Nashville to New Mexico

Billy Dawson’s Sixth Annual 
Songwriters’ Country Music Festival

June 18, 2022

5:30–8 pm, Enchanted Eagle park
Eagle Nest, New Mexico
$25 Admission (12 and under free)

Nashville is known throughout the world as the Mecca for songwriters. Northern New Mexico has quietly become a place of inspiration for many of these musically creative individuals. Nashville Performer/songwriter Billy Dawson, a Sunray, Texas native, is bringing the two together for a high energy evening of acoustic music in the village of Eagle Nest, nestled in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. Activities will take place throughout the day.



Billy Dawson

This is Billy’s 6th year of bringing together Nashville songwriters to the beautiful setting of Eagle Nest, New Mexico for a high energy evening of acoustic music.

Billy Dawson is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, entertainer, author and motivational speaker. Nashville Independent Music Awards just awarded him with Artist of the Year, Best Country Male Vocalist and Best Country Live Performer. His songs include: “New Mexico Kind Of Thing,” “Twenty Once (Too),” “Church Without Jesus,” “Whatever Happens,” “Texas Farm Girl,” “Holdin’ Onto July,” “Lance Corporal Austin,” “Instrumental “Diddly-Oh,” “Rig Rundown” and “Born To Lead.”

Read more about Billy Dawson below.

Rodney Clawson

Rodney Clawson was raised in Gruver, Texas. Through the encouragement of his friend and former student John Rich, Clawson signed to his publishing contract in 2000. His first hit as a songwriter was “I Can’t Be Your Friend” by Rushlow. Clawson co-wrote the songs “Why”, “Amarillo Sky” and “Johnny Cash” for Jason Aldean. In 2008, he received a Song of the Year nomination from the Country Music Association for George Strait’s number 1 single “I Saw God Today”.

His songs include:
“Amarillo Sky” (Jason Aldean)
“American Kids” (Kenny Chesney)
“Confession” (Florida Georgia Line)
“Crazy Town” (Jason Aldean)
“Dirt” (Florida Georgia Line)
“Get Your Shine On” (Florida Georgia Line)
“I Saw God Today” (George Strait)
“One of Those Nights” (Tim McGraw)
“Round Here” (Florida Georgia Line)
“Take a Little Ride” (Jason Aldean)

Aaron Barker

Singer-songwriter Aaron Barker is best known for the string of hits he wrote for country superstar George Strait, but Barker’s long career has many other highlights. Long before his success as a songwriter, he made his mark as a charismatic entertainer.

His number one country singles:
“Baby Blue” (George Strait)
“Love Without End, Amen”  (George Strait)
“Easy Come, Easy Go”  (George Strait)
“I’d Like To Have That One Back”  (George Strait)
“I Know She Still Loves Me”  (George Strait)
“I Can Still Make Cheyenne”  (George Strait)
“Not Enough Hours In The Night” (Doug Supernaw)
“Watch This” (Clay Walker)
“You’re Beginning To Get To Me” (Clay Walker)
“What About Now” (Lonestar)

About Billy Dawson

Billy Dawson is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, entertainer, author and motivational speaker and former Jersey Mike’s bag popper and sandwich slinger. Nashville Industry Music Awards awarded him with Artist of the year, Best country male vocalist and best country live performer.

He recently worked on a new single “Sinners Saints” produced by Rodney Clawson, Lee Brice and Jacob Rice and written by: Sara Brice, Deleah Shane and Billy Dawson 

“SINNERS SAINTS” official music video

“SINNERS SAINTS” behind the scenes with Lee Brice and Billy Dawson.
Click here to view on Instagram

Billy recently wrote & recorded & produced music on an upcoming movie with R Madavan “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect” that was mixed by Chris Lord Alge and mastered by Brad Blackwood.
He was also the winner of the 2010 “Get Discovered” (iHeart Radio/Clear Channel) National Competition and was featured live on the iconic Jerry Lewis MDA telethon in Las Vegas and on the airwaves for over four million viewers. He was included in iTunes/Tunecore best of Country 2010 album featuring Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford.
Billy penned the theme song “Born to Lead” for the CBS Sports Network Lombardi Awards and has his songs playing in stadiums nationwide for the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. He has also had his music placed on Netflix.


Dawson has shared the stage with artists including Toby Keith, Lee Brice, Big and Rich, Josh Turner, Joe Nichols, Charlie Louvin, Montgomery Gentry, Aaron Lewis, Craig Morgan, Lady Antebellum and many more.
Every year Dawson is a celebrity golfer for the Pat and Emmitt Smith charities golf tournament, he is on the Red River Rivals OU celebrity softball team (team Toby Keith & Bob Stoops) and battles against University of Texas (team Matthew Mcconaughey & Roger Clemens) to raise money for Matthew’s, Toby’s and Roger charities. 
Dawson is also a celebrity golfer at George Lopez Foundation tournament that helped raise money for kidneys for kids and is an ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Dawson was honored to be a part of the fourth annual Homes For Our Troops Veterans Day Celebrity charity event to help HFOT’s mission to build and donate specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives along side Jake Tapper, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Wynonna, Adam Scott, Alyssa Milano, Ben Stiller, Bryan Cranston, Chelsea Handler, Chris Evans, Mindy Kaling, Dave Matthews, Don Lemon, Elizabeth Banks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Bateman, Kevin O’Leary, Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswalt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jerry Seinfeld and many more.

In addition to his musical endeavors, Dawson is the author of (AMAZON best seller) “You Never Know”, the first book in a series of children’s books focusing bullying, racism and other societal issues involving children (which is now available at He brings his book to life when he speaks at schools about the importance of respect and love in everyday life.

He also had his song “Second Chance” come out with Pat Smith’s (Emmitt Smith) new book titled “Second Chances.”  

American Advertising Awards (Silver Addy winner) for Chevy commercial

Dawson was honored along side First Lady Laura Bush who was honored with the “Outstanding Citizens Award for Promotion of Literacy” by The Texas Authors Institute of History. He received the “Outstanding Social Impact Award” for his Amazon best-selling children’s book, “You Never Know.”  

Allie Colleen (Garth Brooks daughter) – “Wildflower” and “Playin’ House” 
Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) – “Quite a While” 
Jared Weeks (Saving Abel) – “Just the Girl” and
“Heaven Is Swell But I Sure Miss Alabama”


The park opens at 10 am. The concert is festival seating — first come first served. Please bring your own low-back lawn chair. If you have a standard lawn chair you’ll need to sit in the back where you won’t obstruct anyone’s view. Only VIP sponsorship will receive reserved seating in provided chairs. Age 12 and under are free. No food, glass or alcohol may be brought into event area. Beer and wine will be available for purchase by individuals 21 and over. Alcoholic beverages must be consumed inside the specified fenced area. Food will be available for purchase from event vendors. This is a rain or shine event, so bring your rain gear just in case — better to be safe than sorry! And don’t forget your sunscreen.

We prefer that pets are not on event grounds during this event for their safety and yours. Service animals permitted as allowed by the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you do bring a dog if they are barking or causing problems in any way they will be asked to be removed from the concert area.

No refunds on tickets purchased. Scheduled performing artist may be subject to change if unforeseen circumstance arises.


  • Your printed ticket or photo ID if on Will Call
  • Low festival chairs (seat no more than 10 in. from the ground, top of chair back no higher than 30 in. from the ground.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Camera

Please Don’t Bring

  • Fireworks
  • Glass bottles
  • Food/Alcohol into the venue

our past concerts


Photography: Marcy Archer – This Moment In Time Photography, John Stanfield, Rod Oyler and Wendy Forbes Brown

Eagle Nest

Eagle Nest welcomes visitors with food, fun, and shopping that represents the very best of New Mexico. Shop for souvenirs or jewelry designed by local artisans at our trading post and gift shops. Sit down for a nice meal at one of our restaurants. Check out the unique Laguna Vista Saloon.

There’s nothing frantic about the pace when you visit Eagle Nest; folks like to park at one end of Therma Street and work their way up one side and down the other. Shop for a while, stop for a drink or a meal. Enjoy the sunshine and fresh mountain air.

Stay in one of our hotel rooms or RV sites to explore Northern New Mexico with Eagle Nest as a home base. Experience the stunning rock formations of Cimarron Canyon State Park or fish on Eagle Nest Lake. Hike or camp in nearby Carson National Forest with its network of trails for beginning and experienced hikers. Fly-fishing is a local favorite and take advantage of some of the finest trout waters in the Southwest.

Contact the Eagle Nest Chamber of Commerce for more information:



ANTLER’S CROSSING | 284 East Therma Drive, Eagle Nest, NM | 575-749-3964 | WEBSITE

COTTONWOOD LODGES | 124 East Therma Drive, Eagle Nest, NM | 575-377-3382 | WEBSITE

EAGLE NEST CABINS & MARINA | 28386 Hwy 64, Eagle Nest, NM | 575-377-6941 | WEBSITE

EAGLE NEST FLY SHACK & LODGE | 416 E. Therma St., Eagle Nest, NM | 505-485-8328 | WEBSITE

EAGLE NEST RV PARK & CABINS | 58 Willow Drive, Eagle Nest, NM | 575-749-3964

ECONO LODGE | 715 Hwy 64 East, Eagle Nest, NM | 575-377-6813 | WEBSITE

GOLD PAN MOTEL | 50 East Therma Drive, Eagle Nest, NM | 575-377-2286

GOLDEN EAGLE RV PARK | 540 Therma Way, Eagle Nest, NM | 575-377-6188

KARA MOUNTAIN RETREATS | Vacation Home Rental #33 Road 3, Eagle Nest, NM | 972-467-5899

LAGUNA VISTA LODGE | 51 East Therma Street, Eagle Nest, NM | 575-377-6522 | WEBSITE

LOST EAGLE RV PARK | 155 East Therma Drive, Eagle Nest, NM | 575-377-2374 | WEBSITE

PEPPER SAUCE CAMP | 28358 Route 46, Eagle Nest, NM | 575-377-2567

WEATHERS RV PARK | 1200 East Therma Drive, Eagle Nest, NM | 575-377-2276

WESTLAKE RV PARK | Hwy 64, Eagle Nest, NM | 575-377-7275


ANGEL FIRE RV RESORT | 27500 US-64, Angel Fire, NM | 855-421-0308 | WEBSITE

DISCOVER ANGEL FIRE | 3400 Mountain View Boulevard, Suite A2, Angel Fire, NM | 575-377-6062

LODGE AT ANGEL FIRE RESORT | 10 Miller Lane, Angel Fire, NM | 575-377-4499 | WEBSITE


ALPINE LODGE | 417 Main Street, Red River, NM | 575-754-2952 | WEBSITE

BEST WESTERN RIVERS EDGE | 301 W River Street, Red River, NM | 575-7494-1766 | WEBSITE

PONDEROSA LODGE | 200 W Main Street, Red River, NM | 575-754-2988 | WEBSITE

TERRACE TOWERS LODGE | 712 W Main Street, Red River, NM | 575-754-2962 | WEBSITE


EXPRESS ST. JAMES HOTEL | 617 S Collison Avenue, Cimarron, NM | 575-376-2664 | WEBSITE

2022 Sponsors

This event is only possible with the support of our sponsors.
Please join us in thanking these sponsors for their support.


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