Johnny Bulford, Chris Gelbuda & Tim Fagan at Blue Jay @ Blue Jay Listening Room, Jacksonville [17 June]

Johnny Bulford, Chris Gelbuda & Tim Fagan at Blue Jay

20:00 - 22:30

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Blue Jay Listening Room
2457B South Third Street, Jacksonville Beach, FL, Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250
Doors open at 7. Show begins at 8. Seating is first come first served.

Johnny Bulford, the name behind a man that has gained notoriety in and around Music City over the last 10+ years. Bulford, a native Floridian who grew up in a family surrounded by rich music history and influence, was able to naturally hone his craft from a young age. One of the first signs he was going to turn his love of music into a career happened after Bulford attended a Garth Brooks concert at the tender age of 12 and told his mom, “That is what I want to do with my life”. Putting that statement into action, Bulford performed all throughout high school and college, opening for the likes of artists Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson; garnering a win at Colgate Country Showdown, a national singing competition, which landed him a publishing contract at Warner Chappell Music soon after. Since 2011 Bulford has earned multiple achievements; obtained his first album cut “Flashlight”, co-written with Chris Young, that landed on the RCA recording artist’s 2011 album “Neon”, secured his first #1 hit with Lee Brice’s “A Woman Like You” (2011), “Lonely Eyes” a single cut by Young topped the charts at #2 (2014), invited to play “Lonely Eyes” on the famed Ryman Stage with Young during the 5th Annual YPO Southern 7 “Evening At The Ryman” (2015), “What If I Stayed” another album cut by Young (2015), garnered title track on Young’s “It Must Be Christmas” (2016) and wrote “Holiday” which Young co-wrote and cut on his 2017 “Losing Sleep” album. In addition to being a dependable writer for many of Nashville’s current and rising stars, Bulford is one half of duo “Lockhart”. Bulford’s passion of writing has taken him beyond the confines of Music Row, as he spearheads projects to bring the Nashville “Listening Room” experience to his beloved upbringings and stomping grounds of Central Florida and beyond.

While touring the world as guitarist and music director for Colbie Caillat, Tim Fagan co-wrote a duet with her and Jason Mraz, called “Lucky” — which became a radio hit that went on to win a Grammy in 2009. Fagan signed with Sony/ATV and continued writing, producing and performing in Los Angeles. Several of Fagan’s songs have appeared in films, TV shows and national ad campaigns (for 2 years he was the “voice” of Quaker Oats). His seasoned mix of blues guitar chops have also put him on stage with John Mayer, and on tour with international pop rock artist LP. After living for three years in London — his “adventure across the pond” — Fagan now calls Nashville home, along with his 2 ridiculous dogs Tony and Lolly.

Chris Gelbuda is a songwriter and producer from Chicago, IL. His recent cuts include songs by Meghan Trainor, Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Michael Ray, Love and Theft, Frankie Ballard, Wheeler Walker Jr, and Billy Currington. As a producer, Chris found success with the 5x Platinum smash “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor, which was a duet with John Legend. As a vocalist, he was the writer and singer on the European dance #1 “Bad Ideas” by German DJ, Alle Farben. When he’s not making music, you can find him intermittently on tour with the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh & Friends, or making memes on the viral instagram page he created: @MusicCityMemes. He is currently a staff writer for Big Yellow Dog Music in Nashville.
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