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Kyle Jennings, other songwriters to perform
Kyle Jennings & Friends — Nashville Storytellers Dec. 11 at the Kalamazoo State Theatre.

The focus will be on the songwriters' side of country music when Kalamazoo native and country singer/songwriter Kyle Jennings hosts a concert titled "Kyle Jennings & Friends — Nashville Storytellers" Dec. 11 at the Kalamazoo State Theatre.

A lineup of award-winning Nashville songwriters who have penned No. 1 hits for country artists such as Luke Combs, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Joe Nichols, Easton Corbin and Montgomery Gentry will share the stories behind the songs and then perform their original versions of those hits in an acoustic performance.

In addition to Jennings, songwriters Wynn Varble (“Waitin’ on a Woman,” “A Little More Country Than That”), Tony Arata (“The Dance,” “Here I Am”) and Gary Hannan (“Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” “Back When I Knew It All”) will perform.

Tickets are $25–$35 and available at or the theater's box office, at 404 S. Burdick St. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test is required for entry.