Live at Puckett’s Hitmaker Series with Doc Holladay, Karen Staley and Ricky Ray $12- 1.11.20
Originally from Holladay, Tennessee, Franklin resident Doc Holladay has been voted among the top three singer/songwriters in Nashville 4 years running in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Nashville Scene “Best Of Nashville” readers poll, and has become one of the most in-demand talents around, while also managing to work as a full time Optometrist. While primarily an Americana and Country writer, he can also be found working, playing and writing with pop stars such as “Tiffany”,Southern Rock icon Jimmie Van Zant, and even with members of legendary rock groups such as Cinderella, Warrant, Tesla, The Babys, and other top acts and producers all around the world. Doc has had over 30 song cuts over the last 3 years in the U.S., Sweden, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. Doc’s latest cuts include “Indian Summer” featured in the Hallmark movie “Love, Of Course”, “Practice Makes Perfect” recorded by platinum selling pop supergroup “The Moffatts”, a #1 hit in Sweden with “Small Town Marilyn Monroe” recorded by Warner artist, Chris Lindberg, and “I Get Back Up,” recorded by Australian artist Christie Lamb on ABC Records. Doc has shared the stage with acts such as Brad Paisley, Pam Tillis, Jimmie Van Zant, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Trick Pony, Charlie Daniels, Nickle Creek, Tiffany, Sweethearts of The Rodeo, Tim McGraw, and Buddy Jewell. In addition, Doc has also been producing a unique collection of visual and functional art utilizing copper, copper patinas and antique woods. This work includes everything from wall hanging pieces, coasters, serving trays to one-of-a-kind guitars and guitar parts utilizing these same mediums. He’s a featured artist at The Copper Fox gallery in Leiper’s Fork, and his work has been featured in the local magazine “Edible Nashville”. Personally, Doc has been drug and alcohol free since 2007, and has overcome many obstacles and addictions. He shares his music and recovery experiences at numerous drug and alcohol treatment centers, retreats and conventions with the goal of sharing the message of recovery, hope, and the mantra “miracles happen, and redemption is always possible!”
Alabama born Ricky Ray took up slide guitar at the age of three as he sat on his great grandmother’s lap and watched her play slide guitar using a butter knife. And he hasn’t looked back since! Primarily recognized as “a guitar player’s guitar player”, no matter what the venue, when he plays everyone in the room sits up and takes notice! As a player, producer, singer-songwriter, he works with some of the best, played for some of the best and has a versatile list of cuts unlike many other in Nashville! Ruth Brown’s rendition of Ricky’s gem “A Good Day for the Blues,” was nominated for a W.C. Handy Blues Award and “Darlene” shot to number one with T. Graham Brown. " Stand Up”; was a country hit for Mel McDaniel as well as being recorded by Levon Helm and The Band and 9 other artists ! Ricky has also had cuts with a huge variety of artists from George Strait, Kix Brooks, BJ Thomas, Eddie Raven, Bruce Chanell, Kenny Rogers, Shaun Murphy,Lonnie Mack, Etta James, Ashley Cleveland, Maria Muldaur, Lacy J. Dalton, Bill Medley of The Rightous Bros, The Memphis Horns and Bobbie Keyes (with Keith Richards in “Cheap Winos”). On the road Ricky played with Nashville’s acclaimed rock band, “The Nerve”, for ten years, followed by stints with Tom T. Hall, Dobie Gray, Lonnie Mack and Tony Joe White. When not playing with the trio The Kemosahbeszz,Ricky often slips away to Willie Nelson’s place in Texas and plays with him around the campfire. He sawed off the arms of an old rocking chair on a front porch because Waylon Jennings casually commented that it would be a great chair to play guitar on without the arms! So, there’s no doubt Ricky has had some interesting “cuts” in his storied career! When not performing, Ricky stays busy in his Franklin, TN studio writing and producing with his legendary guitar collection.
Karen Staley was born in Weirton, WV and raised in nearby rural Hookstown, PA in the Tri-State area of WV, PA and OH. She is a 30 year veteran of the Nashville music industry and has been involved in virtually every facet of the business from songwriting and performing to touring, recording and producing. As a recording artist, Karen had two, critically acclaimed, major label albums: Wildest Dreams on MCA and Fearless on Warner Bros, as well as several indie gospel and soul albums. Karen’s timeless #1 songs (“Take Me As I Am” and “Hey Baby, Let’s Go to Vegas” by Faith Hill, “Keeper of the Stars” by Tracy Byrd, “On A Night Like This” by Trick Pony and more) have been played on radio over 12 million times and counting. Those songs have collectively sold more than 20 million albums, singles, and downloads. Karen is one of the original mainstays at the Bluebird Café, the now iconic listening room popularized by the ABC TV show Nashville. She is also one of the pioneers of the “In the Round” format for shows. Her songs have not only been recorded by modern stars like Faith Hill, Reba, Trick Pony, Terri Clark and Tracy Byrd but also by icons and legends such as George Jones, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Brenda Lee. As a guitar player and background singer Karen toured with Faith, Reba, Patty Loveless, Terri Clark and Russ Taft. Karen is also a sought after studio session singer as well as demo producer. Many of Karen’s songs have been nominated for Dove, Grammy, and International Bluegrass Awards. Karen won the Academy of Country Music Song of The Year award with Tracy Byrd’s classic “Keeper of the Stars,” a wedding classic, which was also featured on “CMT’s 100 Greatest Country Love Songs of All Time” TV special. She was recently chosen to be on the roster of the elite organization The Nashville Music Masters. For the past decade, Karen has also been very active in the art of corporate/group team building through songwriting. She engages the client in co-writing, performing and recording a song about their business, school or organization, all within an hour! Karen’s unique blend of qualities including people skills, empathy, humor, ease and adaptability to any circumstance is what makes her events so successful. Her immense talent for songwriting, on the spot, while keeping the participants engaged, entertained and having fun is the reason organizations look to her time and again to create new memories, solidifying the message that teamwork, indeed, makes the dream work! The reason Karen was drawn to music in the first place was to reach people in some meaningful way. She continues to quite naturally strive for that intimate connection no matter the setting she presents in. Karen says she feels humbled and blessed to share her talents with so many diverse groups of people from all over the world and looks forward to every new opportunity to share the gift of music and human connection every time.
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