Nashville songwriters perform for Sacred Heart patients


Blast on the Bay songwriters Bob Regan, Wil Nance and Tim Buppert played for patients at Sacred Heart Hospital prior to their scheduled performances.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:27 AM.

Some believe that music has healing abilities and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf in Port St. Joe saw it first-hand.

Before this year’s Blast on the Bay songwriters’ festival even started filling Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach with songs straight out of Nashville, visiting writers Tim Buppert, Bob Regan and Wil Nance paid a visit to the hospital to perform for patients who wouldn’t be able to make it out to the weekend’s festivities.

At a previous festival Buppert told Paulina Pendarvis, Physician and Volunteers Services Advocate for Sacred Heart that he’d be interested in playing for the patients. This year, before the Blast could begin, Pendarvis reached out to take Buppert up on his offer.

Buppert enlisted the help of some of his friends and they arrived at the hospital with guitars and fiddles in tow.

“It was a great experience and the people were wonderful,” said Bob Regan, a Grammy-nominated Nashville songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by Hank Williams, Jr., Reba McEntire and Keith Urban.

The festival brought Regan to Port St. Joe for the first time and he accompanied Buppert and Nance to the hospital where they visited five patients and played a mix of cover songs that included Motown hits and even some western swing. Regan also wrote original one-verse songs for each patient.

“I remember being in the hospital a few years back, and it can get a little boring,” said Regan. “Hopefully we broke it up.”

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