Sounds of Nashville

Sounds of Nashville

Friday, August 13 | 7–9 pm

Back for year three, listen to your favorite country songs performed acoustically by the songwriters themselves under the stars. Featuring all-new songwriters!

2021 Songwriters
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Tim Nichols

Tim has been singing and writing in Nashville since the late 1980s. In the 90s, he was part of the artist duo Turner Nichols signed to BNA Entertainment and released an album in 1993. 

In 2004, he took home a Grammy for Best Country Song for “Live Like You Were Dying” recorded by Tim McGraw. His additional songwriting credits include Dustin Lynch’s “Cowboys and Angels,” Chris Young’s “The Man I Want To Be,” Jo Dee Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California” and Joe Nichols’ “She Only Smokes When She Drinks.”  He has also had songs recorded by Trace Adkins, Terri Clark, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, James Otto, Keith Whitley, and Lee Ann Womack to name a few.

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Deric Ruttan

Deric Ruttan is a Grammy-nominated, Nashville-based singer/songwriter and a Canadian country music artist. The writer of multiple #1 country songs, Deric has had over 70 songs recorded by other artists, including cuts by Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Justin Moore and David Nail to name a few. Bentley’s chart-toppers “What Was I Thinkin,’” (Billboard #1), and “Lot Of Leavin’ Left To Do” (Radio & Records #2) are Ruttan co-writes, as are the Eric Church hits,  “Guys Like Me” and “Hell On The Heart” (Mediabase #8).

In November 2013, he celebrated a multi-week #1 song when “Mine Would Be You,” recorded by country superstar and The Voice judge Blake Shelton, was a three-week number one (Billboard) for the artist. “Mine Would Be You” was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song and an ACM Award for Song Of The Year. In June 2016, Deric celebrated his second Blake Shelton #1 hit with the introspective “Came Here To Forget.” In July 2016, MCA Nashville’s David Nail took the Ruttan summer anthem “Night’s On Fire” to #10 on the Mediabase chart, and in April of 2017 Deric celebrated his fourth #1 country single when Jason Aldean took his song “Any Ol’ Barstool” to the top of both the Billboard and Mediabase country charts.  

Heather Morgan

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Vince Gill once described Heather Morgan’s voice as a combination of Patty Griffin and Dolly Parton.

Growing up in Richardson, Texas, Heather was raised on Willie Nelson, Dolly, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Dixie Chicks and Motown classics. Heather has written songs for such artists as Randy Rogers Band, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley and Maren Morris.

She had her first #1 song “Beat of the Music”, which was co-written with Ross Copperman and Brett Eldredge. The song won BMI’s Song of the Year in 2015. These three writers followed up with another #1 song for Brett, “Lose My Mind.” Another Brett single, “Love Someone” is currently in the Top 10. In 2018, Morgan released her own album entitled “Borrowed Heart” with Grammy-nominated producer Paul Moak, and she has recently added her vocals to records with Drake White and Dierks Bentley. Heather is also the co-founder of Girls of Nashville, a singer-songwriter show that began in 2014 to highlight female talent in Nashville.

Event Details

Timed entry begins at 5:30 pm.

5:30–9 pm | Picnic in the Garden

Feel free to bring in your own picnic. No beverage carry-ins allowed. Families can enjoy activity stations and lawn games in the Schneider Family Grand Garden.

The Garden will feature a small concessions area with snacks and beverages. The Concessions Building will also offer wine, local brews, canned cocktails and the Garden’s 25th Anniversary signature drink and draft beer.

Pre-order a Boxed Dinner
New This Year! Pre-order your boxed dinner before the concert and you’ll be guaranteed a fresh, delightful summer meal to enjoy at the concert. Order by Wednesday at 12 pm and pick up your meal on the Mabel Thome Patio the night of the concert! Food partner announcement coming soon.


Advance Ticket Reservations Required
To make your experience safer and more enjoyable, timed ticket reservations will be required in advance. When making your reservation, you will select a timed entry beginning at 5:30 pm, every 15 minutes until 7 pm. You must enter the Garden based on your timed entry to check-in. The Garden will close at 5 pm for setup.

Due to limited capacity at this time, no at-the-door tickets will be for sale the night of the concerts.

Must show your ticket at the door for admission into the concert. Please note that Garden General Admission vouchers and passes are not valid.

Service Fees

Garden MembersOnline or Walk–in (during Garden hours): $0
Call–in (during Garden hours): $5 per order
General PublicOnline: $2 per order
Walk–in or Call–in (during Garden hours): $5 per order

Buy Tickets

Buy Lawn Tickets Buy Cowles Terrace Tickets

Lawn Seating

Adult: $30/Garden Member; $35/General Public
Child (age 3-17): $10/Child (One adult lawn seating ticket required with purchase.)

Includes first-come, first-served lawn seating. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcomed and highly encouraged. Guests can start setting up chairs after doors open at 6 pm. Blankets can be used for seating, but please be courteous of other guests by not saving larger-than-needed amounts of grass.

Cowles Terrace Seating

Adult: $40/Garden Member; $45/General Public
(Child discount not available.)

Includes first-come, first-serve standard-sized white resin folding padded chair located on the Cowles Terrace (hard paver surface in front of the Billie Kress Amphitheater). You must present your ticket at admissions to receive a wristband to enter the Cowles Terrace area. Guests can claim a chair after doors open at 6 pm.

How do I purchase tickets?
  1. Online
    1. Tickets will be emailed to you. Check your junk mail or spam folder, if necessary. You can print the tickets out for admission. Have an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone? Open the email on your phone and click on the link. Tickets will be scanned right off of your phone at admissions.
    2. Garden Members Ticket Discount Reminder: Create an account or sign in before adding tickets to your cart to receive your discount. Discounts are reflected after you click “add to cart”. You must use the email address associated with your membership when you create your account to ensure your account is linked. If you’re unsure which email address we have on file, please call Guest Services at 920.490.9457.
  2. By Phone: 920.490.9457; check Garden hours before calling
    1. Tickets can be emailed.
    2. Ticket Will Call: Tickets can be picked up during general Garden hours. Tickets must be picked up prior to the concert date. The Garden’s will call does not include tickets purchased online. Photo ID required of original purchaser to pick up tickets.
  3. In Person: Green Bay Botanical Garden; check Garden hours before visiting
    1. Tickets are picked up immediately or tickets can be emailed to purchaser.
Frequently Asked Questions

What does COVID-19 mean for Les Stumpf Ford Concerts this year?

  • Limiting capacity to allow for physical distancing in the space.
  • When making your reservation, you will select a timed entry beginning at 5:30 pm, every 15 minutes until 7 pm. You must enter the Garden based on your timed entry to check-in.
  • There will be ushers who will help you find your space on the Grand Lawn or Cowles Terrace, ensuring groups maintain the necessary physical distancing.
  • No golf cart shuttles will be made available in the parking lot due to physical distancing. Guests with mobility concerns can be dropped-off at the Garden’s circle driveway.
  • Pre-order your boxed dinner from our food partner.
  • Face coverings are required inside all Garden buildings, outside while interacting in the space and inside the concessions building.
    • Guests can remove their face covering while in their seats and while eating or drinking.
  • Extra sanitizing stations will be located throughout the Garden.
  • Sanitizing high touch points regularly.
  • We ask guests to maintain proper physical distancing of 6 feet.


May I bring in my own food and/or will food be available for purchase at concerts?

No alcohol or beverage carry-ins allowed. Feel free to bring in your own picnic.

The Garden will offer beverages for purchase in our Concessions Buildings which include beer, wine, pre-mixed cocktails in a can, water, soda, lemonade and iced tea.

New This Year! Pre-order your boxed dinner before the concert and you will be guaranteed a fresh, delightful summer meal to enjoy at the concert. Order (link coming soon!) by 12 pm the Wednesday before the concert and pick up your meal on the Mabel Thome Patio night of the concert.

Bags and purses may be subject to security searches. If prohibited items are found, customers will be asked to store items in their locked vehicle or dispose of item.

There are no ATMs on site.

What kind of beverages can I bring into the Amphitheater?

Beverages will be available for purchase, no carry-ins allowed. In compliance with our liquor license, the Garden has a no beverage carry-in policy – this includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Bags may be searched and you may be asked to return items to your vehicle. Guests may bring in empty water bottles or other empty beverage containers to use for refills. Any exceptions to this policy could result in loss of our license. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.

Beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages are available in our Concessions Building. All guests consuming alcohol will have IDs checked at the concession stand for service.


Why do I need to purchase a ticket in advance only?

Your advance ticket helps the Garden manage the number of guests in the space to maintain proper physical distancing. When making your reservation, you will select a timed entry beginning at 5:30 pm, every 15 minutes until 7 pm. You must enter the Garden based on your timed entry to check in.

Do I have reserved seats with my reservations?

There is no assigned seating with your reservation unless you have called about ADA Seating.

There will be ushers who will help you find a space once you check-in on the Grand Garden lawn or Cowles Terrace, ensuring groups maintain the necessary physical distancing. Ushers will be in the Fischer Overlook Arbor to direct guests.

What if I need to cancel?

Your advance ticket and fees are nonrefundable. To cancel, email or call the Garden at 920.490.9457.

What happens in cases of rain or threat of severe weather?

Concerts are rain or shine!

Bring your ponchos and/or smaller umbrellas if there’s a high probability of rain. Please be courteous to your neighbors by not blocking their views with large or golf umbrellas. Our weather policy states if there is inclement weather in our area, the concert will be delayed until the threat has passed. The decision to continue a concert after adverse weather passes will be determined on a case-by-case basis, based on consultation with appropriate weather experts. If a storm or tornado situation arises, guests will be escorted into the Schneider Education Center and Fischer Visitor Center and if the concert needs to end, there will be no refunds.

Is the Billie Kress Amphitheater accessible? Where is the barrier-free ADA section?

It is our intent to make every concert experience accessible to every guest. Green Bay Botanical Garden is an accessible facility and proudly complies with ADA regulations. We encourage all guests with special needs to contact the Garden’s Events Department at 920.491.3691 ext. 118, and every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate the need. As accommodations are limited, we can better serve those who assist us with advance coordination.

Barrier-free and ADA areas are in the Fischer Overlook Arbor and Mabel Thome Patio. View a map of the barrier-free ADA seating locations. Guests wishing to sit in one of these areas may be accompanied by a companion (or more if room is available). Guests in wheelchairs have priority—a very limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A golf cart will assist guests with mobility needs around the Schneider Family Grand Garden from the lower level patio to the Concessions Building, Cowles Terrace, etc. during the concert and after the concert. The golf cart is an 8-passenger cart to safely distance guests from the volunteer driver. This service is provided to Garden guests with mobility issues. Service starts when doors open and is located by the light pole at the Woodland Garden entrance. The service will last 30 minutes after the concert ends to help with shuttling guests back up to the lower level patio.

In addition, staff will be located in the Fisher Overlook and Mabel Thome Patio to offer beverage service to guests, including taking drink orders, picking up drinks and delivering them to guests.

Parking Staff will direct concertgoers with vehicles displaying an ADA license plate or card to the ADA parking areas (18 available spots). Guests with accessible needs can also be dropped off close to the Garden’s entrance by pulling into the circle driveway.

Due to COVID-19, there will not be two golf carts to assist guests with mobility needs from the Garden’s parking lot to the Garden’s front door. Guest can pull into the Garden’s circle driveway to unload. Once guests check in they can ask for a golf cart ride from the Fischer Visitor Center down to the Schneider Family Grand Garden.

To reserve your ADA seat ahead of time, contact us at 920.491.3691 ext. 118.

What time can I arrive?

When making your reservation, you will select a timed entry beginning at 5:30 pm, every 15 minutes until 7 pm. You must enter the Garden during your timed entry to check in for the concert.

Where do I park?

Parking is free, but limited on the Garden’s grounds. Parking volunteers will direct you to available spots. Please drive slowly when approaching the Garden and watch for directional parking signs. Overflow parking is made available near the Garden. Please watch for parking volunteers directing traffic and overflow parking signage.

Is smoking allowed during the Concert?

The Garden is a smoke-free, vape-free environmentally friendly facility. Smoking and vaping is not permitted anywhere on the grounds, including the parking lot.

Can I bring my pet with me?

Service animals are welcome, but please leave pets and Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) at home. Please let us know you have a service animal when you arrive so we can make our staff aware. View frequently asked questions about service animals and the ADA.

Are weapons allowed?

The Garden does not permit the right to carry concealed weapons on the grounds. If the customer refuses to return weapon to their vehicle, he or she will be refused admittance to the Garden.

Can I record the concert on a video recording device?

Video recording is not permitted at the concert.


For more information, contact Guest Services at 920.490.9457 or

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Stumpf Motor Co 100 Years Strong

Beverage Sponsor

Dean Distributing

Special Event Refund Policy

Contact Us

For more information, contact our Guest Experience Team at 920.490.9457 or

For more information on opportunities for corporate partnership including sponsorship, contact our Director of Development, Cindy Berton, at 920.491.3691 ext. 104 or


The Garden is always looking for new solo and group performers to keep our concert series fresh. If you are interested in performing for one of the concert series, please contact our Director of Events, Eileen Metzler, at 920.491.3691 ext. 103 or

Please provide contact information (official group name, contact name, phone, and email), music genre and links to music samples.

If the Garden would like to inquire further about booking you as a solo artist or the group you represent, we will contact you with available concert dates at the contact information you provide.