That’s right, it is absolutely happening and Music City is all a buzz. On July 23, and July 24, right smack in the middle of their respective birthdays, Lee Rascone and Lee Jay are hosting the Broken Spoke Songwriters Café Reunion at the Millennium Maxwell House in Nashville, TN. Both nights are kicking off at 6:00 p.m. so everyone will have a few hours to reunion, catch up and enjoy each other.
About the Spoke
Anybody that was in or around Nashville from the mid 1990’s until 2002 know all about the Spoke. There is not one songwriter that does not have a special memory of that venue. When the writers speak of the “Spoke,” as it was so lovingly referred to, they speak of it with love. The writers speak of the magic, the camaraderie and the hit songs that were inspired there. The room had an air of creativity about it that has not been duplicated in any venue since.
Lee Rascone' was one of the hosts at the Spoke as well as Debi Champion and Dale Burie. Jack Scott hosted there for a time as well as Barbara Cloyd but Lee and Debi were truly part of the heart and soul of the Spoke.
Sadly, the Spoke closed down and even though the room is still as it stood back in 2002, the people that frequented the writer’s room have never forgotten or lost their love for the Spoke. No room has had the vibe, the feel, the love or the togetherness that room held. Countless hit songs were born there. Relationships were started in that room, people got married in that room, and at least one hit songwriter perished in one of the rooms adjacent to the songwriter’s café.
I know that our dear friend Lorna Flowers was looking forward to this reunion as we discussed it shortly before she passed away in March. You can be sure that she is playing on that beloved stage every night with Danny Mayo and all the other songwriters that played there regularly.
The lineup of songwriters performing at this 2 day event is:
Jimmy Payne, Jerry Foster, Karen Wheeler, Gerald Smith, Billy Lee, Tom Fedora, Jan Andrews, Eddie Heinzelman, Don McNatt, Karen McNatt, Danny Martin, Ed Coffey, JC Ward, Corrine Chapman, Randy Finchum, Bill Warrington, Robert Loftis, Hank Sasaki, Stephanie Corbin, Gary Cavanaugh, Rhett McDaniel, Ken and Jeannie Veltz, JT Cooper, JK Coltrain, Toni Staples, Larry King, Jim Herbst, Anthony Smith, Chris Wallin, Camille Wallin, Lisa Carver, David Lee, Tony Lane, Reese Wilson, Bernie Nelson, Irene Kelly, Joel Shewmake, Gene Cook, Mac Elliott, Penny Menzie, Dani Carroll, Cheley Tackett, Annie Mosher, Damon Gray, Herrick, CJ Watson, James Peters, Leigh Reynolds, AJ Masters, Bruce Michael Miller, Craig Monday, Steve Zacker, Jack Bond, Marc Alan Barnette, Mark Stephen Jones, Rick Tiger, Jan Buckingham, Judy Rodman, Bob Mould, Nolan Wilson, Colleen Lloy, and Boomer Castleman
More songwriters are confirming hourly. This is the confirmed lineup at the time of this publishing. Be sure to get there by 6:00 p.m. or you may not get a seat.
This is going to be 2 wonderful and memorable nights. Let the magic begin again!
All scheduling is subject to change as people get sick and have family emergencies. If you are coming to see one particular artist, please check out the artist’s website or Facebook pages for confirmation of appearance as these articles are published a week before the events and life does happen.
This is a premier listening room full of ambiance, vibe and will have some of the best writer’s in Nashville, TN taking the stage on Wednesday & Thursday nights via Lee Rascone. With Lee’s son Lee Jay running the sound board, the sound is always pristine.
The venue is located inside of the Millennium Maxwell House, 2025 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN, 37228
Operating Hours for Maxwell’s are:
Maxwell’s the Lounge is open daily from 2:00pm - 11:00pm
Live music begins at 6:00 p.m. central time.
FREE PARKING, NO COVER OR TICKET FEE, great food and drinks and phenomenal music.
For people who would like to be considered to play at Maxwell’s’ please email/text Lee at YouLookBad@bellsouth.net.
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