Britton, Knobloch to bring musical talents to MMC
August 28, 2013
Two of Nashville’s most admired singers and guitarists will headline the next concert in The Songwriter’s Dream series at Martin Methodist College on Thursday, Sept. 5.
Ellen Britton and J. Fred Knobloch will take the recital hall stage in Gault Fine Arts Center for the 7 p.m. show, which will feature special guest Courtney Dashe as the opening act.
For the second straight year, the entire 124-seat Gault recital hall is sold out for the entire 2013 season of this community concert series, but individual seats often come open at the last minute. Interested persons can get on a waiting list for those free tickets by calling 931-638-6159.
It will mark Ellen Britton’s third visit to Martin Methodist College. In November 2004, she performed with Michael Johnson in “A ‘Bluer Than Blue’ Evening,” and then she returned a year later with Queen of Hearts, a four-woman group of singer-songwriters who performed for Homecoming weekend.
She is a veteran musician with decades of writing, recording, teaching and performing experience. Touring credits include guitar/mandolin/backup vocals for Martin McBride, Pam Tillis, Jo Dee Messina, Sara Evans, Lari White, Maura O’Connell and Tanya Tucker, among others. She has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The View,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and “The Today Show.”
Her soulful singing and romping guitar playing have been heard at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Swallow at the Hollow in Atlanta and at Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Café in the round with Amy Grant and Vince Gill. Her self-titled CD also showcases her considerable songwriting talents.
Fred Knobloch began playing music full-time 40 years ago, playing night clubs as a solo act and session gigs as a gifted guitarist. In 1980, he recorded an original composition, “Why Not Me,” that reached number one Billboard’s adult contemporary chart and in the top 20 on the pop charts. He continued to record on the West Coast until moving to Nashville in 1983 as an artist, session musician and songwriter. He partnered with Thom Schuyler and Paul Overstreet to form the group, S-K-O (later to be S-K-B when Craig Bickhardt replaced Overstreet) and had a number one hit that he co-wrote, “Baby’s Got a New Baby.”
Among the many artists to record his songs have been Faith Hill, George Strait, Delbert McClinton, Etta James, Ray Charles, The Wilkinsons, Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Trisha Yearwood, Larry Stewart, Neil McCoy, Confederate Railroad, Sawyer Brown, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Kenny Rogers.
For more information about The Songwriter’s Dream, contact Grant Vosburgh, concert series coordinator, at 931-638-6159.