Key West Songwriters Fest Stars Top American Music Makers – CBS Miami
KEY WEST, Fla. (CBSMiami/FKNB) — The Key West Songwriters Festival wraps up Sunday night after treating music lovers to more than 50 shows featuring some 175 hit-makers, talented newcomers and other successful songwriters.
Several thousand people gathered on Duval Street in Key West on Saturday for a “main stage” concert headlined by recording artist Riley Green, renowned for his musical storytelling and songs, including “I Wish Grandpas Never Died”, platinum disc.
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Other “main stage” performers at the event were Shelby Darrall, whose recent singles include the emotional “Lied To Too” and Payton Smith, whose musical mastery pervades tunes such as “Like I Knew You Would” .
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Now in its 26th year, the Key West festival has become an annual tradition for a large group of leading country and pop songwriters and musicians. Audiences savored everything from hard-hitting country rock and blues to Americana during the event’s five days of concerts and jam sessions.
Performers co-starred in island settings including waterfront hotspots, a sunset excursion catamaran, boutique restaurants and theaters, and Key West’s Coffee Butler Amphitheater, site of a show by multi-platinum recording artist Chris Young.
Presented in part by international performing rights organization BMI, the festival features daytime and evening events on Sundays, including a musical Mother’s Day brunch.
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