Nashville songwriters prepare to show off their talent at Tin Pan South Festival

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – The hit songs you hear on country radio were mostly written by men and women away from that scene. The Tin Pan South Festival gives these songwriters a chance to showcase their talent for five days later this month.

This year, the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary in Nashville. Lee Thomas Miller wrote it long before Jamey Johnson sang it. Songwriters get their Music City due in three weeks.

“The thing about a four-to-five day songwriter show is that we sing it and we wrote it,” Miller said. “It’s a show of songwriters. Some sing very well and some are terrible. But these are all radio hits.

In small clubs across the city in an intimate setting, they will perform their songs. These shows don’t come with lasers and light shows.

“Musically, it’s a completely different take, not exactly brilliant,” said songwriter Steve Bogard. “No, it’s just our way. That’s how it was written.

Bogard’s words came out of George Strait’s mouth. This is an opportunity for authors to hear well-deserved applause. In Nashville, songwriters are a tight-knit community that is competitive, but also gratifying.

“Younger guys worship older guys, and older guys really worship older guys,” Miller said.

And it all ultimately depends on the quality of the song.

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