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Lyrics & Lore, a Storytellers and Songwriters Showcase
January 17, 2019 - January 19, 2019
Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa to host Lyrics & Lore, a Storytellers and Songwriters Showcase, from Jan. 17-19
Prepare for an unforgettable experience at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa as
its third annual Lyrics & Lore event brings the beauty and inspiration of songs and stories to the
Great Smoky Mountains. Taking place Jan. 17-19, 2019, join the Dollywood Entertainment
team, The International Storytelling Center and Bandtwango, Dollywood’s newest partner, for a
captivating weekend event.
Lyrics & Lore brings together some of the country’s most talented storytellers and
musicians to celebrate the rich traditions of songwriting and storytelling in the Appalachian
region. Audience members have the opportunity to enjoy internationally recognized
storytellers as they share their stories and learn about the most popular songs heard on the
radio. Guests do not have to be a performing or speaking to attend. Additionally, everyone can
sit back and enjoy listening to these hit songs on Friday and Saturday evening when the
songwriters that created these chart toppers perform.
Beginning with registration on Thursday, Jan. 17 and running through the weekend,
nationally-recognized storytellers and hit songwriters from country and gospel take center
stage. On Thursday night, an opening reception features performances by the duo Thom
Shepherd, CMA Texas Songwriter of the Year, and artist Coley McCabe. As an Austin-based
touring artist who spent many years as a songwriter in Nashville, Shepherd now performs
regularly with his band, solo and as a duo with McCabe.
Friday’s songwriting workshops feature discussion and instruction from Sam Tate, Cole
Taylor and Chase McGill. Tate is a Grammy-nominated songwriter whose songs have been
recorded by a Who’s Who of country artists from Reba McEntire to Rodney Atkins. Taylor has
quickly become an in-demand country songwriter for a multitude of country artists including
Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Cole Swindell and Florida Georgia Line. Songwriting newcomer McGill
hit his stride in 2018; in October, he topped the Music Row Songwriter chart at #1 with songs
by Swindell, Bryan, and Kane Brown on the charts simultaneously.
Storytelling experts Barbara McBride-Smith and Michael Reno Harrell headline the
storytelling segment of this year’s Lyrics & Lore on Friday and Saturday. McBride-Smith
transports audiences from the ancient world of the Greek gods and goddesses to the eclectic
shenanigans of her Baby Boomer generation. She is said to interpret folklore with the style of a
Texas-born cheerleader and has been featured on NPR, authored two books, and contributed
to the multi-volume series, The Storytellers Companion to the Bible. She is the recipient of the
NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence and the American Library Association’s ‘Top Ten Titles’
Harrell is an award-winning songwriter and veteran storyteller/entertainer from the
Southern Appalachian Mountains, where storytelling is as much a part of the culture as
music. Five decades of performing have taken him to more than 40 states and several
countries. A consummate performer, Harrell’s combination of music and storytelling is based in
experience – sometimes very funny, sometimes a bit scary, often heartwarming and always
On Friday night, the first evening of the Songwriter Keynote and Concert begins with
Regie Hamm, a multidimensional writer and storyteller. Penned as an artist, producer,
songwriter, novelist and more, Hamm has received multiple Grammy Award and Dove
nominations, as well as being noted for his 21 #1 hits in the Christian market and one American
Idol finale song, “The Time of My Life,” recorded by David Cook.
Saturday night, the final evening’s concert features Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, the
duo who wrote the chart-topping Tim McGraw song “Live Like You Were Dying” that won Best
Country Song at the 2004 Grammys. Combined, these songwriters have penned songs for
performers such as Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton and more. In 2009,
Wiseman was awarded “Songwriter of the Decade,” and in 2015, he was inducted into the
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
A full schedule and registration details for Lyrics & Lore is available at
www.dollywood.com. Please note that some of the music concerts are separately ticketed
events. To stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa for the event, visit
www.dollywood.com or call (800) DOLLYWOOD.