• Brandy Clark

    Brandy Clark

    Thursday, October 3, 2019

    Brandy Clark received her first of an impressive six GRAMMY nominations in 2013 in the Best Country Song category for co-writing Miranda Lambert’s No. 1 hit “Mama’s Broken Heart.” Her talent as a storyteller propelled her into critical acclaim as one of Nashville’s best tunesmiths. Her own debut album 12 Stories was nominated for two GRAMMYs, including Best New Artist and Best Country Album. In 2016, the release of her sophomore album Big Day In A Small Town garnered two GRAMMY nominations for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance and once again topped critics' "Best of " lists.

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  • Shaun Johnson

    Shaun Johnson

    Thursday, November 7, 2019

    The Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience is a rare newcomer to traditional pop...fusing a big band spirit with an inventive edge...at once more risky than Buble, more modern than Sinatra. Shaun, an Emmy award-winning crooner (and lead singer of the internationally known vocal group, Tonic Sol-fa) indelibly stamps vocal jazz and swing with a contemporary punch - to the delight of both traditionalists and newcomers - emerging as an original voice in the continuing tradition of the American singer.

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  • Summer Brooke and the Mountain Faith Band

    Summer Brooke and the Mountain Faith Band

    Thursday, December 5, 2019

    Summer Brooke & the Mountain Faith Band offer a musical experience that sets them apart from other musicians with their Sounds of Christmas.  With their unique blend of Country, Pop, Bluegrass and Americana, they became a household name on Season 10 of America's Got Talent.  Their ability to add their own personal style to songs immediately captivates audiences throughout homes in America, appealing to lovers of all genres of music.

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  • The SteelDrivers

    The SteelDrivers

    Thursday, February 20, 2020

    Nashville, Tennessee may be the only town around where salaried songwriters and full-time session musicians are as common as accountants and schoolteachers. And only Nashville could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences.

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  • Steve Dorff

    Steve Dorff

    Thursday, August 13, 2020

    Newly inducted into the prestigious Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in New York, Steve Dorff's career as a songwriter spans five decades and includes more than forty BMI awards, twenty Top 10 hits, twelve No. 1 hits, and an American Music Award. The Grammy and Emmy-nominated songwriter and composer has had songs recorded by more than four hundred artists from all genres of music, as well as twenty-eight movie scores and countless theme songs and placements on TV series. He has had #1 Records across 4 decades. Now he travels the world sharing the music that made his critically acclaimed memoir, I Wrote That One Too...A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney.

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  • Matt Dusk

    Matt Dusk

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

    Sinatra. All that cool, classy style and energy from the Rat Pack shows of yesterday are right here, right now. Take a journey with Award Winning, Multi-Platinum selling crooner Matt Dusk as he whisks you away to Las Vegas in 1966 where he pays homage to his hero Frank Sinatra. With new arrangements by Grammy Award winning arrangers Pat Williams and Sammy Nestico, Dusk transports you back in time to one of music’s most elegant era’s. A time when Come Fly With Me, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Fly Me To The Moon and One For My Baby dominated the charts.

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The First Farmers Performance Series

The March and April Performance Series events that were postponed as a precaution to the COVID-19 virus have been rescheduled. Ticket holders should hold on to their tickets, they will be good for admission on the new dates.  Times will remain the same, doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the shows will begin at 7 p.m.  Since both shows are later in the year, we will be sure to send you an email reminder about a week before each. 

Rescheduled Dates

  • “I Wrote That One Too” featuring Steve Dorff:  Thursday, August 13, 2020

  • The Sinatra Sounds of Matt Dusk: Thursday, September 17, 2020


Kicking off its 18th year, the First Farmers Performance Series is committed to bringing diverse and engaging entertainment opportunities to Columbia State students and the surrounding region.

Past seasons have featured a wide variety of performances from across the country and around the world. This year’s line-up brings together an incredible group of celebrated musicians, who's talents are unmatched, including Brandy Clark, Shaun Johnson, Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith, The SteelDrivers, Matt Dusk and Steve Dorff.

First Farmers & Merchants Bank is returning for a 11th year as the title sponsor of the 2019-2020 Performance Series presented by Columbia State Community College. “First Farmers & Merchants Bank is a pillar of the southern Middle Tennessee community. We are fortunate to have their support,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, president of Columbia State. “The Performing Arts are essential to our community, and this commitment on the part of First Farmers shows that both organizations are devoted to hosting outstanding cultural events year-round.”

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