Tin Pan South Show Highlights | Wednesday, April 6

Patrons attending night two of the 24th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank were blown away by the weather almost as much as the music. Fierce wind forced organizers to let fans in early at several clubs including The Listening Room Café, where debris from nearby construction sites was raining down on the sidewalks.


Country star Tracy Lawrence performed at The Hard Rock Cafe early show with JT Harding, Hunter Phelps and Trent Willmon Wednesday night.
|Photo by Jason Delkou


Michael Ray (c.) performed at the Hard Rock Cafe late show Wednesday with Jaron Boyer, Jeffrey East and Michael Tyler.
|Photo by Jason Delkou

The talk at most of the shows around town was the passing of country legend Merle Haggard, and The Listening Room early show opened with Joe Denim, Jack Ingram, Ray Scott and Natalie Stovall singing “Are The Good Times Really Over.” Lee Roy Parnell, a friend of Haggard’s, teared up when he opened his Station Inn round with “That’s The Way Love Goes.” Jim Collins performed a touching tribute, and many of the writers relayed stories about The Hag and his influence on their songwriting.6e67e84f-7d0a-4dc8-9525-b9465a411cef

(l. to r.) –  Chris Wallin,  Amanda Weeks-Geveden of Regions Bank, Don Sampson,  Lisa Harless of Regions Bank, and Tony Arata at the Wednesday Bluebird Cafe early show.

Kelsea Ballerini, who led a sold-out show at The Listening Room Tuesday night, returned last night to sing with Dave Barnes and crew. The ASCAP early show with JT Harding, Tracy Lawrence, Hunter Phelps and Trent Willmon at The Hard Rock Café was standing room only, as were both Douglas Corner shows. The Bluebird Café saw two sell-outs with Tony Arata, Larry Cordle, Don Sampson and Chris Wallin at the early show and Mac Davis, Scotty Emerick, Leslie Satcher and Bobby Tomberlin at the BMI late show.

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Dave Barnes and Kelsea Ballerini performing “Symphony”
|Photo by Libby Oellerich

Tin Pan South official airline sponsor Southwest Airlines shocked one patron at The Country early show last night when attendee Jennifer Alexander won two roundtrip tickets to the Southwest destination of her choice. In a program  dubbed “Surprise and Delight,” the airline is set to bring joy to Tin Pan attendees throughout the week.

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Southwest winner, Jennifer Alexander and friend, Sharon Meija
|Photo by Libby Oellerich

The revelry continues tonight with the “Cowboys and Hockey Players – From Nashville to Sweden” late show with TW Hale, Doc Holladay, Dustin Hensley and Chris Lindberg at the Commodore Grille. New Tin Pan venue Whiskey Rhythm is likely to host two sold-out shows, and tradition will about at the ever-popular Station Inn. Bekka Bramlet, Billy Burnette, Bruse Gaitsch and Dennis Morgan will unapologetically rock the Douglas Corner late show, and “Nashville” star Charles Esten will lead the “Just Another Night in Nashville” round at The Country late show.
Friday Lineup Addition: Sonia Leigh has been to the 3rd & Lindsley early show with Granville Automatic, Travis Meadows and Angaleena Pressley.
Individual tickets will be available at the door of most shows, and prices range from

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