December 6, 2018 – 6:00 pm

Music at the Frist: Songwriter Ronny Criss and Friends

Cafe ~ FREE

  • Ronny Criss sings North and South

  • Abe Partridge

Singer-songwriter Ronny Criss and wife Sarah gather their talented songwriting friends and co-writers for evenings of original music. Born in Arkansas and raised in Chicago, Criss is a talented tunesmith with Southern roots and a Midwestern sensibility. Join them to discover some of Nashville’s new talents as well as enjoying the tunes of some of Nashville's most esteemed established writers in the Frist café.

December 6:

6:00 p.m. Ronny and Sarah Criss

With silky smooth vocals and a distinctive rhythmic style Ronny crafts original songs about life, love and the roads we travel! Born in Forrest City, AR and raised in Chicago, his varied life experience informs ever lyric and note and together with his wife Sarah each song is delivered with a vocal blend that’s honest, beautiful and born from the heart. The two reside in Music City and Ronny is currently writing and performing with some of Nashville’s hottest up and coming writer’s and performers. Ronny has also opened for such artists as Sara Evans, Big N Rich, Alan Jackson, and up and coming artists like Indigo Summer, Katie Cole and Shawn Byrne.

In 2018 Ronny’s song Boom Boom written with and performed by Young Pines featuring Laney Jones was featured in an ad by Amazon Prime for the show Pete the Cat. With a new recorded slated for release in 2019, be on the lookout for big things ahead.

7:00 p.m.  Abe Partridge

People have said that Abe Partridge sounds older than his chronological age, and there’s a very good reason for that – he’s packed a lot of living into his 37 years.

He is a former Baptist preacher who accepted a pastorate at 25 and then left after a near nervous breakdown at 27. He joined the US Air Force and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Now in his well-seasoned mid-30s, he has begun to share his story through his music. Abe performs his songs like an old-time preacher gone mad - with all the soul he can muster. He is a poet, not afraid to tackle any subject. He makes no attempt at pop stardom or radio play - just delivers somber stories with a burning message that demand an honest hearing.

"I'd never heard Abe Partridge's songs prior to his coming into Studio H2O and no idea as what to expect. Within seconds of hearing the first song we recorded, I was fixated by both the strength of his unique vocal style and the compelling poetry and imagery in his songs. I usually avoid comparisons, as they tend to be misconstrued, but Abraham Partridge is cut from the same cloth as Waits, Dylan, and Cohen. Not that he "sounds" like any of them. Quite the contrary, but that his songs and delivery have a superbly defined style that is all his own is undeniable."

- Rick Hirsch, guitarist of Wet Willie - member, Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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