MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The 38th Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival is the longest running festival of its kind in the United States
It runs November 3-13, 2022. Takes place at 22 locations in Silverhill, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL, across Perdido Key and in downtown Pensacola for ten nights and eleven days. The festival’s headquarters (and birthplace) is the famed Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar, but venues include restaurants (Lulu’s, Sunset Cork Room, The Point, Tacky Jack’s) an art gallery (Coastal Arts Center/Orange Beach Thursday Nov 10 at 7 p.m.), a church offering a bluegrass gospel concert (St. Andrew by the Sea/Gulf Shores/Sun Nov 6 @ 3 p.m.) and the Perdido Beach Resort – eg. More than 200 songwriters from all over the world (Belgium, Norway, Great Britain and more) will perform their original compositions and tell the stories behind the birth of the songs. Most in intimate settings.
This year’s festival is dedicated to the founder, Joe Gilchrist, who passed away in May this year. Co-owner of Flora-Bama, Joe has done so much in the community for so many people, especially people in the music industry (songwriters and musicians). Country Music Hall of Fame member and festival friend Dean Dillon said of Joe, “No one has done more for songwriters than Joe. Joe was recognized in August by the Nashville Songwriters International Association for his contributions to the songwriting industry.
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