Blast on the Bay songwriters’ fest returns to forgotten coast

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:46 AM.

The festival utilizes a writer’s round format like those commonly found in Nashville. Each show consists of four performers who trade off playing songs while the other writers can choose to join in with harmonies, extra guitar riffs or rhythm or just sit back and enjoy the tune.

Perhaps more fun than hearing these hit songs is learning the stories behind them. The writers are encouraged to offer up the inspiration behind their hits and discuss where they were and what was happening in their lives when they originally put pen to paper.

“It’s the untold story,” said Bogan. “They share what they were feeling when they wrote it.

“It’s all raw, live, unfiltered and unplugged, but it’s laid back and low-key. It’s not just for fans of country music, but fans of music and how it was created. It’s nice to see the writers of the hits get a little recognition.”

“A lot of serious songs had goofy beginnings,” added Black. “You never know what you’re going to hear.”

Black said he enjoys hearing and sharing the stories, but for him, the best moments are getting to hear a song the way it sounded right after the songwriter had completed the first draft.

While some of the hit songs are performed similarly to their well-known counterparts, others may have completely different words, arrangements or be performed on a different instrument altogether.



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