|Top song writers come Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival Nov. 7-17|
October 9, 2013, Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — More than 200 musicians and songwriters will flock to this barrier island for their annual fall gathering, the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, will be Nov. 7-17.
While the Flora-Bama Lounge is the base for the festival, performers also will entertain in venues in Pensacola, Gulf Shores and other nearby communities. Songwriters often mingle with the crowds, talk about their successes and failures, and have impromptu jam sessions with fellow musicians.
The list of award-winning songwriters is long and it has a country music tilt; many Nashville musicians like the Flora-Bama, a legendary beach bar, for its support of original music and new performers.
But it’s not all country. The writers include such music industry veterans as Larry Henley, who wrote the 1989 Bette Midler hit, “Wind Beneath My Wings.”
Other top songwriters will include Brett Jones (“If Heaven Wasn’t so Far Away,” by Justin Moore); Will Rambeaux (“Wild One” by Faith Hill); and C.J. Watson, whose music has been featured in television, movie and video game soundtracks and on both ends of the radio spectrum – National Public Radio and “The Rick and Bubba Show.”
The songwriters festival includes a tribute at 6:30 Nov. 7 to the late Larry Butler of Pensacola, a celebrated songwriter who produced music for Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kenny Rogers and many others.
On Nov. 13, a panel of music industry authorities will give tips to young songwriters at a lunch at Lulu’s Homeport in Gulf Shores.
For more information about the festival, please visit ww.fbisf.com.
For details on lodging, travel incentives and attractions, please see wwww.visitperdido.com or call 1-800-328-0107.