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"Door of the Dead" First Annual Songwriters Festival Featuring American Young & Friends

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Outstanding Nashville Country Artists, Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson of American Young, will be joined by other talented singer/songwriters participating in this multi-day festival for an extraordinary finale performance.

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A collaboration between the Trueblood PAC and the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands. A portion of the proceeds will benefit FOPPI.

Tickets are available at the TPAC door and website, Fair Isle Bookstore, Red Cup Coffee and from friends and members of Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands. We hope to see you all there!

Note: There will be a special late ferry from the Island to Northport at 9:45 p.m. to allow people to attend from off the island.


EVENT TICKETS

Adult tickets are $18, $13 for students and 12 and under are $1. When you have made your selections, proceed to checkout on the top right of the page. Tickets will be available for pickup at the door.


Singer/Songwriters

Jon Stone

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Jon Stone loves everything to do with music. He produces hit acts such as Lee Brice. He has written hit songs for Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Jerrod Niemann, Rascal Flats, and has had a number one song he wrote for Lee Brice - Woman Like You-. Jon also is an artist and performs alongside his duo partner Kristy Osmunson making up the duo American Young. American Young has performed in over 20 countries in the world and just recently got back from a tour in China. Jon continues to have success with writing and producing and is looking forward to everyone hearing the new music coming from American Young.


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Johnny Bulford

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When you grow up in a family with a rich musical history and influence you can͛t escape the impact it has in your life and Johnny Bulford is no stranger to the world of music. Some of that rich history goes back to his granddad, LeRoy Davis, who toured Paris in the 30's while in a jazz band. Like a scenario out of one of your favorite books, Davis whistled on the ship to pay for his passage over to the City of Lights when he was just 20 years old. He along with his 9 brothers influenced all of the family with their gift of music and talent to play just about any instrument. With an upbringing like that it was no wonder Bulford would follow the very talent that coursed through his veins from the previous generations.

The pivotal moment that changed this love and passion of the art into something more of a career occurred at age 12, when Bulford attended a Garth Brooks concert and recalls telling his mom, "Thats what I want to do." Shortly after he picked up a guitar, learned to play and began honing his craft and focus onto songwriting. By the age of 15, Johnny was quite busy, performing all over Central Florida, landing opening act spots for artists such as Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Gretchen Wilson and Tracy Lawrence as they brought their tours to his home state; even gigging as far north as Alabama, all the while releasing his first independent album "Southern Thing."

The time came when Johnny made the decision to split his time between his love of music and academics as he enrolled at the University of Central Florida in 2003 as a business marketing major with a minor in English. A self-professed nerd with high SAT scores and a Florida "Bright Futures" program scholarship in his back pocket, he managed to balance the demands of college while continuing to perform and promote his second independent album "What Happens Here Stays Here."

By 2004 he entered the Colgate Country Showdown, a national competition to showcase the best and brightest of fresh talent. A testament to perseverance in this industry, Johnny didn͛t allow his 1st attempt of peaking at state level and his second attempt of only reaching regionals to keep him from pursuing his dream for a third time. By 2008 Johnny, while standing on the famed Ryman Stage, was awarded 1st place; earning a prize of $100,000 with his original "How Could I Not" competing against and beating out 50,000 artists from all over the United States. In the years following his win, countless trips were made to and from Nashville to develop relationships with Music Row executives all while mounting the interest of many through his heart-grabbing songwriting and smooth vocal abilities. After his win, Johnny also used his platform of attention to bring light to local charities close to his heart including the Russell Home for Atypical Children, as well as being appointed by the veteran's group "Remembering the Brave" to write a song for fallen soldiers, which continues to be played at countless affairs for America's Gold Star families.

As he continued writing and later releasing another independent album "Livin It Up" (2009), Johnny landed his first album cut on Chris Young's third studio album "Neon" (2011) with "Flashlight" (written by Bulford, Young and Robert Arthur). Shortly after Johnny secured his first #1 hit with Lee Brice͛s "A Woman Like You" with fellow co-writers Jon Stone and Phil Barton. This game-changing moment for Bulford took him right into a full circle moment at the 42nd Annual Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner where he was honored for "A Woman Like You" standing on stage in close proximity to his idol Garth Brooks. By 2014, "Lonely Eyes" a single written by Bulford, Jason Matthews and Laura Veltz was cut by Young and released on his fourth studio album "A.M."which later rose all the way to #2 on the country charts. Bulford has continued to amass cuts over the years with Young including album cut "What If I Stayed" (2015), title track "It Must Be Christmas" (2016) and "Holiday" which he co-wrote with Young and the artist cut on his 2017 "Losing Sleep" album. Bulford was even invited to play "Lonely Eyes" on the famed Ryman Stage with Young during the 5th Annual YPO Southern 7 "Evening At The Ryman" in 2015.


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John Gurney

John Gurney's musical roots run deep; a composer/performer mother with a gift for lyricism and an acoustic engineer father with a pitch perfect ear. Raised in metro Chicago, with bedrock Midwestern roots, John packed up his degree from the University of Missouri and headed for Nashville. John began to find his voice as performer and songwriter and within a few short years, he wrote the song that won the prestigious 2018 NSAI Song Contest, presented by CMT. See this Rising Star for yourself in the cast of E! network's new show, "Very Cavallari."


Heidi Raye

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Proving herself to be Nashville's charmng and quirky go-getter, Heidi Raye is a force to be reckoned with. A natural entertainer from an early age, Heidi Raye was smitten with country music growing up and made it her life-long dream to move to Music City. Heidi has co-written songs and toured with some of country music's elite like Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Jason Aldean, Terri Clark and Reba McEntire.

She has proven she can hold her own in both the songwriting and performing community. Heidi Raye is the initial artist on Hall of Famer Harlan Howard's label, Harlan Howard Records. Her first EP, "Worth A Shot" produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Chuch Ainlay was released in 2017. Heidi has racked up the miles touring to support "Worth A Shot" making fans and friends at radio along the way. 2018 finds Heidi in the studio working on her second release on Harlan Howard's Records. Watch for her new single, "Sweat" coming soon!


Leslie Satcher

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Few female Nashville singer-songwriters are more respected or more revered than the stunning talent that is Leslie Satcher. At the age of 26, the native Texan made the move to Nashville in pursuit of a singing career and was quickly recognized for her gift with lyric and melody. After being mentored at a smaller publisher by many of the music industry’s legendary songwriters, she made the move to Sony Music Publishing where she would stay for nearly 15 years. During this time, she was also signed as an artist at Warner Brothers. While recording her critically acclaimed debut album, “Love Letters”, her songs were growing in demand.

Though Leslie is primarily known as a country singer and songwriter, her talents cross all genres. She has written or co-written songs that have been recorded by everyone from Willie Nelson to Ariana Grande; Vince Gill to Sheila E.; George Strait to Sheryl Crow; Martina McBride to Keb’Mo; Blake Shelton to Bonnie Raitt and many, many more. She has received multiple BMI “Million-Air” awards recognizing a song’s one millionth airplay and her incomparable vocals contribute to an astounding number of Grammy, CMA & ACM award winning projects.

Leslie’s next two albums, “Creation” and “Gypsy Boots” were recorded independently and truly exhibit the diversity of her Texas roots and Delta soul. They are available on iTunes, CDBaby and every other major digital distributor.

Leslie’s most recent achievement was being signed to a publishing deal with London powerhouse Notting Hill Music and a recording contract with NHM’s Los Angeles based innovator of digital distribution; Notting Hill Music Masters (NHMM) label. Her debut NHMM release, “2 Days In Muscle Shoals” features her All-Star band “The Electric Honey Badgers” and includes vocals by Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Trisha Yearwood and more.

Aside from writing hit songs for some of music’s most iconic artists; Leslie is in high demand as a performer known for her angelic voice, funny stories, the unique playing style and sound of her guitar; but mostly, her uncanny ability to connect with audiences of any size or demographic. Her typical year will include more than 150 songwriting sessions and 65 live performances all over the U.S., U.K. and Canada


Elvie Shane

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In 2016, Elvie Shane (on his own) booked and played 86 shows in bars, juke-joints, and honky-tonks all over Kentucky, Texas, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

In 2017, Elvie Shane signed with the United Talent Agency for bookings and has opened for Toby Keith, Chris Knight, Billy Currington, Brothers Osborne, Cole Swindell, Brett Young, Walker Hayes, and Lady Antebellum...just to name a few.

Elvie Shane was born on a Sunday in Leitchfield Kentucky, the 22nd of May 1988. The following Sunday his mother would have him held tightly in her arms alongside a hymnal at Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church. It was in that small country church house where he would first be introduced to music and the magic that it holds.

After long Sunday mornings of hymnals, testimonies, and sermons it was a short trip back home. This is where his father would be outside no doubt, with his head under the hood of some old Ford. The open windows of said Ford would be pouring out tunes from such artists as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Otis Redding, The Temptations, and Steve Earle. Quite a combination and one he would learn to love and grow from.

Just as Gospel came before Rock 'n Roll in his introduction to music, it would play the same rold in his first step towards being a singer himself. It was upon visiting a general Baptist revival that a young man with a band would hear him sing and approach him to sing in his Rock band that had recently lost a singer. The offer was obliged and Elvie met the following Sunday to practice and learn 11 songs for his fist show that Saturday. The intense week of practice went as scheduled and that weekend Elvie Shane spent his first 45 minutes on stage. While in his band he would write his first song and continues to write to this day. 

Elvie Shane is Gospel born and Southern Rock bred, a little Country Blues mixed with a whole lot of Soul. It is for the love of music, the crowd, and the story to be told that he performs.


Russell Sutton

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Russell Sutton was born and raised in Austin, TX, and grew up around the country music scene, with his father playing guitar and tour managing for country star Rick Trevino. In 2017, He spent the year touring the country sharing the stage with the likes of Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington, Brothers Osborne, Cole Swindell, Aaron Watson, Walker Hayes, and others. He is currently living in Nashville, signed to a Rome Phrey Publishing, and writing songs for himself and other major country artists