As the old phrase goes “better late than never.” While I’m just now getting the opportunity to report on the Seay’s house concert that was held February 19th, it was an unforgettable, noteworthy night that simply cannot go untold. It is without question that the bar is set high week after week and expectations are always fulfilled and exceeded. Just from attending one show, you will undoubtedly see why these events are growing and receiving attention all over Nashville and beyond. Hit songwriters such as Kent Blazy, Wynn Varble, Shane McAnally, Cory Batten and many others have graced house guests with their presence on more than one occasion. Even Storme Warren of GAC recently made his way out to the Seay’s to enjoy the atmosphere and to film a segment for Headline Country. Not too bad huh? Not surpisingly, as the crowd of their house concerts seem to increase, so does their roster of prestigious names.
Starting off this entertaining evening was an impressive selection of singer songwriters performing during the open mic session. At 6:00 guests were exposed to their first songs of this talent filled event as they listened to Shane Brown, David Stocks and house concert regular and positive encourager Bob Algie. The next session proved to bring more catchy melodies that would lock in the audience as Jerek, Riley Weston and Chelsea Rae shared their originals. Round 3 followed suit as undoubtedly moving. Todd Pachey, a crowd favorite from before made his return to Seay’s stage as he was joined by the talented Rob Wolfe and the impressively unique harpist Deanna Loveland. All eyes remained on front and center stage as round 4 continued strong. Strong vocalists Steven Demetrious and Mary Hartman who have also previously performed at the Seay’s concerts certainly proved themselves once again. This time they were joined by top notch talent Lance Carpenter who was clearly wowing his listeners.
If it wasn’t enough to have such a strong open mic group in which every songwriter presented with confidence and professionalism, they were followed by the “4 Empty Chairs” consisting of David Bradley, Jessica Rae, Greg Friia and Pete Sallis. Accompanying the group was talented guitarist Spencer Ted Bassett. This musically gifted group always draws some of the biggest audiences and fan bases in all of Nashville. This was their second performance as a group in the Seay household, and I am inclined to think they will be back for a third. After watching them perform together just one time, you will not only see why they draw in so many, you will be among those back for more.
David Bradley, a significantly popular singer/songwriter who has entertained house guests before made an unforgettable return this evening. Singing tunes from his positively raved about album “Movin’ On,” it is clear that David not only has an established fan base but also continues to gain fans every time he sings. Energetic and talented, Bradley is undoubtedly born for the stage and has a career of longevity ahead of him.
She can write, sing and play guitar with absolute ease. When watching Jessica Rae perform, one cannot help but notice how easy she makes it look, but it is simply because it comes so natural for her. Whether she is singing a quirky tune or a moving ballad, you can hear the “feeling” and “sincerity” in her voice. With a bubbly personality and an impressive catalog of songs, Jessica Rae will continue to draw in listeners everywhere she goes.
Collaborating with other hit songwriters, Greg Friia’s name appears on a broad array of songs and projects around town. Understandably so, as Friia knows how to successfully cover all bases penning both fun and meaningful tunes that are the perfect fit for what country radio is needing today. He has already earned cuts with Brady Seals, LoCash Cowboys, David Bradley and many others. As he played his originals on the keyboard for house guests, it was obvious that the listeners were moved and that the message of his songs positively get across.
Pete Sallis strikes me as the definition of a songwriter. He a true passion for what he does and it comes across in every song he brings. Like the others in “4 Empty Chairs” Sallis regularly co-writes with Nashville’s top hitmakers, which isn’t a surprise as he is one of them! Already enjoying cuts with Ronnie Dunn, Bucky Covington, Rodney Atkins, George Canyon and others, Pete Sallis seems to just be getting started!
Just since this incredible show, Rusty Golden, Jimbeau Hinson, Marc-Alan Barnette and other prolific songwriters have been at the Seay’s. The next show coming up is yet another you will most certainly not want to miss. David Bradley will be returning, and will be joined by hitmakers Greg Barnhill, Mark Stephen Jones & Shannon Cain. Collectively they will be performing some of your favorite hits from a wide variety of artists.
Now with that said,I challenge you to find a more entertaining place to be on a Saturday night. With the intimate environment and top notch music that you will find here, I confidently rest my case that you will not find it elsewhere. Congratulations to Terry and Wanda Seay for establishing and maintaining a true talent spot of the best entertainment in Nashville!