Several of Britain’s top songwriters are set to showcase their talents in Music City this month. The week-long live music event United Kingdom/Nashville Songwriter Exchange Collaboration will take place Sept. 16-25 and is open to the public. Performances by these artists will be held each day and night at Nashville’s Belcourt Taps. The collaborations will include extensive songwriting sessions at the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Artists and writers taking part include James Otto, Trent Tomlinson, Lee Roy Parnell, Ira Dean, Marty Raybon, Hilary Williams, Steve O’Brien, Steve Cropper, Earl Bud Lee, Brad Stewart and Will Rambeaux. Other special guests will include Roger Cook, Anthony Smith, Shannon Lawson, King’s Bullet, Sammy Hudson, Dan Daley, Steve O’Brien, ISHI, Daisy Mallory, The Band 13, Chas Sandford, Blue Miller, James House, BREE, Natasha Borzilova, Lotte Mullan, Paul Steel, Matt May, Mark Hill, Jessica Sharman, TJ Howard, Allen McKendree, Travis Gilbert, Stewart Mann and Statesboro Revue.
“I’m excited to unite these two cultures together,” expressed Rose Melillo, industry veteran and owner of Belcourt Taps. “Nashville has many talented performers and for the UK to see that and believe in our artists is surreal.”
In exchange, The British Government will be repeating the process in Brighton, England next year by inviting Nashville acts for their showcase event called “The Great Escape.” In addition to the support of the UKTI and NSAI, sponsors include Spokes Buzz, Band Swap, Czann’s Brewing Company, and New Belgium Brewing. Executive chef Jane Marcum will be catering all the private parties during this week. Any donations and money raised during this event will go straight to Last Chance For Animals (LCA), a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation.
For a full performance schedule of shows at Nashville’s Belcourt Taps, visit belcourttaps.com.
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