23 Feb CRS Day 3
Alan Jackson rang in day three of CRS with a very personable, intimate, and down-to-earth performance. That followed with BMI’s song writers round. Featuring four brilliant female song writers, Matraca Berg, Natalie Hemby, Lori McKenna and Ashley Monroe, performed some of their greatest hits. For me one of the coolest moments was when Matraca Berg sang her original version of “Strawberry Wine” (co written with Gary Harrison) which is a personal favorite of mine. To cap the night off there were fabulous performances by Glen Templeton, Sarah Darling, and Due West, on the Black River Stage. Night three of CRS was so much fun for me to watch. Glen Templeton, whose upcoming album I photographed for, completely rocked it! Sarah Darling, one of my best friends, got to perform four of her potential album cuts. Sarah is working with producer Dan Huff on her album scheduled to be released later this year. One of her performed songs was “Hey Monday” and co-writer, Phil Barton was in the audience, so for fun, Sarah brought Phil up to sing with her. It was a blast! I also ran into the beautiful, Briana Tyson, who’s album and promo photos I photographed a while back on Vince Gill and Amy Grant’s Nashville ranch.