Photo Above: (L to R) Pat Alger, Brandon Lay, & Will Hoge
The Tin Pan South Festival continued shows on Wednesday night and included a CMA Songwriters series round with Pat Alger, Brandon Lay and Will Hoge at the Hard Rock Cafe. Alger has been at the forefront of Tin Pan South, actively helping begin the largest songwriters festival. The NSAI board member remembers helping kick off the 1st festival, "...no one cares about that though," he joked to the crowd. The songwriter performed a few of his biggest hits including Garth Brooks "Unanswered Prayers," Trisha Yearwood's "Like We Never Had a Broken Heart," and many others. Photo Credit on right: Bev Moser
Brandon Lay who is new to the writing world shared some of his songs that were so familiar, you knew this singer/songwriter would be in the spotlight soon. Will Hoge also joined the group of writers, and Hoge is very well-known to the Nashville community. This writer responsible for "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" cut by Eli Young Band, is set to release another new album on April 7th (Middle of America). The soulful singer performed some of his beloved tunes, which added edge to the show.
Across town, Brett James performed with writers Caitlynn Smith, Justin Weaver, & Erik Dylan who all gave their own style and story. The packed out venue was a who's who audience with Kip Moore included in the crowd. James is responsible for Carrie's "Jesus Take the Wheel," Brantley Gilbert's "Bottom's Up" and many more crowd pleaser hit songs.
The first night (Tuesday March 25th) kicked things off with a bang with Kacey Musgraves giving a surprising guest performance in the round with Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Brandy Clark at 3rd and Lindsley. At the Douglas Corner, Hillary Scott's mom Linda Davis performed in the round with husband Lang Scott, Bill Whyte and Kenny Beard.
Tonight Lady A's Hillary Scott is set to play the 9:00 pm show at the Hard Rock Cafe. Tickets are on sale at the door and many more shows in different venues will be commencing across Nashville.
Tin Pan South continues through Saturday (March 28th). You can find the schedule at www.TinPanSouth.com.