Blast on the Bay songwriters’ fest returns to forgotten coast


The annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival returns in October with Nashville talent who have written for country music stars George Strait, Faith Hill and Garth Brooks. The festival celebrates the songwriters who normally find themselves behind-the-scenes.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:46 AM.

The sound of music will soon encompass the beach as the fifth annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival kicks off Oct. 17.

The free event sprawls across the Forgotten Coast from Mexico Beach to Indian Pass and welcomes Nashville-dwellin’ Grammy-winnin’ country songwriters who have penned tunes for the likes of superstars Faith Hill, Jason Aldean and Garth Brooks.

Songwriter Charlie Black and his wife, Dana, who have written hits for George Strait, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire and many other country crooners, will perform for the fourth time.

Years ago the couple traded in the busy streets of Nashville for a relaxing life on the Forgotten Coast and each and every year the Songwriters’ Festival brings their friends to town.

The festival will begin on Oct. 17 with a lunchtime happy hour at Triple Tails and the following day, a workshop will be held at Dockside Seafood and Raw Bar where a panel of songwriters will participate in an informal open discussion on the art and business of song writing.

Topics will include the craft of song writing, song writing as a career, and music production, followed by a critique for participants who bring a sample along with them.

“Fellow writers will be able to get insight on the process,” said event coordinator Jason Bogan. “It’s a good place for both novices and seasoned writers to learn from the pros.”

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