Autism Tennessee Presents: In The Round with Suzi Ragsdale, John Swaim, Stephen Lee Veal, Tammy Vice, and Logan Blade
The Bluebird Cafe
Tue, Apr 16 6:00 pm
Suzi Ragsdale: A Nashville native, Suzi has been immersed in the music community her entire life. She was likely listening to her dad, Ray Stevens, writing and performing, from the womb. Her vocal work has appeared on recordings by Guy Clark, Darrell Scott, Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis, David Ball, Hank Williams Jr., Joy Lynn White, Tom Paxton, Ian Tyson, Ray Stevens, Jo-El Sonnier, and many others. Her songs have been recorded by stars such as Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Jamey Johnson, Rodney Crowell, Pam Tillis, Hal Ketchum, Anne Murray, Billy Dean, Suzy Bogguss, Darrell Scott, Lari White and the rock twins Nelson. John Swaim: In 1989 I was offered a job in Nashville TN playing banjo at Opryland Theme park. It sounded like a great opportunity so I locked the cabin door, threw my banjo in that old Ford 150 truck, left Kernersville NC and headed to Tennessee! Sounds like a song already, huh? Shortly after moving to Nashville a music publisher by the name of Buzz Arledge took interest in my ability as a songwriter and published many of my songs. “Walk on the Rocks” has sold over 3 million on country music star Alan Jackson’s CD “Everything I Love”; and I love that! Some other groups who have recorded my songs are Legacy Five (Gospel), The Little River Band (Pop), Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (Bluegrass). Stephen Lee Veal: Stephen Lee Veal has been featured on 16 writers’ shows at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville and on seven shows in New Orleans at the House of Blues/Parish Room Songwriter’s Night. For three years, Stephen headed up a monthly All-Alabama Round on Lee Rascone's night at the Broken Spoke in Nashville. He produced Mobile's Songwriters’ Saturday Showcase monthly for six years and has been a part of the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival every year since 1998. His songs have won numerous awards, notably the first place in Open and Overall Best for "Feels Like Alabama" at the 2002 Hank Williams Festival held annually in Georgiana, AL. Stephen is currently a co-coordinator of the Pensacola Chapter of NSAI. Tammy Vice: Tammy Vice was the Country Music Hall of Fame’s 2009 Nominee for the Mary Catherine Strobel award. As a songwriter and artist, she has had four songs hit #1 on independent Christian and Country charts. She is the originator and host of the annual “Breaking The Chains” Benefit, held at the Bluebird Cafe to promote autism awareness. Tammy has become a strong advocate after her daughter was diagnosed with autism at age 3. Logan Blade: Logan Blade was diagnosed with Autism at The age of two. He is nonverbal except when you put a microphone in his hands. Although he cannot carry on a conversation with you God has given him the voice of music.