Music City Hit-Makers to bring catalog of hits to the Clarion

Music City Hit-Makers to bring catalog of hits to the Clarion

Music City Hit-Makers to bring catalog of hits to the Clarion

Thu Feb 2, 2017

The Clarion at Brazosport College is gearing up for a one-of-a-kind musical event that lovers of country music shouldn’t miss. The Music City Hit-Makers will be appearing at the Clarion at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.

Performing in a Bluebird Cafe-esque style writer's round, the Music City Hit-Makers consists of some of Nashville's elite songwriters. With more than 30 No. 1 hits, these Grammy-winning writers have had songs recorded by some of country music’s biggest artists.

Hit-Makers Rivers Rutherford and Billy Montana will be featured at the Nov. 11 show. The duo will perform and share the stories behind some of the biggest hits they've penned for today's most iconic stars set to the sounds of a symphony.

Rutherford has earned eight No. 1 hits; multiple Grammys, CMA and ACM nominations and more than 20 ASCAP awards, including both of the coveted awards for Country Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

His name is on No. 1 songs by Tim McGraw; Montgomery Gentry; Gretchen Wilson; Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton (for the stunning duet “When I Get Where I’m Going”), Kenny Chesney; Rodney Atkins; Trace Adkins; and Brooks & Dunn, penning the duo’s most successful single to-date, “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You,” which spent six weeks at No. 1 and won both 2002 Billboard and 2002 ASCAP Song Of The Year awards. Rivers has also enjoyed success with country music giants the likes of Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Faith Hill and Gary Allen.

Montana is known for his talent for tapping into powerful emotions in his songwriting, which has led to a string of hits and awards for him and some of country music’s biggest stars.

Montana’s No. 1 credits include Garth Brooks’ record-breaking single “More Than A Memory,” Sara Evans’ smash “Suds in the Bucket,” the Grammy-nominated “Bring On the Rain,” recorded by Jo Dee Messina with Tim McGraw, and his most recent chart topper "Hard To Love," the title cut from Curb recording artist Lee Brice's 2012 CD.  

The Music City Hit-Makers features symphonic scores by Charles Judge, arranger and conductor for Carrie Underwood’s triumphant performances with the Hollywood Bowl & Ravinia Festival Orchestras, and Blake Shelton’s Not-So-Family Christmas Special, which aired on NBC.

The show is sponsored by Freeport LNG.

Tickets for the show are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and Brazosport College employees, and $10 for students and children.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Clarion Box Office at (979) 230-3156 or online at