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Friday, February 25
11 AM – 2 PM
2 PM – 4:30 PM
6 PM – 10 PM
10 PM – CLOSE
About the Artists
“BORN TO A MAN IN A BAND ON THE BAYOU”
Alex Smith truly has music coursing through his veins. Surrounded by music from an early age, Alex grew up with a grandfather and father who both sang and played guitar. It wasn’t until the eighth grade that Smith caught the bug to play an instrument of his own. Picking up a guitar and learning songs on YouTube quickly led to playing at church and local bars.
In 2016, Smith made the big move to Nashville to pursue his songwriting dream. A few years later, Smith’s undeniable talent caught the attention of Edgehill Music Publishing where he signed his first publishing deal in 2019. Shortly after, he began a large-scale project with world renowned producer, Kent Wells. “I look forward to the release of my new songs,” Smith said, “featuring some of the greatest names in music: Sonny Landreth, Leslie Satcher, and of course, my dad, H.B. Smith.”
Smith has an incredible knack for writing which is something he is deeply proud of. Just like his idol, Dolly Parton, Smith vows to remain a “writer and story-teller first,” and use his music to give back to the people and places that built him.
For most artists trying to break in the entertainment industry, authenticity is the ultimate goal. While many artists search for a certain image or brand, rarely an artist will come along who seemingly doesn’t have to try to create this, he just is. Nick Hickman is such an artist. A modern country act hailing from Knoxville, TN, this now-Nashville-based singer-songwriter doesn’t try to mimic anything out there, and instead delivers a high-energy, genuine performance tempering a passionate show with heartfelt and genuine lyrics that are insanely catchy and singable. “What you see is what you get,” Hickman says. “I do not edit myself, I do not censor myself. I am just me.” It is exactly this unapologetic and real personality that draws so many to nick’s music.
Perhaps most refreshing, aside from Hickman’s talent and ability, is his work ethic. Anyone who knows nick personally knows the extent of his drive and his unwillingness to settle for anything less than top of the game.
“I want to sell out arenas, I want twenty #1s, I want to play 200 dates a year, I want to be a member of the grand ole opry, I want an ACM award and a Grammy. I will not stop or sleep until I have all of them. I do not care what it takes, what sacrifices have to be made, or how long.”
Hudson Valley is a female-fronted band rooted in country vocals with a rock-infused sound, delivered with a healthy dash of sass, like only lead singer Sarah Owens can. After landing in Nashville in 2018 from her home state of New York, Owens hit the ground running with a group of musical kindred spirits. With Richie Owens on drums, Andrew Kosek on bass, & Matthew Farinelli on guitar, the foursome combined their influences in the rock & country music genres to create a sound that is authentically & uniquely Hudson Valley.
In May of 2019, Hudson Valley’s EP “Seven” debuted at #17 on the iTunes Country Album Chart. The debut single “Can’t Have Nothin’ Nice” garnered the band their first taste of Country Radio after being picked up by Radio Disney Country. Their single “(Unmistakable Signs of a) Bad Boyfriend” grew in popularity all the way up to #41 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart in 2020.
In early 2021 Hudson Valley’s “Right Place Now” made its country radio debut surpassing their previous radio release and sitting at #39 on the chart already. “After their EP ‘Seven’ I wasn’t sure how they could improve on that effort but “Right Place Now” did just that! Sarah Owens’ vocal talent is undeniable.”[Undiscovered Nashville] You can catch Hudson Valley playing Ole Red almost every week. Be sure to follow @OfficialHudsonValley on all social media platforms because this group is creating quite a buzz up & down Music Row.
Tim is a self-taught musician from a small town in Southeastern, Connecticut. Starting at a young age, he realized his voice was a gift and pursued expanding on his talent. He combined his voice with a guitar and jumpstarted his dream by winning ‘Best Talent’ at the 2011 Norwich Free Academy ‘Mr. NFA’ talent show.
After sharpening his skills on the mic and instruments, Tim began performing in 2012 as co-lead singer of the, then newly formed, Alternative Country band called Uninvited Wilson. In 2013, Tim won the Plainfield Country Music Talent Show sponsored by local radio station 97.7 WCTY, catapulting him and Uninvited Wilson to many new opportunities. In 2014, Tim stepped away from UW to join a high energy country band named “Branded Country That Rocks” as their lead singer and performed at a high level traveling up and down the New England region for three years.
In 2015, Tim tried out for NBC’s The Voice Season 10 and was granted the opportunity to perform in front of music icons (Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, and Adam Levine) in the Blind Audition rounds in Hollywood, California. The amazing opportunity that The Voice gave Tim just solidified his passion further to keep pushing at the dream of becoming a big name in the country music business!
Now living in Nashville, Tim looks to create his own sound and style while exploiting his love for the bright lights to ‘wow’ his audience. Since his move to “Music City,” he has released a self-titled EP and has release numerous singles along the way, and is currently making a name for himself with his engaging presence and high energy shows.
Check out his brand new single, “Sandbar” available now for streaming!