Chris Young (l.) and Corey Crowder (r.) closed out the Tin Pan South Songwriting Seminar on Tuesday before the festival kicked off that evening. Photo: Cooper Smith

Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival In Full Swing

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.
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.

Produced by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the 26th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank will take place April 3-7, 2018 at 10 of Nashville’s top music venues. Cash admission ranging from $10 to $25 for individual shows not already at the posted capacity will be an option at most venues. There will be no Tin Pan South shows at Hard Rock Café this evening.
The free Tin Pan South Festival App is currently available in the iOS and Android app stores or at For up-to-date lineups, tickets, venues, schedules and other festival information, download the Festival App or Updates can also be found on the Tin Pan South Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

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