Please, join us for the Arts Bellevue'sVUE IN THE ROUND. VITR isa monthly showcase of Bellevue and Nashville's best songwriters/singers and performers from a variety of genres. We are working hard to bring you a wide diversity of artists, musicians and entertainment each 3rd Thursday evening of each month. Go ahead and put this on your calendars.
Our next showcase will be Thursday, November 16, 7-9 pm at the Ford Ice Center located in One Bellevue Place at 7638 B Highway 70 S, Nashville, TN 37221.
NOVEMBER ARTISTS Bill Tennyson Deanie Richardson (of Sister Sadie) Dani Flowers (of Sister Sadie) Jaelee Roberts (Of Sister Sadie) Ashby Frank
BILL TENNYSON Hit-making songwriter and chief cat-herder.
DEANI RICHARDSON Once the bow touches the strings of her 1880 Collin-Mezin you understand why she is known as one of country and bluegrass music’s most revered fiddle players. She can play anything from upbeat, fast-paced bluegrass tunes to lonesome, tear-jerking country melodies. This is not an easy feat. As Vince Gill was quoted saying about Deanie, "Sometimes great country fiddlers aren’t great bluegrass fiddlers and vice-versa, but she encompasses those styles. She knows the difference and plays the difference." No doubt that part of that can be attributed to the fact that Deanie studied for three years at the Blair School of Music with Craig Duncan. Deanie has several titles under her belt, entering and winning numerous fiddle contests before she started playing bluegrass or bluegrass festivals. She has been nominated for the Academy of Country Music Awards Top Fiddle Player of the Year for 2010 putting her up against Stuart Duncan, a fellow fiddler she admires greatly. She includes Stuart along with Mark O' Connor, Howdy Forrester, Kenny Baker and Tommy Jackson in the list of musicians that have influenced her playing over the years. Thriving on diversity, she has shared the stage and/or recording studio with such artists as Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Bob Seger, Dale Ann Bradley, Emmy Lou Harris, Ry Cooder, David Olney, Hank Williams Jr, Del McCoury Band, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt and Holly Dunn to name a few. Deanie has toured with the Chieftains, Vince Gill, Bob Seger, and will be starting 2016 with the new band, Sister Sadie. With appearances on Letterman, Leno, Conan and the Today Show at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall as well as touring all over including France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Holland, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland Deanie has had the opportunity to play the wide range of styles that she does so well. She doesn't limit herself to just the fiddle, but also plays mandolin and acoustic guitar.
Her band Sister Sadie has released two very successful albums, the first of which was nominated for a Grammy. Deanie then released a solo project entitled " Love Hard Work Hard Play Hard" in 2019.
DANI FLOWERS As a member of the Grammy nominated band Sister Sadie, Dani Flowers is a singer-songwriter hailing from Effingham, IL with a career that has spanned over a decade in Music City. Dani's compositions have been recorded by some of the biggest names in the industry, including country music legend Lee Ann Womack, Red Dirt artist William Clark Green, Americana artist Aubrie Sellers, and Texas honky-tonk country star Amber Digby. Raised in a musical family, Dani's passion for music took root at an early age. She was exposed to the sounds of classic country music early on, which deeply influenced her musical journey. Fueled by her love for the genre, Dani made the decision to pursue a career in country music soon after high school. At just seventeen years old, Dani packed her bags and made the bold move to the epicenter of country music, Nashville, TN. In addition to her success as a songwriter, Dani has also shared the stage with renowned artists such as Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, and Lee Ann Womack. Dani's musical style effortlessly blends traditional country and bluegrass roots with contemporary influences, creating a sound that is uniquely hers.
JAELEE ROBERTS Standing in the penumbra between tradition and innovation, Jaelee Roberts embraces the magic of the space between. Like so much of country music, hers is an exercise in contradictions—inviting its listeners to both plumb the depths of their sorrows while simultaneously reveling in the joy of the sound. Neither treacly sweet nor rough around the edges, her voice blends dynamic technical power with heartrending expression, all while carrying a depth that is uniquely hers and hers alone. Her songwriting and composition breathe fresh life into the well-worn instrumentation and rhythms of bluegrass, providing a 21st century perspective on timeless tales of heartbreak, betrayal, love, and faith. It is this push-and-pull that gives Jaelee Roberts her unique magnetism—seamlessly bringing warring factions together in her music to form a sound that is as entrancing as it is beautiful.
By 2022, she had released her debut full-length album Something You Didn’t Count On which became an immediate commercial and critical success. The album debuted in the Top Ten on the Billboard Bluegrass Album chart and peaked at #2 on the Bluegrass Unlimited album chart. Multiple singles from the album—including “Think Again”, “You Can't Stop Me From Staying”, “Sad Songs”, and “The Best of Me”—appeared on the Bluegrass Unlimited singles chart, and “Still Waters” and “I Owe Him Everything” have made appearances on multiple gospel music charts. The album and the musicianship behind it earned Roberts a nomination for IBMA New Artist of the Year in 2022. Not even six months later, she was awarded Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2023 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) awards show, and Something You Didn’t Count On took home the title of Album of the Year. And she’s only just getting started. “It’s been a lifelong dream and I’ll never stop chasing it,” says Roberts. “I’ll keep chasing it until I can’t chase it anymore.” Jaelee Roberts is an internationally recognized vocal performer, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and songwriter. She has performed with Ashley McBryde and alongside Ricky Skaggs on the Grand Ole Opry with bluegrass supergroup, Sister Sadie, as well as recording with Vince Gill. She has played such historic and hallowed halls as the Station Inn, The Bluebird Cafe, and the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. She has received numerous awards and nominations, including a 2023 nomination for IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year. She has also been recognized as a member of bluegrass’ preeminent all-female band, Sister Sadie, with a 2021 win for IBMA Vocal Group of the Year and 2023 IBMA nominations for Vocal Group of the Year and Song of the Year (“Diane”).
ASHBY FRANK North Carolina-raised, Nashville-based singer/songwriter/mandolinist Ashby Frank stands out from the crowd. Since his arrival in Nashville in the early part of the century, Frank has become known as one of Music City’s most valuable collaborators, and now he has begun releasing music of his own with Mountain Home Music Company. His first single with the label, “Midnight Highway,” quickly topped Bluegrass radio charts as a broad range of listeners became acquainted with talents that industry observers have known about for years. Ashby’s resume includes stints as a collaborative member of the Mashville Brigade and the Likely Culprits, as well as recordings and performances with a wide array of bluegrass and roots music mainstays, including the Earls of Leicester, John Cowan’s HercuLeons, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, the Marty Raybon Band, and Special Consensus. He’s scored as a hit songwriter, too, penning songs for Junior Sisk, Lonesome River Band, Marty Raybon, Amanda Cook, Dale Ann Bradley, Lindley Creek and more, and even taken on the world of comedy as a member of the Darrell Brothers.
We are super pleased and excited to have these amazing songwriters and musicians in the Bellevue Listening Lounge stage. Tickets for this performance are $10 p/person. A 20% discount is available to Arts Bellevue's sustaining members. If you are interested in becoming an Arts Bellevue sustaining member please CLICK HERE for more information and to join.