A large and enthusiastic crowd showed up at the Holland Theatre over the weekend to be entertained by the Nashville Hitmakers.
The Hitmakers came to town to do a show that benefited the Holland Theatre and the Indian Lake Watershed Project.
Sandy Helgeson says the show exceeded her expectations.
Listen to Helgeson discuss the show
Indian Lake graduate Even Stevens headlined the event Saturday evening. It was his first time performing in Logan County. Stevens says it felt great to return to his hometown.
Listen to Stevens talk about performing in Logan County
Stevens performed along with six other songwriters, and all seven are award winners.
The seven performers did the show in a "songwriter-in-the-round" format, meaning they explained where they got the inspiration to write their songs.
The artists complimented the Holland Theatre for its beauty and excellent sound system.
Mike Reid was a Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro defensive lineman before his songwriting career started. One of his well-known songs is Stranger in My House recorded by Ronnie Milsap.
Scotty Emerick is best known for his work with Toby Keith writing songs like I Love This Bar and Beer for My Horses.
Leslie Satcher is a native Texan and wrote the George Strait hit, Troubadour.
Mike Loudermilk is the son of country songwriter John Loudermilk. He began his career when Chet Atkins recorded one of his instrumental songs.
Rebecca Lynn Howard performed Softly and Tenderly for the soundtrack to the Robert Duvall film, The Apostle.
Richard Leigh is the writer of Crystal Gayle's song, Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.
A meet and greet was held at Chattan Loch after the show for attendees who purchased $100 tickets to the show.
Music for the meet and greet was performed by former Bellefontaine residents, The Kent Burnside Trio. The band features Kent, father; Mina, daughter; and Bennett, son. The family moved to Nashville seven years ago.
You can learn more about the Nashville Hitmakers at www.nashvillehitmakers.com.