Hit Makers & Rum Chasers To Kick Off 25-City Songwriters Tour in Nashville

Hit Makers & Rum Chasers, a 25-city songwriters tour to benefit the Charley Foundation in support of music and arts initiatives for school children living in the U.S. and the Virgin Islands, is launching a series of shows that will kick off Jan. 29 at City Winery in Nashville.

Hosted by JT Harding, who penned hits like “Somewhere In My Car,” and “Sangria,” the tour will feature Jim Beavers (Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” and Dierks Bentley’s “Am I the Only One”), Justin Ebach (Brett Young’s “Sleep Without You” and Billy Currington’s “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To”), Chase McGill (Little Big Town’s “When Someone Stops Loving You” and Luke Bryan’s “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”), Jon Nite (“We Were Us” by Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert, and Kenny Chesney’s “Noise”), Jimmy Robbins (Maren Morris’ “I Could Use a Love Song” and Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like this”), and Bridgette Tatum (Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country” and Kristy Lee Cook’s “Lookin’ for a Cowgirl”).

The writers will perform their hits and share behind-the-scenes stories about the music and the writing process in a setting which will evoke an island feel. Guests will enjoy Blue Chair Bay Rum cocktails, a silent auction, and an island-inspired dinner menu created by renowned USVI chefs.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting this Hit Makers and Rum Chasers tour,” said Harding. “There’s no app or streaming service of any kind that can give you this kind of experience. Non-stop hit songs performed by the people who wrote them in an island-vibe setting. We’ll make you laugh and pull on your heartstrings. Music City is coming to your city so don’t miss it!”

“The USVI was devastated by the hurricanes and as it rebuilds kids aren’t getting access to music and arts programs,” said Carolyn Miller, music industry veteran and Charley Foundation founder. “And funding for the arts in cities here stateside have taken a hit as budget allocations diminish. With this tour we want to help raise money for and awareness about these programs to give kids a chance to cultivate their creativity.”

Hit Makers & Rum Chasers songwriting series first launched in St. John, USVI in 2013, and in January 2017, the show came to City Winery in Nashville to raise USVI hurricane relief funds. All proceeds from the 2019 tour will benefit the Charley Foundation.

Hit Makers & Rum Chasers dates:

  • Jan. 29 – Nashville (City Winery) – JT Harding, Jon Nite, Bridgette Tatum and Justin Ebach
  • Feb. 7 – Chicago (City Winery) – JT Harding, Jim Beavers and Justin Ebach
  • Feb 8. – Kansas City (Cherry Hall) – JT Harding, Jim Beavers and Justin Ebach
  • Feb. 16 – Atlanta (GA Freight Depot) – JT Harding, Jimmy Robbins, Bridgette Tatum and Corri English Bentley
  • March 7 – New York City (City Winery) – JT Harding, Jimmy Robins and Jim Beavers
  • March 8 – Boston (City Winery) – JT Harding, Jimmy Robins and Jim Beavers
  • March 9 – Cambridge, MD (venue TBA) – JT Harding, Bridgette Tatum and Jim Beavers
  • March 20 – Charleston (Galliard Center) – JT Harding, Jon Nite and Chase McGill
  • March 21 – Washington, DC (City Winery) – JT Harding, Jon Nite and Chase McGill
  • April 13 – St John, USVI (venue TBA) – JT Harding, Jimmy Robbins and Bridgette Tatum


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