Lineup

Thompson Square

Husband-and-wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson make up the country duo of Thompson Square. They have romantically charged #1 hits like “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” and “If I Didn’t Have You,” multi-platinum international success, and honors as Vocal Duo of the Year from both the ACM and CMA Awards.

Love & Theft

Love and Theft is an American country music group founded by Stephen Barker Liles, Eric Gunderson, and Brian Bandas, all three of whom alternated as lead singers and acoustic guitarists. Love and Theft made their chart debut in early 2009 with the single “Runaway,” which reached the Top 10 on Billboard Hot Country Songs. In 2011, following the departure of Bandas, Love and Theft continued as a duo consisting of Gunderson and Liles. Love and Theft have other hits like “Angel Eyes”, “Runnin’ Out of Air” and “If You Ever Get Lonely.”

Alex Seier

After growing up on a small farm in Pennsylvania, Alex Seier has lived in many cities around the U.S. and has been fortunate to fulfill two of his childhood dreams by securing a major label record deal (Lava/Atlantic Records) and a publishing deal (Old Bank Music). In addition to performing for well-known artists including Jessie James Decker and Secondhand Serenade, his music has been heard by millions of people nationally and internationally. Alex has been featured on MTV’s YOU HEAR IT FIRST, and has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, Today Show, Ellen and more! His deep passion for songwriting lead him to Nashville, TN allowing him the opportunity to work with the top talent in the world as a songwriter, artist, instrumentalist, producer, engineer, and consultant. He’s had songs recorded and released by artists in the U.S., Canada, and has a #1 hit single in Australia.

Cory Batten

Cory Batten was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and moved to Nashville in 2000. It wasn’t long before Cory met friend and fellow co-writer and another of Backstage Nashville’s Hit Songwriters, Kent Blazy, and the two teamed up on a publishing co-venture. Cory quickly found success with his songs.  From bluegrass sweetheart Rhonda Vincent to one of country’s newest duos, Love & Theft, Cory’s songs have been receiving a lot of attention. Cory’s first #1 Hit, Blake Shelton’s “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” was immediately followed by his second #1 Hit, Chris Young’s “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” both in the very same year. He isn’t slowing down. Between traveling regularly to share his music and continuing his writing, Cory has been recording and producing his very own artist project this year that he is pitching on Music Row.

Leslie Satcher

Leslie Satcher is a singer-songwriter from Nashville. Leslie has recorded two albums of her own and, in addition, she has co-written several singles for such artists as George Strait, Martina McBride, Pam Tillis, Gretchen Wilson, Patty Loveless, and Vince Gill.

John Caldwell

Songwriter, producer and engineer John Caldwell’s writing credits include songs on projects by Gretchen Wilson, Keb’ Mo’, and Aaron Watson, among others.  He has engineered projects for Merle Haggard, The SteelDrivers, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Edie Brickell, and more.

Caldwell is also a supporter of the Song Suffragettes movement, having recently produced their version of Keith Urban’s song “Female.”

Karissa Ella

Karissa Ella’s youthful and soulful style is a breath of fresh air in today’s world of country music, and she’s been recognized for it by  Radio Disney Country, CMT and countless media outlets. Inspired by the likes of Shania Twain, Gretchen Wilson, Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood, her music, writing and live performances attract people of all ages. Armed with a Music Entertainment Degree from Belmont University and having been singing for crowds from the young age of 10 years old, Karissa is one of country music’s rising stars! Karissa Ella currently resides in Nashville and performs at venues and private venues throughout the U.S, especially in Tenn., Wis. and Ohio.

Southern Drifter Music Festival

The Inaugural Southern Drifter Music Festival is a vacation getaway for music lovers. The festival will feature live performances from talented singer/songwriters in the courtyard of the beautiful, oceanfront Westin Hotel in sunny Jekyll Island. COVID protocol will be followed on hotel property and there will be socially distanced seating. Join us for a vacation weekend of music, fun and food as we bring a taste of Nashville to Jekyll Island.

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This event is not affiliated with Jekyll Island Authority 

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