By LANDON WOODROOF
Brentwood United Methodist Women member Pat Flemming has a way she likes to describe the annual songwriters’ night that her group hosts to benefit a local charity.
“I kid people: ‘you don’t have to drive downtown and you get free parking’,” Flemming said of the event, which this year will feature country hitmakers Billy Montana, Phil O’Donnell and Bobby Tomberlin.
The Brentwood United Methodist Women have been bringing A-level talent to the church for 10 years as part of their songwriters’ nights.
The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at Brentwood United Methodist Church’s Youth Tabernacle. The tabernacle is located at the back left of the church if you are facing it from Franklin Road.
Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased from the church receptionist during the week. They are also available at the door on the night of the event for $15.
A ticket gets you a seat to the concert, but it also entitles you to some sweet treats. The women’s group makes homemade desserts each year for these concerts. You can sample those as well as coffee, tea and lemonade while you take in the music.
Even if you do not recognize the names of all the songwriters at the event, you will almost definitely know some of their songs.
Billy Montana has penned such number one hits as Garth Brooks’s “More than a Memory,” Sara Evans’s “Suds in the Bucket,” and “Bring on the Rain,” recorded by Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw. Montana has also had a song, “What If I Was Willing” that was featured on the hit show, “Nashville.”
Phil O’Donnell wrote Montgomery Gentry’s number one hit “Back When I Knew It All,” as well as Joe Diffie’s hit recording of “Tougher than Nails” and Craig Morgan’s “Love Remembers” and “I Got You.” He also produced Morgan’s number one hit “That’s What I Love About Sunday.”
Bobby Tomberlin scored a number one hit with Diamond Rio’s “One More Day.” Another song he wrote that reached the top 10 is “A Good Day to Run,” which was recorded by Daryl Worley. Other artists who have recorded his songs include Willie Nelson, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers and Faith Hill.
Flemming said that the songwriters’ night has turned into a popular annual event for the entire community and surrounding areas.
“Most of these songs you’ve heard on the radio, and it’s really fun to meet the people who wrote them,” she said.