Highly-anticipated event features Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley, Eric Paslay and more
Hit songwriters, artists, and CRS 2020 attendees will come together to honor and remember the late Bob Kingsley, who passed away from bladder cancer in October 2019, during the annual “Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley,” Thursday, February 20th at the annual Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Downtown Nashville. The evening will end with a writers round hosted by Garth Brooks, who will be joined by special, soon-to-be-announced guests. This always magical CRS event will be hosted by Fitz, who recently assumed hosting duties for Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 with Fitz.
The lineup brings a lengthy list of highly-awarded songwriters, and there will be no shortage of county music’s biggest hits on the stage during the night that has become one of Country Radio Seminar’s most anticipated events.
Kicking off the evening’s three writers rounds will be Kingsley’s long-time friend and songwriter, Rhett Akins (“I Don’t Want This Night To End” by Luke Bryan, “All About Tonight” by Blake Shelton, and “Look What God Gave Her” by Thomas Rhett) with a round featuring Jessi Alexander (“The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, “I Drive Your Truck” by Lee Brice, “Mine Would Be You” by Blake Shelton), Chase McGill (“Lose It” by Kane Brown, “Break Up In The End” by Cole Swindell, and “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” by Luke Bryan), and Neal Thrasher (“There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney, “Tattoos on This Town” by Jason Aldean, “I Melt” by Rascal Flatts).
Round two will feature writers Cary Barlowe (“Where It’s At” by Dustin Lynch, “Sun Daze” by Florida Georgia Line, “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum), Ashley Gorley (“That’s My Kind of Night” by Luke Bryan, “All American Girl” by Carrie Underwood, “American Saturday Night” by Brad Paisley), Natalie Hemby (“Pontoon” by Little Big Town, “White Liar” by Miranda Lambert, “Downtown” by Lady Antebellum), Eric Paslay (“Barefoot Bluejean Night” by Jake Owen, “Never Really Wanted” by Eric Paslay, and “Angel Eyes” by Love & Theft), and Jimmy Robbins (“Sure Be Cool If You Did,” “It Goes Like This” by Thomas Rhett, “We Were Us” by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert).
Closing out the evening will be a round led by Garth Brooks (“Ain’t Goin Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up,” “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “Unanswered Prayers”). A special announcement will also be made by Brooks during his round.
“Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley was always Bob’s favorite event,” Kingsley’s widow Nan says about the event. “I am excited to see the tradition continue, with Fitz as your host during Thursday night’s celebration of songwriters. I have no doubt Bob will be with us in spirit, enjoying the music that he loved.”
During the show, Radio Ink will also present its “Top Country PDs” awards, sponsored by Sony Music Nashville.
The event will take place Thursday, February 20th from 6:30-10 pm in Omni Nashville Hotel’s Legends D-G – Level 2, closing out the second day of CRS 2020. It’s sponsored by Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 with Fitz, First Horizon Bank, and Skyview Networks, with bar sponsored by ASCAP.
In preparation for this year’s event, Country Radio Seminar is offering full registrants the opportunity to collect their badges during an early credential pick-up time, set for Tuesday, February 18th from 4-7 pm CT at Omni Nashville.
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