Live Music Series Keys to Country

Keys to Country Music Series

Started in 2021, the popular Keys to Country Music series has brought internationally famous country music singers and songwriters to the waterside stage here at Hawks Cay Resort. New shows and featured artists will be announced throughout the year. Check back frequently to see the next performers in our line up and make plans to join us for some great musical performances in our open air island event venue.

Book Keys to Country at Hawks Cay and enjoy live country performances on Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th.

We have a great line up of award winning singers and songwriters for a special limited engagement under the stars that you won't want to miss!

Keys to Country Package Includes:

Package guests will receive 2 tickets per night per hotel reservation or 4 tickets per night per villa reservation. Tickets will be provided at check-in via the front desk crew. Guests will be asked to keep their tickets with them at the event as proof of access. Tickets have no cash value and are non-transferable. Valid on new bookings only. Must use promo code COUNTRY. Limited availability. Certain restrictions may apply.

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Country Music Artists Performing at Hawks Cay August 27th and 28th

 
Country music star Tyler Farr
 

Tyler Farr Performing Saturday Evening.

Authentic and unapologetic, Tyler Farr records songs he would listen to in his truck – windows down, sound up. It just so happens country music fans want to hear the same songs.

Without pandering or compromise, Farr’s powerhouse vocals, real-guy relatability, and willingness to mine emotional themes and personal imperfection resonates with people searching to find themselves in the music that underscores their daily routines and future dreams.

With three No. 1 songs (“Redneck Crazy,” “Whiskey in My Water,” and “A Guy Walks Into a Bar”) and a growing string of hits, they found it in Farr. And like a weathered truck with rusty tail pipes, it can get a little loud and gritty.

For his latest project, the Missouri native turned to likeminded mentor Jason Aldean, who signed Farr to his label Night Train Records in partnership with BBR Music Group. As an energetic performer who achieved superstar success cultivating fans from the barstool up, Aldean brings a unique point of view as Farr’s producer along with Kurt Allison and Tully Kennedy (Aldean’s guitarist and bassist, respectively). And Farr clearly breathes easier with his friend and former wedding groomsman in the studio. It’s a creative partnership road tested and forged by truly knowing someone at their core.

Steadfast in his vocal talent and song choices, Farr is unrestrained and fearless as he embraces a rougher, guitar-fueled edge on his four-song 2020 EP, Only Truck In Town. The result feels part barn party, part stadium roller.

Learn more about Tyler Farr on his website.

Run of Show

Friday, August 27th
Kylie Sackley
Jennifer Hanson
Wendell Mobley
Lee Thomas Miller

Saturday August 28
Shane Minor
Wynn Varble
Tyler Farr
 

Country music recording artist Kylie Sackley

Kylie Sackley

As a wunderkind performer in her birthplace of Australia, Kylie dazzled audiences with her authentic grasp of country, her gorgeously expressive vocals, and her electrifying stage presence.

When she won Australia's most prestigious country music talent search, Star Maker (Keith Urban was a previous winner), she made the fateful decision to go the route of being a professional songwriter, and she hasn't looked back since.
Now living and writing in Nashville, Kylie is adept at all facets of songwriting, comfortable writing lyrics, melodies, music, and contributing production ideas. Kylie's songs have been recorded by Sam Hunt, Keith Urban, Randy Houser, Alan Jackson, Danielle Bradberry, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes and more; Including Walker Hayes' single "You Broke Up With Me."

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Country music recording artist Jennifer Hanson

Jennifer Hanson

Critically acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer Jennifer Hanson first came on the scene with her Capitol Records self-titled, debut album.

Her single “Beautiful Goodbye” went on to be a top 15 hit, the highest charting debut single by a new female artist for that year. Recording for both Capitol Records and Universal South during her extensive musical career, she is an ACM and CMT nominated artist as well as a multi-platinum, award-winning songwriter. The recipient of honors from BMI, NSAI, NMPA and ASCAP, her songs have been recorded by Kelly Clarkson, Michelle Branch, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, Rascal Flatts, Mickey Guyton, Jana Kramer, Clay Walker, Vince Gill, Pam Tillis, Don Williams and Dan Tyminski, to name a few. She is responsible for such hits as “Leave the Pieces”, the #1 single for Grammy-nominated duo The Wreckers, and "Let Me Down Easy”, the #1 hit for Billy Currington. Hanson also wrote American Idol finalist Bucky Covington's Top 5 hit "A Different World”, as well as "Country Strong”, the title track from the Gwyneth Paltrow-Tim McGraw film, Country Strong.

Her songs have been heard in dozens of television shows, including The Voice, America’s Got Talent, American Idol, America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Kelly Clarkson Show, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Duets, The Sing-Off, The Fosters, Switched at Birth and Beauty & the Beast, and on major networks ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CMT, VH1, MTV, PBS, The CW, Showtime, Freeform, Netflix, Discovery Channel, Hulu, Paramount+, TV Land, Cox Communications and HGTV. Most recently, her writing/production side-project LÒNIS has had their work featured in Grey’s Anatomy, The Bold Type, Younger, Station 19, Emily in Paris, Selling Sunset, Songland, Restored By The Fords, Deadliest Catch, A Million Little Things, America’s Got Talent: The Champions, My Kitchen Rules, Astrid & Raphaëlle, Roswell, New Mexico, The Hills: New Beginnings and Ghosted, as well as in major national & international ad campaigns and promo spots for XBOX, Target, Ford, Coors Light and Adventhealth. LÒNIS currently has the title track in the Disney film Magic Camp, streaming now on Disney+. They will also have a featured song in the new Kristen Bell comedy Queenpins set for release in 2021, as well as a song in the forthcoming Jennifer Lopez/Owen Wilson romantic comedy Marry Me due for release in 2022.

Currently serving on the Board of Trustees for the Recording Academy, Hanson has been a driving force in the industry proving that her versatility and ability to write, sing and produce have been a key factor in her continued success. A former staff writer with Acuff-Rose and Sony ATV, she is currently signed with iconic music-publishing giant Peermusic.

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Country music recording artist Wendell Mobley

Wendell Mobley

Good chance you’ve heard Wendell’s songs, but if you’ve not heard him sing and play them, you should!

Here’s a few … Randy Houser (ASCAP Song Of The Year “How Country Feels”), Rascal Flatts (“Take Me There”, “Fast Cars and Freedom”, “I Melt”, “Banjo”, “Changed”), Kenny Chesney (ACM nominated Song Of the Year “There Goes My Life”, ASCAP Song Of the Year “How Forever Feels”), Jason Aldean (“Tattoos On This Town”) , Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Brantley Gilbert, Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins, Alabama, Carrie Underwood! He also wrote and sang all those ridiculous Napa Know How commercials. His latest single “A Little More Summertime" recorded by Jason Aldean is also is latest number one.

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Country music recording artist Lee Thomas Miller

Lee Thomas Miller

Lee Thomas Miller is a songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee.

He earned a Bachelors degree in Music Theory/ Composition from Eastern Kentucky University where, along with classical composing and arranging, he studied classical violin, guitar, piano and voice. He was inducted into the EKU “Hall of Distinguished Alumni” in 2010. Lee moved to Nashville in 1991 to pursue a career as a professional musician in the town with arguably the best musicians in the world. “I knew it would be nearly impossible, but I also knew if I could find a way to do it in Nashville I would be succeeding at the highest level” says Miller. “Nashville is the big leagues”.

Lee signed his first exclusive publishing deal in 1996 and has been on the radio virtually ever since. To date, he has had 18 top 20 singles with 7 reaching #1 and has earned 13 BMI radio performance awards. His songs have reached radio play in excess of 15 million spins. His accomplishments include 3 Grammy nominations, a teen choice award, and 4 titles being nominated for ‘Song of the Year’ at major industry events. He won both a CMA and an ACM award for Song of the Year with “In Color” as recorded by Jamey Johnson. “You’re Gonna Miss This” won Song of the Year at both the ASCAP and NSAI awards and single of the year at the CMA awards.

Miller has also been given 4 “Songs I Wish I Had Written” trophies as voted on by the professional membership of NSAI (the Nashville Songwriter’s Association).

Lee served as President of NSAI for 5 years and is still currently on their Legislative committee traveling to Washington D.C. representing and lobbying for the rights of the American songwriter. He has testified before both houses of the U.S. congress as well as spending countless hours with bureaucrats reaching from the department of justice to cabinet level officials to federal judges. In 2015 he was presented with BMI’s inaugural “Champions Award” for these legislative efforts.

Ultimately, all of this led to the passing of the federal Music Modernization Act changing the criteria for which songwriters are paid in the digital era. Lee was at the White House to witness the President signing it into law.

Miller has had success also as a record producer producing a pair of top 20 hits on recording artist Steve Holy including his #1 record “Brand New Girlfriend”.

On a personal note, in 2010 he was awarded the Fatherhood Award from Washington D.C.’s National Fatherhood Initiative and he and his wife Jana received the Congressional “Angels in Adoption” award on Capitol hill in 2015 having adopted 3 of their 4 children. Lee and Jana have been married 28 years and live in Brentwood, Tennessee with their 4 kids.

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Country music recording artist Shane Minor

Shane Minor

If the best songs come from life's own experiences, Shane Minor has a lot to pull from.

On the road that led him to hit songwriting he grew up as a working cowboy's son and a preacher's grandson. He started singing in church at 4 years old and around the same age learned to ride horses and started rodeo'n. After a bad rodeo injury at 20 years old Shane rode the brakes for a while unable to heal up. He moved in with his Southern Oklahoma grandparents who pastored a church. Shane credits his tenacity and God fearing spirit to his grandparents. Especially his grandmother Elsie Earp who is the great niece of legendary lawman, Wyatt Earp.

In his teenage years and college years Shane traveled most of California and Oklahoma singing in local honky tonks and dives. He would sit in with complete strangers and local bands and started building up a grass roots following. Not making enough money to support himself he followed the Earp blue line in his blood. By an accidental twist of fate he took a job with the Los Angeles Police Dept as a police officer. Shane worked in Watts in South Central Los Angeles. He was in the '92 Rodney King riots. While working with the LAPD Shane would still sing around the greater LA area. Thats where he and CMA award winning producer Dann Huff met. Dann had Shane come to Nashville for label meetings. On the trip Shane was signed by Mercury Records and ended his 9 years stint with the LAPD.

Shane Minor's record was released in 1999. "Slave to the Habit " his first single went top 10 on the country billboard charts. He was Shania Twain's opening act on the 1 1/2 year stadium tour. His video for Slave to the Habit won him VH1/MTV awards which were some of the first given to country artists. After his journey with mercury records, Shane turned down making another record to pursue his love, writing songs. Shane knows his way around the billboard charts. He has spent time there with his own songs as an artist and a writer. Shane is currently one of Sony Nashville’s most prestigious writers. He not only writes but mentors newly signed artists. He is also an award winning member of BMI Nashville.

If you listen to country radio you will hear a Shane Minor song being sung by a big major artist and the new rising stars as well.
 

A few of Shane Minor's songs:

Beautiful Mess - Diamond Rio
She Thinks She Needs Me - Andy Griggs
Fall – Clay Walker and Kimberly Locke from American Idol
Brand New Girlfriend – Steve Holy
International Harvester – Craig Morgan
Live a Little Love a Lot – Kenny Chesney
Chillin' It – Cole Swindell
Close Your Eyes for This – Parmalee
Playing the Part – Jamey Johnson
His Kind of Money – Eric Church
Broken Windshield View – ChrisLlane
Your'e in My Head – Brian Mccomas
Yup (current single) - Easton Corbin

Shane has written for many other artists including Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Randy Houser, Justin Moore, Chase Rice, Chris Young, Neal Mccoy, Tyler Farr, The Farm, Kevin Fowler, Rodney Atkins, Love and Theft, Brett Michaels, Josh Thompson, Trace Adkins and many more.

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Country music recording artist Wynn Varble

Wynn Varble

Wynn came to love country music at a very young age. He discovered his father’s collection of classic country albums.

He even traded his big brother’s “Grand Funk Railroad” for a copy of Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John”. He still has a scar to prove it. Around the age of 14 a neighbor named Ned Smith showed him a few chords on an old guitar. As soon as Wynn learned a few chords, he began to write his own songs. Wynn says Willie Nelson taught him the rest from the “Red Headed Stranger” album.

After many years of playing in honkytonks, bars and feed store parking lots; he decided to make the move to Nashville. His first radio single was “Fit To Be Tied Down” by Sammy Kershaw. Since then he has had dozens of hits including three number ones…all three were nominated as Song Of The Year by either CMA or ACM and sometimes both. Those songs are: “Have You Forgotten” by Darryl Worley, “Waiting On A Woman” by Brad Paisley, and “I’m A Little More Country Than That” recorded by Easton Corbin.

Wynn received Nashville Songwriters Association’s Songwriter of the Year Award in 2009.

Wynn has three songs on the new Garth Brooks CD “Man Against Machine”, including the current hit single, “Mom”.

Wynn made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2011. He has appeared on reality shows and had a weekly spot on the Joey and Rory Show on RFD TV for several years.

Wynn still writes songs every day and tours extensively. His latest CD “Portrait of My Father” is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms. Some of his latest singles are “She Ain’t In It” by Jon Pardi and “Left Right” by Hannah Dasher.

Wynn is currently with BMG Music Publishing.

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Past Performances

Lee

Brice

PAST KEYS TO COUNTRY ARTISTS

Lee Brice and friends performed a sold out show at Hawks Cay February 2021

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Easton

Corbin

PAST KEYS TO COUNTRY ARTISTS

Easton Corbin and friends performed a sold out show at Hawks Cay January 2021

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Warren

Brothers

PAST KEYS TO COUNTRY ARTISTS

The Warren Brothers and friends performed at Hawks Cay April 2021

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Lee

Brice

PAST KEYS TO COUNTRY ARTISTS

Lee Brice and friends performed a sold out show at Hawks Cay February 2021

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Easton

Corbin

PAST KEYS TO COUNTRY ARTISTS

Easton Corbin and friends performed a sold out show at Hawks Cay January 2021

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Lee

Brice

PAST KEYS TO COUNTRY ARTISTS

Lee Brice and friends performed a sold out show at Hawks Cay February 2021

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Warren

Brothers

PAST KEYS TO COUNTRY ARTISTS

The Warren Brothers and friends performed at Hawks Cay April 2021

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