Like you I am a huge fan of good music. I am always looking to find and share whatever I find with you anytime I can.

Today, aside from authoring a headline longer than 3 freight trains, I wanted to profile a few of the world class singer-songwriters that I have the honor of supporting next Wednesday night (Sept. 21st) at the Mayo Civic in Rochester, MN: Sally Barris, Jon Vezner and Brandon Sampson.

Here are a few facts and some video from each of these artists. Enjoy!

Sally Barris


She has had her songs recorded by Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack and American Idolist finalist Kellie Pickler.

Here is a video Sally singing here tune “Let The Wind Chase You.”

Jon Vezner


Check out the list of accomplishments this Minnesota born songwriters has compiled:

  • Grammy Award for “Best Country Song” (“Where’ve You Been” Kathy Mattea – 1989)
  • Country Music Association (CMA)  “Song of the Year” (“Where’ve You Been” Kathy Mattea – 1989)
  • Academy of Country Music (ACM) “Song of the Year” (“Where’ve You Been” Kathy Mattea – 1989)
  • Nashville Songwriter Association “Best Country Song” (“Where’ve You Been” Kathy Mattea – 1989)
  • NSAI “Songwriter of the Year”
Add to that the laundry list of musicians who have recorded his music: Steve Warriner, Clay Walker, Diamond Rio. Martina McBride, Janis Ian, John Mellencamp, Nancy Griffith, Faith Hill, Clay Walker, Diamond Rio and Native American recording artist, Bill Miller.
Check out Jon performing “Where’ve you Been” at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville:

Brandon Sampson


Brandon is singer-songwriter from Minnesota. You can usually find him playing with his band Six Mile Grove (from Lyle, MN) and touring the Midwest with (Johnny Cash) music legend Bob Wootton.

As a cool side note, Brandon and Six Mile Grove were featured in an episode of “ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition,” which re-built a house in Albert Lea, MN.

And, he is also one of the people responsible for putting together the Americana Showcase (and for hiring me… thanks Brandon!).

Check out this warm-fuzzy inducing Six Mile Grove song featuring his 87 grandpa:

Good Stuff Aye?

Remember you can see all of them live, along with myself, on Wednesday September 21st in Rochester, MN at the Mayo Civic Theatre. You can get find out more information by clicking here now.

Let me know if you can make it and I’ll look out for you. We can have a few drinks and watch the show together.

Oh and are there any artists you think I or anyone else reading this should know about? Feel free to tell us about them below.

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