Shantell Ogden Live

Shantell Ogden live at Douglar Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Shantell Ogden live at Douglar Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Tonight was a really special celebration for me. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Next Door, a local non-profit that helps women through addiction recovery services. That, to me, is the ultimate power of music- the power to change lives for the better. I’m so grateful to friends and family who make this journey possible for me, and to everyone who joined me tonight in supporting The Next Door.” – Shantell Ogden

Shantell Ogden  Live at Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Shantell Ogden Live at Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Shantell Ogden had a fantastic benefit  last Saturday night at Nashville’s Historic Douglas Corner Café performing for the first time, outside the studio with a full band, new songs from her upcoming album Better At Goodbye set for release on December 17th.

John Willis and Shantell Ogden answer questions, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

John Willis and Shantell Ogden answer questions, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

John Willis, Musician & Producer, at The Next Door Benefit, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

John Willis, Musician & Producer, at The Next Door Benefit, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

The benefit started with several songwriters taking turns performing some of their biggest hits. “The writer’s rounds featuring Jan Buckingham, Judy Rodman, Susie Brown [The Jane Dear Girls], Britney Holman and Marcum Stewart [Acklen Park] were fantastic.” said Shantell

Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Before performing her set, Shantell had Producer and famed session guitarist John Willis get up and had a little “Making of…” session regarding Better At Goodbye.

It was a special night for Shantell as she took the stage kicking it off with “Where You’re Not,” a song that was written with co-writer Bill DiLuigi while on tour in Cape Cod earlier this year barely in time to be included on the album that was nearing completion.

Kasey Todd performing with Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Kasey Todd performing with Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Although most of her fans have heard recorded full arrangements performed by some of the best studio musicians in the business, nobody had heard Shantell perform live with a full band until Saturday night.

Matt Dolland performing with Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Matt Dolland performing with Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Matt Dolland was the go-to utility guy playing both guitar and pedal steel, duplicating some of the parts recorded by John Willis at his own studio, Willisoundz.

Chad Grant performing with Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Chad Grant performing with Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Chad Grant on Bass and Drummer, Kasey Todd made up the rhythm section that brought to life a lot of songs that most fans heard for the first time. Shantell said, “There was a great energy in the room thanks to the crowd, and it was a blast playing with Matt, Chad and Kasey.”

Andrea Villareal performing with Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Andrea Villareal performing with Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Andrea Villareal joined Shantell on-stage to duet a song new song  called “Love Shouldn’t Hurt.” Shantell also performed a song with Annemarie Neff known as “Great American Song” by Acklen Park that got considerable Country Radio airplay a year or so ago and now has a second life in the recently released film Storm Rider and is now known as “Our American Song” performed by Marcum Stewart and Andrea Villareal retaining the original mix for a whole new crowd.

Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Shantell performed “Till My John Wayne” from her previous release, Stories Behind Songs. The stripped down three piece band context breathed new life showing what a great song it really is. This is the type of song that the TV Show Nashville could write an entire episode around.

Anne Marie Neff performing with Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Anne Marie Neff performing with Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

The capacity crowd of friends, family and press were excited for the new album and eventual tour.

Matt Dolland on pedal steel, Shantell Ogden set, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Matt Dolland on pedal steel, Shantell Ogden set, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Matt turned out to have a great voice on the show closing standard, “Stand By Me,” trading lines with Shantell leaving the crowd wanting more.

Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Hopefully, Shantell will get the opportunity to perform more dates with a great band.

Set List:

1. Where You’re Not

2. The Lie I Tell Myself

3. It’s just the Lonely

4. Love Shouldn’t Hurt

5. Great American Song

6. Till My John Wayne

7. Better at Goodbye

8. Looking for My Last

9. Stand By Me

Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Shantell Ogden, Douglas Corner Cafe, 11/16/2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

– Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN     thenashvillebridgeathotmaildotcom

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