Visitor center to showcase local songwriters

Four area musicians will be featured in the upcoming Songwriters Showcase.

The event featuring Forrest Turner, Franny Woodall, Harvey Adams and Justyn Underwood is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Jackson County Visitor Center, 100 N. Broadway St., Seymour.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the visitor center or online at COVID-19 protocols in effect at the time of the show will be followed.

The event is sponsored by Crossroads Entertainment Inc., the nonprofit entity that organizes the annual Crossroads Acoustic Fest at various venues in downtown Seymour.

That festival features world-class, full-time touring singer-songwriters from around the country, but the organization also likes to focus attention on local musicians who write their own songs.

Turner, Woodall, Adams and Underwood will perform their original songs in a listening room environment.

“The visitor center is a great venue for this type of music, but seating capacity is very limited, so we strongly urge fans to purchase tickets in advance. We can’t guarantee tickets will be available at the door,” said Joe Persinger, a member of the Crossroads Entertainment Inc. board of directors who organized the show.

Turner said much of his music has been inspired by experiences growing up in the Medora/Sparksville area. He cites musical influences including country legends Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings as well as contemporary country singers Tyler Childers, Sturgill Simpson and Eric Church. He frequently performs at various live music venues in the area.

Woodall has been featured as an opening act for notable artists such as Grammy Award winner Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Nickel Creek and others. A memorable experience was performing in a songwriter showcase at the storied Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee. She has drawn inspiration from artists such as Carol King, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon and David Bowie.

Early in his musical journey, Adams played in heavy metal bands in venues that included the Ernie Ball stage at Deer Creek, multiple shows at the Emerson Theater in Indianapolis and a Napster event in Chicago with Cypress Hill and Limp Bizkit. But he said his solo acoustic music “is what defines me and tells my story.” He cites Cat Stevens, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Nick Drake as influences.

Underwood is a country artist from the Medora area. He said he writes both fictional and nonfictional story songs. Influences have included Waylon Jennings, Cody Jinks and Merle Haggard. Underwood is a frequent performer at live music venues in Jackson, Washington and Brown counties.

If you go

What: Crossroads Entertainment Inc.’s Songwriters Showcase

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 20

Where: Jackson County Visitor Center, 100 N. Broadway St., Seymour

Who: Local musicians Forrest Turner, Franny Woodall, Harvey Adams and Justyn Underwood will perform original songs in a listening room environment

Cost: $10 (available for purchase at the visitor center or online at