3rd Sundays with Doak

You’ve probably heard of Tuesdays with Morrie, but if you’re a songwriter in Nashville, you’ve probably attended one of Doak Turner’s “3rd Sundays at 3:00” potluck jam sessions.


Doak and me

Doak has been hosting the event for 112 straight months, nearly nine years. And that’s not all! He also hosts an annual “Guitar-B-Q” shindig, complete with catered food and a live radio broadcast featuring hit songwriters.

Why?

Well, who better than to explain how this all got started than the host himself.

“In March 2003 I invited about 30 friends that were new to the Nashville songwriting community to bring a covered dish and network and play songs inside and outside the house,” says Doak, who moved to Nashville in March 2002. “Folks kept coming the next month and now it’s been 112 consecutive months.”

Can you imagine it? 100 or so songwriters showing up at your house every month to jam, network and eat?

  
“I keep hosting the event because of the new friendships being built and because it is so fun,” said Doak. “Some people have played their first songs in Nashville at my house because they felt comfortable there.”

Doak added that out-of-towners started to plan their trips around the event and locals (from new in town to hit songwriters) just kept on coming.

Sunday July 15 was the last 3rd Sunday in its current location; Doak is getting ready to move into a new place in Nashville.

“I believe we will find a new location for 3rd Sunday at 3:00,” said Doak. “I’m not sure exactly where, but with all the great people, it will continue and keep making a difference in people’s lives!”

Hats off to Doak for creating a place to host and foster the songwriting community all these years! I hope a new location will be found to keep the tradition going.

For more information on Doak, visit
www.nashvillemuse.com and www.doakturner.com.


Scene from Doak's 3rd Sunday


 



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