Songwriter Bruce Burch has a resume filled with legendary country music artists using their vocal chords to bring the tunes he penned to life. Now, he plans to share the stories of meeting the wide range of musicians with the Gainesville community.
Burch, a Brenau University artist-in-residence, will talk about his book “Songs that Changed Our Lives” and his music career from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Peach State Bank, 350 Washington St., in Gainesville.
Visitors will hear the tales behind several of his hit songs, recorded by T. Graham Brown, Billy Joe Royal, Aaron Tippin, Faith Hill, The Oak Ridge Boys, George Jones, Barbara Mandrell, John Anderson and Wayne Newton.
Burch also will sign copies of his book, selected chapters of which were featured in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” inspirational book series.
The songwriter first became interested in country music when he listened to “For the Good Times,” by Kris Kristofferson. The Country Music Hall of Famer inspired Burch to get into the country music scene in the first place. Then he later ended up working with Kristofferson, who is also an acclaimed actor and Grammy winner.
“It is an honor to know him,” Burch said in a new release from Brenau University earlier this year.
Burch had other successes in country music. One of his songs, “Christmas Carol,” was cut by the Oak Ridge Boys in 1982. His song “Wine into Water,” was covered by country music legend Loretta Lynn It on her new album, “Full Circle.” Lynn is performing at 8 p.m. Saturday in Gainesville.