Cheekwood Announces Lineup for Songwriters Under the Stars

Annual outdoor songwriter shows to take place in August.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The critically acclaimed symphony show, Music City Hit-Makers, returns to Cheekwood’s Swan Lawn for the fifth annual Songwriters Under the Stars. The outdoor songwriter nights will take place on August 23 – 24, 2019.

The concerts will feature a selection of Nashville’s most successful songwriters, including Tom Douglas, Josh Osborne, and Chris DeStefano. The Hit-Makers will perform their chart-topping hits like Miranda Lambert's “The House That Built Me,” Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go Round,” and Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” accompanied by the sounds of the Music City Symphony.

“This event is so special because it brings harmony to two of Nashville’s most treasured assets, its talented musicians and its beautiful landmarks,” says Charles Dixon, event creator, and producer. “We are thrilled to have such an incredible group of talented songwriters joining us again this year.”

Frequently described as “the most famous people you’ve never heard of,” the Music City Hit-Makers consists of writers who have penned hits for Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Kelly Clarkson, Wynonna Judd, Reba McIntyre, Celine Dion, and many others.

The show will feature an opening set presented by BMI, with performances by Emily Shackleton, Josh Kerr, and Parker Welling who have penned hits for Lauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, and Russell Dickerson.

Food from Puckett’s Grocery, Daddy’s Dogs and The Tennessee Cobbler Company will be available for purchase, as well as bar stations and souvenirs from the Cheekwood Gift Shop.

Nightly tickets are $45 for Cheekwood members and $55 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at

Songwriters Under the Stars is presented by GSRM Law and sponsored by Focus Search Partners and LBMC.

For more information on the Music City Hit-Makers, visit


About Cheekwood

Cheekwood is a 55-acre American Country Place Era estate in Nashville, Tennessee. Built in 1929 by the Cheek family who amassed their fortune in part through the Maxwell House Coffee business, the estate was gifted and opened as a public institution in 1960. Today, it features 12 distinct gardens, a woodland sculpture trail, a 7,000-piece permanent art collection, and Georgian-style Mansion with historically furnished rooms and galleries.

Over 225,000 visitors come to Cheekwood annually for year-round seasonal festivals, world-class art exhibitions, breathtaking gardens, and educational and public programs for all ages. A member of the American Public Gardens Association, Cheekwood is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit.

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