The Heart Behind the Music

Featuring Bill Champlin formerly of pop/rock supergroup Chicago, Kim Carnes, John Ford Coley, Lenny LeBlanc, and Greg Barnhill. Hosted by Nadine from Larry's Country Diner on RFD-TV

Date: Friday, April 21st


Bill Champlin

Bill is known the world over as the soulful singer/keyboardist of the iconic jazz-pop band Chicago. His featured spots on the hits "Look Away" and "Hard Habit to Break" are among his mainstream highlights. But Bill Champlin's defining work with the Sons of Champlin and as a songwriter put him on the musical map long before he arrived in Chicago. Bill and the Sons were blowing the doors off venues back in the 70s, and they returned to doing the same in the late '90s and into the present. Greg Rule, Keyboard Magazine

Kim Carnes

While she first came to the attention of many through her 1981 history-making rendition of the Jackie DeShannon-Donna Weiss-penned "Bette Davis Eyes," Billboard's No. 1 hit of that year and still one of the Hot 100's biggest chart hits of all time. The Grammy-winning tune is just another remarkable facet of a global recording, performing and songwriting career that has now spanned five decades. There's also the plethora of songs she has written for herself and others. Marked by Carnes' innate ability to fuse heart-piercing lyrics to indelible melodies, her songs have distinguished the artist's own platinum-selling albums as well as those of her many peers. And then there is that unmistakable voice. Like a mysterious beehive, it buzzes and rasps, crackling with kinetic energy, the treasure of sweet, natural honey stored within, just waiting to be savored. As respected Nashville music journalist Peter Cooper has noted, "Carnes' voice is a delight: Sorghum and whiskey and a howl of the heart, with phrasing that recalls Blonde on Blonde-era Dylan."

John Ford Coley

There are songs you hear in your life that transport you to a certain time period or give you a special feeling. You associate those good times to the group that made them famous. Songs like "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight," "Nights Are Forever Without You" and "Love Is The Answer" have that kind of effect on people. Those songs and numerous others have made John Ford Coley a singing legend. He has spent decades touring, writing, recording, and producing.

Lenny LeBlanc

A successful songwriter and singer, it was nearly impossible to turn on the radio in the late 70's without hearing Lenny LeBlanc's hit ballad, "Falling." He was an integral part of the phenomenon that became know as Muscle Shoals Music. Even though there were plenty of friends and other career distractions, he knew where he wanted music to take him, and he possessed the drive to make it happen.

Greg Barnhill

Originally from New Orleans, Barnhill has been writing and performing his entire life. Artists from Etta James, Martina McBride, and Jessica Simpson to Chicago, Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack, Leona Lewis and many in between have embraced his songs. "Walkaway Joe," recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Don Henley, was a significant milestone to his career. The song went on to earn him a Grammy nomination as well as the respect of his peers that follows him to this day. Barnhill also had a crossover smash with "House of Love" for Amy Grant and Vince Gill. Other hit songs include "Same Ol Love", "99.9% Sure I've Never Been Here Before", "She's Taken' A Shine" and "Never Been Kissed". He garnered critical claim with the 2014 single, Gary Allan's "It Ain't The Whiskey" which got rave reviews for its bold take on the issue of addiction.


Nadine comes to life on the weekly TV sitcom "Larry's Country Diner" which airs on RFD-TV. Nadine's TV performances as a regular cast member allows her to spar with such country singing legends as Larry Gatlin, Ray Stevens, Gene Watson, Bill Anderson, T. Graham Brown, Exile and more.

Mill Town Music Hall
1031 Alabama Avenue
P.O. Box 426
Bremen, GA 30110
Phone: 770.537.6455
Fax: 770.537.1837