MOUNT VERNON — Nashville Legacy will be the opening performance for the 2018-19 season of the Community Concert Association of Knox County, also known as “Live on Tour.” It is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the new venue for all of this season’s six concerts — Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s R.R. Hodges Chapel at 800 Martinsburg Road in Mount Vernon.
“Nashville Legacy” is a team of two — Jason Coleman, grandson of Floyd Cramer, and Meagan Taylor, niece of Chet Atkins. Many will remember Coleman from his previous presentations here in 2010 and 2015.
From a young age, it was evident that Coleman had inherited his grandfather’s “slip note” touch at the piano, as it managed to “slip” its way into even the most elementary songs from his early piano lessons. Coleman’s keen ability to play music by ear led to a childhood spent arranging his own renditions of the songs he loved, just as his “Granddad” did throughout his career. In addition to sharing the piano bench at home, Coleman grew up performing with Cramer at his concerts and on national TV. Though he was only 12 years old when Cramer passed away, the close relationship they shared formed the foundation upon which Coleman has built his own career in music.
Coleman made his Grand Ole Opry debut at age 17 and two years later, he was given the honor of playing for the Medallion Ceremony recognizing Floyd Cramer’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Since then, he has spent his career in the studio and on stage, producing a collection of his own piano albums and touring across the country in concerts that pay tribute to his grandfather’s enduring legacy and signature piano style. Coleman makes his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife, Natalie, and their son, Avery.
Taylor grew up in the family of a guitar legend, Chet Atkins, and was surrounded by a heritage of music, but it was after high school that she began to seriously develop her own musical talents. Though Atkins taught her to play fiddle as a child, Taylor was 18 when she first picked up a guitar and turned to her “Uncle Chester” for help in the months before he passed away.
In the years since, Taylor has continued learning her uncle’s distinctive fingerstyle guitar from his closest friends and fans. She has recorded a guitar album of her own as well as two collaborations with Coleman. Taylor, her husband, Chris, and their three children live in Franklin, Tennessee.
Individual tickets for the show are sold at the box office when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Season tickets (six concerts) are available for purchase per adult. Tickets may also be purchased on line at www.ccaofknoxcounty.com or on Facebook.