CCMF Southern Rounds

CCMF Southern Rounds

Easily one of CCMF Fans FAVORITE events – be prepared to be entertained! Southern Rounds brings you the top songwriters in country music to share with you how No. 1 hits from Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson and many more came to be! Hear versions of your favorite songs that were never released. An exclusive experience you will never forget – download the app to add this show stopper to your schedule.

Wyatt Durrette

Wyatt Durrette is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Richmond, VA. Best known for his work with Luke Combs and Zac Brown Band, Wyatt’s songs have garnered a record-setting collection of hits. Most recently, Combs’ song “Even Though I’m Leaving” co-written by Wyatt, reached Number One and received SESAC’s Song of the Year in 2020 along with a CMA Nomination. Their previous collaboration, Number One hit “Beautiful Crazy” received SESAC and CMA’s Song of the Year in 2019 and has gone 4X PLATINUM, sitting at #1 for seven weeks and was one of the biggest songs of 2019. In total, more than forty artist song collaborations have led to over 2 BILLION digital streams, 24 MILLION singles sold, 9 MILLION albums sold, 14 Numbers Ones and 17 Number Ones at Country & Rock Radio. His songs have helped secure 8 GRAMMY Awards and countless nominations. Wyatt has been presented with the incredible honor of the CMA Triple Play Award not once, but twice, as Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried,” “Whatever It Is,” and “Toes” were all chart-topping hits within a twelve-month period, followed by “Highway 20 Ride,” “As She’s Walking Away,” and “Colder Weather.” He has received SESAC’s Song of the Year award 3 times; in 2015 for “Homegrown,” in 2019 for “Beautiful Crazy,” and in 2020 for “Even Though I’m Leaving” a song Wyatt co-wrote with Luke Combs and Ray Fulcher.  In 2021, Wyatt is showing no signs of slowing down, co-writing 5 songs on the new Zac Brown Band album “The Comeback” and the new Niko Moon single “Easy Tonight.”  His new Yesterday’s Wine single “The Wind” is out now.

Chris Gelbuda

Chris Gelbuda is a music maker, in all forms. As a kid, he was a Suzuki trained concert pianist. As an adolescent, he fronted blues and classic rock cover bands. In college, he fronted jam bands. After college, he became a solo performer as well as a session musician. Currently, Chris is in demand as one of Nashville’s brightest young writers. Chris has written songs with:

  • Drake White
  • Taylor Swift
  • JT Hodges
  • Maren Morris
  • James Otto
  • Adam Sanders
  • Linsey Ell

Dave Kennedy

Dave Kennedy is a storyteller above all else, and it’s easy to see why. His songs paint a cinematic portrait of America as his characters journey through love, heartbreak, humor, sin, redemption, revenge and perhaps even a few of the songwriter’s own footsteps along the way. Bringing these songs to life is a voice so soaring and powerful you can’t help but be swept away into his world by the end of the first chorus. He navigates his way through each story and each world with a dynamic presence of both strength and subtlety that appreciates both the peaks and the valleys, the highways and the backroads, the loves lost and lingering in his mind. It’s for all these reasons that Dave has a reputation as one of Nashville’s most respected songwriters and artists, and why artists like Travis Tritt, Riley Green, Whiskey Myers, Drake White, Larry Fleet and others are eager to continue writing and performing with Dave Kennedy.

Rob Snyder

Rob Snyder is a Singer-Songwriter from West Chester, PA. Snyder’s appetite for music began at an early age and was encouraged by his family, as both of his grandfathers were musicians and writers.

Snyder launched “Revival” at the Tin Roof on Demonbreun  Street in Nashville in 2013. With the moniker “Hank and Jesus are watching”, “Revival” showcases some of country music’s most talented songwriters on the planet. Snyder has had songs recorded by Luke Combs’ 4 Week Billboard Number One Song “She Got The Best of Me” (as well as “Six Feet Apart” “Dear Today” & “Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old), Adam Hood, Will Hoge, Channing Wilson, Tim Montana, Ashland Craft, Vince Herman, The Davisson Brothers Band, Andy Frasco, Warren Zeiders, See Creature & more. In 2020, Snyder released his debut Album “The Way That I Am” and continues to put out new music available on all streaming platforms.

Ellis Melillo

Bringing her NY edge to Nashville’s roots, Ellis is paving her own lane through Music City. With comparisons to Alanis Morissette Amy Winehouse and Dua Lipa, her powerhouse vocals and singer-songwriter influences bring a uniquely soulful twist to rock n roll. Ellis is currently gearing up to release her debut EP, produced by Zac Brown and featuring performances from Parson James and Matt Mangano. Catch her out on the road in September opening for the Zac Brown Band. Follow Ellis on Instagram to stay updated: @velvetellis_