the songs that wrote country music
Hear the songs that made the legends and the stories behind the songs. Performed by country music Hall-of-Famer Kenny Hess and his award-winning band!
About the show
Recording artist, songwriter, performer and music entrepreneur Kenny Hess has been deeply involved in the country music industry since the early 80’s. Born in small-town Saskatchewan, he cut his teeth singing the songs of such greats as Charlie Pride, Kris Kristofferson and George Jones. Fast forward a few years, and you’ve got a guy who established his multi-award-winning artist career opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson.
A prolific songwriter, Hess was noticed in the nineties by Nashville’s legendary songwriter Harlan Howard, and Kenny’s long and illustrious songwriting career was launched when he signed with the prestigious publishing house, Harlan Howard Songs. Since then, Kenny has enjoyed many charting singles and has had more than 200 of his original songs recorded. That success was honoured in 2015, when he returned home to BC to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Though blessed with the soul of a story-teller and one of the biggest voices in country music, Kenny’s real strength has always been his ability to hold an audience in the palm of his hand whether it be with his country-soaked voice, wry sense of humor, or heartfelt songs of life.
‘The Songs That Wrote Country Music’ was a truly natural process for Kenny, evolving out of his deep and abiding love for classic country music and his behind-the-scenes industry glimpses – from backstage green rooms to Nashville’s Music Row writer’s rooms and all stops in between. With his band of award-winning musicians – all either songwriters, producers or artists themselves – Hess has created an extraordinarily entertaining show, based on the songs that grew the roots of country music, and the impact of those iconic songwriters and artists on a genre that continues to flourish today.
“The stories……the music.....this is an exceptional entertainment experience, and a rare look look into the history of country music by a masterful storyteller and artist, Kenny Hess”
- McKiller Music
“ Kenny Hess performed his highly entertaining show, “The Songs That Wrote Country Music” to a SOLD OUT audience at Blue Frog Studios. Kenny’s unique mix of superb vocals, humour and interesting music trivia kept the audience totally engaged...Kenny and his A-List band just nail it. ”
- Kelly Breaks, Blue Frog Studios
On the road since ‘77
MAY 31 The Occidental - Quesnel, BC
JUNE 01 100 Mile Community Centre - 100 Mile House, BC
JUNE 07 Merritt Civic Center - Merritt, BC
JUNE 29 ACT Theatre - Maple Ridge, BC
JULY 07 Clarke Theatre - Mission, BC
JULY 11 Revelstoke Recreation Centre - Revelstoke, BC
JULY 12 Banff Legion Hall - Banff, AB
JULY 13 Fernie Community Centre - Fernie, BC
AUG 23 The Bulkley Valley Exhibition - Smithers, BC
OCT 03 Festival Place - Sherwood Park, AB
OCT 05 Horizon Theatre - Spruce Grove, AB
OCT 06 Bonnyville Centennial Center - Bonnyville, AB
OCT 27 Keyano College - Fort McMurray, AB
NOV 08 Creekside Theatre - Lake Country, BC