Friday Night July 4th, 2014
Dusk- Enjoy the Gays Mills Fireworks
After the Fireworks (10PM)– Dylan Scott
Dylan Scott can write your life in a song…and deliver it in a baritone so deep it’ll rattle your bones.
Then there’s his stage presence, so commanding as to win two major music competitions–the final for the Colgate Country Music Showdown in his native Louisiana, and in 2009, the Neal McCoy East Texas Angel Network Talent contest.
Now the multi-talented Sidewalk Records Artist is poised to become a major star with his new self-titled CD, Dylan Scott, featuring five modern, progressive songs he co-wrote with the best of Nashville’s new generation of songwriters. The CD, produced by Music City legend, Jim Ed Norman, is self-named for more than the obvious reasons: “It says everything about me, honestly,” explains the 22 year old, whose speaking voice is as soulful as his singing. “There’s not a song on there that doesn’t relate to who I am.”
Take, for example, “Turn Rows”, a perfect nugget of spirited rural fun and youthful enterprise in the cornfields. Or “Grandaddy’s Gun”, which captures the rite of passage for a boy who grows-up bonding with the men who teach him the ways of the woods.
“There’s a spiritual quality to hunting,” shares this avid outdoorsman, talking about his favorite pastime. “I usually sit in the stand by myself. It’s nice and quiet. You don’t hear anything but wind and birds. You watch the sun come up. It’s a peaceful thing.” Almost everything in his life has been a natural fit…starting with the music itself. If he sings about it he’s done it. You might say it’s in his blood. His father, Scotty, played guitar and sang harmony in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s with country Artists, Freddy Fender and Freddy Hart. Dylan’s great Aunt, Marie Jarvis, played piano with the Southern Gospel group, The Melody Boys and taught piano at The Stamps Baxter School Of Music. She would sit Dylan on her lap when he was two and teach him the rudiments of the keyboard. Dylan’s cousin, Linda Robinson Sholar, played for The Speer Family, The Downings, The Higher Ground and briefly with The Stamps Quartet (which backed Elvis). She also taught piano to the famed piano-man, producer and record executive, Tony Brown who played with both J.D. Summers and The Stamps as well as having production credits for George Strait and Reba McEntire to name a few.
It was around this age of two that Dylan’s father noticed the toddler could sing on key. In the next few years, almost everybody commented on his voice. “Ever since I was real young,” he remembers, “people said, ‘You have a deep voice to be so little.’ Since my dad was in the business, I thought, ‘oh, everybody’s in the music business. That’s what I’ve got to do when I get older.’”
By the age of 12, Scott was proficient on acoustic guitar and dreaming of a future on stage. By his high school years, he was performing with the Gospel trio, 11th Hour, traveling throughout the South to appear at fairs, festivals and churches. But he also excelled at basketball and found himself torn
Saturday Night July 5th, 2014
9 PM- Eric Paslay
Texas native, Eric Paslay (Pass-Lay) started playing guitar at 15 years old. He was always surrounded by music growing up in Temple, TX (near Austin) and grew up hearing stories about his grandfather ‘s band – Arnold Schiller and the Moonlight Serenaders. Paslay had aspirations of being a songwriter and moved to Nashville to attend a music program at Middle Tennessee State University. During his schooling he interned with Cal IV publishing and applied for a job in their tape room after graduation. He was denied the job because the boss feared he would stop writing songs. A few months later, Cal IV signed Eric to his publishing deal.
Seven years after his move to Nashville, Paslay signed with EMI Record Nashville. During those seven years he continually worked on his songwriting and played countless gigs around town. Paslay has penned or co-penned every song on his debut album. He currently has a songwriting cut, “Friday Night,” on Lady Antebellum’s Own The Night, as well as, the No. one Jake Owen single “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” which he co-wrote with Dylan Altman and Terry Sawchuk.
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