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Contributed photo by Brook Stevens / Lauren Jenkins will perform Aug. 19 in the Bier Garden at McLemore as part of a new monthly songwriters series.

Artists who cumulatively have charted 10 No. 1 songs, sold more than 7 million albums, won two Grammy Awards and multiple Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association awards will rotate through the new McLemore Songwriters Series this summer at the mountaintop resort in Rising Fawn, Georgia.

Scheduled once a month through October, the series started earlier this month with Patrick Davis performing in the Bier Garden. The series continues June 17 with Ken Block and Andrew Copeland of Southern rock band Sister Hazel. Still to come are North Georgia native Channing Wilson in July, emerging artist Lauren Jenkins in August and country star James Otto in September. Closing out the series will be Kristian Bush of Sugarland in October.

The songwriters in the series are well known in the music industry. Most have Nashville ties, but their talents have taken them elsewhere as well. They've written and collaborated with Taylor Swift, Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett, Jewel, Lady Antebellum, Matt Nathanson and Jamey Johnson, among others.

Seating is limited to 130 people, and advance purchase is recommended. Tickets cost $30 in advance, $40 day of show. A season pass is $150.

McLemore is a Scenic Land Co. community located atop Lookout Mountain. The golf course was recently named the Best Finishing Hole in America Since 2000 by Golf Digest. The on-site restaurant, The Creag, where the Bier Garden is located, is open to residents and visitors. Construction is underway for the hotel being built on the eastern brow of Lookout Mountain overlooking historic McLemore Cove.

McLemore General Manager Tom Schriner said the series is a way to develop community interest beyond golf.

"It's not just about golf. It's also about culture and music, things that improve the lifestyle," he said. "And we have an asset that is just valuable in the Bier Garden. It sits right there on the edge, and the series is going to feel like you are sitting in somebody's backyard."

Contact Barry Courter bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354.

 

THE SCHEDULE

* June 17: Ken Block and Andrew Copeland of Sister Hazel. Block and Copeland are best known as two of the five members of the platinum-selling Southern rock band. They are known for their blends of elements of jangle pop, folk rock, classic rock and Southern rock.

* July 15: Channing Wilson. A resident of Nashville and native of Northwest Georgia, Wilson has written songs for Tyler Farr, Luke Combs and Jason Eady, and performed with Billy Joe Shaver, Steve Earle and Robert Earl Keen.

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File photo /Channing Wilson is a singer/songwriter from North Georgia who has found success writing and performing in and around Nashville. He will perform July 15 in the Bier Garden at McLemore.

* Aug. 19: Lauren Jenkins — Named an Artist To Watch by The New York Times, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Pandora and other outlets, Jenkins was chosen as a member of the "Class of 2019" by influential radio DJ Bobby Bones. She made her "Today" show debut as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month.

* Sept. 16: James Otto. His breakthrough hit, "Just Got Started Lovin' You," was Billboard's Most Played Country Single of 2008 and a Grammy nominee for Best Country Song. It also received the Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year.

*Oct. 21: Kristian Bush of Sugarland. The singer, songwriter and instrumentalist is a founding member of country supergroup Sugarland, which has sold more than 22 million albums worldwide, achieved five No. 1 singles and awarded trophies from the Grammys, American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music, Country Music Television and Country Music Association.

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