LAKE CITY, S.C. – Buzz Rogers said in order for music lovers to experience anything like next month’s Writers in the Round event in Lake City, they would have to drive to Nashville. And even then, it might not be as good.
Rogers is one of the organizers for the Oct. 5 event at The Bean Market, and he is the father of musician Frank Rogers, who will take the stage along with Brent Anderson, Monty Criswell and Lynn Hutton.
Writers in the Round is an event that puts the spotlight on music composers and allows them a chance to perform their songs and share stories about the compositions. The event was first held in 2012. Buzz Rogers said he was looking for a way to bring more local exposure to his son.
“How could we bring him back to Florence and expose him to the community,” Buzz Rogers said. “And I came up with why don’t we see if we can get him to do a writer’s event. And so that’s how the first one came about.”
Buzz and Frank Rogers are Florence natives. Frank Rogers is a record producer, songwriter, musician, music publisher and record label executive. He has produced music for many prominent county music performers, including Brad Paisley, Darryl Worley and Josh Turner.
According to a news release from Visit Lake City SC, Frank Rogers’ accolades as producer include 39 No. 1 and 70 top 20 songs, 18 Country Music Association Award nominations (with one win) and 27 Academy of Country Music Award nominations (with five wins). As a songwriter, Rogers has earned four Billboard No. 1 songs: “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” by Brad Paisley; “Alright” and “This” by Darius Rucker; and “Backroad Song” by Granger Smith. In 2016, Rogers opened Fluid Music Revolution in conjunction with Spirit Music Group.
Anderson, a Mississippi native, has written for Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line and Danielle Bradbery, among others. His credits also include the No. 1 hit “Lonely Tonight” by Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe and Chris Jansen’s breakthrough hit “Buy Me a Boat.”
Criswell is a two-time Grammy nominee for Country Song of the Year, and he won the Country Music Association’s Single of the Year Award in 2008. He has a roster of more than 200 recorded songs by artists such as Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, George Strait, Trace Adkins, Josh Turner and Darius Rucker.
Hutton’s collaborations have landed him on the multi-platinum-selling “Chief” album by Eric Church with the song “Jack Daniels” as well as Scotty McCreery’s platinum-selling “Clear as Day” album. Hutton's other songwriting credits include tracks by Trace Adkins, Ronnie Dunn, Joe Nichols and the title track of Florida Georgia Line’s debut album, “Here’s to the Good Times.”
Each artist will take the centrally-located stage at The Bean Market, surrounded by the audience seated at banquet tables for an intimate evening of music. Refreshments and a full bar will be available.
Buzz Rogers said the Writers in the Round is similar to attending a show at the Bluebird Café’ in Nashville, but in Lake City it's probably more successful.
“I don’t know at the Bluebird you’d have four writers as successful as these four are at any one time,” Buzz Rogers said. “Y ou might . It’s a pretty special group. And they had a lot of magic in the chemistry of them.”
Doors for next month’s event at The Bean Market will open at 7 p.m. A VIP reception at the Jones-Carter Gallery will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and it will include a meet and greet with the performing artists, heavy hors d’ oeuvres, beer and wine. The Writers in the Round program will begin at 7:30 p.m.
VIP tickets cost $125 and include the VIP reception, table-side service and two complimentary drinks from the full bar at the event. General admission tickets are $75. All tickets can be purchased at witr.eventbrite.com or visitlakecitysc.com/calendar/writers-in-the-round/.
Buzz Rogers said profits from the event will go the Boys and Girls Club in Lake City.