July Songwriters in the Round: Cooper, Kelley and Jutz

Jul 16, 2014

Nashville songwriters Peter Cooper, Irene Kelley and Thomm Jutz will performing at Songwriters in the Round from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at Balsam Mountain Inn.

Balsam Mountain Inn began its Songwriters in the Round series 15 years ago, and modeled it after similar performances at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. Balsam’s performers are most often the Nashville-area songwriters who pen lyrics performed by country and western stars. Many performances feature Grammy and CMA award winners, and all include writers of many top-ranked songs.

A buffet dinner is included in the $47 ticket price, and seating begins at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.balsammountaininn.net or call 828-456-9498.

Irene Kelley

Irene Kelley’s signature mix of bluegrass, country and Americana appeals to music lovers across all genres. Her songs were recorded early by Carl Jackson, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White, and she went on to score cuts with Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Pat Green, Brother Phelps, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, the Whites, the Osborne Brothers and others.

A new full length bluegrass album, “Pennsylvania Coal," produced by multi-Grammy-Award winner Mark Fain is due out in 2013. The album is comprised of 12 original songs never before released. The new collection features Carl Jackson, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Trisha Yearwood, Jerry Salley, Dale Ann Bradley, Darren Vincent, Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan, Adam Steffey, Steve Gulley and other friends.


Thomm Jutz

Born in the Black Forest of Germany, Jutz started playing guitar at age 6, won awards as a teenager, and studied classical guitar at the University of Stuttgart. In 2003, he moved to Nashville to start his creative life over.

He hit the ground running, touring all over the world with veteran troubadour David Olney, Americana star Mary Gauthier and Grammy-winning folk singer Nanci Griffith. Jutz has produced albums for Griffith (for which he received a SESAC award), Otis Gibbs, German vocal star Marc Marshall and countless other independent artists.

He produced Volumes 1 & 2 of “The 1861 Project,” a collection of new songs about the American Civil War with marquee artists Marty Stuart, John Anderson, Jerry Douglas, Maura O’Connell and many more. Jutz cowrote all the songs on these albums, and “The 1861 Project” has received praise from historians, critics, music lovers and Civil War enthusiasts alike.

Peter Cooper

Cooper, a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer, is also senior music writer at The Tennessean in Nashville and senior lecturer in country music at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music.

Dubbed a “modern day renaissance man” by Journalist Bob Edwards, Cooper has worked in the studio as a performer, producer or session musician with Tom T. Hall, Todd Snider, Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, Bobby Bare, Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Chesney, Jim Lauderdale and many more. He performed with Todd Snider on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman.

His two solo albums and two duo albums (with Eric Brace) have been praised by the Washington Post, New York Times, Mix, No Depression, Philadelphia Inquirer and others.