An Evening with Don Schlitz and Jelly Roll Johnson
The Bluebird Cafe
Fri, Mar 15 9:30 pm


Don Schlitz: Don Schlitz was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017. He is among the most influential and beloved songwriters in the history of country music. His chart-topping songs -- among them “The Gambler,” “On the Other Hand,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her”, “The Greatest,” and “When You Say Nothing At All” -- are touchstones and inspirations. His works have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, The Judds, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tanya Tucker, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Keith Whitley, Alison Krauss, and many others.  Jelly Roll Johnson: Kirk “Jelly Roll” Johnson’s distinctive, soulful style of harmonica has earned him critical acclaim, numerous awards, and a place among Nashville’s top session musicians. A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Jelly Roll’s career has spanned 45 years. He began playing harmonica at age 19 in Cleveland, Tennessee. After touring with several rock, blues, and country groups, he settled in Knoxville to work with the Tommy Cole Band. From 1979 to 1989, Jelly Roll played concerts and club dates all across America with Warner Brothers recording artist Con Hunley. The group opened for acts such as Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Loretta Lynn, and Emmylou Harris.  

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