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Nellie Walcoff and songwriter partner Jeff Johnstone pose for the cover of their CD, “Light a Flame,” which was released last year.

East Bay tunesmiths write between jobs, family

East Bay tunesmiths write between jobs, family

Jeff Johnstone and Nellie Walcoff each have their own families and day jobs to keep them busy, so whenever a song idea crops up they must seize the moment. Even if one of them finds inspiration while sitting in a car outside a big-box store. “This happened once when I was in the parking lot

Joe Doyle, a former East Bay resident, is now a successful Nashville songwriter who’s penned hits for Alabama, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw and many others. He’s performing in Tiverton Saturday night along with the local songwriting duo, Nellie Walcoff and Jeff Johnstone.

East Providence native writes Nashville hits

Joe Doyle started off swinging the sticks but ended up writing the hits. The former East Providence resident, whose songs have been recorded by the likes of Reba McEntire, Alabama and Rhett Atkins, didn’t start off as a professional tunesmith. After graduating from Saint Raphael Academy in Pawtucket nearly 30 years ago, the son of

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