Music City Pickers LIVE! is a weekly singer-songwriter show at The Factory at Franklin’s Little Brick Theater.
Hosted by multi-hit singer songwriters, Brady Seals and Gordon Kennedy, performances consist of talented up-and-coming songwriters to mega-hit writers and artists. Audiences are able to sit in a beautifully renovated theater and experience the performers in an intimate setting, unlike anywhere else in the area.
Brady Seals and Gordon Kennedy met eleven years ago, when a Nashville music publisher put them together to write a song.
It made sense. After all, along with their abilities to weave words and melodies, each of them has a pedigree in the music industry. Seals’ family tree includes Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts), Dan Seals (England Dan and John Ford Coley), Troy Seals (Songwriter’s Hall of Fame) and Johnny Duncan (“Crazy Arms”).
Kennedy and his brothers grew up surrounded by the sound of his dad’s guitar. Jerry Kennedy was an A-list session player. There are too many songs to list, but you know that iconic guitar riff in Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman”? That would be him! Gordon’s brothers, Shelby and Bryan, were inspired by their dad’s music as well and have written number one hits for artists such as Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks.
But Seals and Kennedy had their own history to make. Seals was a founding member of the multi-platinum band, Little Texas and wrote three consecutive number one songs, including “God Blessed Texas”, “My Love” and “What Might Have Been”, earning him ASCAP’s Triple Play Award, ACM’s Group of The Year and two Grammy nominations. He later formed the band Hot Apple Pie which broke the Neilson Soundscan sales record for their debut “Hillbillies” and was part of CMT’s “Top 20 Videos”. In 2011, Brady opened Music City Pickers Vintage Guitar Shop, which has become favored by clients like Rodney Crowell, John Oates, David Cobb, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift. Brady’s vintage guitars have also been featured on the hit TV series, “Nashville.”
Kennedy’s name became nationally recognized when he won Song of the Year at the 1997 Grammy Awards for Eric Clapton’s number one hit, “Change the World”. Kennedy has penned hits for musical greats including Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Bruce Hornsby, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Alison Krauss, Nickel Creek, Peter Frampton, George Strait, Martina McBride, Joan Osborne, Wynonna, Jerry Reed and bluegrass legend, Ricky Skaggs. Some of his most notable cuts include Bonnie Raitt singles, “I Can’t Help You Now,” “I Will Not Be Broken” and her title cut “Gypsy in Me”. He is also known for Alison Krauss’ “Maybe,” and his Garth Brooks single, “You Move Me.” Kennedy currently tours as the guitarist for rock legend, Peter Frampton.
Now, the two friends have come together to host “Music City Pickers LIVE!” and share the stage of The Little Brick Theater with some of their friends, collegues and co-writers. They are excited to offer up a new venue to the community of Franklin, TN and to provide a place where songwriters, artists and instrumentalists can share their talent.