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Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Presents Flood Victims Benefit at Fontanel

January 22 2010

Nashville’s newest outdoor concert venue, The Woods at Fontanel, Anchor Trailways & Tours and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation will present Songwriters Sing for Nashville, a benefit for flood relief, on Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The special concert, and the first event at the beautiful amphitheatre, will bring together one of the most impressive groups of Hall of Fame songwriters ever assembled on one stage for an evening of wonderful music for a great cause.

“We’re honored to share this exciting occasion with our friends at The Woods at Fontanel and Anchor Trailways & Tours,” said Roger Murrah, hit songwriter and Board Chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation. “What a pleasure it will be to join our efforts and resources to help relieve those who are still trying to recover from the Nashville flood. Our performing hall of fame members will be inspired by this great cause and the beautiful grounds surrounding this new venue to sing their classic songs from their hearts.”

Songwriters slated to join Murrah on stage include Matraca Berg, Kye Fleming, Dallas Frazier, Dickey Lee, Dennis Morgan, Hugh Prestwood, Mark D. Sanders, Don Wayne, Jim Weatherly, Mike Reid, and a few surprise guests are likely to hit the stage.

All ticket proceeds and all receipts from the day’s tours at the Fontanel Mansion will be donated to First Tennessee Bank for flood relief. “Just the thought of these incredibly gifted songwriters performing together on one stage is almost too good to be true,” said Marc Oswald, co-owner of Fontanel and manager of country stars Gretchen Wilson, John Rich and others. “It should come as no surprise that the Hall of Fame songwriters are donating all of the proceeds from this show to the victims of Nashville’s historic flood. We really wanted the first ever performance at The Woods amphitheatre to be special. And we got our wish.”

Tickets to Songwriters Sing for Nashville , a benefit for flood relief, will be $20.00 per person and can be purchased immediately at Children 12 and under are admitted free.

At the press conference on The Woods stage today, Anchor Trailways and Tours presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to get the flood relief fund started so people in need can begin to apply and get much needed help. Anchor Trailways and Tours, who provides transportation for the Mansion at Fontanel tours also announced they will be donating their services on the day of the concert.

Walter Hunt, Nashville Metropolitan Councilman for the 3rd District, explained the process of applying for funds from the account established at First Tennessee Bank during today’s press conference. Applications will be available at most First Tennessee Banks in the Nashville area, and donations can also be made at any First Tennessee location. The certified public accounting firm of Hoskins and Company, Harvey Hoskins, CEO, will assess the needs and forward the application to First Tennessee Bank for payment on a case-by-case basis. The intention of the fund is to assist families affected by last month’s floods with short-term bills including, but not limited to, mortgage and rent payments, utility bills, etc. “With the ongoing traumatic stress, financial strain and frustration people have had to endure because of the flood disaster, it is so worthwhile and an honor to assist people of the 3rd District and the city of Nashville,” said Councilman Hunt. “It is also a wonderful opportunity to work with the Fontanel owners, songwriters and the Fontanel team.”

About the Fontanel Mansion & Farm: The Fontanel Mansion, a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame® member Barbara Mandrell, will open to the public on June 7, 2010. Located less than 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, TN.

The Woods at Fontanel is an outdoor music venue surrounded by the woods of the Fontanel property. This new venue showcases major artists in an intimate format that no one will have a chance to see anywhere else. For more information visit

Pictured above (L to R): Marc Oswald co-owner of Fontanel Mansion and Farm, Karen Graves of First Tennessee Bank, Councilman Walter Hunt, Ken Hoskins CPA, John Stancil of Anchor Trailways & Tours, Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors, Alex Marks of Tower Investments, Jared Stancil of Anchor Trailways & Tours, Tom Morales of TomKats, Inc. and Roger Murrah of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation.