, as the sometimes troublemaking son of a pastor. The lyric, "I hope there's a little bit of gravel in the streets of gold,” perfectly highlights the theme. The words popped into Jordan's head as he was making one of his usual treks between Georgia and Nashville, before he relocated full-time to Music City.

"Little Reminders" is more stark, as a simple love song of reassurance to a girlfriend. Jordan wrote the ballad by himself and never planned to play it for his new label, but when he did, they fell in love with its raw nature. "Her favorite things are little reminders / to let her know I'll always be standing beside her," Jordan sings.

"These are the types of songs I want to write and record. I want to be completely transparent to the people who hear my music, who may relate to the things I'm singing about," he says.

Along with "Little Bit of Gravel" and "Little Reminders," Jordan also wrote a nostalgic song about fishing with his grandfather, portraying the unfiltered conversation that comes with days on the stream bank. Dubbed "Reel Talk," the tune recalls his hero Alan Jackson in its down-home charm and folksy lyrics. "My granddad was very quiet, but he opens up when he's fishing. We tell stories and catch up. It's very personal to me," he says. "And that's what I'm talking about when it comes to honesty. I want listeners to hear that and say, 'I feel like I know that guy better from that song.'"

But Jordan isn't opposed to recording outside songs. “Sometimes, another writer's words become your own,” he says. Especially in the case of "Georgia Boy," a new track written by Andy Albert, Michael Whitworth, Justin Wilson and Dave Pittinger. The track calls out some of Jordan’s stomping grounds – from Peachtree Street to the Chattahoochee River – growing up in Georgia. Likewise, "Good Ones" name-checks Atlanta Braves icon, Chipper Jones.

Currently in the studio as he wraps up his eagerly awaited project, Jordan is excited for fans, both old and new, to hear all of these songs, which he feels will show the country music world exactly who he is. "What I'm working on now, both lyrically and sonically, is what I've always wanted to do. I'm getting to make the music I've always dreamed about," he explains. "It'll be honest. It’ll be transparent. And, it will all be me,” he says, adding that making that impact is something he is very mindful of. “To see people’s reacting so well to my songs has been the coolest thing in the world. It really validates me and lets me know that I’m doing the right thing in my life. There are people out there who want to hear my story and my songs, which is the coolest thing in the world to me.”

His lyrics. His way. It’s a concept that sounds easy enough, but Jordan knows it’s a journey – one that begins and ends with a lyric. “I love writing songs, and I put a lot of heart into writing songs. My songs tell my story, so my story comes out in my writing. I want my music to be something that listeners personally connect with – for a long time!”
Eric Van Houten
Eric Van Houten
Country music singer/songwriter from Nashville by way of Buffalo NY, Eric Van Houten is not your typical country artist. He brings his high energy and new age songwriting styles to life through his music. Sporting an edgy, organic, and authentic sound, Van Houten transforms you to another place when you listen to his music. With a mixture of country/rock that bled into all of his sound, Eric easily sets himself apart from your typical artist. With his rock and roll background, the show he puts on stage is exhilarating, captivating, and entertaining.

"Our live show is where I really get to connect with the crowd and create an experience for them to never forget. I have always worked hard to make that connection."
Over the last few years Eric has been on tour with artists such as Canaan Smith, Kelsea Ballerini, Kip Moore, The Cadillac Three, Michael Ray, Chris Young, Jake Owen, Old Dominion, and many more. New Single “Come Find Me” is out now on Spotify, Apple Music, and more!

"I don't have a plan B, this is my only plan; to continue pursuing my passion for music, songwriting and the adrenaline rush I get every time I step on stage in front of a live audience. This is just the beginning of what I intend to be a long, exciting journey."
Catie Offerman
Catie Offerman
Catie Offerman, born and raised in New Braunfels, TX, got her start as a fiddle player for artists all over the country. After graduating college and a brief stint in LA, she made her way to Nashville in 2015. Working with some of Nashville's most accomplished songwriters and musicians, she's honed a sound rooted in traditional country music with thoughtful lyrics. Her talent on fiddle and guitar has helped her shape a voice that's uniquely hers. Since signing with Universal Music Publishing and WME for booking representation in 2018, Offerman is set to release new music in 2019.
Joey Hendricks
Joey Hendricks
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Greylan James
Greylan James
Sam Hatmaker
Sam Hatmaker
Sam Hatmaker grew up performing in shows at Dollywood and in the Pigeon Forge area, but it wasn't until the age of 11 when she was cast in Elwood Smooch's Choo Choo Boogie Variety Show (yes, that was the name!) that she discovered her deep love of country music. Among her many influences are Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Merle Haggard, Chris Stapleton, Johnny Cash, and her first crush Kenny Rogers. Sam began writing songs when she was 8 and taught herself to play guitar when her aunt gave her one for her 11th birthday. Since that time she has written over 500 songs and in 2015 signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music in Nashville.
Venue Information:
The High Watt
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203
http://thehighwatt.com/