NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — After two years away from the spotlight, the songwriters return to Nashville for the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival.
“Looks like Nashville can be Music City again,” said Steve Bogard, chairman of the board of the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
Hundreds of artists will take to the stage in nine different venues, playing everything from country to pop and rock. The festival offers a behind-the-scenes look at how songs are written and the stories behind them.
“It’s not just a great festival for people who are in Nashville — singers and songwriters — it’s an amazing festival for people who are just Music City fans,” said the author- singer-songwriter Jesse Labelle.
It’s a chance for artists who are usually behind the curtain to take center stage.
“Tin Pan South is the ultimate songwriter showcase,” Labelle said.
“It’s Tin Pan South’s 30th anniversary festival and there’s excitement in the air right around it, but it’s also been a few years since we’ve been in person,” Lyndsie said. McClure, director of development for the Nashville Songwriters Association. International.
The pandemic ended the festival last year after it went virtual the previous year. But now audiences can once again join the artists in person for intimate performances.
“You feel like you’re sitting in the room with them while they write the song because they tell you in so much detail how they found a line in a song that wrote the rest,” said McClure. .
Organizers expect similar attendance to previous festivals, if not more, after its long-awaited return.
“Without songwriters, there really wouldn’t be a music industry,” McClure said. “Songs start with songwriters and so I think it’s extremely important to support songwriters.”
At least 1,000 tickets have already been sold but it’s not too late to get one. Tickets are still available online, or you can pay cash at the door to purchase a ticket for each show.