Key West Songwriters’ Festival Marks 10th Year

Posted in News on May 9, 2005
BMI is helping the Key West Songwriters' Festival celebrate its 10th anniversary by bringing a boatload of Nashville's top songwriters to perform in dozens of showcases. Set for May 11-15 in Key West, Florida, the expanded festival has added several performance venues and writers to mark the special weekend.

Bart Allmand Chuck Cannon Kerry Harvick

The roster of talent includes BMI-Award winning tunesmiths Bart Allmand ("You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl"), Chuck Cannon ("American Soldier"), Kerry Harvick ("Til' Nothing Comes Between Us"), James Dean Hicks ("Jesus and Mama"), Chuck Jones ("Love a Little Stronger"), Jay Knowles ("She'll Leave You With a Smile"), Kendell Marvel ("Right Where I Need To Be"), Wendell Mobley ("I Melt"), Tim Nichols ("Live Like You Were Dying"), James Slater ("In My Daughter's Eyes"), Jeffrey Steele ("Chrome"), Keith Stegall ("I Do Cherish You"), Phillip White ("I'm a Survivor") and D. Vincent Williams ("I'm Movin' On").

James Dean Hicks Chuck Jones Kendell Marvel

Additional performers on the bill include Asylum Records artist Lee Brice, Patrick Davis ("This Life"), Dillon Dixon ("For a Lack of Better Words"), BNA Records artist Morgane Haynes, Randy Houser ("Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"), MCA Nashville artist Jedd Hughes, EMI Music Publishing writer Jamey Johnson, Key West songster Scott Kirby, Vicky McGehee ("When I Think About Cheatin'"), RCA Nashville artist John Pierce, Kylie Sackley ("Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense"), and Dreamworks Music writer Jen Schott.

Morgane Haynes Lee Brice

Venues hosting performances are founding sponsor Hog's Breath Saloon, Schooner Wharf, Pier House Resort, Hilton Key West Resort, Virgilio's, Green Parrot, Blue Heaven, Fury, Southernmost Hotel & Resort, Ocean Key Resort and Mangoes. Hog's Breath Saloon General Manager Charlie Bauer serves as festival coordinator.

Wendell Mobley Tim Nichols James Slater

Jeffrey Steele Keith Stegall Phillip White

Additional sponsors include Sheraton Suites Key West, the Conch House, Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn, Nashville Underground, Hyatt Key West, Barcardi, Budweiser, Louie's Backyard, Kelly's, NSAI, American Airlines and ClearChannel. All shows are free to the public except the Friday and Saturday night shows in the Hog's Breath Writer's Room ($20 advance, $25 at the door). To reserve tickets, call (305) 296-4222.

D. Vincent Williams Patrick Davis Dillon Dixon

Randy Houser Scott Kirby Vicky McGehee
photo by PJ Pettigrew    

Kylie Sackley Jen Schott


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