Nashville recording artist and songwriter Lisa Shaffer said a certain magic is present during a songwriters’ festival.
She said there is something special about hearing the back story, hearing the inspiration behind a song, understanding where the songwriters’ heart, soul and brain were at the moment of conception of another melody, another lyric.
“When I see a songwriter perform a song I’ve heard maybe on the radio there is a little bit of magic,” Shaffer said by phone from Nashville. “It’s like there is a realness there, an honesty, that is just so special.
“You get to hear where did that song come from. You hear the backstory.”
Shaffer and nearly two dozen other songwriters will be in town next week for the annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival.
Shaffer, who performs with Steve Dean and Bill Whyte, two other Nashville veterans, in a performance they call “Hits and Grins” The grins are evident and the hits come when the three take the stage, as they have at the last two Blast on the Bay festivals.
“The three of us just go together and realized how much fun it was,” Shaffer said. “It just made sense to form a group.
“Bill has been the radio forever and he has so many stories and quips, he’ll talk your ear off. We all sing and talk and tell little stories and quips. We just have fun.”
Shaffer, who has songs recorded by artists from George Strait to Reba McIntire, plays a mix of primarily country and bluegrass. She is signed to a Disney-owned label, but enjoys the laid back atmosphere of the Blast on the Bay, a few days to get away from the grind.
“Blast on the Bay really is my favorite festival,” Shaffer said. “The beach, the sand, I love the location. The Forgotten Coast, it is so laid back.
“We love the crowds there. The Indian Pass Raw Bar (Sunday’s Blast-ending event), it is a place you can throw on your flip-flops and just have a blast.”
This, as the title of the event suggests, is precisely the point.
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Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival Schedule
Friday, Oct. 19
Sunset Coastal Grill
6 p.m. - “Hits and Grins” with Lisa Shaffer, Steve Dean, and Bill Whyte
6 p.m. - Jerry Salley and Erin Enderlin
The Thirsty Goat
6:30 p.m. -Will Rambeaux, Little Feather, Sam Brooker, Aaron Spraggs
8:30 p.m. - Charlie Black, Dana Hunt Black, Casey Black, Erin Enderlin
10:30 p.m. - Walt Aldridge, Sonny Lemaire, Tim Buppert, Jim Parker
7 p.m. (CT) – Steve Leslie, Abigail Rose, Brett Jones
9 p.m. (CT) – Chas Sandford, Jesse Rice, Pete Sallis, Riley Weston
Saturday Oct. 20
Dockside Café, the Port St. Joe Marina
2 p.m. - Songwriters’ Workshop; discussion and Question/Answer session from a panel of talented writers
5 p.m.-Walt Aldridge, Sonny Lemaire, Tim Buppert, Jim Parker
7 p.m. - Charlie Black, Dana Hunt Black, Casey Black, Erin Enderlin
7 p.m. -Steve Leslie, Abigail Rose, Jerry Salley
9 p.m. - Walt Aldridge, Sonny Lemaire, Tim Buppert, Jim Parker
6:30 p.m. (CT)-Will Rambeaux, Little Feather, Sam Brooker, Aaron Spraggs
8:30 p.m. (CT) - “Hits and Grins” Lisa Shaffer, Steve Dean, Bill Whyte
10:30 p.m. (CT) – Chas Sandford, Jesse Rice, Pete Sallis, Riley Weston
Sunday Oct. 21
Indian Pass Raw Bar
2 p.m. -Steve Leslie, Abigail Rose, Jerry Salley
3:30 p.m. – Will Rambeaux, Little Feather, Sam Brooker, Aaron Spraggs
5 p.m. - Charlie Black, Dana Hunt Black, Casey Black
6:30 p.m. - Chas Sandford, Jesse Rice, Pete Sallis, Riley Weston
8 p.m. - “Hits and Grins” with Lisa Shaffer, Steve Dean, Bill Whyte
* All times and locations are subject to change and approximate, check back often for updates to the schedule.
* All times are eastern unless otherwise noted on the schedule