Gwen I’ve been having fun reliving Tuesday night, Feb. 9. As you all know by now, that was the nigh Country Music is Love brought us the City of Hope benefit show at the Rutledge in Nashville.

I’ve already told you about the performances by Whitney Duncan, Johnny Bulford, and Caitlin Lynn. Today, You’re going to hear about Gwen Sebastian, Jason Jones, and Jesse Lee. You couldn’t watch the show without wondering exactly where Nashville has been hiding all of this talent.

Rutledge 028 I hope you’ve noticed that I have linked each artists name to their web page or MySpace page, and I really hope you will visit those pages, read their bios and tour schedules, look at their pictures, and listen to their music. In fact, if you only have time to do one thing, listen to their music!

Gwen Sebastian was our first entertainer on the stage last Tuesday night. What a way to start the evening. As soon as she started to sing, everyone knew we were in for a great evening of entertainment.Her song, “Hard Rain,” which you can listen to on her web site, is also available as a ringtone for your cell phone! The only thing wrong with using this for a ringtone is that you aren’t going to get to hear enough of this great song!

Rutledge 066 This midwestern singer/songwriter seems to have taken to the stage the way fish take to water. She was fun to watch and a real joy to listen to. She’s one of the reasons I’m seriously considering a Country’s Chatter New Artist post at least once a week. There are a lot of talented entertainers out there that I don’t even know about. So articles about them would be as much for my benefit as for my readers.

When Gwen first arrived in Nashville, she became a regular at the Wild Horse Saloon, and has since opened for Taylor Swift, Sugarland and Phil Vassar.

Jesse The second artist I want to tell you about today is Jesse Lee. Now, everyone run over to her MySpace page, listen to her music. I love “It’s a Girl Thing,” one of the songs on her player. Jesse doesn’t have any one song that is any better than any of the others. I don’t get to pick them, but if I did, I’d have “Cry Baby” and “It’s A Girl Thing” on our local radio right now.

Normally when artists list their influences on their web pages, they have a whole list of country singers. I kind of liked what Jesse listed as her influences, she wrote “a bad breakup, a first kiss, going to the movies, watching tv, laughing and crying with friends, listening to lots of other artists in all genres.”

Rutledge 071 “It’s a Girl Thing” is also available on Itunes. You need to keep an eye on her MySpace page ad watch where she’s going next. If you have never had the pleasure of sitting in her audience, you will want to do that as soon as you can.

The third singer for today, and sixth out of 10 who appeared at The Rutledge on Feb. 9, is Jason Jones. Jason has six songs on his MySpace page, plus a lot of information about him, and upcoming show dates. Jason is going to be part of Country Concert 2010 on July 8, and he will also be part of Country Thunder on July 25, in Twin Lakes, Wisc.

Jason J The songs on Jason’s MySpace page include “You’re My Favorite,” “Unlikely Angel,” “Put Your Good Time On,” “What’s That Cowgirl See in Me,” “Love to Burn,” and “Slow Dance.” I love finding an artist with that many songs on their MySpace page, that I can turn on, sig back, listen to, and thoroughly enjoy each and every one of them.

Jason grew up in Wakulla Station, Florida. No, I never heard of it either, but according to his bio, it’s just a little south of Tallahassee. Jason said it’s always fun hearing people try to say the name right. Jason, I didn’t even try, I just typed it.

Rutledge 057 Jason said he was a shy and quiet kid when he was growing up. He spent a lot of hours figuring things out on his guitar. And when you see him, you’ll know all those hours were not wasted. He now lives in Nashville, where he continues to work on his country music career.

Like Gwen and Jesse, Jason was also friendly, and seemed to enjoy not only entertaining the people in his audience, but signing autographs and posing for pictures. I hope our newer artists never grow out of their desire to stay close to their fans.

That’s it for the third report from The Rutledge. Over the next day or two, you will hear about the remaining artists: Adam Gregory, Matt Stillwell, Mallary Hope and The Carter Twins.  Until then, enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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I’ve been having fun reliving Tuesday night, Feb. 9. As you all know by now, that was the nigh Country Music is Love brought us the City of Hope benefit show at the Rutledge in Nashville. I’ve already told you about the performances by Whitney Duncan, Johnny...