NRS Series 2 Prelim 10

We had a fantastic final open-mic round! 52 songwriters came out to compete, and we expanded the list and 30 writers performed their song live in front of a packed house at Tin Roof and 6,000 views on our Live Stream! We heard many great songs this round!!

Nashville Rising Song Series 2 Prelim 10 Winners. From left to right, Gary Earl (music industry judge), Robin Earl (music industry judge), Derrick Ryan (music industry judges alternate winner), Blaine Acheson (music industry judges and audience winner), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 10:

1- Aaron Franco
2- Adam Craw
3- AJ Bisto
4- Blaine Acheson
5- Charles Lueker
6- Derrick Ryan
7- Donald Franco
8- Eli Kirk
9- Jasmin Bade
10- Josh Rowe
11- Kimberly Wolff
12- Koli Kohler
13- Mike Dunbar
14- Scott Harris
15- Scott Thorn
16- Shane Cook
17- Tommy O’Keeffe
18- Tucker Jones
19- Samantha Rae Duquette
20- Doug Allen
21- Haystack Slim
22- Alex Smith
23- Raquel Telfer
24- Dallas Burrow
25- Artis Greene
26- Armand Anderson
27- Ben Anderson
28- Clare Cunningham
29- Mike Swindell
30- Buck Westmoreland


Blaine Acheson- Judges & Audience Winner
Derrick Ryan- Judges Alternate Winner

Blaine and Derrick will come back and join 18 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Monday, July 16, 2018 at Tin Roof on Demonbruen. The finals will be held Monday, July 23, 2018 at Tin Roof on Demonbruen.


Robin Earl coaches voice, and produces music with her husband, Gary Earl, for artists and songwriters in Nashville, the US, and worldwide.

Robin is a ‘go-to’ problem solver for vocal issues of all types, working with singers on the physical and mental aspects of singing as well as vocal skills. She draws on her own varied background as a vocalist, songwriter to help singers achieve their best vocals for recording and performing. She works with singers of all levels, from beginner to pro.

Robin’s clients’ credits include: Grammy nominated artists,, Major Labels, Radio Disney, The Tonight Show, X-Factor, The Voice and Idol audition finalists, NYC commercials, film/TV placements. Her own vocals and songwriting are featured on HBO, Disney, films, tv, cds.
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Gary is a Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist, mix engineer and music producer. Gary has a vast resume of songs that have that have been broadcast in film and on TV (Over 700 to date!), including Disney, Batman, The Bachelor, Pokemon, Warner Bros., HBO, Paramount, Tristar, Sony, Columbia, MGM, 20th Century Fox, MTV, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and more.

Gary’s songwriting won a Kennedy Center for the Arts Award.

He is also an Audio Consultant to Apple and a voting member of the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Grammys.
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Watch a Replay of the round Below