John Rimel and Tom Proutt are Virginia songwriters, who share the stage for Americana and gospel-influenced performances of their original material. John Rimel has a lifelong devotion to art and craft of songwriting. His thought-provoking lyrics are wide-ranging and his musical sensibilities span a spectrum that encompasses rock, country, folk, bluegrass, Americana, blues, Cajun, and gospel. His songs have been recorded by The Statler Brothers, Dailey & Vincent and Jimmy Fortune with whom he shares a number of co-writes including "More Than A Name On A Wall," a top 10 hit, named the 1990 Country Song of the Year. An excellent piano player who has done a lot of session work, Rimel has also toured nationally as the keyboardist for the Jimmy Fortune Band and has performed his songs on the Grand Ole Opry. Tom Proutt was born in Maryland and now resides in Virginia. He has a 40 year career as a singer and songwriter and is a voting member of The Recording Academy (The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) that produces and awards the Grammys. His work was considered for a Grammy in 2015 and 2016. He is in demand as a studio musician throughout the mid-Atlantic region. His music is frequently aired nationally on NPR and PBS stations. Kent County’s own Mary Simmons will sing harmony with Rimel and Proutt on some of their songs.