Carl Black and Josh Kick Off Songwriter Series this Sunday July 24
Don't miss Carl Black of Nashville's first ever Songwriter Series this Sunday, July 24! Joining Josh will be two of Nashville's hottest songwriters, Cary Barlowe and Deric Ruttan. Barlowe penned hit songs for Dustin Lynch, Florida Georgia Line, and Lady Antebellum. Ruttan has written hits for Eric Church, Blake Shelton, and Dierks Bentley. This free event will be at the Carl Black dealership in Nashville located at 535 Murfreesboro Pike and music starts at 2pm.
Born in Virginia and raised in North Carolina, Barlowe originally performed with his older brother Nathan in the rock group Luna Halo in addition to signing a publishing contract with tobyMac. Barlowe has had 9 #1 songs on Christian radio mostly with Tobymac. After leaving Luna Halo, Barlowe began working as a country music songwriter, writing for Major Bob Music. His first cut in the country genre was "Untouchable" by Taylor Swift on her multiplatinum album "Fearless". His hits include "American Honey" by Lady Antebellum,"Where It's At" by Dustin Lynch, and "Sun Daze" by Florida Georgia Line. He has cuts with Tim McGraw , Billy Currington, Easton Corbin , Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town,and Chris Young to name a few. Barlowe is also a 3 time Grammy nominee.
Deric Ruttan is a Grammy-nominated, Nashville-based singer/songwriter and a Canadian country music artist. His songs have appeared on over seven million (7,000,000) albums. Deric was raised just outside Bracebridge, Ontario, on land where his great grandfather made moonshine in the 1930’s. It was the perfect backdrop for the singer/songwriter, who grew up listening to everything from CCR to Gordon Lightfoot to Johnny Cash. After touring with several country bar bands, Deric moved to Nashville, where his unique outlook and delivery attracted the attention and praise of songwriters Don Schlitz, Steve Earle, and Steve Bogard. Deric has had over 60 songs recorded by other artists, including cuts by Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Gary Allan and David Nail to name a new. Bentley’s chart-toppers “What Was I Thinkin’”, (Billboard #1), and “Lot Of Leavin’ Left To Do” (Radio & Records #2) are Ruttan co-writes, as are the Eric Church hits, “Guys Like Me” and “Hell On The Heart” (Mediabase #8). Since signing with THiS Music/Warner Chappell, Deric’s songwriting star has continued to rise. In November 2013, he celebrated a multi-week #1 song when “Mine Would Be You”, recorded by country superstar and The Voice judge Blake Shelton, was a three-week number one (Billboard) for the artist. “Mine Would Be You” was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song, and an ACM Award for Song Of The Year. In June 2016 Deric celebrated his second Blake Shelton #1 hit with the introspective “Came Here To Forget”, the first single from Shelton’s current album, If I’m Honest. MCA Nashville’s David Nail is currently on the Billboard charts with the Ruttan summer anthem, “Night’s On Fire”. An ASCAP (6x), SOCAN (10x), CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) (2x), and CMAO (Country Music Association Of Ontario) (5x) award winner, Deric has headlined 4 of his own coast-to-coast tours in Canada, where he has had 11 Top 10 singles as an artist, and 2 #1 videos on CMT. He is currently in the studio recording music for a new EP, to be released on his own independent label, Black T Records. The new project promises to be his strongest collection of songs to date. He lives just outside Nashville, TN with his wife Margaret.