Three River Music Signs Dave Pahanish

Posted in News on November 16, 2006
When it came to signing their first staff writer, new publishing company Three River Music didn't need to think twice. The company's co-founders combine the tour de force talents of Cole Wright, Hillary Lindsey and Dallas Davidson. The trio caught BMI songwriter Dave Pahanish's live show and signed him two days later. Cole Wright's brief essay captures a moment in time for a young, talented crew embarking on an exciting new path:

My good friend Perry Howard sent me a CD of Dave Pahanish on a Monday. I was immediately blown away. Dave was playing out the next night so I went to see him play. I was sold. Dave was playing again that Friday night. Hillary and Dallas had plans but I made them cancel and said "you have to see this guy immediately." Hillary and Dallas came to the bar around 9:30. Dave was singing a John Denver cover tune. When he was finished playing, Hillary turned to me and said, "We have to sign this guy immediately." Dallas completely agreed, and we were on our way. The energy that Dave delivers in his live show is infectious and overwhelming at times. We all knew that if he delivered even half of the emotion and passion into his writing as he did into his live show, we had a winner. His songs did not let us down. He imparts an age-old wisdom combined with fresh exciting melodies that form an undeniable musical presence. We signed him on that Sunday, two days after hearing his live show. We are excited about Dave and the formation of Three River Music -- three separate rivers, joining together to form Nashville's newest force in music publishing. -Cole Wright 

Pictured are (standing): BMI's Jody Williams and Perry Howard; (seated): Three River Music co-founder Cole Wright, BMI songwriter Dave Pahanish, and Three River Music co-founders and hit songwriters Hillary Lindsey and Dallas Davidson. Photo by Elisabeth Dawson