Drew Kennedy and Josh Grider will lead the 11th Annual Lewisville Grand Theater Songwriting Workshop. Join these two celebrated songwriters for a day-long exploration into the heart of the song. Open to songwriters of all levels.
“We had one rule when we started recording this record: If we don’t have it, we can’t use it.” It’s a simple concept – the premise that makes up Drew Kennedy’s ninth studio album, Marathon – but the result is a vivid and immersive ode to a corner of the world that the singer-songwriter has fallen in love with over the years. Kennedy and his collaborator, Davis Naish, packed up a select set of instruments and headed to a small adobe house in the tiny Far West Texas town after which the album is named – as he mentions in the opening track, a town born of Buffalo Soldiers and Seminole Scouts and the third transcontinental railroad, with seven high school seniors; the entire town has less than 400 residents – where they spent a week recording his latest 11-song collection. A south central Pennsylvania native, Kennedy didn’t start playing music until college, where he played baseball. He and his wife, an art teacher, moved to the Texas Hill Country a few decades ago, where they are now raising their two boys.
“A poet of optimism and maturity” (Lonestar Music), Josh Grider has fully embraced his status as a musical Swiss Army Knife, expanding his reach deeper into collaboration — as evidenced by projects with longtime friend Drew Kennedy (Topo Chico Cowboys, Vol. 1 and 2) and his wife (Josh and Kristi Grider Live at Gruene Records). His songwriting prowess is in high demand as he traverses Music Row writing rooms to return to the creative well and deliver “just what country music fans need right now” (Taste of Country). Look no further than 2020’s “Country’s Comin’ Back” and “American Anthem” as proof. From solo sets on storied stages like the Kerrville Folk Festival to honky tonk dance halls across the Southwest to “rock yachts” and even house concerts, Grider is taking his sound further and to more people than ever before. No longer the new kid on the block, and not yet the grizzled veteran, Josh is just moving in time with the rhythm of a career that has come a great distance, and still has miles to go.
Participation in this workshop is limited to 20 people. Tickets are $55 each and include a catered lunch and one ticket to the Black Box Songwriter Series: Drew Kennedy and Josh Grider concert taking place the following evening, Sunday, Feb. 26.
Dates & Times
- Saturday, February 25, 2023 @ 10:00 am 2023-02-25 10:00:00 2023-02-25 13:00:00 America/Chicago The Heart of the Song: Songwriting Workshop with Drew Kennedy & Josh Grider //artandseek.org/calendar/event/115124/the-heart-of-the-song-songwriting-workshop-with-drew-kennedy-amp-josh-grider Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street, Lewisville, TX, 75057