NEWS: Meet The Performers of Operation Song!

Meet The Performers of Operation Song!

Meet The Performers of Operation Song!

Professional Songwriters:

Bob ReganBob Regan
Born in Sacramento, raised in South Lake Tahoe, California) is a Grammy and Dove nominated American country music songwriter. His credits include "Busy Man" by Billy Ray Cyrus, "Your Everything" by Keith Urban, "Soon" by Tanya Tucker, "Thinkin' About You" by Trisha Yearwood, "Running Out of Reasons to Run" by Rick Trevino, "Fight Like a Girl" by Bomshel, "Something About a Woman" by Jake Owen, and many others. Regan is a past President of the Board and past legislative chair of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. In 2006, he helped pass the Songwriters Capital Gains Tax Equity Act. In 2012, Bob founded Operation Song™, a program which brings songwriters together with veterans and active duty military to help them tell their stories through songs. As of 2017, there have been over 400 songs written in the program with veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.


Mark SherrillMark Sherrill
has been writing songs for 30 years. In a recent interview he stated, "When the fish ain't bitin', I'm writin'." Mark has cuts with George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, Hoyt Axton, Tanya Tucker and Blake Shelton, just to name a few. NSAI’s Professional Songwriters Division honored Mark with a 2002 Achievement Award (informally dubbed "The Songs I Wish I’d Written”) for "Ol’ Red,” co-written with Don Goodman and James Bohon. "Ol' Red" is a song written by James "Bo" Bohan, Don Goodman and Mark Sherrill. The song was originally recorded by George Jones on his 1990 album You Oughta Be Here with Me and covered by Kenny Rogers on his 1993 album If Only My Heart Had a Voice. Rogers' version was released as a single in August 1993.[1] It was later recorded by artist Blake Shelton, and released in 2002 as the third and final single released from his self-titled debut album, becoming a top 20 hit.



T-BoneTony 'T-Bone' Montgomery
was born and raised in Muscle Shoals, Al. He grew up running through FAME studios dreaming of recording there one day. In Oct of 2015 that dream came true when he recorded with his band the Beach Billy's. T-bone was born into a musical legacy with his cousins Peanutt, Melba and Carl blazing a musical trail before him. In 2016 he realized another dream of recording with Peanutt Montgomery and collaborating on the It's A Montgomery Thing project.T-bone tours as a solo act and his band the Beachbilly's sharing his self styled honktonk music he calls BeachGrass.He has been on the Gulf Coast on Perdido Key Fl for the last ten years where he plays with his band  and sings duets with his wife JoJo.



Rusty TamorRusty Tabor
Kentucky born singer/songwriter Rusty Tabor has been performing on stage since the ripe young age of 14. After a short lived college football career he packed up and moved to Nashville in 2001 to chase yet another dream…that of signing a record deal. Within his first year in Nashville Rusty had landed his first publishing deal with Skidaddy Music. Billy Ray Cyrus quickly took a liking to Rusty’s songwriting style and recorded 2 songs out of that first catalog. "Back to Memphis”, a single off of Cyrus’ TIME FLIES album and soon after "Wouldn’t You Do This For Me” on his THE OTHER SIDE album.  Rusty Tabor Fans



Veteran Songwriters:

Cody JamesCody James
is a singer/songwriter who endures chronic back pain and the unwanted effects of PTSD. A helicopter crash on an Afghan mountain in the winter of 2002 nearly ended Cody’s life. Two fellow Marines died. Severely injured along with three other survivors, Cody waited on the remote mountain for many hours as complications of battle-stressed forces delayed rescue. Once returned to service, he would be medically retired two-and-a-half years later. A long descent into addiction then began within the VA system of opiate-based treatment, until Cody’s own core of determined discipline took over. After 10 years of prescribed overmedication, he successfully weaned himself from the VA and all pharmaceuticals. His Pensacola, Florida, flight-school experience had opened a special place in Cody’s heart for the Gulf Coast area. The region’s rich musical traditions and penchant for performers of all styles reignited his passion for music, and he relocated to its small town of Gulf Breeze. His love of songwriting intact, Cody set out to capture in his songs the visceral responses he’d had to addiction, isolation, anxiety, heartbreak, regret and, finally, to the beauty that had brought him back home to music.


Matt WilliamsMatt Williams
is a Singer/ Songwriter who lives with chronic pain and endures the effects of PTSD. Matt is a medically Retired Army Chaplain. After several years of attempting to treat his physical pain and PTSD with pills Matt found a holistic approach to healing. This approach includes: connection with others, singing, songwriting, prayer, meditation, counseling, yoga and a healthy diet. Matt stresses, "Avoiding maladaptive practices is a key component to wholesome living and you also have to be dedicated to getting back up and starting again, this isn’t easy.” PTSD and chronic pain are a part of life for the Retired Army Chaplain. Matt travels the country playing music and extending hope and encouragement to the caregivers and those living with PTSD, Moral Injury, and Chronic Pain. 



Guest Speakers:

Travis DavisTravis Davis
Travis was struggling with extreme PTSD when he came home from Afghanistan. ‘Normal’ therapy wasn’t helping Travis until he went fishing with his Battle Buddy, Joe Swaboda. Since 2015, it’s been the family’s mission to build a "safe haven” to help others who struggle with PTSD and other related symptoms they may have acquired through their chosen profession. We want to attack this PTSD epidemic with outdoor experiences instead of the "Normal” therapeutic options. Travis Davis and Joe Swaboda met in Bangor, Maine at a group therapy session at the local VA. Within a month of knowing one another, they starred in the Award-Winning documentary, Reinforcements. Travis now uses the platform that Reinforcements created to travel the country with his service dogs, and shed light on PTSD and Veteran Suicide, while also sharing his story to help others who are struggling with their own demons. On the way, we’ve met some amazing artists from the Last Honky-Tonk Music Series, to amazing organizations like R&DA Military Assistance Program. These amazing people are a direct impact on our mission to healing. Till Valhalla Ranch was formed by Travis Davis and his family. 



Lenn FeehanLynn Feehan - Gold Star Mom
After her son, 23-year-old Air Force Sgt. Christopher Shane Riordan, returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq (for a total 18 months), she had not even heard of opioids.   Shane began seeing an Air Force doctor for chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety and depression and was given a wide and addictive assortment of opioid drugs for the next five years.  When he was separated from the Air Force at 28, the VA continued to provide drugs, with little else.  A year later they acknowledged some PTSD, with no additional help.  Three months shy of his 30th birthday, he died from an accidental overdose following his grandfather’s funeral. Lynn would like to have a positive impact on the Veteran community by helping to shed light on the opioid issue and by sharing a message of hope through Operation Song and AHERO, where different communities can come together and be supportive of our Veterans.  


  



LAST HONKY TONK MUSIC SERIES is a ground breaking, historic Roots Music Series featuring over 40 National Official Artists in the Americana, Roots Country, Blues, Southern Rock and Folk genres. LHTMS launched on March 22, 2014 and has held thousands of shows in live music venues all across America on a monthly, weekly or seasonal basis. In addition, LHTMS has hosted festivals and large scale events. Named in honor of the final album by country artist Wayne Mills, The Last Honky Tonk, the Last Honky Tonk Music Series is committed to creating a network of support between artists, venues and communities to save live music, expand and support independent artistic reach and freedom and, most importantly, use Music as a platform to bring Light, Love, Connection and Unity of Spirit.


Performers of the Last Honky Tonk Music Series Include:

Brigitte LondonBrigitte London
Throughout her career, Brigitte has been called a renegade, gypsy, outlaw, highwaywoman. Her songwriting and powerhouse vocals have attracted an A -List lineup of backing musicians. She's worked on projects with the late great Jerry Reed, Porter Wagoner, Marty Stuart, Bobby Keys of the Rolling Stones, Dale Watson and more.  She's released seven albums and traveled the world with her songs. But despite urgings from Industry heavyweights, Brigitte London has remained Independent. Brigitte was recently featured on the Discovery Channel's Killing Fields Season Two premiere performing her song, "She's In The Bayou".  She is currently working on her eighth album, a collection of Billy Joe Shaver and Kris Kristofferson songs.  An advocate for independent music, Brigitte is a founding member and producer of  The Last Honky Tonk Music Series,  producer and host of The Highwaywoman Radio Show (2008-current), Honky Tonk Hometown Radio Show (2016-current) and a new show, Last Honky Tonk Music Series Radio Show. She also produces multiple festivals and live music events and is Co-Founder and Editor of Outlaw Magazine. 


Jason JusticeJason Justice
is a Southern songwriter who was baptized in the music of Honky Tonk legends such as Waylon, Merle, Hank, Billy Jo and Guy Clark, from a time when Country was still Country. After 4 years in the Navy, he came to port in Pensacola and never left. He’s been a fixture at Florabama and other venues in the area for over 25 years, performing with his band The Hung Jury. Jason has had the opportunity to open for some of his heroes including Alan Jackson, David Allan Coe, and Confederate Railroad. He’s also been privileged enough to perform with his All Time Honky Tonk Hero, Billy Jo Shaver. A few years ago, his song No Wake Zone was picked up in Nashville and put on hold to record. Jason was so excited by this news that he bounced checks all the way down I-65 on his way back to the beach. That song, and others, can be found on his new album, PAWN SHOP SIDE OF TOWN, which is getting radio play across the country and is available on iTunes! 


Mud boneKris "Mudbone” Colwell
Sol Records recording artist Mudbone hails from a place in Northeast Arkansas where the swift streams of Ozark Mountain bluegrass meet the blues-filled basins of the mighty Mississippi Delta. Armed with a sound that incorporates many different forms of American roots music, his debut album, Rivers and Roads, Part I (Rivers) was released in January of 2017. It received critical acclaim, charted at #67 on the Americana (AMA) chart and earned him a spot on internationally syndicated songwriter showcases such as iHeart Radio’s Counterpoint: A Musician’s Tale, and the prestigious public television broadcast of Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Closely on the heels of Rivers & Roads Pt. 1 is the highly anticipated release of Rivers & Roads, Part II (Roads) with a scheduled international release date in January 2018. His writing reflects his philosophy that the craft is a responsibility rather than an entitlement. This perspective has earned him both the respect and acceptance among songwriting greats such as Dean Dillon, Buddy Cannon, and Rock Killough, as well as a place at the table with current hitmakers such as Rob Hatch, Jon Stone, and Dallas Davidson. Mudbone’s Music is flat out powerful. He’ll reach into your soul, conjure your demons, and then release them for you.


Jill KinseyJill Kinsey
"If Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin had a child and that child was raised up in a Honky Tonk cutting her teeth on the likes of Loretta Lynn and Waylon Jennings that child would be named Jill Kinsey."Jeremy Don McCollough - Old York Farms. "There are few artists in this world that have the ability to capture and hold an audience from the moment they walk on stage til their last note. Jill Kinsey is one of those chosen few. Her personality, presence, and most importantly, music, seduces you into trance that only the end of her show can break you out of.”




Sean GasawaySean Gasaway 
is an award winning singer/songwriter, music publisher, record executive, and record producer. Sean was born on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and now resides in Nashville, TN.  Sean has been in the music business for over 25 years writing, producing, and touring with bands including 3 Doors Down, Cowboy Troy, Mickie James, The Ying Yang Twins, Deborah Allen, Kat Perkins, Jason Mitchell, and Marianne Allison to name a few. Sean’s incredible popularity and high demand has led to major publishing and record deals in the US and the UK, garnering over 75 songs cut within the last three years, four #1 songs on the Americana and Independent charts, six Top 40 on Billboard and Independent Charts, songs in major movies, documentaries, NFL Sports, as well as his highly acclaimed 2016 album release "Mississippi Vol. 1".Singer/Songwriter/Producer Sean Gasaway, Mississippi boy, has become a hurricane-like force to be reckoned with.


Sadie McClendonSadie McClendon 
has been entertaining listeners young and old since she was 8 years old. Originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Sadie made her Nashville Debut on the stage of Honly Tonk Central. That same day she was invited to perform on the main stage of Tootsies, which she did, for several hours! Skilled beyond her years on guitar, mandolin, and ukulele, now newly 10 year-old Sadie inspires audiences with her love of traditional and outlaw country music infused with her own unique vocal style. Sadie is a regular set player at Rippy’s and Tootsies in Nashville. The youngest member of The Last Honky Tonk Music Series, look for Sadie at venues across the US in 2018!