A few highlights from Tin Pan South’s Thursday (4/1), Friday (4/2) and Saturday night shows.
BMI offered a stout lineup of storytelling guitar-slingers as part of the annual Tin Pan South songwriters’ festival. A deep crowd filled the Rutledge as Big Al Anderson, Shawn Camp and Pat McLaughlin delivered an acoustic set of originals followed by a full-band finale stacked with audience favorites.
Over at Douglas Corner, Kendall Marvel began the late round with “I’d Have Done A Lot Of Things Different,” and segued into “Right Where I Need To Be” and “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You.” Marla Cannon-Goodman showcased her hits “The Fool,” “Don’t Make Me” and “Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo,” which she co-wrote with Casey Beathard. He performed crowd favorites “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems”, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” and “Don’t Blink.” Phil O’Donnell offered his hits “She Won’t Be Lonely Long,” “Sounds Like Life To Me” and “Back When I Knew It All.”
Also on Thursday, SESAC hosted a night of music at Nashville’s Listening Room club, showcasing the talents of affiliates Ken Johnson, Lance Miller, Plumb, and Brice Long. A special appearance by recording artist Craig Campbell capped the evening, as he debuted music from his upcoming album due out via Bigger Picture.
The Hard Rock Café was hoppin’ during both shows. The early Multiple Sclerosis Society Benefit began with NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison introducing NSAI member Ron Russell, who opened the show with a song dedicated to his late brother who passed away from MS. Heidi Newfield took things up a notch with her Trick Pony smash “Pour Me.” She then performed “Johnny & June,” her first big solo hit, while the crowd sang along. Bobby Pinson entertained with “Don’t Ask Me How I Know,” as well as a medley of his Sugarland smashes – “All I Want To Do” and “Already Gone.” Kim Tribble’s tunes ranged from the witty “One In Every Crowd” to a more somber “I Can Still Feel You” before being joined onstage by Journey’s Jonathan Cain.
Jeffrey Steele & Band kept things rockin’ until the wee hours of the morning at the Hard Rock Café. Going through Steele’s catalogue of hits and more, the band performed “I’m Tryin’,” “My Town,” “These Days,” “Speed,” “Hell Yeah,” “Gone,” “What Hurts The Most,” “Every Time I Hear Your Name,” “Me And My Gang,” “My Wish” and “Brand New Girlfriend.” Also appearing were surprise guests LoCash Cowboys.
Music City Unsigned, Otterball.com & WLRT sponsored both shows at 3rd & Lindsley on the final evening of Tin Pan South. Taking the stage during the early show were pop/rock songwriters Butterfly Boucher, Thad Cockrell, Katie Herzig, Daniel Ellsworth and Matthew Perryman Jones.
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