Tin Pan South | Tuesday Show Highlights

Opening night of the 24th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank is in the books, and the evening was highlighted by crisp weather and packed venues.


Regions City President Jim Schmitz (l.) with Kelsea Ballerini (r.) prior to her sold-out round at The Listening Room Cafe late show.


Maddie & Tae’s Tae Dye (l.) and Maddie Marlow (r.) at The Country early show.

Fans began lining up at 3:30pm to see ACM Award-winner Kelsea Ballerini join her co-writers Josh Kerr, Scott Stepakoff and Forest Glen Whitehead at The Listening Room Café 9:00pm round. Natalie Hemby also joined Kelsea on stage for a duet. Patrons were spilling out the door of new Tin Pan venue The Country to see Jessi Alexander, Maddie & Tae, Jonathan Singleton and Josh Thompson. The club was equally packed for the late show with Doobie Brother Tom Johnston, John Cowan, Lara Johnston and Paul Overstreet, who added an even more humorous verse to his Blake Shelton hit “Some Beach.”


Kelsea Ballerini, Josh Kerr and Forest Glen Whitehead at The Listening Room late show presented by NASH FM 103.3.

“Eye of the Tiger” Jim Peterik didn’t disappoint with stories or talent at the Whiskey Rhythm late show with country star Collin Raye, Keith Burns and Joie ScottJeffrey Steele and friends rocked Hard Rock, and The Bluebird was wall-to-wall packed for both the CMA Songwriters Series early show and the “Songs and Shenanigans” late show.

Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare at the Bluebird Cafe CMA Songwriters Series early show.

In two “you never know who might show up” moments, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine was spotted in the crowd at the Commodore Grille “Notcha Mamma’s Country” show. Fresh off his ACM Awards Show performance, Chris Young took in the shows at new Tin Pan South venue Whiskey Rhythm.


Pictured: BC Jean, Desmond Child, Mayor Megan Barry and Bluebird Cafe’s Erika Wollam Nichols after The Listening Room early show

Tonight’s highlights include a rousing round with Sam Ashworth, Jill & Kate, Jessica Martindale and Heidi Raye at the Blue Bar early show, Kent Blazy, Statler Brothersstar Jimmy Fortune, Kevin MaC and Keith Stegall at the Douglas Corner late show and ASCAP’s JT Harding, Tracy Lawrence, Hunter Phelps and Trent Willmon at the Hard Rock early show.
The Listening Room Café will likely see sold out crowds again for the “Hooks, Lines and Sync-ers” show with Joe Denim, Jack Ingram, Ray Scott and Natalie Stovall. Bluegrass and tradition will prevail at both Station Inn shows tonight.

Individual tickets will be available at the door of most shows, and prices range from $10-25.

For up-to-date lineups, tickets, venues, schedules and other festival information, visit tinpansouth.com. Updates can also be found on the Tin Pan South Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

|Photos by Jason Delkou


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