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Evening for the Expo

Date: Feb 09, 2019

The date for the 9th Annual “Evening for the Expo– Presented by Lawrence Hall – Abilene” has been set! On Saturday, February 9, 2019 we will be entertained by some of Nashville's best songwriters in a very intimate setting where you can hear all the stories about where the songs came from, get to know each artist/songwriter and what their technique is in writing the songs, and a little history behind them! These songwriters will bring their unique and personal brand of entertainment to Abilene for the benefit of the Expo Center. After the concert, a meet and greet time is available for you to shake hands, visit and take photos with the great icons behind the many beloved songs we hear daily on the radio! Once again we are blessed with some of the most recognized songwriters in the country music world coming to Abilene from Nashville, Tennessee.

Dean Dillon- This legendary songwriter is known for all of the George Strait songs he wrote. George Strait has recorded over 60 songs composed by Dillon with 11- #1 hits such as "Marina Del Rey," "The Chair," "Easy Come, Easy Go", and "Oceanfront Property". His songs have also been recorded by artists such as Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Chris Chris Stapleton. He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2002 and has 26 #1 hits to his credit.

Kelly Lovelace- Lovelace is well known for writing many top hits for Brad Paisley. They became close friends while attending Belmont College in Nashville. His first number #1 hit was recorded by Paisley 1999 and since then he has written or co-written a total of 16 #1 songs. You will recognize songs such as "The Impossible" by Joe Nichols, "The World" and "I'm Still a Guy" by Brad Paisley, and "All American Girl" by Carrie Underwood.

Neil Thrasher- Trasher's songs have been recorded by some of country music's biggest acts including, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride, Billy Ray Cyrus and many more. "There Goes My Life", recorded by Kenny Chesney, spent seven weeks at the #1 spot on the charts. You will also recognize "Fast Cars and Freedom", "Why Wait" and "Banjo" recorded by Rascal Flatts, "Some People Change", by Montgomery Gentry and "What do you Say" and "Strange" by Reba McEntire.

The Expo Center Board of Directors & Staff would like to give a heartfelt thank you to our sponsors.

2019 Presenting Sponsor


Songwriters Sponsors

AEP Texas

Arthur Family Foundation

Dodge Jones Foundation

Greathouse Foundation

Jana & John Thacker

Lyric Sponsors

Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau

Abilene Regional Medical Center

Atmos Energy

Bibb & Associates

Choate Law Firm PLLC

First Financial Bank and

First Financial Trust and Asset Management Co.

4M Autoplex

Lori Pittard & Kelly Gill

Jane & Phil Guitar

Pest Patrol

Becky & Don Poindexter

Prosperity Bank USA

Cindy & Bush Ramsey

Rentech Boiler Systems

Suzie & Gary Shahan

West Texas Radiology Group/Dr. Eric & Sue Shackmuth

Thomas Wheeler and Karen & Jeff Wyatt

TownePlace Suites Abilene/Courtyard by Marriott Abilene NE

Music Sponsors

Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy


Baird & Company

Katie & Cade Browning

CitizensBank N.A.

Eide Bailly LLP

Emmett Family

Family Vision Associates, LLP

Deonna & Gary Galbraith

Katie & Myrick Gloyna

Hall Air Conditioning

Hendrick Medical Center

Karen & David Johnson

Ben E. Keith

Billye & Jory Lee

Kari & Sean Polk

Reed Beverage

Shelton Family Foundation

Randa & Jeff Upp

Teresa & Wayne Yates

Fredericksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hoffman Haus

Decorations provided by

Bunkhouse Hippie, La Villa and Garden World

Please call 325-677-4376 for more information.

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