Country Music Songwriters Will Tell The Stories Behind Their Songs At Fundraiser

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 8:19pm

Three of the men who have written some of country music's biggest hits are coming to El Paso for a special fundraiser. The songwriters will sing their songs, then talk about the story behind the song. Organizers say you will never hear a country song that same way again.

Three Grammy Award-winning songwriters are scheduled to the stage at the Scottish Rite Temple Theater for "The Storytellers". "It's kind of a night filled with hit songs and fun songs," said country music songwriter Paul Overstreet. "This is like a buffet. You get to hear one writer sing and the next writer sing."

Overstreet, who has written and co-written nearly 40 top ten hits, spoke with us via telephone about the event. "It's probably one of my favorite type of events because of how intimately it can be to tell the story of how you wrote the song," said Overstreet. "It takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions. You may be smiling one minute and crying the next. But you get that connection as to the power of music and the power of stories in our lives," said Junior League of El Paso president Chantel Crews Ancell.

Members of the Junior League of El Paso organized the fundraiser. They wanted to make the night as special and unforgettable as possible. "We're in the Scottish Rite Temple Theater. It's a very intimate theater and it makes for a very intimate performance. You feel like this person's in your own living room," said Crews Ancell.

Overstreet will play songs from an album he wrote of mostly humorous songs and of course his biggest hits. "I'll play songs that I wrote in the early Randy Travis days. And Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney," said Overstreet.

Overstreet will be accompanied onstage by two-time Grammy winner, Mike Reid, who's got a number of hits under his belt. "'Forever and Ever Amen'. 'I Can't Make You Love Me' and also fun songs like, 'She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy' and 'Some Beach Somewhere'," said Crews Ancell.

The third artist is Dean Dillon. "Dean is very famous for all of the songs he has written for George Strait, songs like 'Ocean-Front Property', 'The Chair', 'Marina del Rey', 'She Let Herself Go' and the latest one for George Strait, 'I'm Here for a Good Time'," said Crews Ancell.

Following the performance the audience will get a chance to meet the songwriters. "They'll have some of their merchandise and sign autographs and you'll have a chance to meet the artists in the lobby," said Junior League of El Paso member and event organizer Kerry McKee Banta.

Overstreet says you will never hear a song the same way again after attending "The Storytellers". "If you don't know what it is you should come because you're going to love it. It'll probably be one of your favorite things," said Overstreet.

"The Storytellers" is being held at the Scottish Rite Temple Theater located at 301 West Missouri Avenue. It'll take place on Saturday March 31st at 7:30. Tickets are $150. For more information visit jlep.org or call the Junior League office at 584-3511.
 

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