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Lecture-Concert Series presents Nashville storytellers April 23 in rescheduled performance

April 15, 2010 -- Three of Nashville’s greatest American songwriters/performers will perform in the final event of Arkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert Series. Nashville storytellers Chris Wallin, C. J. Watson, and Jeff Gilkinson will perform and tell the stories behind their songs on Friday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in ASU's Fowler Center Drama Theatre, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. The event is free and open to the public. This event, originally scheduled for Friday, January 29, was cancelled due to inclement weather. Due to popular demand, it has been rescheduled.

Hit songwriter Chris Wallin has written number one hit songs for Kenny Chesney (“Don’t Blink”), Toby Keith (“Love Me If You Can”), and Trace Atkins (“I’m Trying”). Wallin will be joined by singer-songwriting champion C. J. Watson, winner of the 2008 Kerrville New Folk Award for Songwriting, and author of “The Everything Songwriting Book,” and Jeff Gilkinson, one of Nashville’s most talented and versatile musicians. Watson has shared the stage with national acts including Brad Paisley, Shawn Mullins, Black Oak Arkansas, and the Georgia Satellites, while Gilkinson is a member of the legendary Dillards ( and has appeared on Austin City Limits. Watson and Gilkinson are both members of the band the Evertones (

Visit Chris Wallin’s website,, or hear samples of his songs at Visit both C. J. Watson and Jeff Gilkinson online at and

For more details, contact
Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean for the Honors College, at (870) 972-2308, or via e-mail at
.The Lecture-Concert Series presents diverse programs to enrich the cultural life of the campus, community, and region. 

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