The 27th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank proved once again why it’s one of the country’s premier events during days three and four of the yearly bash in Nashville, March 28th and 29th. Fans packed the Tin Pan South venues to hear some of music’s best-known songwriters along with a few country legends.
Popular singer/songwriters like Americana favorite Jim Lauderdale, Craig Campbell and Jeffrey Steele headlined the third night of the five-day festival. Lauderdale brought his popular songs to the Station Inn, still regarded as the city’s top bluegrass venue. Steele performed for a jam-packed house at one of this year’s new spots, the TRUE Music Room and Bar, located inside the swanky Cambria Hotel. Campbell, whose hits include “Family Man” and “Outskirts of Heaven,” was part of a foursome of writers, performing alongside Blake Bollinger, Britton Buchanan and Taylor Phillips at the famed Bluebird Cafe. Multi-hit songwriter Dave Barnes led a group of four fellow writers at 3rd & Lindsley.
The Friday night shows brought out some of the legends of country music to venues around the city. Country superstar Lee Greenwood dropped by the Listening Room Cafe and was invited by show headliners Victoria Shaw, Desmond Child and Cooper Alan to sing a song with them. Over at Douglas Corner, the venerable Mac Davis was part of the lineup that included ace songwriters James Dean Hicks and Chuck Cannon. Mark Collie excited the crowd at The Bluebird Cafe when he performed a song with acclaimed producer Buddy Cannon, Marla Cannon-Goodman, Casey Beathard and multiple CMA award-winner Mac McAnally.
Craig Wiseman, owner and president of Big Loud Music, led the Big Loud Crowd evening at the Listening Room Cafe late show. Fans also turned out in big numbers to hear songwriter and NSAI Board President Steve Bogard at the Analog at Hutton Hotel, featuring Kat Higgins, Matt Roy and Wynn Varble.
The Tin Pan South festival is a presentation of NSAI, the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization. This year’s festival ran from March 26-30.