Key West Songwriters Festival Mixes Roots Music Royalty with Mainstream Songwriting Elite

Posted in News on April 23, 2008

Lineup Includes Robert Earl Keen, Raul Malo, Kim Richey & Jeffrey Steele

The 13th Annual Hog’s Breath Key West Songwriters Festival looms enticingly on the horizon. Presented by Cherry Heart Music and proudly supported by charter sponsor BMI, the event is slated for April 30 through May 4 in Key West, Florida. The festival revolves around five days and nights of more than 20 free shows, staged at an array of the island’s most popular drinking holes and hot spots. Informal adaptations of Nashville’s signature in-the-round acoustic showcases dominate much of the schedule, while this year, a street concert Saturday, May 3 featuring the Jeffrey Steele Band and Robert Earl Keen adds a Mardis Gras fillip to the mix.

  • Robert Earl Keen
  • Raul Malo
  • Kim Richey

BMI songwriters dominate the diverse lineups. Americana trendsetters including Robert Earl Keen, Raul Malo, Kim Richey and John Oates will perform alongside Nashville’s most engaging and prolific hitmakers, including Jeffrey Steele (Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most”), John Scott Sherrill (Steve Wariner’s “Some Fools Never Learn”), Wendell Mobley (Rascal Flatts’ “Fast Cars & Freedom”), Jamey Johnson (George Strait’s “Give It Away”), Scotty Emerick (Toby Keith’s “As Good As I Once Was”), David Lee (Tim McGraw’s “I Need You,” featuring Faith Hill), Keith Follese (Tim McGraw’s “Something Like That”), Jim Beavers (Gary Allan’s “Watching Airplanes”), Heather Little (Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder and Lead”), Steve Bogard (Dierks Bentley’s “Every Mile A Memory”), Bobby Pinson (Sugarland’s “Want To”), Doug Johnson (Randy Travis’s “Three Wooden Crosses”), Chas Sandford (John Waite’s “Missing You”), Chuck Cannon (Toby Keith’s “How Do You Like Me Now”), Max T. Barnes (Diamond Rio’s “That’s How Your Love Makes Me Feel”), Chuck Jones (Chris LeDoux’s “Cadillac Ranch”), Rodney Clawson (Jason Aldean’s “Why”), Gary Hannan (Joe Nichols’s “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”), Billy Yates (George Jones’s “Choices”), Jerrod Niemann (Garth Brooks’ “Good Ride Cowboy”) and Dallas Davidson (Trace Adkins’s “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”), with Curb recording artist Lee Brice (Garth Brooks’ “More Than A Memory”), singer/songwriters Heather Morgan, Stephanie Chapman and Lauren Lucas and Orange County rock outfit Lit’s Jeremy Popoff.

  • Jeffrey Steele
  • John Oates
  • Jamey Johnson

For a complete list of sponsoring hotels, local businesses, schedules and participating songwriters, please visit or call 305.296.4222.


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