At the annual Grammy Awards telecast Sunday evening, the million-plus viewing audience watched in anticipation the performances of some of the world’s most talented artists.
The Recording Academy doled out 110 golden gramophone trophies amidst the red carpet dotted with over 13,000 glamorous attendees. One of those prestigious awards went to George Strait (MCA Nashville) for Country Album of the Year “Troubadour.” In less than two weeks, right here in Wilson County, Leslie Satcher who penned the words to the famous song “Troubadour” will perform at McClain Christian Academy’s Music at the Mill.
“Troubadour,” it’s been said, features some of the finest cuts Strait has ever put on record. Satcher penned the lyrics to the song, with the chorus saying “I was a young troubadour, when I rode in on a song. And, I’ll be an old troubadour, when I’m gone.” Strait says the story in "Troubadour" fits [his] whole career from start to finish.
Satcher, a fifth generation Texan, moved to Nashville in 1989 to begin her songwriting career. Satcher's talent as a songwriter was recognized immediately and prospect of writing for a living blossomed for her. Seven years of cuts by artists such as Joe Diffie, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, Wade Hayes, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Pam Tillis and Willie Nelson helped Leslie take the next step in her career. Jim Ed Norman of Warner Brothers Records Nashville saw something in the talent from Texas and gave her the chance to record her first project "Love Letters." This critically acclaimed album established her as one of the leading singer/songwriters in the country music industry today. Currently, Leslie is focusing on her second album as well as continuing to pen songs for other artists as a staff writer for Sony Tree ATV.
“MCA is so fortunate to have Leslie join our MCA’s Music at the Mill event line-up,” Donna Shaffer, director of Schools for MCA enthusiastically commented. “Satcher, along with friends Paul Overstreet and some of Nashville's best songwriters, join Wilson County's own Gretchen Wilson, for the event on Feb. 21st. We thank these legendary artists who are graciously giving their time to make the school’s event a success -- and our community’s response reveals that the night is anticipated with great excitement. We are grateful for their involvement and look forward to a fabulous evening.”
To learn more about the event, tune in to WANT FM 98.9’s “Coleman & Company” at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12 to hear from hometown favorite, and one of the featured artists, Rhean Boyer/Carolina Rain as he joins Shaffer to highlight the upcoming event.
The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 at The Mill (www.themillatlebanon.com), 300 North Maple Street in Lebanon -- doors open at 6:30 p.m. Limited tickets for the event are available by calling 444-2678 or visiting any Wilson Bank & Trust location (www.wilsonbank.com) or the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. Benefit proceeds go to support McClain Christian Academy.
For more information visit the schools website at www.mcclainchristian.org.
The MCA’s Music at the Mill line up includes: Wilson County's own Gretchen Wilson, "All Jacked Up," "Redneck Woman," Even Stevens "Suspicions" (Tim McGraw), "I Love A Rainy Night" (Eddie Rabbitt); "When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman" (Dr. Hook); Leslie Satcher “For These Times” (Martina McBride), “Troubadour” (George Strait); Paul Overstreet "When You Say Nothing At All" (Alison Krauss), "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" (Kenny Chesney); Scotty Emerick "I Love This Bar" (Toby Keith), "Beer for my Horses (Willie Nelson & Toby Keith); Rhean Boyer - Carolina Rain "Isn't She" and "Get Out Of My Way"; Randy McCormick "Crazy In Love" (Conway Twitty), "Real Love" (Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton); Michael Loudermilk - Instrumentalist (Chet Atkins); Wood Newton “Riding with Private Malone" (David Ball), "Twenty Years Ago" (Kenny Rogers), "Bobby Sue" (Oak Ridge Boys); Will Robinson "There's No Way" (Alabama), "I Know How He Feels" (Reba McEntire), "Long As I Live" (John Michael Montgomery); Richard Leigh "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" (Crystal Gayle), "Greatest Man I Never Knew" (Reba McEntire); Tommy Karlas "Roll With Me" (Montgomery Gentry), and Amy Dalley songs of her album “It's Time.”
Shaffer added, "We also thank Wilson Bank & Trust, University Medical Center, The Wilson Post/Main Street Media, WANT FM 98.9, Lebanon Democrat and the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce for their generous sponsorship and appreciate their support of McClain Christian Academy. These sponsoring partners lead the way in community involvement and commitment to their neighbors – their involvement is a perfect partnership in bringing an event like this one to our home."
The venue features three seating opportunities with ticket prices ranging from $25 (Section C), $45 (Section B) and preferred seating (Section A) at $125 per person. The preferred seating package affords guests the opportunity for a pre-show VIP All-Access meet and greet reception, photos with the singer/songwriters, preferred parking and an intriguing 'tunesmith' souvenir gift package, in addition to front area seating.
McClain Christian Academy (www.mcclainchristian.org) is committed to academic excellence in a Christian environment. MCA educates students in grades Pre K3 - 10th grade. For more information, call 444-2678.