Saturday July 9th


WMM- New photo- High ResAs a Grammy nominated producer and executive vice president of A&R at Warner Music Nashville, you might say that Scott Hendricks qualifies as an expert on country singers. So when he gets excited about someone, it’s worth paying attention. And right now he’s excited about Warner Bros. Records newcomer William Michael Morgan.

The tall, easy-going, unfailingly polite 22-year-old from Vicksburg, Mississippi, has the look you’d hope for in a young entertainer and the stature to wear a black cowboy hat, a symbol that stands for something in the country music world. And he’s certainly got the chops as an award-winning young performer, who earned recording and publishing deals before turning 20. But for Hendricks, it all comes down to that voice.

“William Michael Morgan is seriously one of the very best singers I have ever recorded and I have recorded a bunch,” Hendricks said. “Recording a voice typically reveals any and all imperfections. I will never forget the first time we went into the studio and heard William Michael’s voice come across the speakers. It was a jaw-dropping experience. I’m anxious for the world to hear what I heard. It truly is a special voice.”

Country fans were introduced to Morgan with “I Met a Girl,” his sweetly romantic single which debuted this summer as a “Highway Find” on SiriusXM. Old and new, fast and slow, steel and piano, the song recently hit No. 1 on SiriusXM’s “The Highway” Top 45 Countdown and gives fans exact GPS coordinates of where Morgan is coming from.

“I like to sing about love. I’m a lover, not a fighter,” Morgan says with a Mississippi lilt in his voice. “I like to write about having a good time. I’m a typical 22-year-old.”

Well, not really. Most folks are still trying to figure themselves out at 22. Morgan knew where he was going from an early age and his parents were always there for him.  In the ninth grade, Morgan put together a band of middle-aged musicians who shared his love of Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard and George Jones.

“We didn’t really have much of a name for the band, we just loved to get together and play,” Morgan said. “The great thing about finding those guys who were older than me is they all loved the same kind of music I did and we just blended so well. I was lucky enough to have a steel guitar player all those years, and I just fell in love with that sound.”

The no-name band played honky tonks on the weekends while Morgan worked odd jobs – he was a roofer, a cashier at the Piggly Wiggly – during the week. He began traveling back and forth to Nashville to write by the time he was 16. Morgan moved to town permanently when he was 18.

“Honestly, I didn’t know how to wash my clothes,” Morgan said. He didn’t have any money to plug into the coin slot anyway. But contacts he built with Managers Joe Carter and Mike Taliaferro along with producer Jimmy Ritchey quickly paid off when he signed a record deal with Warner Music Nashville and a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell at 19.

These developments exposed him to Music Row, where he learned to expand his musical repertoire and education. He still keeps his ear out for those special songs like the ones by his musical heroes, though, and thinks he’s found one in “I Met a Girl,” co-produced by Hendricks and Ritchey and co-written by Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen and Sam Hunt.

“I Met a Girl” is the kind of song that goes perfectly with that timeless voice of Morgan’s.

“That was the thing about those older songs by Haggard and Jones: they had those lyrics that really, really hit home. Whether it be a fun up-tempo ‘Working Man Blues’ kind of song or ‘The Cold, Hard Truth.’ Each lyric just hits you at home. I think that’s what I try to do. Whether it be happy or sad, I try to put the most heart into I can.”

Monday July 11th – Saturday July 16th

Johnny Peers & The Muttville Comix

Tuesday July 12th

The group “Offering” from Winfield Baptist Church

Wednesday July 13th

County Line Band

SEBRA Bulls & Barrels

Bull riding and barrel racing presented by Diamond J Rodeo Company.

Thursday July 14th

Southern Gospel – Presented by Solid Rock Investigations

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet

The Guardians

Tribe of Judah

Friday July 15th

Lost Cause

Saturday July 16th

Carter Winter

Carter WinterOhio’s own Carter Winter is becoming one of the most sought after talents in the Midwest and is gaining national recognition along the way. Known for his true natural country vocal tone, a creative writing style and an incredible work ethic, Carter is definitely an artist to watch.

Carter is humbled and appreciative of all of his support as the number of his fans grows after each show. He has played with a number of major label artists, including most recently a sold out Rhett, White, and Blue show with 4,000+ Attendees.

When asked, “What do you want out of music, what do you want from a career?” He said, “I want to make people dance, I want to make a difference and most of all I want people to enjoy themselves.” We have no doubt he will do just that!

Notable Performances Carter Winter has packed the house of many local bars and venues as well as in many other states. Notably, Carter has played a show at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe. Carter has been support for a number of major label acts at sold out concert venues including most recently, a show with Thomas Rhett, The Cadillac Three and The Swon Brothers. Other names include – Easton Corbin, Jana Kramer, Frankie Ballard, and Brett Eldredge!