Gabe Dixon & Co. at Tin Pan South
Article by: Quinn Erwin | Photo Credit: Quinn Erwin | Posted: 04/02/2012
The Rutledge and The Listening Room hosted some of songwriting’s best and brightest this past Friday night, making it another fantastic evening for Tin Pan South ticket holders.
The Rutledge in particular catered to a more laid back crowd with Trent Dabbs’ tender croon leading the pack of A-listers. It was Ella Mae Bowen--whose version of “Holding Out For a Hero” has been a highlight of the most recent Footloose soundtrack--who stole the show with her spot-on performances and heart-wrenching stories about love and family. There was not a dry eye in the place during her tribute to her grandfather “His Name Was Sam.”
A surprise appearance by “Sugar,” aka Amy Stroup, was also a treat, as she and Trent Dabbs shared duties on “I’ve Got You Covered,” from Sugar & The Hi Lows’ debut record. Natalie Hemby and Barry Dean also added flavor to the night when they invited fellow hit-writer Luke Laird to the stage, sharing a fun rendition of their latest contribution to Big & Rich, titled “Pontoon.”
The Listening Room was a ruckus as Dylan Altman, Marshall Altman, Ruth Collins, and Gabe Dixon launched into an impressive catalog of hits and rarities. The night felt more like a concert rather than a round, with each artist backing each other on vocals or instruments. The banter and chemistry among the four was infectiously energetic and the audience was caught up in the sing-along like it was second nature. Gabe Dixon’s “Favorite You”--a love song he wrote for his wife--hit a soft spot in the crowd, and Marshall Altman’s ending ode to dorkdom had everyone cracking up.
It was certainly a night to be remembered, even among so many memorable Tin Pan South performances. Be sure to check out all of the aforementioned artists, but especially head over to Gabe Dixon and Amy Stroup's Brite Artist profiles to download free songs by each of them!