The second concert in the ExploreGeorgia.org Songwriter Series features a special set of soul music featuring Abby Owens, Mike Dekle and Levi Lowrey sharing the Community Stage at The Foundry in Athens on Friday, Oct. 6. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $15 in advance, available here, and $20 in the door. VIP Packages are available directly through The Foundry here with reserved tables on the mezzanine at $60 for two and $120 for four plus the VIP Suite for ten at $300.
Known primarily as a songwriter, Mike Dekle has penned tunes for the likes of Kenny Rogers, Tracy Byrd and Joe Nichols. Still, when he applies his distinctive Georgia twang to his Nashville-ready tunes, there’s real performance magic that happens. Fun fact – when not making the songwriter rounds in the Music City, Dekle runs a successful insurance business in his hometown of Athens.
Singer-Songwriter Levi Lowrey comes from musical stock – his great-great grandfather was Georgia fiddling legend Gil Tanner. It’s a legacy he embraces. His most recent release – the sprawling Roots and Branches – features 11 Tanner compositions and ten of Lowrey’s own. Lowrey’s songwriting and performance prowess is also well-documented. He is a former member of the Zac Brown Band and co-wrote the hits “Colder Weather” and “The Wind”.
A fellow proponent of what fellow Waycrosser Gram Parsons called Cosmis American Music, Abby Owens’s songs obliterate the lines between country, folk and rock lending a sense of urgent authenticity to her musical tales of loss and redemption. It’s a formula that works so well that Jason Isbell produced her 2010 album Indiantown.
The ExploreGeorgia.org Songwriter Series is presented by Georgia Tourism to promote the state as a destination for music festivals and music heritage. The series spotlights 19 musicians in six concert hosted in six different cities. For more information, visit ExploreGeorgia.org/Songwriter-Series.com.