Guitars were strummin’, voices were hummin’, and toes were tappin’ as Don Henry, Phillip Coleman and Paul Overstreet entertained guests at Discovery Park of America’s second Singer Songwriter Night concert, sponsored by Commercial Bank. The intimate atmosphere gave guests a neat experience as they were able to hear the history behind each song before it was produced by popular artists such as Randy Travis, Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert. All three writers shared stories of how they were inspired by each other and the situations that influenced some of their songs. They even got the audience involved singing, especially when Paul Overstreet played his song, recorded by Randy Travis, Forever and Ever, Amen.
Don Henry played songs that made the audience and his friends on stage laugh, dance, and shed some tears. His songs were the most heart-felt ones of the evening, and most of the audience could relate in some way to the lyrics. After Don played one about a missing soldier, there were chills and teary eyes amongst the room. After that, Paul Overstreet said, “Well, I hate to follow a sad song with a sad song…” and then started playing a foot-stompin’, side splitting song with the lyrics it takes a whole lot of liquor to like her. Needless to say, Paul Overstreet was the mischievous one of the bunch. And then Phillip Coleman, a native from Union City, played his original version of Cost of Livin’. He wanted to share with the audience that the name of that song was actually The Application. The entire room erupted with applause because of the meaning behind the song. It was Phillip’s own struggle finding a job since the music industry had not picked up any of his songs in a while. He tied in Union City into his song because of the Goodyear Plant that shut down in 2011.
After the show was over, guests were invited to the trains to mix and mingle among the stars at Libation Station. Food was provided by US Foods, a supplier for the Cafe at Discovery Park of America and a cash bar was on the train for those who wanted to wet their whistle. There was more music entertainment on the trains provided by JC Clark and Larry Frey. All in all, the second Singer Songwriter Night was a success and guests were not disappointed. It was a great night to be among stars.