Even Stevens and his Nashville friends rocked the stage at Indian Lake High School Saturday night for nearly 4 hours as they put on a show for a large audience in turn helping raise money for the Indian Lake Watershed Project and Indian Lake School's Music Department.
The event billed as Nashville Hitmakers consisted of 8 song writers sharing some of their combined 80 top singles that they have created for a who's who of country artists.
The night consisted of the talents of Hugh Prestwood, Richard Leigh, Leslie Satcher, Mike Loudermilk, Scotty Emerick, Beth Nielson Chapman, Paul Overstreet and Indian Lake's own Even Stevens.
These artists have written some of the most memorable songs in country history for the biggest stars in county music. Just some of the songs performed were: This Kiss (recorded by Faith Hill), Troubador (George Strait), Don't it Make My Brown Eyes Blue (Crystal Gayle), Forever and Ever Amen (Randy Travis), and I Love a Rainy Night (Eddie Rabbitt).
Saturday night's guests at Indian Lake High School have worked with the likes of Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Randy Travis, Toby Keith and countless others.
The purpose of the event was to help raise funds for the Indian Lake Watershed Project which helps keep Indian Lake clean. Also benefitting from the event was Indian Lake High School. Their music department will receive some of the money raised.
During the intermission of the show an autographed guitar was auctioned. This guitar was donated by Music Center USA and every artist there signed it and also played it at one time Friday night during a meet-and-greet reception. The guitar fetched a hefty $3,200 from Indian Lake resident Steve Spath.
The magical evening came to a close a little after 11:00 with native son Even Stevens performing some of his famous songs that he wrote with his great friend Eddie Rabbitt. He started with Step By Step, then went to Driving My Life Away before finishing with I Love a Rainy Night.
The crowd gave a standing ovation as the lights came on in the auditorium. The artists weren't done. They stayed around the school and met with fans in the hallways of Indian Lake for a while longer and didn't leave until Sunday morning.
This was the second year of the show coming to Logan County. For more information on Nashville Hitmakers visit their website at www.nashvillehitmakers.com.