Edmond native performing in new Nashville musical | Community

I love random things that happen when I travel, and my trip to Nashville led me to one of those things.

Our press group was to see a bit of rehearsal for a new musical at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

We were handed press materials, then rushed to a waiting area, where we all took COVID tests, were introduced to some members of the production team, and handed out printed materials.

As soon as we were all declared “safe”, we were ushered into seats above the stage, where the rehearsal was taking place.

It was only the eighth or ninth day of rehearsal, with lots of things and people moving, notes for specific actors, sound checks, stalls, and characters getting into place for a scene.

Even without costumes or sets, it quickly became apparent that this was going to be a fun production.

The show, “May We All: A New Country Musical”, is the culmination of a collaboration between Brian Kelley, the Florida half of Florida Georgia Line (and the creative entity CuzBro Productions, made up of Kelley and his cousin, Stephen Snedden), and Lively McCabe Entertainment.

The musical score includes 24 country hit songs from artists such as Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Chris Stapleton and Old Dominion, among others.

Two original songs co-written by FGL’s Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are also featured in the score and debuted exclusively at the world premiere at TPAC.

“May We All” is the story of a hometown girl with big city dreams, her odyssey and comeback, and the importance of community – the perfect feel-good piece for the times in which we live. The actors come from the New Scene of York and Nashville.

As we were leaving after our short preview, I glanced through the material I had been given, which included cast biographies. If a name didn’t ring a bell, that was enough to make me ask, “Is Miles Aubrey from Oklahoma?” Our publicist host has promised to get back to me with this information.

Sure enough, Aubrey was from Oklahoma – not only that, but from Edmond. I had known his father, who was a professor of music at Central State College (now UCO). Serendipity.

While other Oklahoma musicians – like Garth, Blake and Reba – are headliners, needing no introduction, it takes tremendous talent to make these stars shine. Aubrey, one of Nashville’s most versatile musician/actors, is one of them – and a name you should know.

Aubrey was born in Durant and grew up in Edmond. He was addicted to music from an early age.

“When I was 13 I got my first job as a busboy at Johnnie’s Charcoal Grill in Edmond and worked three nights a week after school so I could afford to buy my very first nice electric guitar, a Gibson Les Paul,” he said.

After graduating from Edmond Memorial High School, Aubrey went to the University of Miami for a year and then took classes at UCO. He also worked on various musical and theatrical projects in the Oklahoma City area and knew he was on a career path he loved.

Aubrey first moved to Nashville at age 25, where he spent 10 years touring with a variety of country musicians, making a name for himself as a musical talent and versatile actor, appearing in several biopic musicals at the Ryman on stars such as Tammy Wynette and The Everly Brothers.

There he met his future wife, actress/singer Erica Rowlett, who now juggles teaching acting at Belmont University and working as an actress, session singer and voice-over artist.

In 2006, he landed a role in a Broadway play, the short-lived musical “Ring of Fire” about Johnny Cash. New York City was now his home.

His big breakthrough was cast in the first national touring company of the “Jersey Boys”. He spent two years on tour before being called into the Broadway production.

For the next seven years he starred as loan shark Norm Waxman and also played guitar and drums in the play. Aubrey also worked with the legendary Clint Eastwood, who cast him as Charlie Calello in the ‘Jersey Boys’ film adaptation.

In 2015, Miles and Erica Aubrey returned to Nashville. Aubrey’s many talents make him invaluable as a session player and lead guitarist for a variety of musical performers. He shared the stage with Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson and many others.

His television performances include “The Tonight Show”, “Ellen”, “Seth Meyers” and the Tony Awards. So far he has made over 30 appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. He also tours with singer Brooke Eden.

He currently appears – both as an actor and performing – in “May We All” at TPAC in Nashville. The show is set to run until July 17. He will also appear Monday on “The Today Show” with Eden.

Does Aubrey ever go back to his home country?

“I only go to Oklahoma when I’m on tour, but I’m very sentimental about my roots in Oklahoma. Every time I come back to Edmond, I eat at Johnnie’s and say hello to Doug, my old manager. and my house is full of OU memorabilia,” he said.