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Tin Pan South is the biggest songwriters festival in the world

Tin Pan South is the biggest songwriters festival in the world. It just celebrated its twenty-third year, held by the NSAI.

"The Nashville Songwriters Association International consists of a body of creative minds, including songwriters from all genres of music, professional and amateur, who are committed to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting, and to educate and celebrate the songwriter and to act as a unifying force within the music community and community-at-large."

At Tin Pan South, we were treated to ninety-two shows, made up of three to five songwriters and special guests where they get to play us their hits and classics and a few new works as well. We heard their stories about starting off as a songwriter, most of the hit songs we love were written by that parking lot attendant or someone who worked for years at Comcast Cable or the girl who arrived in Nashville with all her stuff in Hefty bags because she believed in her work. Just about all their stories shared one thing: that is, when you have those days when you're just ready to give up, DON'T, because it "all begins with a song."

That is why this is the NSAI motto and why Tin Pan South is one of a kind.

To name just a few hits we heard this week, sung by their creators: 

    "Concrete Angel" by Rob Crosby, 
    "Till the Last Shots Fired" by Rob Crosby w/ Doug Johnson, 
    "Crazy Town" by Brett Jones w/ Rodney Clawson and Jason Aldean, 
    "Something in Red" by Angela Kasset, 
    "This Ain't No Thinkin' Thing" and "Heads Carolina, Tails California" by Mark D. Sanders w/ Tim Nichols, 
    "Talledega" by Luke Laird w/ Eric Church, 
    "American Kids" by Luke Laird w/ Rodney Clausen and Shane McAnally, 
    "Pontoon" by Natalie Hemby w/ Barry Dean and Luke Laird, 
    "Automatic" by Natalie Hemby w/ Miranda Lambert and Nicholle Gaylon, 
    "Riser" by Steve Moakler w/ Travis Meadows, 
    "Come a Little Closer/My Eyes" by Andrew Dorff w/ Tommy Lee James and Josh Osborne, 
    "Sure Be Cool if You Did" by Jimmy Robbins w/ Chris Tompkins, 
    "Real Good Man" by Rivers Rutherford w/ George Teren
    "Livin' in Fast Forward" by Rivers Rutherford w/ David Lee Murphy
    "Let's Make Love" by Chris Lindsey w/ Aimee Mayo and Marv Green
    "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Adam Shamlin
    "Change The World" by Gordon Kennedy w/ Tommy Sims and Wayne Kirkpatrick

Others we saw there were Vince Gill, John Oates of Hall & Oates, and Jim Peterik from Survivor. Remember "Vehicle" and "Eye of the Tiger"? Kevin Kadish was there - who co-wrote those little tunes "All About That Bass" and "Lips are Movin'" with Meghan Trainor! So many great songwriters participate in this festival every year, way to many to count and you know all their songs, plus you get a sneak peek at stars' singles coming up!

Needless to say, for this event is one of the best times to visit Nashville, Tennesse, USA, and celebrate where "it all begins with a song!"

   - Heather Dwyer

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