Three-time No. 1 hit Billboard Country songwriter Dave Pahanish will be at The Empress Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday to headline the first show of the Six String Song Machine: Country Hit Makers Songwriter Series.
The concert series, which includes six shows in 2020, is hosted by songwriter Bridgette Tatum, who wrote the No. 1 Jason Aldean hit “She’s Country.” The shows will feature intimate presentations where songwriters tell the stories behind their hit country songs and perform them for the audience in the raw as originally written.
The three No. 1 hits written by Pahanish are Toby Keith’s “American Ride,” Keith Urban’s “Without You” and Jimmy Wayne’s “Do You Believe Me Now?”
Other notable cuts by Pahanish include Tim McGraw’s “The One That Got Away” and “Right Back Atcha Babe,” Jimmy Wayne’s No. 12 Billboard single “I Will,” Emily West’s “Completely Yours,” and Collin Raye’s “Divine Everlasting Love”.
Pahanish is a veteran of the Country Throwdown Tour with Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Jamie Johnson, Eric Paslay, Montgomery Gentry, Eli Young Band and many others.
Tatum’s song “She’s Country” was the most played song on country radio stations across the United States in 2009. It held the No. 1 position on the chart for two consecutive weeks and reached two million plays. In 2010, her song “Loud” was selected as the Official Theme Song for ACC Football’s 2010 Season, resulting in exposure for Bridgette in more than 27 million households.
Tatum said the Six String experience is about learning the stories behind the songs that become the soundtrack to people’s lives.
“When you come and experience this show, you’re going to be able to hear those stories and you’re actually going to be able to feel those emotions because they are going to take you from that root of where that song first began,” she said. “The songwriter is the only one that can do that.”
VIP ticket packages for the show are available and include preferred seating, a cocktail hour before the show, a meet-and-greet with the songwriter and pictures with the songwriter.
The concert series is sponsored by Align Wealth Management, Studio Slant, Owensboro Times, Theatre Workshop of Owensboro and Tanner+West. 2020 performance dates include Feb. 13, April 9, June 18, Aug. 13, Oct. 22 and Dec. 3 — all from 7-9 p.m.
Tickets for the Six String Song Machine experience are on sale now at www.sixstringsongmachine.com. They may be purchased for individual shows or as a subscription package.