The Johnny Cash Museum Premieres Bi-Monthly Songwriters Series with Woodstock and Pop/Folk Legend Melanie Safka & Friends
The Johnny Cash Museum continues to celebrate the history and future of great American music regardless of genre with the creation of the bi-monthly Johnny Cash Museum Cafe Songwriters Night. Twice every month, talented writers and musicians will be invited to play in a special presentation at the museum.
The first in this series will occur on Thursday, August 6 from 7-9 PM at the Johnny Cash Museum Café located at 119 Third Avenue South in Nashville. While the event is free to the general public, attendees are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited.
“I’ve always found my most memorable concert experiences were when I got to see the artist or writer in an intimate setting,” says Bill Miller, founder of the Johnny Cash Museum. “That setting is what we will be presenting in the Johnny Cash Museum Café and we couldn’t be more excited to launch it with Melanie Safka.”
The full line up is below:
Melanie Safka found instant fame after she performed onstage at Woodstock in 1969. She made her debut on the Johnny Cash Show August 16, 1969, and eventually became one of only a few artists to make multiple appearances on the show. Melanie’s songs “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” and “Brand New Key” topped the charts in the 1970s and led to numerous awards, including Billboard’s “Top Female Vocalist.” More information on Melanie’s career and music can be found at www.melaniesafka.com.
Leilah Hayman, Melanie Safka’s daughter, has performed at festivals such as Woodstock anniversaries and Isle of Wight in the U.K. Leilah lives in Nashville, where she spends her time writing with renowned artists and performing music from her album, Make Believe. Leilah’s music and more can be found at www.leilahmusic.com.
Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Alissa Moreno’s music has been featured on hit television shows like “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS), “Days of Our Lives” (NBC) and “The Hills” (MTV). Her song Every Day, performed by Rascal Flatts, won CMT “Video of the Year” and was nominated for a Grammy. For more information on Alissa, visit www.alissamorenomusic.com.
Born and raised in Australia, Richie Scholl relocated to Nashville in 2007. His sophomore album, The Blacktop Junkie’s Guide to Richie Scholl, resulted in #1 and #5 singles on country radio, and a #35 video on CMC Australia. Richie’s newest EP is expected to be released soon. Richie’s information and music can be found at http://richiescholl.com/.
Jess Leary’s songs have been recorded by the best of the best, including Blake Shelton, Pam Tillis, Tim McGraw and Melanie Safka. Her songwriting credits include two #1 hits: Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) (Pam Tillis) and Where the Green Grass Grows (Tim McGraw). Jess’s songs are also featured on Grammy award winning albums including Tim McGraw’s Everywhere. More information on Jess’s music can be found at www.facebook.com/jesslearymusic/.
For more information on the August 6th performance or future songwriter showcases at the Johnny Cash Museum, visit www.johnnycashmuseum.com.
About Johnny Cash Museum
The “#1 Must Visit Museum for Music Lovers” by Conde Nast’s Traveler, The Johnny Cash Museum most recently teamed with Nashville’s oldest and most-honored coffee company Bongo Java to perk up downtown Nashville with the addition of a coffee shop and cafe to the Museum. In addition to the core exhibit, patrons can also experience the first temporary exhibit “The Legends of Sun Records.” The exhibit, which is running through December 2015, features artifacts that spotlight Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and drummer W.S. Holland.
Since its Grand Opening in May of 2013, the museum has acquired a plethora of accolades:
- 2014 Award of Excellence - The Tennessee Association of Museums Gem Rating – AAA
- #1 Must Visit Museum for Music Lovers [Worldwide] – Conde Nast’s Traveler
- #1 Pitch Perfect Museum [Worldwide] – National Geographic
- 5 Nashville Must Sees – Forbes
- 7 Great American Vacation Spots (That Won’t Bust Your Budget) – Time
- 50 Reasons We’re Thankful to be Southern – Southern Living
- Reason 8 of 10 why Nashville’s SoBro is the Next Great Neighborhood – Southern Living
- 22 Reasons You Should Visit Nashville – Huffington Post
- Top 10 Tennessee Spots for Music Lovers – Rolling Stone
- Best Culture Stop in Nashville – Money Magazine
- 11 Great Ideas for Nearby Fall Getaways – St. Louis Post Dispatch
- 5 out of 5 stars – The Digital Journal
- Top Destination in Nashville – Group Tour Magazine
- Top 11 Hottest Museums You Need to See This Year – SmarterTravel.com
The Johnny Cash Museum experience has quickly spread around the globe with outlets like CNN, USA Today, Parade, The NY Times, The NY Post, Billboard, Vogue, Southern Living, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Yahoo, Huffington Post, London’s NME, etc. all buzzing about the attraction. You never know who you will see at the museum as celebrities like Former VP and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore, ABC Nashville cast members, ABC Dancing with The Star’s Val Chmerkovskiy, Weezer, The Mavericks, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lynn Anderson, American Pickers’ Mike Wolfe and Ashton Shepherd have all been spotted at the attraction. Located at 119 Third Avenue South between Demonbreun and Broadway, the Johnny Cash Museum is open every day from 8 AM to 7 PM. General admission is $16 with discounts for AAA, military, senior citizen and youth (6-15). To stay updated on the museum and Johnny Cash, visit www.johnnycash.com or www.johnnycashmuseum.com.