Drake Milligan

Ages 18 and up
Friday, November 17
Show: 8pm
$20 to $1438
When country music newcomer Drake Milligan moved from Fort Worth to Nashville, he didn’t just come here to sing. He came to listen. At just 19 years old, armed with an appreciation for the history of country music, Milligan listened in co-writes and recording sessions, where songwriters taught him how to tell a story, legendary producers taught him how to use the mics and studio as a vehicle for his voice, seasoned musicians were willing to back the new guy, and his country music heroes shared insightful advice on how to seamlessly shift from the studio and the stage –letting things snowball from there.Now at 23 years old, having taken inall that wisdom, he’s ready to introduce himself to the world with the release of his debut EP,Drake Milligan. It was Milligan’s intent to pen every song on his first release, but he knew that he’d be better off if he didn’t go at it alone. “Word got around, and I was invited into more and more co-writes, and finding my own sound was what that was all about.”“I wrote for the last three years. I write every day. You realize when you get to Nashville that you have to write thousands of songs before a really good one comes out,” he says.That’s where his heroes came in. Milligan was able to book writing sessions with industry legends like Bill Anderson(Brad Paisley, Conway Twitty, George Strait), Dean Dillon(Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Kenny Chesney),Monty Criswell(Josh Turner, Trace Adkins, Tanya Tucker), MarvGreen(Billy Currington, Brooks & Dunn, Lonestar), Paul Overstreet(Blake Shelton, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap),Terry McBride(Easton Corbin, Garth Brooks, Hank Williams Jr.) and Brice Long(Jon Pardi, Gary Allan, Randy Houser). “The reason I came to Nashvilleis because all of my heroes are here. All the guys who wrote and played on my favorite songs are still so good. They wake up every day and want to write the best song they can. I wanted to learn something from every write. Writing with those songwriters was a rite of passage for me,” Milligan says. “Seeing how excited Bill and Dean and the others are about writing songs was so inspiring to me.” “We all get here with a different set of influences. Mine were mainly George Strait and Elvis. Along with a lot of Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, and George Jones. That’s what my mom and dad listened to, so my earliest music memories came from that,” he says. “As I was writing, I learned that the best sad songs are bittersweet and even a little hopeful. I love that tradition in country music: how sad songs can help you feel understood. That’s the magic, because not everything in life is sunshine and rainbows.”Once the songs were written, it was time to find a producer. Milligan enlisted the award-winning music producer and industry iconTony Brown(Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Vince Gill) and songwriter/producer Brandon Hood. Brown first discovered Milligan’s talent as a performer when he saw him portray Elvis Presley in the 2017 CMT TV series Sun Records, an adaptation of the Tony-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet.

Alex Hall is ready to launch the next chapter of his career with his brand-new record, Side Effects Of The Heart. A project that tells the stories of everything the Singer, songwriter, and guitar player’s heart has been through these last few years.

Growing up on a small horse farm on the outskirts of Gainesville, GA, Hall’s earliest memory is hearing Elvis Presley on is grandfather’s radio. It’s a sound he never forgot, and one that prompted him to pick up a guitar for the first time when he was only four years old. He started learning the instrument seriously in middle school, and quickly graduated from choir solos to bar gigs. By the time he was in high school, Hall was playing over 150 shows a year.

After graduation, Hall moved to Nashville, TN and signed with Monument Records. He spent the last few years opening for Tanya Tucker and hitting the road with Brandy Clark, Little Big Town, and Tenille Townes. His debut EP on Monument Records, Six Strings, was a guitar focused project featuring the playing and vocal stylings of Hall’s heroes and friends — Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, John Osborne (of Brothers Osborne), Brad Tursi (of Old Dominion), Tenille Townes, and Kassi Ashton. Six Strings gained national acclaim from the likes of Vintage Guitar Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Cowboys & Indians, and helped Hall to be named to the Fender Next 2021 program.

Now, ready to bare it all, Hall is releasing his first full project as an artist with Side Effects Of The Heart. Out this summer, the album has a song for everyone…and a few for the dreamers out there like Alex Hall himself.

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