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Even in a town full of songwriters, Tin Pan South, a five day "Celebration of Songs and Songwriters" brought to you by NSAI, The Nashville Songwriters Association International, is a special event. Every venue in Music City, including the famed Bluebird Cafe, the Ryman Auditorium, The Sutler and all the coffeehouses are packed with in-the-round performances. Some artists are well-known and play the event every year, while others have never done it at before.
 
 

This year, there were so many great shows, it was impossible to choose among them. So of course, we tried to cover them all!
 
 

Kicking off the event was "The Legendary Songwriters Acoustic Concert" at the famed Ryman, that featured Gordon Lightfoot ("Sundown"), Donna Summer ("She Works Hard For The Money"), Ray Parker, Jr. ("Ghostbusters"), Andrew Gold ("Thank You For Being A Friend"), Merle Kilgore ("Ring Of Fire") and Sharon Vaughn ("My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys"). Each artist shared the inside story behind some of the world's most recognizable tunes, and performed them as well. The atmosphere was so relaxed and inclusive, that on more than one occasion, the audience just piped right up and sang along. Ray Parker's set was reminiscent of an intimate jazz club, very smooth, intimate. Donna Summer's performance had sass, flash AND attitude as you would expect; it seemed impossible that she didn't have a band behind her! 

Some highlights at the clubs included Oscar nominated singer/songwriter Allison Moorer along with Lonesome Bob, Mike Ireland and Hayseed at 12th & Porter. Moorer's achingly beautiful voice and Appalachian-noir country songs wowed the crowd, as did Hayseed's unusual a cappella renditions of his backwoods story-songs. We also caught Amy Rigby, Paul Burch and Phil Lee at Bongo Java. Amy sings the laments of after-the-party's-over-girls, while Phil Lee tickles the funny bone along with his toe-tapping numbers.

www.Dishmag.com / Issue 21 - September 2018
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