Tin Pan South

Tin Pan South: the world’s largest ‘original music’ songwriters’ festival


2023 Tin Pan South among the best ever


By Preshias Harris for Country Music News International Magazine


The 31st annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival – held in Nashville, March 28 through April 1 – was among the best ever with many surprise appearances.


Attendees were treated to hundreds of performances at ninety-eight shows spread across ten venues in Nashville: The Bluebird Cafe, The Vinyl Lounge, Cross Eyed Critters Watering Hole (Graduate Hotel), Hard Rock Cafe, The Listening Room Cafe, Analog at Hutton Hotel, the Lounge at City Winery, Commodore Grille, and Live Oak.


At each show, songwriters performed the songs they had written and told the stories behind each of them.  Those songs included: ‘The Dance”, “Amazed”, ‘Check Yes or No”, “The Most Beautiful Girl”, “Ships That Don’t Come In”, “The River”, “Beer With Jesus”, “Daddy Wasn’t The Cadillac Kind”, “She Had Me At Heads Carolina”, “All About That Bass” “Whiskey Glasses” and many more.


Hearing an acoustic version of a hit song by one of that song’s writers is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans of music and anyone interested in the process behind the songs heard on the radio.  Some of the songwriters appearing at Tin Pan South also sang songs that had not become hits for recording artists (but should have) or had not yet been recorded.


The audiences at several of the shows were delighted by the surprise appearance of country artists, including Garth Brooks, Kix Brooks, Jo Dee Messina, Carly Pearce, ERNEST, Jordana Bryant, Meghan Patrick, Amanda Cooksey, Noah West, Heath Warren, Aaron Lee Tasjan.


Garth Brooks was part of a last-minute lineup change. Garth joined Victoria Shaw and Mark Hudson for their round on the Musicnote Stage at the Analog at the Hutton Hotel.


Each show took the form of a ‘round’ with three or four songwriters on the stage together. One songwriter performs a song, followed by the next writer, and the next, and so on for three to four rounds.


The Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival is presented annually by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and presenting partner Regions Bank.  Established in 1967, NSAI is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association supporting 78+ chapters throughout the U.S. and beyond and a membership of nearly 5,000 professional and developing songwriters of all genres.


More about NSAI at https://www.nashvillesongwriters.com and about Tin Pan South at www.tinpansouth.com.

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