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February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Join us Friday, February 8 for a music-filled evening with Nashville Songwriters in the Round: John Tirro, Sam Gay, Templeton Thompson, and Sally Barris!

Prior to becoming campus pastor at Tyson  House (UT-Knoxville), John Tirro had a first career as a songwriter with radio hits and songs on Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum albums. February 8, John will be joined by three friends from Nashville, to give an intimate concert of songs.

Tirro says, “Sam is my oldest friend from Nashville, and the first song we wrote, ‘Me and the Moon,’ was recorded by Bryan White and led to everything else I had recorded. Templeton is Sam’s wife and a strong writer and singer, and Sally is a wonderful friend, singer, and writer as well. Among us, we’ve had songs recorded by Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Diamond Rio, Bryan White, Montgomery Gentry, Kathy Mattea, Jo Dee Messina, Little Texas, Ricky Van Shelton, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Trisha Yearwood, John Michael Montgomery, Lee Ann Womack, Patty Page, Johnny Rodriguez, Reba McEntire, and Martina McBride — and some of the best are ones that never got recorded! One sweet thing about an ‘In the Round’ format — four writers in the middle of the room, facing one another, taking turns telling stories and playing songs with the audience at cafe-style tables around them — is the intimacy. It’s a great way to hear songs and get to know the people who wrote them!”

The concert will follow our Feb. 8 2019 Convention Friday evening banquet. You are very welcome to join us for the Friday evening meal and attend the concert even if you are not participating in the convention. Register for the meal and concert here (choose “Banquet only”).

**Please note that the time is approximate and may be updated as the convention weekend schedule is finalized.

Music and information about the songwriters may be found on their websites:

John Tirro
Sally Barris
Templeton Thompson
Sam Gay can be found on Templeton Thompson’s site


February 8
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Holiday Inn Knoxville Downtown
525 Henley Street
Knoxville, 37902 United States
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