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Katie Dobbins Music & Hermit Woods Winery Present Songwriter RoundUp

Wednesday, September 25

Complimentary Wine Tasting at 5:30 to 6:00.

Door Open and Dinner Served at 6:00

Dinner Service Closes and Show starts at 7:00 PM (Drinks and Dessert will be served during the show).

Songwriter RoundUp Hosted by Katie Dobbins – Acoustic show featuring 3 local songwriter acts, Katie Dobbins, Temple Mountain, and Amanda McCarthy, sharing the stories behind their songs and performing in the round.

Short Series Description

Hermit Woods Winery & Katie Dobbins Music partner together to present a monthly music series titled Songwriter RoundUp, where audience members can enjoy talented singer-songwriters from the New England Area in the Lakes Region’s premier listening room. Enjoy songs and stories from host Katie Dobbins and two additional guest acts as they perform acoustically in-the-round. New songwriters will be featured on the last Wednesday of every month in this intimate series! Tickets are $10 – $15 at hermitwoods.com.

Artist Bios

Katie Dobbins

Award winning singer-songwriter and light warrior Katie Dobbins seeks to share honest music that captivates listeners and brings light to the darkness. With a mastery of storytelling and the heart of a poet, this soulful songstress captures elements of life and relationships in ways that lift the spirit and challenge the soul. Her album There Is Light, produced by multi-award-winning producer Sean McLaughlin of 37′ Productions, was awarded Album of the Year at the 2021 Limelight Music Awards. Her single There’s a Light, mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Jeff Lipton, was featured on Spotify’s Editorial playlist. Her music has been featured on prominent radio stations like The River and “Boston’s Hottest Country,” with host Carolyn Kruse raving “Sweet but bold, Katie’s voice is reminiscent of one of her heroes, Jewel, but only deeper… A fearless spirit with a gentle touch.” Dobbins’ latest single Giants is an uplifting anthem designed to awaken the spirit and strength within us. The track was mixed and mastered by Emmy-nominated producer Brian Coombes of Rocking Horse Studio (NH), whom Katie plans to release more new music with this year.


*For photo, please credit: Kris Dobbins

Temple Mountain

Temple Mountain, a soulful Long Island singer-songwriter, blends Elliott Smith and John Mayer influences. From NYC to Austin, a New Hampshire hiatus for self-discovery preceded his return. With a psychology background, Temple Mountain weaves human complexities into his songwriting, promising a captivating exploration of the human condition and a profound connection with his audience.

Amanda McCarthy

Most people don’t exactly plan to drop out of college, become a parent before the age of 21, and move to a new city in the middle of a pandemic – but Amanda McCarthy has always been pretty good at tackling the unexpected head on.​

In a situation where most would have given up and settled for a traditional 9-5, she has gone on to make a full time living out of her music playing on every kind of stage you can imagine – starting out with cover gigs in smokey bar corners and coffee shops, to opening for national headliners, winning awards with her original music, and playing iconic venues across the country like The Listening Room, Live Oak, 3rd and Lindsley (Nashville), The Bitter End, Mercury Lounge, Piano’s (NYC), Hard Rock Cafe locations in Boston and Connecticut, and hundreds more.

After developing the first ten years of her career in her home base of New England, she credits coming face to face with Steven Tyler in a local bar and singing an Aerosmith song for him as the catalyst that convinced her it was time to move to Nashville. “I knew that if I could get through that, I have the nerve to do almost anything”, she recalls. Less than a year after relocating, she’d already quit her short-term “day job” and had successfully made music her full time career in Music City.

With both main stage and side stage appearances, she’d had the opportunity to share stages and bills with Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith), Hunter Hayes, Hawthorne Heights, Jason Lancaster (of Mayday Parade), Train, Natasha Bedingfield, Hall & Oates, REO Speedwagon, Imagine Dragons, Styx, Rob Thomas, and more. She’s also performed for NASCAR at the NH Motor Speedway, and a national anthem performance in 2014 televised live on ESPN. The acoustic versions of her songs “Elephant in the Room” and “Bad News” made the Grammy Nomination Ballot in 2016.

Writing songs both for her own artistry and for other artists’ projects, McCarthy was described by one of her earliest mentors as “a storyteller compelled to speak the truth” and she has held that promise true ever since. Blending the pop/rock spirit of Michelle Branch with the country-but-not-COUNTRY cadence of Kacey Musgraves, her debut full-length album “Road Trip” was released in 2019 to high acclaim. She has released four new singles since relocating to Nashville.

​With a promise to take the honesty of her songwriting up a notch, her current single “Normal”, expresses her happiness in living an atypical life on her own terms, and she hopes to shine light on the often under-represented group of young parents pursuing the music industry. Listeners can expect new music from Amanda starting in May/June 2024.