TALENTED songwriter Dave Paterson has a contract with a Nashville recording company, but few outside his home town have heard of him.

Self-employed Dave, of Dormanstown, said: "I've been writing and arranging songs for as long as I can remember. It's my only real interest." The 30-year-old has certainly struck the right note with local business advisors.

Adrian Beadnell, enterprise officer with the West Redcar Single Regeneration Budget team, has advised Dave to apply for a grant from the Northern Arts' Cultural Business Venture Scheme.

Bass guitarist Adrian, who was in Chris Rea's first band and now plays with the Teesside Fettlers, said: "He played me a CD of the stuff he has been writing and I was genuinely impressed.