Shane Minor and Phil O'Donnell @ Bud & Alley's
Bud and Alley’s waterfront restaurant in Seaside is host to monthly Nashville Songwriters this Summer. We can’t think of a better place to chill with a cocktail and enjoy some of today's best country music. Nashville-based country music songwriters Shane Minor and Phil “Philbilly” O’Donnell will perform at five spectacular venues along the beautiful beaches of Northwest Florida during the week of Aug 9-13, 2016.
Bud and Alley's | Tuesday Aug 9 at 8pm - Free and open to the public. Come out to the perfect concert stage set next to the Gulf of Mexico at Bud and Alley's Restaurant.
If the best songs come from life's own experiences, Shane Minor has a lot to pull from.
On the road that led him to hit songwriting he grew up as a working cowboy’s son and a preacher’s grandson. He started singing in church at 4-years-old and around the same age learned to ride horses and started rodeo'n. After a bad rodeo injury at 20-years-old, Shane rode the brakes for a while unable to heal up. He moved in with his southern Oklahoma grandparents who pastored a church. Shane credits his tenacity and God-fearing spirit to his grandparents --- especially his grandmother Elsie Earp, who is the great niece of legendary lawman, Wyatt Earp.
During his teenage and college years, Shane traveled most of California and Oklahoma singing in local Honky Tonks and dives. He would sit-in with complete strangers and local bands and started building up a grassroots following. Not making enough money to support himself, he followed the Earp blue line in his blood. By an accidental twist of fate he took a job with the Los Angeles Police Department as a police officer. Shane worked in Watts in south central Los Angeles. He was in the 1992 Rodney King riots. While working with the LAPD, Shane continued singing around the greater LA area. That’s where he and CMA award-winning producer Dann Huff met. Dann had Shane come to Nashville for label meetings. During the trip Shane was signed by Mercury Records and ended his 9-year stint with the LAPD.
Shane’s self-titled record was released in 1999. "Slave to the Habit", his first single, went top 10 on the Country Billboard charts. He was Shania Twain’s opening act on her 18-month stadium tour. His video for “Slave to the Habit” won him VH1/MTV awards which were some of the first ever given to country artists. After his journey with Mercury Records, Shane turned down making another record to pursue his love --- writing songs. Shane knows his way around the Billboard charts. He has spent time there with his own songs as an artist and a writer. Shane is currently one of Sony Nashville's most prestigious songwriters. He not only writes but mentors newly-signed artists. He is also an award-winning member of BMI Nashville.
If you listen to country radio you will hear a Shane Minor song sung by major artists and rising stars as well.
Shane has written for Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Cole Swindell, Parmalee, Jamey Johnson, Eric Church, Easton Corbin, Rascal Flatts, Brantley Gilbert, Randy Houser, Justin Moore, Chase Rice, Chris Young, Diamond Rio, Clay Walker, Craig Morgan, Neal McCoy, Tyler Farr, The Farm, Kevin Fowler, Rodney Atkins, Love and Theft, Brett Michaels, Josh Thompson, Trace Adkins, and many more.
Phil “Philbilly” McDonnell
Phil O’Donnell, a Canada native, made his first trip to Nashville in 1983 and began developing his skills as a songwriter.Officially making the move in 1994, O’Donnell has also worked as a musician, playing guitar with many artists including Craig Morgan, Jeff Carson, Kevin Denney, Johnny Lee, and Sherrie Austin.
O’Donnell’s songwriting credits include George Strait, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Parmalee, Easton Corbin, Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Joe Diffie, Clay Walker, Darryl Worley, Rodney Atkins, Tyler Farr, William Michael Morgan, Craig Campbell, Josh Thompson, Justin Moore, Kelly Pickler, Tate Stevens, Scotty McCreery, Trace Atkins, Clint Black, Chris Janson, Matt Mason, Mark Chestnut, Tracy Byrd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt, Gretchen Wilson, Randy Travis, Neal McCoy, Tracy Lawrence, Sammy Kershaw, Tucker Beathard, and many others.
In addition to having a successful career as a songwriter, O’Donnell also has served as producer for artists such as Craig Morgan, Josh Thompson, Keith Anderson, Matt Mason, Gord Bamford, Tyler Deveau, Justin McBride, Chris Janson, Mark Wills, Tara Oram, Jason Blaine, High Valley, Steve Richard, and The Davisson Brothers Band.
Bud & Alley’s Restaurant's amazing 30 year run in Seaside is being celebrated all year. So get up to the rooftop deck and toast all the fun and great memories of the last three decades, and decades to come. Founded in 1986 in Seaside, Florida, Bud & Alley’s has become a revered gathering place by local patrons and visitors known for “Good Food. Good People. Good Times.” Over the years, Bud & Alley’s has garnered numerous awards including Florida Trend Magazine’s Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award, designating the eatery as one of the Top 20 Restaurants in Florida.
Get the entire Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour schedule and make plans to catch great live music coming to Bud and Alley's, The Bay, The Hub, Emerald Grande and Boardwalk Beach Resort at SoWal.com.
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