Tuesday + Wednesday Highlights

The 26th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank kicked off Tuesday night, as more than 80 songwriters hit the stages of 10 of Nashville’s top music venues. The “you never know who might show up at Tin Pan” rule held true, as several country stars joined in for special renditions of their hits.

Highlight Reel shot and produced by Cooper Smith
Photography by Cooper Smith and Libby Oellerich

Thomas Rhett joined his father, Rhett Akins, Bob DiPiero and The Warren Brothers on stage for BMI’s Rhett Akins & Friends show at the 3rd & Lindsley late show. The star power didn’t stop there, as LOCASH, Dustin Lynch and Jon Pardi also performed for an adoring audience. The “special guest” at the early 3rd & Lindsley show featuring hit writers Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano turned out to be Brett Young. Also appearing to perform his hit song “Kiss Somebody” was country newcomer Morgan Evans.

Tin Pan South partner Southwest Airlines returned this year with their “Surprise and Delight” campaign and shocked two attendees of the CMA Songwriter Series show featuring Larry Gatlin, Terry McBride, Aaron Tippin and Charlie Worsham with round-trip tickets to anywhere the airline flies domestically or internationally. Rumor has it Southwest may pop up at another Tin Pan show or two this week.

Night two of the 26th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank was brisk but beautiful, as nine Nashville music venues hosted writers rounds. Fans were delighted to see their favorite country stars performing all over town including Dustin Lynch, Lindsay Ell, Love & Theft, Eric Paslay, Cassadee Pope, Carly Pearce, Raelynn and more.

Creative Nation took over The Listening Room Cafe stage sponsored by Nashville Music City, with Luke Laird, Steve Moakler, Kassi Ashton and Alec Bailey entertaining a packed house during the early show and the late show featuring Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Lori McKenna and Tyler Johnson.

The Tree Vibez Music round, billed with Corey Crowder, Jordan Schmidt, Daniel Ross and RaeLynn, were joined by new artists Mitchell Tenpenny and Cale Dodds and new mentor on The Voice Cassadee Pope.

The 2017 NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMT winner John Gurney opened the 3rd & Lindsley late show, which featured Dustin Lynch, Lee Thomas Miller, Neil Thrasher and Wendell Mobley. Gurney performed the winning song, “Fairytale Dress,” which he co-wrote with Erin Ashley O’Keefe.

The free Tin Pan South Festival App is currently available in the iOS and Android app stores or at TinPanSouth.com. For up-to-date lineups, tickets, venues, schedules and other festival information, download the Festival App or visit tinpansouth.com. Updates can also be found on the Tin Pan South Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram. Cash admission ranging from $10 to $25 for individual shows not already at the posted capacity will be an option at most venues.


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Libby Oellerich

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