Megan Gnad

Brandy Clark, Devin Dawson & Lindsay Ell to play rare NZ writers' round

Megan Gnad
Brandy Clark, Devin Dawson & Lindsay Ell to play rare NZ writers' round

Country singer-songwriters, Brandy Clark, Devin Dawson, and Lindsay Ell are all set to appear in an intimate Nashville-style writers’ round event held in Auckland next month.

Introducing Nashville will be held at Tuning Fork on Tuesday, March 26, giving fans of the genre access to these top international touring artists as they perform, and discuss the inspiration behind their hit tunes.

The trio will also hit five Australian venues during the showcase, which will include Tenille Townes on the bill.

Brandy Clark  PHOTO: David McClister

Brandy Clark

PHOTO: David McClister

Designed to introduce current artists from Nashville to music fans around the world, the two-hour seated show will present the musicians on stage together, in a rare, stripped-back acoustic environment.

Providing a glimpse into their lives and careers, the writer’s round is a mainstay in Nashville for artists across the country music landscape. The series is proudly presented by the Country Music Association of America, Rob Potts Entertainment Edge and Chugg Entertainment.

Country Music Association International Relations and Development vice president, Milly Olykan, says they are excited to invest in artists who are building international careers and to help place them in front of fans in cities who seldom experience Nashville artists live.

“Launching the first Introducing Nashville tour with these distinct artists, each of which occupy such different lanes musically, illustrates the broad range of sounds coming out of Nashville and the country genre.”

Lindsay Ell

Lindsay Ell

Hailing from Nashville, Brandy Clark received her first of an impressive six career Grammy nominations in 2013 in the Best Country Song category, co-writing the Miranda Lambert No.1 hit ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’. Shortly thereafter, Clark independently released her debut album, 12 Stories, which was embraced by music lovers and critics alike and garnered two Grammy nominations, along with Best Album commendations from the likes of The Boston Globe, New York Magazine, NPR, New York Post and more. Her 2016 sophomore album, Big Day In A Small Town, received two Grammy nominations for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance, once again topping critics’ Best Of lists for the year, cementing Clark as one of Country Music's most talented artists, beloved by fans, critics and fellow entertainers alike.

Breakout artist Devin Dawson released his debut album Dark Horse, earlier this year, landing Top 5 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart on release. The record features Dawson’s current single ‘Asking For A Friend’. Recognised with multiple nominations this year including ACM’s New Male Artist, CMT’s Breakthrough Video of the Year and Radio Disney’s Best New Country Artist, the Californian has received critical praise, recently touring with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, along with labelmate Brett Eldredge. His first headlining run, the Stray Off Course Tour, began in November and continues into 2019.

Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Lindsay Ell, has toured alongside Luke Bryan, Buddy Guy, The Band Perry and Keith Urban, as well as impressing audiences as Carrie Underwood’s guitar player live on The 50th Annual CMA Awards and holding her own alongside icon Melissa Etheridge on Skyville Live. This year alone, Ell exhilarated audiences as part of Brad Paisley’s Weekend Warrior World Tour, Sugarland’s Still The Same Tour and select dates of Keith Urban’s Graffiti U World Tour.

Ell’s first full-length album, The Project, debuted at No.1 on the Nielsen Soundscan Country Albums Chart, and was named Billboard’s Best Country Album of 2017. Her current single ‘Criminal’ was the most added song at U.S. Country radio upon release, becoming her first Top 20 hit in the US.


LISMORE Monday 18th March – Lismore City Hall (All Ages)

BRISBANE Tuesday 19th March – The Old Museum (18+)

SYDNEY Thursday 21st March – The Factory Theatre (All Ages)

CANBERRA Friday 22nd March – The Abbey (All Ages)*

MELBOURNE Saturday 23rd March – Athenaeum Theatre (All Ages)

AUCKLAND** Tuesday 26th March – Tuning Fork (All Ages)

*U18s to be accompanied by an Adult

**Tenille Townes not appearing