Music Row’s historical club, Picks Nashville located at 1407 Division St., Nashville TN, 37203,formally known as the Country Music Hall of Fame Lounge, has been a long time fixture in town as a gathering place for hit song writers, music industry exec’s and country music stars like Kenny Chesney, Tim Mcgraw and Frizzell & West to name a few. Now under new ownership, Picks Nashville is teaming with some of the industries vast body of talent for a monthly series of rounds featuring country stars and hit songwriters, benefiting various causes close to the owner, Wade Johnson’s heart.
The November 10th show will showcase rising songwriters in the round starting at 6pm with the night culminating in three hit songwriter rounds starting at 8pm, featuring Country/ Bluegrass Music Star, Ken Mellons, whom also penned the hits (Honkytonkville -George Strait) and (The Shoes – Dierks Bentley). Hit songwriters also appearing that night will be Stan Webb (I'm From the Country – Tracy Byrd), Danny Wells (Check Yes or No – George Strait), Gary Hannan (Tequila Makes her Clothes Fall Off – Joe Nichols), Bernie Nelson (Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind – Confederate Railroad) and Rich Fagan (Sold – John Michael Montgomery). A portion of the nights proceeds will be donated to the Lyric Frizzell Fund, to offset the costs incurred during the two year olds cancer treatment at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
On July 28th, 2009, at ten months old, Lyric Alana Frizzell, daughter of Crystal and Artist to the Stars, Corey Frizzell was diagnosed with an aggressive, rare form of Leukemia and was just hours from losing her life. Not only was it a parent’s worst nightmare to hear the dreaded words “Cancer”, but to soon find out that Lyric is the only documented case in history to have her form of Leukemia was unfathomable. She has endured six months of chemo, deadly infections and months of seclusion from family and friends in a protected, filtrated wing of the hospital for immune suppressed patients at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Myelosuppression Unit.
Lyric is now celebrating being declared in a partial remission from the Leukemia but frequents the Vanderbilt Cancer Clinic monthly and will continue to do so for the next four years to monitor her immune system and blood counts. If she can avoid a relapse during this period, having the greatest chance for one during the next year and a half, she will be declared in full remission.
“We are very excited to have someone like Ken Mellons as our featured artist. This is for a great cause and should be a very entertaining night.” – Wade Johnson
Ken Mellons’ childhood musical influences ran rich with the sound of the Appalachian Mountains where his appreciation for soulful harmonies and raw acoustic sounds, sounds that could only be found on his Dad’s Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs records, made an impression Ken would carry with him to Nashville when his father Charles took a position at the “The Tennessean” newspaper, moving the family west to “Music City USA.”
At the time the Mellons’ had no idea that their little boy would grow up to have a giant sized baritone voice that would burst onto the country music scene when Ken signed his first record deal in 1992 with Sony Music selling over 500,000 copies of his debut album, which boasted the radio hits “Jukebox Junkie,” and “I Can Bring Her Back.”.
Although Ken garnered commercial success in the country music field, he recently came full circle releasing his first Bluegrass album Rural Route, featuring the single Tennessee Ridge Runner with special guest appearances by Sonya Isaacs and Vince Gill.
Ken is back where he began and couldn’t be happier “Bluegrass has always been a part of my life, ever since I was a kid. In a way bluegrass music for me is like opening an old photo album full of memories from my childhood. I can’t wait to develop the next roll of pictures and add them to my album.” – Ken Mellons