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Downtown Valdosta Songwriter Showcase

August 18, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

| $20.00

The Beautiful Dosta Playhouse in downtown Valdosta hosts the Valdosta Songwriter Showcase featuring hit songwriters Greg Barnhill, Johnny Bulford and Valdosta local Joe Smothers. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $20. The intimate concerts feature the artists sharing the stage and playing off of one another as they take turns sharing their songs and the stories behind them. It’s like a Bluebird Experience.

Originally from New Orleans, Barnhill has been writing and performing his entire life. Artists from Etta James, Martina McBride, and Jessica Simpson to Chicago, Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack, Leona Lewis and many in between have embraced his songs. “Walkaway Joe,” recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Don Henley, was a significant milestone to his career. The song went on to earn him a Grammy nomination as well as the respect of his peers that follows him to this day. Barnhill also had a crossover smash with “House of Love” for Amy Grant and Vince Gill. Other hit songs include “Same Ol Love”, “99.9% Sure I’ve Never Been Here Before”, “She’s Taken’ A Shine” and “Never Been Kissed”. He garnered critical claim with the 2014 single, Gary Allan’s” It Ain’t The Whiskey” which got rave reviews for its bold take on the issue of addiction. Greg is one of Nashville’s first call master vocalists. He performs around the world with other amazing artists and songwriters. You can also hear Greg’s voice on the recordings of Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, just to name a few.

Johnny Bulford, a native Floridian who grew up in a family surrounded by rich music history and influence, was able to naturally hone his craft from a young age. One of the first signs he was going to turn his love of music into a career happened after Bulford attended a Garth Brooks concert at the tender age of 12 and told his mom, “That is what I want to do with my life”. Putting that statement into action, Bulford performed all throughout high school and college, opening for the likes of artists Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson; garnering a win at Colgate Country Showdown, a national singing competition, which landed him a publishing contract at Warner Chappell Music soon after. Since 2011 Bulford has earned multiple achievements; obtained his first album cut “Flashlight”, co-written with Chris Young, that landed on the RCA recording artist’s 2011 album “Neon”, secured his first #1 hit with Lee Brice’s “A Woman Like You” (2011), “Lonely Eyes” a single cut by Young topped the charts at #2 (2014), invited to play “Lonely Eyes” on the famed Ryman Stage with Young during the 5th Annual YPO Southern 7 “Evening At The Ryman” (2015), “What If I Stayed” another album cut by Young (2015), garnered title track on Young’s “It Must Be Christmas” (2016) and wrote “Holiday” which Young co-wrote and cut on his 2017 “Losing Sleep” album. In addition to being a dependable writer for many of Nashville’s current and rising stars, Bulford is one half of duo “Lockhart”. Bulford’s passion of writing has taken him beyond the confines of Music Row, as he spearheads projects to bring the Nashville “Listening Room” experience to his beloved upbringings and stomping grounds of Central Florida and beyond.

Longtime Valdosta singer, songwriter and guitarist Joe Smothers was born in North Carolina like his hero, Doc Watson, with whom he toured for years and recorded more than a dozen albums. He also toured extensively with and recorded an album with Watson’s longtime musical partner, the “flatpicking powerhouse” Jack Lawrence. Smothers has been a staple on the Valdosta music scene for more the decades but he recently recorded his very first solo album, These Things I Know.


August 18, 2018
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Dosta Playhouse
122 N. Ashley St. , Downtown Valdosta, GA 31601 United States


Valdosta Main Street