June 20-22, 2008 :: Nashville SongWriters Festival on Music Row
Music Row, Nashville
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For three days in June, established and hopeful songwriters from every genre descend on Nashville's Music Row for classes, workshops, Q & A sessions, jam sessions
and performances related to songwriting.
Festival guests could attend an open house at recording studios and publishing houses, and watch songwriters showcase their work at several outdoor stages
|Festival Producer: Cornelius “Popcorn” Robertson|
|Stephen Lee Rich ||Web Site|
|Cowboy Slim and Cubbyhole Records ||Web Site|
|Gary Farmer and Farm Boy Music ||Web Site|
|Gary Farmer and Country Song Crafters ||Web Site|
|Damien Lamb ||MySpace|
|Jason Wilburn and Sure-Fire Music ||Web Site|
|Ellen Olhsson and Tuff Ditties Publishing ||MySpace|
|Meaghan Owens ||MySpace|
|Pat Hill at the Co-Writers' Tent|
|FESTIVAL WEB SITE|
For three days & evenings, successful industry professionals gave talks about how they "made it", and how today's hopeful songwriter might break into the business.
Our informal base of operations was at the Webcast Stage behind Sure-Fire Music, where we heard some great music from a talented
young female artist (sorry, we didn't get your name) surrounded by memorabilia, photos and gold & platinum records. Our grandkids got to play with Jason Wilburn's two children,
running up and down the halls and sitting at the desks where great musicians like Loretta Lynn, Johnny Russell, Patty Loveless, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, the Osborne Brothers, Faron Young and
of course the Wilburn Brothers, did business over the years.
My wife TeriJo is a singer/songwriter, and performed at the WebCast Stage on Saturday afternoon. Later that night she got to sit in at the Co-Writers tent
for a Round-Robin show.
Mind you, this wasn't a case of simply strolling by booths and casually perusing their offerings. We got to stop and really talk to the people behind the tables; people who do nothing but
work in the Nashville music scene.
We're disappointed that we didn't make it down to Bobby's Idle Hour for their stage, or to other open houses.
We found a great place to park on Friday and Saturday, but really there was a lot of free parking throughout Music Row.
In case it isn't apparent, we're planning on being there again next year!
(UPDATED 6/19/09: Due to TeriJo's heavy performing schedule, we'll be unable to make it to the 2009 Festival.)
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