In The Row with Todd Joseph, Tony Arata, Ben Jarrell and Amanda Fields

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In The Row with Todd Joseph, Tony Arata, Ben Jarrell and Amanda Fields
Friday, December 27, 2019 6:30 PM
The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN
  • No cover charge
  • $10 food/drink minimum per person
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  • When: Friday, Dec 27, 2019 6:30 PM (Doors open at 5:30 PM)
  • Ticket Price: $0.00
  • Door Time: 5:30 PM
  • Show Type: Singer / Songwriter
  • Restrictions: No cover charge
    $10 food/drink minimum per person
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Early shows at the Bluebird usually feature the best up and coming songwriters (and the occasional hit writer). They may not have a lot of hits yet, but you will see a great show.

There are 20 tables and 10 bar seats available for reservation. Pew Seats for these shows are not reserved in advance. These seats are available on a first come/ first served basis when doors open..
Todd Joseph: Todd Joseph is an Americana Alt/Rock/Slide Guitarist, Singer-songwriter From Minneapolis MN. He has spent several years defining a true artist formula of sincere honest lyrics and developing in to the best player possible. “Spending a decade in the Pacific Northwest really shaped how I feel about music and since being in Nashville for a while now I understand what it takes to bring your game up to the next level”
He is currently recording an album in Tennessee that has helped him understand what it means to put himself in to music. It was the self described most challenging and rewarding year of his life and left it all on the field. “I finally found the music I am supposed to make and the world class players I had involved made the vision complete”
2020 is on the horizon and things are looking very good and clear for this talented gentleman.
Tony Arata: Tony Arata was born in Savannah, Georgia and grew up on nearby Tybee Island. While studying for a journalism degree from Georgia Southern University, he began performing his original songs in local bands. In 1986, he and wife Jaymi moved to Nashville where his unique, soulful style began to get the attention of people like Allen Reynolds and Garth Brooks. Garth to date has recorded seven of Tony’s songs, and “The Dance” won song of the year at The Academy of Country Music and received both a Country Music Association and a Grammy nomination, as well as a most performed song in Radio and Records Magazine. He has also had No. 1 records with “Here I Am” for Patty Loveless, “I’m Holding My Own” for Lee Roy Parnell, and “Dreaming With My Eyes Open” for Clay Walker. Other artists who have recorded his songs include Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Delbert McClinton, Don Williams, Reba McEntire, Suzy Bogguss, and Hal Ketchum.

Tony has also done three solo albums featuring new songs, covers, and guest appearances by many of Nashville’s finest musicians as well as folks who have recorded his songs, including Garth, Patty, and Lee Roy. Brooks himself has said the following about Arata: One of my favorite songwriters has to be Tony Arata. He’s a cat who doesn’t care about appearances. He doesn’t care about money. He cares about his children, his wife, and his music. That’s neat.
Ben Jarrell: Born a stone’s throw from the swamps of southern Alabama and in particular the city of Dothan, Ben Jarrell’s early musical influences were derived from his close family members. Dad loved Rock N Roll, especially hard rock. Stepmom brought classic rock and modern country into the home. However it was Grandma who led him to more traditional country music. From Alabama to Waylon Jennings and on to Willie Nelson and Johnny Paycheck Ben acquired a taste for what was then branded Outlaw Country Music. 

During his rebellious years Ben discovered Social Distortion and Mike Ness, the band that will remain one of his all-time favorites. It’s helped guide him through some really important shifts in his musical journey. Fueled by “angry rock n roll” at that point Ben said “I didn’t care about tone or lyrical wordplay, I only care about anger”. As like so many other musicians it was a part of the learning process, time to grow and mature musically.

The timing was perfect to discover an up and coming band, The STEELDRIVERS which helped him rediscover his love for bluegrass music. These early years made him a sucker for harmonies. Ben said “it can turn an average song into something extra special and I can’t get enough of it” Looking back now it was the experiences he shared with his Grandmother which led him back to Bluegrass music and a good 6 years out on the road. He loved the performing but realized his voice was not best suited for that style of music as his natural lower voice was a better fit for country music. He vividly remembers “Blind Child’s Prayer” by Hank Williams which transformed him into a lover of sad songs. Ben commented “It’s still one of the saddest songs I’ve ever heard”
Turned on to the likes of Sturgill Simpson’s early band “Sunday Valley” Ben could see a new musical journey on the horizon. “I had to go back and remember what drove me when I was younger; the likes of Drive By Truckers led me to Jason Isbell’s music and thus another huge change in my mindset and how it would impact song writing” recalls Ben. A mixture of the old and new. The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jerry Reed leading him to Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton and Blackberry Smoke.

Since then Ben relocated to Nashville and has spent countless hours honing his craft.  Many a long night on a honky tonk stage but still finding the quiet time for writing and finding out what moves his soul. Along the way Ben has met lots of good people and enjoyed the entire experience. As they say onward and upward.

Ben’s most recent work included the release of his first record “Troubled Times”.  It is a compilation of life experiences and those that have touched him. This music resonates within Ben Jarrell and he is sure that it will resonate in you. The journey is far from over so hop on and see what the future brings for Ben Jarrell’s Roadside Revival!
Amanda Fields: 2018 MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winner Amanda Fields uses the subtleties of songwriting and music to express what regular words can’t. Born in Southwestern Virginia, Fields grew up singing traditional music in church with her family. She had been writing songs since early childhood but was inspired to pursue music and songwriting professionally after seeing Loretta Lynn’s biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter at age 9. Since moving to Nashville she has demonstrated the ability to consistently deliver a performance that is both compelling and familiar. Fields uses her talents to seamlessly weave the nostalgia of her roots with her unique experiences to create songs that speak deeply to the traits of being human.