NEWS: ‘Nashville Comes Home’ Tour

What do you get when you combine four songwriters, a few guitars, and an endless open road? You get the inception of The Nashville Comes Home Tour featuring Kristen Kelly, Jimmy Stanley, Dylan Sheppard, and Brian Sutherland, brought to you by BMI! The foursome are traveling from TX, through the lower Southeastern states, and ultimately making their way back to Nashville, culminating in a final songwriters round at the historic Blue Bird Cafe. During their tour they will be performing in true songwriters round style, presenting their originals to crowds of all sizes and venues. This eclectic group brings you a variety of songs and sounds from the powerhouse vocals of Kristen Kelly, Jimmy Stanley’s smooth lyrics, the raw and ruggedness of Dylan Sheppard, and the multi-faceted vocal and instrumental talents of Brian Sutherland.
We will be bringing you live coverage 12/9-12/11, so don’t forget to check back with us that weekend, or catch them at a remaining stop near you!
Kristen Kelly (Nashville, TN) is a contemporary country artist/songwriter from Lorena, TX. Her music can be best described as country with a bit more grease than polish. She cut her teeth playing 150-180 dates a year or more on the TX/Red Dirt scene before signing with SONY ARISTA Nashville in 2011 and moving to TN. A member of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Kelly has graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and toured with many of Country Music’s biggest names including Brad PaisleyRascal FlattsAlan JacksonSheryl CrowThe Band PerryGary AllanJake Owen and more. Her first top 30 single “Ex-Old Man” (2012) made history when it went for adds at country radio and was the number one most added song to debut for a female artist. Kristen continued to garner the attention of radio and fans with her bluesy ballad love song titled “He Loves To Make Me Cry”. Kristen’s EP “FIRE” was released on June 9th, 2015. The FIRE EP, along with the current title-track singleis available on iTunes now!
Jimmy Stanley  (Nashville, TN) is an American country music singer/songwriter from Eustis, Florida. He grew up there on rural road CR. 44a. He spent most of his childhood training horses on his parents horse farm. Jimmy attended Florida State University where he began to visualize a path in music, playing small clubs around Tallahassee before making the move to Nashville in 2005. Upon his arrival to Music City he immediately got a job at the world famous BlueBird Cafe where he studied some of the greatest songwriters and learned how a song was crafted. Jimmy has shared the stage with artists such as Sam Hunt, Tony Arata, Ronnie Milsap and more. In 2012 he landed a featured role on ABC’s Nashville which later turned into a speaking role. Shortly thereafter he was cast for the soft scripted reality show called CrazyHearts Nashville on the network A&E. After the first season Jimmy returned to touring and released his debut single “Say You Want Me” on SiriusXM’s The Highway in 2015. His follow-up single, “Like I Stole It” is available now.
Dylan Sheppard  (Nashville, TN) is a singer/songwriter, TX born, MS raised, and a resident of several cities across the South who takes influences from anywhere they present themselves. From the dry nature of Red Dirt to the rich culture of the Deep South, Dylan is inspired by artists such as John Prine, Guy Clark, Ray Charles and Tom Waits. An advocate of space and brut honesty, his songs highlight the human condition in a way reminiscent of another time. A natural storyteller. A troubadour. Dylan has recently released his first full record of material entitled “Dirt”, recorded and mixed analog using a four track reel to reel; a record that is stripped and candid. 
Brian Surherland  (Lakeland, FL) is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose music could only be described as eclectic. With a background in classical cello and jazz guitar and a love of country and folk music, no genre is off limits. His experience on stage, in the studio and in the writers room have earned him work playing guitar for The Beach Boys and The Likes Of Us while cutting tracks for guitar and cello in LA, Nashville and all over his home state of Florida. He’s opened for acts like Craig Campbell, Justin Moore, Josh Thompson, Dustin Lynch, America, Three Dog Night, Karmen and many more. Brian released his first full length album in 2014 and is currently finishing up his new EP, “Saltwater Stories” –
Kelly Hettenbaugh

Kelly Hettenbaugh

Growing up in upstate New York, I was the one hanging with the boys hunting and fishing that the country songs talk about. Driving the back roads to my grandparent’s house in the southern tier, I used to belt out Trisha Yearwood’s “She’s In Love With a Boy,” desperately wanting to be Katie and find my Tommy. I thought my parents turned it up because they knew I liked it.. I’ve since realized it was probably to drown out my less than stellar singing voice. Although a lot has changed since then, my love for country music has stayed with me. I now live in SW Florida and my interest lies more in the up and coming acts, and songwriters than it does the larger acts that are already successful. I love being the first to discover someone and watch their career grow as they find their way in today’s crazy country music world. Working five days a week- my weekends are spent at a show, doing something active outdoors, or catching up with friends. Since I get to enjoy FL everyday, my vacations usually revolve around music festivals or visiting my family back in NY :)

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