Andrew Dorff’s Brother and Music Both Featured in New Country Music Film
In spite of his sad passing, Andrew Dorff's music still lives on. The singer-songwriter has a cut in the new film, Wheeler, which stars his brother, actor Stephen Dorff, in the lead role of Wheeler Bryson, an aspiring country singer from Texas who moves to Nashville to make his dreams come true, the Tennessean reports.
The film's lead single, titled "Pour Me Out of This Town," was co-written by the Dorff brothers. Wheeler was filmed on location in Nashville at a variety of the city's major focal points, including the famed Bluebird Cafe, historic Ryman Auditorium and the bar Bobby's Idle Hour. Other songwriters -- including Kris Kristofferson, who co-starred with Stephen in the film Blade, Bobby Tomberlin (Diamond Rio's "One More Day) and Audrey Spillman -- also appear in Wheeler.
Andrew Dorff, a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, tragically passed away on Monday (Dec. 19) at the age of 40. A cause of death has not been released. Dorff was a renowned writer in the country music world, penning tracks for many stars including "Neon Light" by Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney's "Save it For a Rainy Day," and "Bleed Red" by Ronnie Dunn, among many more hits.
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His father, Steve Dorff, is also a hit songwriter, receiving cuts from artists including George Strait ("I Cross My Heart") and Kenny Rogers ("Through the Years), in addition to serving as a music composer and supervisor a variety of projects, including Strait's two films Pure Country and Pure Country 2: The Gift. He also wrote the music score for the Growing Pains theme song, "As Long As We Got Each Other."
Many in the country music community have expressed their condolences to the Dorff family in the wake of Andrew's passing, including Shelton, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Chase Rice and more.
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