Our own Joy Whitlock will perform at Nashville’s Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. Country star Trace Adkins, American Idol favorite Bo Bice and Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain are among the other songwriters helping Nashville’s annual festival expand its horizons for the 2010 installment, which takes place March 30 through April 3 at eight Nashville music venues.
Bice and Cain were on hand at the 2010 Tin Pan South preview party Tuesday afternoon at The Rutledge, where organizers announced the line-up for this year’s festival. Like many of the festival’s biggest names — including country stars Kathy Mattea, Heidi Newfield, Julie Roberts and Steel Magnolia — Bice and Cain are artists who are famed for their performing skills as well as their writing.
“We are so excited about this year’s festival, because, guys, in addition to all of the fabulously talented country songwriters and artists, we’ve got a real live rock star,” said Lisa Harless of Tin Pan sponsors Regions Bank, referring to Cain.
In fact, the festival has more than just one rock star this year. Cain is in good company with Bill Champlin of Chicago, Kyle Cook of Matchbox Twenty, Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin and Louisiana soul-rocker Marc Broussard.
Tin Pan South also continues to spotlight musical talents who have been wildly successful behind the scenes. Award-winning country songwriters Dave Berg, Gary Burr and Rivers Rutherford are scheduled to perform, along with a collection of rock/pop heavy-hitters, including production/writing partners Drew Ramsey and Shannon Sanders (who are behind songs for India.Arie, Jonny Lang, Jesse McCartney and Robert Randolph).
Up-and-coming talents and many of Nashville’s non-country young guns are also represented on the 2010 Tin Pan South Schedule: Butterfly Boucher, Katie Herzig and Jeremy Lister — who’ve all taken part in busy local songwriter collective Ten Out Of Tenn — are all scheduled to perform.
Among the eight venues hosting shows are expected singer-songwriter havens such as the Bluebird Café and Douglas Corner, and newcomer the Hard Rock Café will host unique events like a Thursday night show from classic rock hit-makers Ides of March (“Vehicle”) at its recently revamped music venue.
Now in its 18th year, The Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival bills itself as the world’s largest all-songwriter music festival. Last year’s fest saw over 9,000 fans attending more than 70 festival-hosted shows. The festival is presented by Regions Bank and produced by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.