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    BMI and OCBA Brewery Tour




    (New York, NY – July XX, 2018) Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and the Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA) are partnering to bring great music, great beer and great people together for a special tour. From Saturday, August 11th through to Wednesday, August 22nd BMI’s Nashville Songwriters Tour will crisscross Ohio, spanning cities from Avon to Dayton and more. Showcasing some of BMI’s top Nashville songwriters, these concerts are free and open to the public, must be 21+ to enter. 

    Each night will feature performances from two of the six BMI songwriters on tour which includes Aaron Barker, Will Bowen, Earl Bud Lee, Hugh Mitchell, Even Stevens and Jason White. Pulling from a tradition made famous by the Bluebird Café in Nashville, the “songwriter in the round” acoustic performances will give concertgoers a rare opportunity to hear the stories behind some of country music’s biggest hits from the songwriters themselves. 

    Four out of the six songwriters are Ohio natives and collectively have written for country heavyweights such as Garth Brooks, George Strait, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, and rising star, Devin Dawson among others.

    “There is something special about a summer night of live music,” said Dan Spears, BMI’s Vice President, Industry Relations. “BMI is thrilled to partner with the OCBA to bring some of Nashville’s best songwriters showcasing the value that music brings to eating and drinking establishments across the country.

    “Craft breweries often serve as the hub of their local communities. Beer and music are time-honored ways of bringing people together,” said Justin Hemminger of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. “We are excited to work with BMI and hope this tour is one of many to come.” 

    Additional support provided by the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association. See full schedule below to find a brewery nearest you. 

    8/11  Rivertown Brewing Company Monroe, OH    6PM  Hugh Mitchell / Aaron Barker

    8/12  Brewdog Brewery Canal Winchester, OH  2PM Hugh Mitchell/ Aaron Barker

    8/14 Crooked Handle Brewing Springboro, OH  7PM Hugh Mitchell/ Aaron Barker

    8/15 Warped Wing Brewery  Dayton, OH 7PM Jason White/ Even Stevens

    8/16  Grove City Brewing  Grove City, OH  7PM Jason White/ Will Bowen

    8/17  Zaftig Brewing   Worthington, OH 7PM Aaron Barker/ Will Bowen

    8/18 Combustion Brewing  Pickerington, OH 8 PM Aaron Barker/ Will Bowen

    8/19  Roundhouse Depot Brewing  Bellefontaine, OH 5PM  Even Stevens, Will Bowen  

    8/20  Laird Arcade Brewery  Tiffin, OH 7PM  Even Stevens/ Earl Bud Lee

    8/21  Railroad Brewing   Avon, OH 7PM Aaron Barker/ Earl Bud Lee

    8/22 Lockport Brewing   Bolivar, OH 7PM Aaron Barker/ Earl Bud Lee


    About the Performers:
    Aaron Barker  has recorded music for George Strait including, "Baby Blue," recorded by on the If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin' album, which went #1 on the Billboard charts. Barker also wrote "Love Without End, Amen." George Strait recorded it and it stayed at the number one on the Billboard charts for five consecutive weeks. Barker also wrote Strait’s # 1 song "Easy Come, Easy Go" and Lonestar‘s "What About Now”. His other songs have also been recorded by Doug Supernaw, Clay Walker, Neal McCoy, Aaron Tippin and Willie Nelson. Barker was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 2007. 

    Will Bowen is a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter signed to Little Extra Music. As an artist, he has opened for such legends as Dave Matthews, Counting Crows, John Mayer, Maroon 5 and Train. With numerous credits as a songwriter, the Ohio native reached platinum status internationally with a song by Latin pop star Soraya Arnelas. Most recently, Will wrote the Casey James single Fall Apart, and has had cuts recorded by Devin Dawson, Kelleigh Bannen, Due West and others. 

    Earl Bud Lee was born and raised in Ohio, but has been writing songs for over 35 years in Nashville. From “Friend in Low Places” by Garth Brooks to “One Night At A Time” by George Strait, to more recent hits like “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” by Blake Shelton, Lee continues to write hitmaking songs. His songs are still enjoying regular radio play over twenty-five years after they debuted, proving the timelessness of his work. Most recently, Randy Rogers Band covered his 34-year-old song, “Look Out Yonder,” with Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski. 

    Hugh Mitchell Since his debut album Heartbreak Radio, Mitchell has discovered a style and voice all his own. Conscientious and intentional, he experiments with unique sounds to fulfill the smooth and intimate melodies. He recently recorded his next album with former Wilco drummer, Ken Coomer. Hugh plays solo, as well as with his trio made up of New Orleans musicians.   

    Even Stevens has a songwriting career that spans many years and stylistic borders from the multi- platinum international hit, “When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman” by Dr. Hook, to the three week running #1 Pop hit, I Love A Rainy Night by longtime partner and superstar, Eddie Rabbitt. The Ohio native and Grammy nominated songwriter has accumulated an unprecedented 53 BMI Awards, which includes: 14 Pop Awards - 26 Country Awards - 1 Five Millionaire Award - 1 Four Millionaire Award - 1 Three Millionaire Awards - 4 Two Millionaire Awards - and 6 One Millionaire Awards. Some of the major artists who have recorded his songs include Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Mac Davis, Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, The Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, Marie Osmond, Crystal Gayle, Glen Campbell and Julio Iglesias to name a few.

    Jason White, raised in Cleveland, Ohio, is a man who defies typecasting, a restless artistic spirit who refuses to be pigeonholed. If pressed to describe his music, he calls it “American Hash,” a hodgepodge of the styles spawned in the U.S. that forever changed the world’s listening habits: the blues, country, jazz, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll. The songs that make up White’s American Hash have been recorded by a fittingly eclectic group of artists: country legends Tim McGraw and Diamond Rio; alternative stylists Swan Dive and Liam Titcomb; soft-rock crooner Russell Hitchcock; string-band icons Old Crow Medicine Show; and pop/rock divas the Muddy Magnolias, to name a few.


    Celebrating over 76 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in nearly 12 million musical works created and owned by more than 750,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.‘s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly and receive our e-newsletter every week to stay up to date on all things music.


    Founded in 2007, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association is a nonprofit guild that exists to promote and preserve Ohio’s unified craft brewing industry. We aspire to be recognized as the industry leader at both state and national levels for preserving the art of making high-quality, unique craft beer; to serve as the unified voice for craft brewers across the state; to advocate on behalf of the Ohio craft beer industry; to contribute to systemic, local community development by driving economic and job growth, while creating experiences that bring people together; and to serve as a beacon for local production and manufacturing through craft beer, resulting in diverse choices for consumers.


    Caroline Gumer

    Justin Hemminger
    614.560.1948    !