Nashville just knows how to pump out those songwriters, and Dave Barnes is no exception. Barnes has had success with #1 song “God Gave Me You,” Grammy nominated this year for the Best Country Song as performed by Blake Shelton on 2011’s Red River Blue album. Barnes’ and Shelton’s versions of the song have sold over one million singles to date. Often recognized by the industry as a rising songwriter, Barnes has had many of his songs recorded by other artists including, country singer Billy Currington as well as Marc Broussard, Kelly Clarkson, and Bethany Dillon. He is playing Center Stage tomorrow and joined us for our 5GB series before the show.
What’s the first gig you ever attended?
I’m pretty sure it was Amy Grant.
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed?
One of the most fun gigs I’ve played was a couple of years ago here in Nashville downtown called “Live on the Green” outside – a BEAUTIFUL night – great band – killer crowd. One of those pinch me moments for sure!
What is the best gig you have ever seen?
There are a few – Paul Simon at the Ryman last year – Stevie Wonder in Memphis 4 years ago – Burlap to Cashmere at Exit In in 1998 or so. Those three really stick out.
Gig you would most like to play?
I’d really love to play at a festival in London. DYING to play over there. LOVE England.
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
Perfect bill – Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, Me?
Catch Dave Barnes , Tomorrow at Center Stage