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February 25, 2014

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Nashville AIMP Producer's Panel

A casual conversation with a few of Nashville's top music producers: Paul Worley, Jeff Stevens, and Brett Beavers. STUDENT RATE: $5.00 with Valid Student ID (Price includes appetizers only).


Paul Worley
Producer & Session Guitarist

Jeff Stevens

Brett Beavers
Producer, Songwriter


Craig Havighurst
Writer, Producer, Speaker

AIMP Panel

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Soulshine Pizza
1907 Division St
Nashville, TN 37212

Moderator: Craig Havighurst will lead the discussion!! Craig Havighurst is a writer, producer and speaker in Nashville who has won awards for his work in print, radio and television. He's now senior producer and show journalist for Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe, a weekly Americana radio show and webcast. Craig has been a regular contributor for WPLN in Nashville and National Public Radio. He is the author of "Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City," which was published in the fall of 2007 by the University of Illinois Press. He's contributed to the Encyclopedia of Country Music, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. And recently he completed production of three short documentary films for permanent exhibition at the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC. Between 2000 and 2004, Havighurst was a staff writer covering music and the music business for The Tennessean. For his feature writing there, he was the recipient of the 2004 Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism. As a freelance writer, Havighurst has contributed to The Oxford American, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Country Music Magazine, and No Depression. He was the lead writer and researcher on "Hairdos and Heartache: The Women of Country Music," which aired on the A&E Network in the spring of 2006, and his short documentary on the history of WSM radio for Nashville Public Television won a regional Emmy Award.

Additional Speaker Information

Paul Worley began his career in the late 1970s as a session guitarist in Nashville, Tennessee. On the recommendation of record producer Jim Ed Norman, he first played guitar on albums by Janie Fricke, Eddy Raven, and Mickey Gilley. Worley's first production credits included Riders in the Sky's Three on the Trail (1976) and Gary Morris' Why Lady Why (1983). Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Worley has produced or co-produced several country music albums, primarily by country music artists. Through his association with the Dixie Chicks, Worley earned two Grammy Awards for Best Country Album, both times for albums recorded by the Dixie Chicks: 1998's Wide Open Spaces and 1999's Fly.[6][7] Worley also played guitar on the Chicks' debut single "I Can Love You Better". After becoming chief creative officer at Warner Bros. Records in 2002, Worley helped to sign Big & Rich, a country music duo composed of Big Kenny and John Rich. In early 2011, Worley shared with Lady Antebellum in four of the 2010 Grammy Awards: Best Country Album, Record of the Year, Song of The Year and Best Country Song.

Jeff Stevens, named a 2012 Billboard “Hot Country Producer”, has produced all four of country superstar Luke Bryan’s albums. Luke’s third album “Tailgates and Tanlines” has gone double platinum selling more than 2 million copies since it’s release. The project has been nominated for “Album Of The Year” by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, won “Album Of The Year” at the American Country Awards, and spawned the smash hits “Drunk On You”, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”, “I Don’t Want This Night To End” and “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).” Bryan stands at the top of Billboard and Aircheck’s 2012 year end charts as most played artist on country radio and is the reigning Academy Of Country Music’s Entertainer Of The Year. Jeff has written seven #1 singles, including George Strait’s “Carrying Your Love With Me”, Tim McGraw’s “Back When” and Luke Bryan’s “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”.

Brett Beavers attended Baylor University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education in 1985. He spent the next four years playing bass guitar with a small country band throughout Central Texas. Shortly after arriving in Nashville, Beavers began touring with Martina McBride as bass player and bandleader, from 1992–1996, and then with Lee Ann Womack from 1997–2005 in the same capacity. During this time period he started a publishing company and began getting his songs recorded by such artists as Tim McGraw and Billy Ray Cyrus. In 2005, he stopped performing and touring to pursue songwriting and producing on a full-time basis. Much of Beavers' success has been with Dierks Bentley, for whom he produces and writes most of his songs, a collaboration that began in 2001. The partnership has produced several number one Hot Country Songs, including "Sideways", "Come a Little Closer", "Feel That Fire", and "Every Mile a Memory". In addition to chart-topping success, the pairing has led to a SOCAN and NSAI Achievement Award for "What Was I Thinkin'", a BMI Award Most Performed Song for "Trying to Stop Your Leaving", and Grammy Award nominations for Best Country Song, "Long Trip Alone" and Country Song of the Year, "Every Mile a Memory". The songs that he has written and produced for Bentley have also led to Beavers being honored at the BMI Country Awards every year from 2006–2009.

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