The songwriters behind some of America’s biggest country hits are set to perform at the 26th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival hosted by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, presented by BMI.

An annual tradition that brings together music lovers and more than 130 music makers, the festival will take place in venues across the island from May 4-8. Sony Nashville superstar Chris Young will headline a show at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater on

Thursday, May 5. Saturday, May 7 will feature the annual free block party featuring BMLG recording artist Riley Green. Big Loud artist ERNEST will open the festival on the evening of Wednesday, May 4 at the annual launch party at Sunset Pier at the Ocean Key Resort.

Confirmed performers this year include Hall of Fame songwriters Liz Rose, BMI Country icon Dean Dillon, Jeffrey Steele, Craig Wiseman, Kostas and Texas legend Jack Ingram.

Since 1997, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and BMI have brought Music Row to Duval Street and beyond, creating a unique environment where industry professionals, songwriters, locals and tourists can experience the best of Nashville in the most intimate places. Over the years, the festival has grown into a breeding ground for new talent and has become one of the most sought-after guests within the Nashville songwriting community. Notable Key West Songwriter Festival alumni include Kacey Musgraves, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Combs, Maren Morris and Cole Swindell.

Fans can choose from more than 50 shows at venues across the island, including Key West bars and restaurants, beach resorts, boutique inns, intimate theaters and more.

Over 30 performances are free, including several offerings at the festival headquarters, Rams Head Southernmost Bar & Restaurant. Paid shows for the festival will include theater performances at the San Carlos Institute, Tropic Cinema, Key West Theater and Studios of Key West. Each show features songwriters on tour, playing their hits and sharing stories behind their greatest songs.

Proceeds from the Key West Songwriters Festival will benefit the BMI Foundation, a non-profit organization that since 1985 has supported the creation, performance and study of music through awards, fellowships, grants and of orders.

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