Three of Nashville’s most talented singer/songwriters will bring a little taste of Music City to Springfield when they perform an “Evening in the Round.” The intimate night of acoustic music, starring Grammy award-winner Linda Davis and hit songwriters Lang Scott and Bill Whyte, will be injected with hits, humor and a whole lot of down home appeal.
“Evening in the Round” is set Saturday 7 p.m. at the Mars Theatre.
This enjoyable night of music will see each artist taking a turn at the microphone, playing songs and sharing the stories behind these hits. The audience can expect to hear some familiar tunes recorded by some of today’s hottest artists, as well as Whyte’s own brand of sometimes twisted but always funny songs.
Labeled a “song stylist.” Davis' unique ability to interpret a song soon made her one of the hottest session singers in Nashville. She quickly caught the attention of label executives and landed her first record deal with CBS/Epic Records.
Early on, Davis gained a legion of friends and fans in the music industry, including superstar Reba McEntire. Their mutual respect for each other’s talent led them to record the duet “Does He Love You.” The recording became a No. 1 hit and earned the women several awards, including a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration.
Through the years, Davis has played to sold-out crowds with the likes of Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba and Kenny Rogers, to name a few. Rogers, a long-time friend and fan, proclaimed, "In this business, there are people who can sing and there are singers. Linda Davis is absolutely one of the best singers in the business. I defy you to find anyone who's ever worked with her or heard her sing to disagree with that statement. She is the best."
Scott has long been one of Nashville’s most consistent and sought-after musicians and vocalists, having toured with McIntyre, Brooks, Rogers, the Statler Brothers and Davis. He has written hit songs for LeeAnn Rimes, McIntyre and Davis. He was the first national champion of TNN’s “You Can Be A Star,” and had his own recording deal with mega label MCA Records. He appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “The Late Show” with David Letterman, the CMA Awards Show, the ACM Awards Show, “Hee Haw” and many others.
Scott has been married to Davis since 1984. They reside in Nashville with their two children, Rylee and Hillary. Hillary Scott is one third of the Grammy Award-winning group Lady A.
Whyte's unique presentation of funny and twisted songs makes him a favorite everywhere he entertains. The Whyte-penned "I'm Goin’ Ugly Early Tonight," which was recorded by Cledus T. Judd, is the perfect howling climax for his stand up-singing routine, which is full of funny songs like “Trailer Park Sexy” and “Retired,” recently recorded by Ray Stevens.
Whyte’s other career is that of a morning radio personality. He has been a morning guy in Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and Nashville, and has won numerous broadcast awards, including the CMA Award for Best Large Market Personality.
Whyte’s songs have been recorded by Davis, Brady Seals, Kacey Jones and others.
Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased online at www.marstheatre.com, in person at the theatre or at Springfield City Hall through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (912-754-7617).
Beer and wine are available at all live shows.
Face masks are not required but are encouraged. Hand sanitizer is available in the lobby.
For more information on upcoming shows and movies visit www.marstheatre.com, or call 912-754-1118.