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10/14/2013

Cruzan Rum Presents "Hit Makers & Rum Chasers"

As the cooler climate sets on Nashville, TN, hit Country music songwriters will head off-shore to the balmy U.S. Virgin Islands for a seasonal songwriter series launching on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Reichhold Center for the Arts in St. Thomas.

Promoted by Nashville-based 343 Agency and presented by Cruzan Rum, distributed by Glazer's Premier Distributors, "Hit Makers & Rum Chasers" will regularly bring top Nashville songwriters to the popular travel destination to perform their hits and tell the stories behind the songs.

"'Hit Makers & Rum Chasers' will appeal to local islanders and tourists alike," said 343 Agency president Carolyn Miller. "Country music is already deeply embedded into the Virgin Islands culture, heard on Caribbean Country 93.5 and played on West Indies radio stations for years. But seldom is professional live Country music available in the USVI, a popular vacation spot for Americans and Canadians alike who follow the genre more than ever."

Beginning with the songwriters' accommodations provided in a private villa, leading up to the show at the serene Reichhold Center for the Arts, "Hit Makers & Rum Chasers" offers a peaceful respite from the frenetic environments often found at songwriter festivals, plus all the recreational fun one would expect to enjoy while visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"As the local rum of the Virgin Islands, Cruzan Rum is excited to support this innovative entertainment concept," said Robynn Moorhead, Marketing Director for Glazer's Premier Distributors. "Live music is a huge part of our culture. Being able to provide a forum for folks to meet the writers who compose hits for some of the most popular artists in the world is fantastic. Just like Country music Cruzan Rum has diverse appeal and we are looking forward to welcoming these creative talents to St. Thomas."

The inaugural "Hit Makers & Rum Chasers" show will feature acoustic performances by hit songwriters Kent Blazy, Kendell Marvel, Danny Myrick and Phil O'Donnell.

Kent Blazy and Garth Brooks penned together "If Tomorrow Never Comes," the first No. 1 song for them both. Brooks recorded eight more of their songs on his albums with four capturing the No. 1 spot including "Somewhere Other Than the Night," "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)," "It's Midnight Cinderella," and "She's Gonna Make It." Brooks' newest CD, "The Lost Sessions," includes another Blazy and Brooks song, "For a Minute There," written for their fathers. He has also had cuts by Kenny Chesney, Terri Clark, Diamond Rio, Clay Walker, Patty Loveless, Julie Roberts, Blaine Larsen and more. Blazy's latest No. 1 hit "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)"was recorded by Chris Young.

Kendell Marvel wrote "Twang" for superstar George Strait and landed seven songs on Jake Owen's first two albums including the hits "Yee Haw," "Startin' With Me," and "Don't Think I Can't Love You." He co-wrote "Right Where I Need To Be" for Gary Allan, "That Lonesome Song," the title cut on Jamey Johnson's GRAMMY-nominated album and has had songs recorded by Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton, Joe Diffie, Josh Turner, Randy Houser, Lee Ann Womack, Colt Ford and more.

Danny Myrick has written songs recorded by artists Gloriana, Big and Rich, Montgomery Gentry and Joe Cocker. He has also had a number of hits including Craig Morgan's "International Harvester," and 2009's most played country song, "She's Country" by Jason Aldean. In 2011 and 2012, Myrick has enjoyed radio success with Chris Cagle's "I Got My Country On," and Tim McGraw's "Truck Yeah" and he co-wrote and co-produced The Farm's debut CD, which included the trio's first single "Home Sweet Home."

Phil O'Donnell's songwriting credits include George Strait's 60th No. 1 radio single "Give It All We Got Tonight," Montgomery Gentry's "Back When I Knew It All," Craig Morgan's "Love Remembers," "I Got You," and "More Trucks Than Cars," Joe Diffie's "Tougher Than Nails" and songs recorded by Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Easton Corbin, Josh Thompson, Justin Moore, Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Trace Atkins, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt, Gretchen Wilson, Randy Travis and many more.

Additional "Hit Makers & Rum Chasers" sponsors include The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, Havana Blue Restaurant and SandBar, Cruzan Beach Club and Kellerhals Ferguson Fletcher Kroblin LLP.

A portion of the proceeds from "Hit Makers & Rum Chasers" will benefit children's charities in the U.S. Virgin Islands as administered by The Charley Foundation, the Nashville-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Carolyn Miller that provides support to charitable agencies addressing the critical needs of children.

"Hit Makers & Rum Chasers" tickets are available at the Reichhold Center for the Arts box office by calling 340-693-1559. For additional information, please visit www.HitMakersandRumChasers.com or www.reichholdenter.com. To learn more about Cruzan Rum, visit www.CruzanRum.com.

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