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28 Feb 12 Songwriters Enjoy Texas Music in Allen Performance

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What do you get when you put several songwriters in a room at the same time? A celebration of music. And that is exactly what happened in Allen at the public library auditorium last week.

The event was sponsored by Texas Roadhouse of McKinney and

Bach to Books. It featured Austin Cunningham, Zane Williams, Kylie Rae Harris, Brad Allen and Michael Prysock.

As a special treat, Bette Winkler Hodges, daughter of the late songwriter Ray Winkler, discussed her father’s collaboration with the late Jim Reeves to compose the hit “Welcome to My World.”

Prysock’s songs reflected his Arkansas upbringing, focusing on the importance of family. Allen’s entertaining stage presence contributed to his popularity to the capacity crowd. He was introduced as a cross between Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie.

The highlights of the evening came from the last three performers. From her first guitar strum, the 22-year-old Harris captivated the audience with her strong vocals and well-crafted lyrics. She also joined Williams to provide beautiful backup vocals on one of his songs, “Pablo and Maria.” And Williams kept everyone entertained, especially with his popular version of “99 Bottles of Beer.”

Cunningham was the headliner, and was fantastic. Not only were his songs incredible, but his banter with the audience kept everyone laughing. He told everyone he was selling CDs out front for $2,500 each. His goal was to sell one!

Cunningham’s songs included “Mother’s Day,”

a song he has yet to record, but is dedicated to his mother. Others were “Made to Last” and “Juan’s Drunk Again.”

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