Port St. Joe becomes miniature Nashville during Songwriters’ Fest

Blast on the Bay

The Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival celebrates its fifth year by bringing 27 Nashville songwriters to the Forgotten Coast.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 09:15 AM.

Get ready for a weekend of Nashville-fueled tunes.

The fifth annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival will come to life this weekend, Oct. 17-20 and will host nearly 30 Nashville songwriters across nine area music venues.

This event has struck a chord locally and offers attendees the opportunity to meet and enjoy performances by the songwriters who have penned hits for country stars Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire and countless others.

The festival begins Friday with a lunchtime happy hour at Triple Tails restaurant and a songwriter’s workshop will be held on Saturday at Dockside Seafood and Raw Bar.

The panel will be moderated by Steven Leslie, who has written tunes for Kenny Rogers, Mark Chesnutt and George Strait. Area writers will participate in an informal open discussion on the art and business of song writing and topics will include the craft of song writing, song writing as a career, and music production.

Panelists will also offer critiques for attendees who bring a sample along with them.

“Attendees should have the enthusiasm to learn,” said Leslie who will oversee the panel for the fourth year. “Songwriting is an investment in time.

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