Songbirds Guitar Museum has a strong lineup of five acts booked in the coming week. Three are especially significant in that one is the return of a hometown son, one is a songwriter and two-time Grammy nominee and a Golden Globe nominee, and the third is a duo of nationally known artists.

Here's an overview along with why Mike Dougher, Songbirds entertainment coordinator, agrees these are don't-miss acts.


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Gretchen Peters wrote "Independence Day," the song that made Martina McBride a star. / Gina Binkley Photo


» Who she is: A Nashville singer-songwriter who wrote "Independence Day," the song that made Martina McBride a star.

» New music: "Dancing With the Beast," released in May 2018.

"Dancing With The Beast" brings female characters to the fore, from teenage girls to old women. With the 2017 Women's March and #MeToo Movement as bookends to her writing time, Peters knew that a feminist perspective would be the core of the record.

"You can trace the feminist DNA in my songwriting back to 'Independence Day' and probably before. The thing that 2017 did is just put it front and center," Peters says.

» Career highlights: Two- time Grammy nominee, 2014 inductee into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, won a CMA Song of the Year Award for "Independence Day," Golden Globe nominee for Best Original Song for "Here I Am" in 2003.

"Independence Day" was ranked No. 50 on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music list and No. 77 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Country Songs list.

» What Dougher says: I came across Gretchen Peters when I heard the song "Independence Day" by Martina McBride. It was one of those songs that I knew was an instant classic — an anthem for the times. That song still holds up any day of the week. Besides Martina McBride, she's written for everyone from Etta James to George Strait. Do you know how hard that is? To have a chance to hear the originator of some classic songs is too much to pass up.


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Josh Gilbert Band's new single, "Shelter of Love," is inspired by the true story of how Gilbert and his band were spared during a tornado outbreak in Tennessee, although their touring van was destroyed. / Photo


» Who he is: A Christian singer-songwriter hailing from Tennessee who now lives in Florida. He has toured and performed internationally for more than 12 years.

» New music: "Shelter Of Love," inspired by the true story of how God spared Josh and his band during a tornado outbreak in Tennessee even though their touring van was destroyed. The band's 2018 EP, "Outside the City," is the first in a series of four EPs coming out through this year.

» Career highlights: Gilbert's first Contemporary Christian Music radio single, "Separate Us," debuted on Billboard Adult Contemporary charts at No. 12 in 2015 and received a Dove Award nomination.

What Dougher says: I first saw Josh onstage in his high school play, "The Music Man," many years ago. His voice is amazing. We've done shows together from time to time, but he moved out of town with his family. This will be his first opportunity to be back in Chattanooga with his full band in quite awhile.


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Stuart Duncan, left, with Noam Pikelny, founding member of Punch Brothers and IBMA's Banjo Player of the Year in 2014 and 2017. / Photo


» Who they are: Noam Pikelny, founding member of Punch Brothers, is considered by many to be the pre-eminent banjo player of his generation.

Multi-instrumentalist Stuart Duncan built on his bluegrass roots to become an artist who surpasses the limits of any specific genre. The consummate sideman, his playing can be heard on the music of many of today's top hit-makers.

» New music: "Universal Favorite" in 2017 was the fourth record Pikelny has released under his own name. This album and 2014's "Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe" received Grammy nominations.

» Career highlights: Pikelny was awarded the first Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in 2010 in addition to IBMA's Banjo Player of the Year in 2014 and 2017. Duncan has worked with a who's who of music greats: Bela Fleck, Alan Jackson, Barbra Streisand and Robert Plant, to Panic at the Disco.

» What dougher says: I first came across Noam when I saw the Punch Brothers, at least that's what I thought. Then I realized he'd been with Leftover Salmon as well as John Cowan's band. That's a lot of heavyweight talent. Stuart Duncan toured with Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris. Then he joined Alison Krauss and Robert Plant on tour. So much talent on one stage for this show!

If you go

› Where: Songbirds Guitar Museum, 35 Station St. (South), 41 Station St. (North)

› For more information: 423-531-2473


› When: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20 (N)

› Admission: $25


› When: 7 p.m. Friday, June 21 (N)

› Admission: $10


› When: 9 p.m. Friday, June 21 (S)

› Admission: $10 in advance, $12 day of show


› When: 9 p.m. Saturday, June 22 (S)

› Admission: $12 in advance, $15 day of show


› When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 (N)

› Admission: $30


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