Wednesday Writers Series: Chuck McDowell with Pushing Chain, Dave Cofell and Jonathan Peyton
Live @ Red Clay Music Foundry Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Doors open 6:30 PM
Ticket sales ended Jun 20, 2018 5:30 PM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Hosted by Chuck McDowell and featuring national and local, touring songwriters! Will be streamed live at

General Admission $15 in advance ($20 day of show)
Wednesday Writers Series
Hosted by Chuck McDowell, a weekly series focused on original songwriters, from Georgia and beyond.

The series will stream live on
Louisiana born Georgia raised Chuck McDowell is an award-winning songwriter and
entertainer with a reputation as a remarkably prolific songwriter in songwriting circles around the country. Clever and driven in his pursuit to write better songs, his focus and energy has gained attention from, and garnered co-writes with, some of most lauded songwriters & lyricists of our day.

A romantic, an innovator and a wildly creative personality, Chuck put together the eclectic ESOEBO, a guitar/cello duo with Gail Burnett. Gwinnett Magazine named ESOEBO Best Entertainer of the Year.

Chuck is the 2016 winner of the prestigious Eddie Owen Presents Annual Songwriter Shootout. He has garnered attention for festival appearances including 30A Songwriter Festival and International Folk Alliance. You'll probably pick up his influences, though they are filtered through his unique and playful instincts and southern upbringing.

No Depression recently wrote "McDowell is a deft and crafty songwriter with an innate ability to write serious, emotionally deep-sounding songs born of rather innocuous incidents."

Humor and depth often intertwine letting the listener filter which they receive. His live performances are known for making people smile, laugh, cry, clap, sing, shout, and stomp. more >>>
Pushing Chain
Pushing Chain, a folky-tonk duo from Minnesota’s north shore, features Boyd Blomberg on guitar and vocals and Adam Moe on fiddle and vocals. Their Americana-roots sound has been winning them fans across the Midwest. Recent highlights:

Sang National Anthem at Target Field before a Minnesota Twins game

Opened for Bill Staines, Flatt Lonesome (IBMA 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year), Layla McCalla, David Grier, and John Hiatt

Played New York Mills Cultural Center, Harmony for Mayo Music Series in Rochester, MN, Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, and the Big Top Chautauqua, among many other great venues

2016 festivals around the region including Hazelfest (Center City, MN), the Lowertown Guitar Festival (Minneapolis), and the MBOTMA August Festival (Richmond, MN)

Featured act at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

Placed 2nd in a vocal duo competition at the Minnesota State Fair (2015)

Placed 3rd in the MBOTMA Race for a Place band contest (2015)

Featured on The Playlist (WDSE-TV, Duluth), White Wall Sessions (both television and radio from Sioux Falls, SD), and WCCO TV in Minneapolis

Boyd, former frontman for the national touring band, the Gooneybirds, is an award-winning songwriter (2012 Big Top Chautauqua – second place; 2014 River Falls Roots & Bluegrass – first place, Upper Midwest Songwriter of the Year.)

Pushing Chain is signed with Kingswood Records and sponsored by Shubb Capos and John Pearse Strings.
Dave Cofell
The Best Original Musician of Central MN, (Gannett Media), Dave Cofell performs a variety of styles on six and twelve string guitars, from old standards/covers to folk and blues songs, and instrumental banjo tunes, to jazzy novelty songs and R&B.

In February 2016, Dave Cofell was selected to perform for the 40th Anniversary of the American Folk Life Center for the Library of Congress.

In August 2016, Dave released his third CD; "A Thousand Shades of Blue", produced by Rockhouse Productions. He is also a Central Minnesota Arts Board McKnight Foundation Artist Career Development Grant Winner.

Dave was invited back to entertain for the Library of Congress in February 2017, this time alongside Billy Bragg, Si Kahn and Terra (Gordon) Lightfoot. Dave was signed on by Handshake Management of Austin, Texas after his performance.

Dave typically plays 200+ shows per year and has entertained at a wide variety of venues across the world. From festivals and art galleries to breweries, wineries, coffee shops and bistros, to college residencies and theaters in the Midwest, Ireland, England, and Germany, Dave's live shows are entertaining, engaging and audience-inclusive.

At the music platform ReverbNation, (with 3.8 million users), Dave is #1 on the local charts, #4 regionally, #51 nationally and ranked at #74 globally.
Jonathan Peyton is a singer/songwriter from just north of Atlanta where he lives with his wife and 3 kids. His folk tunes are filled with an authenticity that root from life experiences and relationships with others. Jonathan's first full length album "Waters Below" released in March 2016.

Jonathan recently won the 9th annual open mic shootout and opened for Ben and Noel Haggard at Red Clay Music Foundry. He is currently working on his new EP "Where Do We Stand" with producer Jason Hoard. more >>>
General Admission