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Toyota Presents:
Nashville in the NW

Toyota Presents: Nashville in the NorthWest

Nashville in the Northwest Songwriters Series

Friday, August 5th

La Uva Fortuna in Battle Ground, WA

Concert at 7:30, Venue Doors at 6:30

Tasting Event with Hood River Distillers from 5 - 6:30

$15 advance | SOLD OUT 

All-ages welcome

 

Nashville in the Northwest is a Songwriters Festival and Concert Series that brings together some of Country & Americana music’s top songwriters, as well as emerging artists and songwriters from Nashville, Tennessee and the Pacific Northwest.

The performance will be presented listening-room style with the five songwriters on stage taking turns sharing their songs and stories, trading harmony, and accompanying one another.

Featuring:

Jeff Middleton CMA Song of the Year Nominee for “Drowns the Whiskey”, a multi-week #1 on country radio for Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert

Tori Tullier Top 20 with Tim Hicks & Lindsay Ell, top 50 with Stephanie Quayle, and a brand-new debut album as an artist

Austin Jenckes Fresh off a UK/European tour with Ashley Mcbryde and Brett Eldredge, and songs recorded by Lee Brice and Morgan Wallen

Ian Christian Matt Stell’s current single “Man Made", and Austin Burke’s “Town Home”, which has amassed over 14 million streams on the 2021 Top 100 Spotify Hot Country Songs list

Justin Klump Rolling Stone Country’s 10 Best Songs for “The Other Side”, Casi Joy’s current single, “Everything’s Fine”, and multiple songs on BBC One, Fox Sports, and NBC Sports

 

+ performances by local Vancouver artist, Britnee Kellogg, and Eugene born, McKayla Marie

 

$15 advance tickets can be purchased here

$20 tickets will be available at the door on a first-come/served basis beginning at 6:30pm day of show

A portion of ticket sales will benefit The Columbia Future Forge, a local non-profit mentoring and training program where young adults from diverse backgrounds learn professional job skills and life skills and explore their unique talents and abilities.



Come early and join us for a Tasting Event with Hood River Distillers from 5 to 6:30. Signature Cocktails, Beer, Wine, and Appetizers will also be available for purchase from the La Uva Fortuna bar during this portion of the evening.

 

La Uva Fortuna’s food and drink menu items will be available for purchase from your table beginning at 6:30 in the concert venue, with service continuing throughout the performance.

 

Out of respect for the songwriters and other guests, we ask that all attendees plan to keep conversation & ordering to a whisper during the performance.

 

-This is a rain or shine event
-Tickets are non-refundable
-Lineup is subject to change without notice

Coming Back in 2023

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A portion of ticket sales will benefit The Columbia Future Forge, a local non-profit mentoring and training program where young adults from diverse backgrounds learn professional job skills and life skills and explore their unique talents and abilities.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

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ABOUT THE SONGWRITERS

Tori Tullier is an award-winning songwriter based in Nashville, TN originally from Annapolis, MD. In 2014 she received the ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Lyric Writing Award for her solely-penned song "Nicotine." Past winners of the award include John Mayer, Lori McKenna, Josh Ritter and Katie Herzig. Her songs have landed on US and Canadian radio with cuts by Tim Hicks (with Lindsay Ell), Tenille Arts, 

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Stephanie Quayle, Emma White, Brittany Kennell and more. She has also had recent success with placements in an ad campaign for YouTube, and in the 2021 major motion picture, “The Mauritanian.” Tori has performed at Tin Pan South along with several Bluebird Cafe appearances. She has had songs featured in People, Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, and Forbes magazine, and performed at The Grand Ole Opry. While attending the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Tori took first place in the Bruce Hornsby Songwriting competition. Taking a chapter from the classic Nashville story -- after spending a decade writing for other artists -- in 2020 she returned to writing on her own, savoring the impromptu sessions alone at night with just her and her piano, and maybe a glass of red. Born from those sessions, “Songbird" is the third single from her forthcoming EP, Baby Steps, formally introducing the world to one of Nashville’s best kept secrets.

Originally from New Jersey, singer/songwriter Jeff Middleton moved to Nashville over twenty years ago to build a career in the music business.  He was a member of the critically acclaimed Warner Music recording artist Dirt Drifters and has performed across the country and internationally with Chely Wright and Josh Thompson. 

In addition to spending time on the road and stage, Jeff is a staff writer for Liz Rose Music and Universal Music.  Over the past two decades, 

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Jeff’s songs have been recorded by numerous artists, including Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, Morgan Wallen, Jordan Davis and Trace Adkins. He was nominated for CMA Song of the year for “Drowns the Whiskey”, a multi-week #1 on country radio for Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert.  The song was recently certified by the RIAA as a platinum selling single.   

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Ian Christian is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer from Jacksonville, FL now based in Nashville, TN. He grew up touring the East Coast, leading several bands, until his love for music led him to Los Angeles, CA and eventually to Nashville. After being introduced to country music songs from Florida Georgia Line and Sam

Hunt, that style of songwriting came more naturally than he expected.

He started seeing the southern rock roots from his past connecting with the story telling elements of country music. The Floridian rocker-turned-producer is making a name for himself with compelling songs and production, and an easy-going artist-friendly attitude with attention to lyrics and the song as a whole. He signed his first publishing deal with Still Working Music in 2019 and was selected as one of the writers in the AIMP’s Class of 2020.

Justin Klump was born in the Pacific Northwest and raised on Copeland, Brahms, and Pink Floyd. His love for music is deeply rooted in the long-held traditions of his family, whose piano benches were more crowded than their couches, and passed around guitars like offering plates. Once that guitar was passed to Justin, he never put it down. The music led him to songwriting, performing, producing, and ultimately to Nashville, TN in 2012.

 

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From 2006 to 2016, Justin toured the country playing small theaters and clubs, including Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR and Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA, while releasing multiple albums under his own name. In 2012, his album Sticks and Stones debuted Top 10 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Justin’s songs were in rotation on Sirius XM’s The Coffee House, NBC Sports, BBC One, and featured by Rolling Stone Country, American Songwriter, and Parade Magazine, to name a few.

Today, you can find Justin in the studio writing, producing, and making music with a variety of artists and writers from the US and the UK. Those years spent chasing success on his own terms gave him a great sense of how to tap into the needs of an artist. When working on a lyric in a songwriting session, or in the studio recording, he doesn’t stop working until the feeling is right. He has an innate ability to know what a record needs in order to highlight the emotion behind the song, and to pull the best out of everyone in the room. Justin naturally creates a space for the artist to feel at home, allowing creativity to flourish.

Ask Austin Jenckes about his unwavering need to write and perform music, and as he pauses to gather his thoughts, you can practically see a montage of the country singer-songwriter’s life playing before him: a childhood spent watching his father play guitar in the park; high school talent shows; dingy bar gigs; televised singing competitions; publishing deals; Nashville writing rooms; a forthcoming debut album. “But at the root, it’s always been me trying to move somebody enough emotionally to pay attention to what I’m singing about,” Jenckes says. “Music’s always been a way for me to observe and process the world around me.”
 

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Melody. Message. That moment in a song when a listener sees his or her life reflected back at them like a mirror—Jenckes lives in service of the song, and it’s why he spends every day tirelessly perfecting his craft. The endlessly humble Jenckes will tell you, “I’m just a guy with a guitar singing songs.” But his work tells a far more nuanced tale. To hear Jenckes perform is to hear the roots of country music brought into the modern age: all soul and blues and that brand of lyrical honesty and palpable emotion that’s long defined the genre’s most celebrated artists.  From the serene send-off “In My Head” to the rearview reflection “Fat Kid,” Jenckes’ best songs are direct dispatches from the never easy but unquestionably rich life he’s lived.

“I’ve always been the type to pay attention to what other people are doing and learn from their lives and my own,” Jenckes offers of his songwriting inspiration, “Take in not only the successes but more importantly the mistakes.”

“But I feel really fortunate right now,” adds Jenckes, whose long-awaited debut album is set for release in 2019. He smiles and adds, “This is what I’ve always wanted for my life.

If Jenckes appears ever appreciative it’s because, like so many supreme songwriters with wisdom gained from hardship, he’s lived a lot of life. Growing up in small-town Washington, Jenckes’ parents divorced when he was 13, and three years later his father took his own life. Much as he’d always done, Jenckes turned to music as his principal refuge. “I really felt I had everybody in that town supporting me,” he says of staking out a reputation early on as a supremely skilled singer with a powerful and passionate voice that combined his equal-parts love of Southern rock and folk music. “It was always really important to me that my music felt emotional and felt like it was telling a story,” he notes, and upon graduating from college the musician doubled down on his dream and moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music.

“I was struggling in a lot of ways because I just felt lost,” he recalls of that time period. “I still was this kid that wanted this big unattainable thing but I was putting a lot of my self worth in that. It felt like I wasn’t going to be happy or successful unless I could be a full-time musician.” There were detours, to be sure, from short-lived publishing deals to landing a sport on the hit TV show The Voice. And he admits, for a time, he figured he’d just be a songwriter for other artists. But Jenckes forever made it his mission to continuing evolving as both musician and songwriter. Looking back, he admits, “That whole time I was trying to figure out what kind of music I wanted to put out. I didn’t know if it was pop, rock, country or soul. So I was just writing a ton.”

But after getting married and then becoming a father, Jenckes says he realized, “I wasn’t going to be happy unless I was putting my whole heart into putting my own music out and performing.” Looking back now, he adds, “Any previous uncertainty about my future was me just being afraid to do anything at all. At the end of the day I just needed to commit. I remember telling my wife, “I’m going in all the way.”

His ever-growing fanbase speaks to the wisdom behind that decision. Whether playing headline or opening shows, touring with a six-piece band or stage-center, just the man and his guitar, Jenckes is reminded daily of how many people have and continue to be inspired by his music. “I still don’t feel like I know how to do it completely on purpose,” he says with a laugh of his innate ability to pen authentic, sincere and supremely hooky songs. “But all I can do is focus on telling my story.”