Mac Davis to take the stage at Franklin Theatre this weekend
By Donna OíNeil, Managing Editor
Submitted by Robin Choate
Country and crossover singer/songwriter Mac Davis doesn’t perform live much anymore, but the buzz about the Franklin Theatre draws him to Main Street and historic Downtown Franklin for two one-man show performances this weekend.
The shows which benefit the Nashville Songwriters , Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. at the Franklin Theatre have limited seats available beginning at $49.
Davis, 70, has been visiting Nashville lately to write songs with local songwriters and members of the Nashville Songwriters Association. When asked if his years in the business availed him as a mentor to young songwriters, he countered that he was the one who was learning. “I’m in awe of the songwriters in Nashville. They write quickly and on computers – two things I am not used to doing,” he said. “These Nashville cats know what they are looking for. They bounce ideas back and forth quickly and efficiently.”
Davis explained his old-fashioned work ethic has helped him in the songwriting process, but the use of technology is something he is still getting used to. “You walk into a songwriting session, bang around some lyrics and in three to four hours you walk out with a CD of what you just did. In the old days you would leave with a wallet-sized tape recording of your work and ping pong the song back and forth until you got it they way you wanted it – that was usually a very long process.”
He recently began traveling to Nashville to write songs again. He stayed around home for a few years to raise help raise his boys, but has been traveling to Nashville to get back into the songwriting arena. “I get an awful lot of respect from these guys,” he said, referring to members of the Nashville Songwriters Association that he writes with. “I’m not sure I deserve it. However, I do stand in awe of what they do.”
Davis’ career has propelled him “Full Circle” – coincidently the title of a song he co-wrote with Dolly Parton. In his early days he played college stages. “It was just me and a guitar and 20,000 people sometimes,” he said. He also hosted a variety show, played Las Vegas and was featured in a number of movies. But he says his favorite thing to do is sit on a stool and play to an audience. That, is in fact, what he will do this weekend at the beautifully restored Franklin Theatre.
Davis will delight the audiences on Friday and Saturday night with some of the songs he wrote for Elvis Presley, including “In the Ghetto,” “Memories” and “A Little Less Conversation.” He promised to regale the audience in stories and anecdotes about his career. Don’t miss this exciting show.
For information, visit www.franklintheatre.com or call the box office at 615-538-2075.
Posted on: 10/11/2012