Shannon McNally, Johnny Duke opens

May 16, 2017 8PM
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$20 / 18

I first heard of Shannon McNally through John Leventhal, who described her vocal skills as having just the right amount of girlish smoke. At the time I was looking for just the right singer to make a cameo appearance on a song I was recording called “Famous Last Words of a Fool.” Trusting John’s appraisal---from his description I imagined something of a cross between Joan Jett and Lauren Bacall---I set about tracking the mystery singer down. What I eventually discovered in the small town of Holly Springs, Mississippi was this dark-eyed beauty who wrote grown-up songs, played a pretty mean Fender Stratocaster and, at times, sounded a lot Jesse Mae Hemphill. From our first meeting I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was the right man for the job of shepherding the next Shannon McNally record into existence. Now that the record is made, I hope music lovers around the world will come to know what I and many others already know: This girl belongs in the Americana Music spotlight.   --Rodney Crowell


Johnny Duke was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and was drawn to the music coming out of the Mississippi Delta at a young age when visiting his father in Scobey, Mississippi.  He picked up his first guitar at age 10, inspired by artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Muddy Waters.  Soon after, he began to sit in with much older musicians at varies clubs and festivals. David Bromberg, the legendary musician of many styles, took notice of Johnny's skills and became a mentor figure in Wilmington, Delaware, where Johnny went to high school.  In 2006 he moved up to Boston to study Jazz and songwriting at  Berklee College of Music, graduating in December of 09.  In 2010 he moved down to Nashville and began touring as the guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with the Grammy-winning Country artists Little Big Town. He played guitar and other instruments on both platinum selling Little Big Town records Tornado and Painkiller.  Much like David Bromberg, Johnny has developed a career of balancing the role of being a sideman and a frontman.  He has toured with Ashley Monroe, who joined him for a vocal duet on the track Love Me One More Time from Johnny's debut album Reimagine, released in the Spring of 2016.  Other artists he has shared the stage with over the years include Vince Gill, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lee Ann Womack, Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Chris Isaak, Chris Stapleton, Jerry Douglas, and Don Was.  When he is not on the road touring, Johnny works out of his recording studio in East Nashville, Spirit Radio Studio, producing both his own music and music for other artists and bands.

Today, Johnny is balancing touring with artists such as Ashley Monroe and Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Lee Ann Womack with producing and performing his own music.


Please note that the seating chart has recently been updated, so be sure you are purchasing the seats you want.  If you do not purchase all seats at your table, other patrons may be seated with you.  Your ticket reserves you a place at the table you select but not a specific location at that table.  There is no food or beverage minimum.  All tickets are non-refundable.

$20 / 18
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