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Fort Worth hotel rounds up country songwriters for unplugged show

Fort Worth hotel rounds up country songwriters for unplugged show

Hal Ketchum
Hal Ketchum performs at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel on May 28.  Photo courtesy of YouTube

Looking to celebrate Memorial Day weekend in a special way, the Omni Fort Worth Hotel will host a showcase May 28 at 8 pm, starring three country musicians going unplugged, headlined by Hal Ketchum, singer of hits such as "Small Town Saturday Night" and "Mama Knows the Highway."

Openers include Fort Worth's own Austin Allsup, who gained national fame with his appearance on season 11 of The Voice, and Dean Dillon, the sleeper who may be less known as a musician, but whose songs have been performed by Music City royalty such as George Jones, Barbara Mandrell, and George Strait.

A native of Tennessee, Dillon has composed or co-written 55 songs for Strait, including 19 singles, 11 of which became No. 1 hits. Standouts include "Easy Come, Easy Go," "Marina del Rey," and "The Chair," Strait's ballad about a nervous young man fumbling over his words when meeting a girl at a dance hall.

Omni general manager Josh Heidenreich says that their goal was to honor Fort Worth culture.

"One of the great things about Fort Worth is its culture of country music with great songwriters," Heidenreich says. "What I love about the lineup is that it hits on a couple different fronts. Austin is a local treasure. Dean Dillon wrote all these great songs for George Strait; he's in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. People might not know who he is but they sure know his songs."

The event will take place in one of their ballrooms. Tickets start at $199 for two tickets and an overnight stay and are available only if you stay at the hotel. "We're making it into an intimate affair, with couches and chairs, for a residential feel," he says. "With this being a songwriters series, they'll be telling the stories behind the songs and interacting with the crowd."

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