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Kacey Musgraves Gears Up for Key West Songwriters Festival

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Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves

Technically, it might not be a vacation for Kacey Musgraves, although she surely deserves one. Nonetheless, the 19th annual Key West Songwriters Festival is a trip few of us would turn down. It’s a chance to party, play and possibly write another smash with some of the best songwriters on the planet.

Musgraves and Sara Evans are among the artists set to hit the sand and surf during the festival taking place May 7-11 in Key West, Fla. Others performers include 2013 BMI Icon recipient Dean Dillon, American Idolrunner-up Kree Harrison, Robert Earl KeenRhett Akins, Sundy Best, Love and TheftMatraca Berg,Jon Randall, Anders Osborne and the legendary Tony Joe White, to name a few.

A few of the names on the extensive list may not be familiar to you — and that’s OK. I can’t help it, though. I’ve always been fascinated with songwriters. I just don’t think they get enough love from the greater world.

Each day, we turn on our radios, pop a CD into our stereos or slap some vinyl down on our turntables and groove, cry or sing along to our favorite songs. We’re moved by the music and made happy, made sad and made to believe in their power. Those places the songs take us are purely magical.

But while we’re in those magical places, how many of us stop and think, “Man, I wonder who wrote that song?”

Nowadays, if you want to solve that mystery, your best bet is to dig into some liner notes. That, of course, requires an actual album purchase. And, let’s face it, so many of us rely on digital downloads and streaming these days to enjoy our music, accessing the finer details of an album track is more difficult than ever.

But Musgraves is one of many artists who is helping turn all that around. While the chart-topping, Grammy and CMA-winning beauty is a great singer and a breath of fresh air for country music, she’s first and foremost a songwriter. She talks openly about her passion for the poetics of it all. She gushes about her fellow co-writers, giving them their share of the credit for her success.

Musgraves knows what it’s like to be in that world where, to a vast majority of listeners, your words and thoughts as a songwriter “belong” to the artist singing the song. A perfect example is “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Miranda Lambert‘s No. 1 single which Musgraves co-wrote with Brandy Clark and ACM songwriter of the year Shane McAnally.

How many folks do you think hear that song title and say, “Oh, yeah! That song Kacey Musgraves co-wrote that Miranda Lambert made a huge hit?” Not many. And Lambert can identify, too. She herself is a brilliant songwriter likely sitting on mounds of great songs no one will ever know she wrote.

The truth be told, a little anonymity in the music world is just what many songwriters desire. Some are completely content to quietly fulfill their creative needs in studios and Music Row writing rooms without any pomp or circumstance. And there’s nothing wrong with that, either.

But the Key West Songwriters Festival isn’t going to allow for much anonymity for those creative types. It’s the place where the writers are celebrated, showered with love and toasted with the finest margaritas and piña coladas. There will be no hiding in the palm trees.

Other notable performances during the May festival will include Natalie Hemby (Lambert’s “White Liar”), Gary Chapman, Kristen KellyShawn Camp (Garth Brooks‘ “Two Piña Coladas”), Wendell Mobley (Rascal Flatts‘ “Fast Cars and Freedom”), Jessi Alexander (Lee Brice‘s “I Drive Your Truck”) and so many more incredible hitmakers.

Cheers to that!

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19th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival presented by BMI

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Announcing the Lineup for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s 19th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival
Presented by BMI, Benefitting The Shepherd Center SHARE Military Initiative
in association with Visit Florida, Comcast, Jagermeister and
the Key West & Florida Keys Tourist Development Council
 
NASHVILLE, February 18, 2014 – Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), global leader in music rights management, announces the lineup for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s 19th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival presented by BMI, benefitting the Shepherd Center SHARE Military Initiative, set for May 7-11, 2014. The Key West Songwriters Festival will again feature many of music’s most beloved songwriters heading to the southernmost point for five days of one-of-a-kind showcases and concert events dotting venues across the island.

“Our involvement with the Key West Songwriters Festival is just another way we at BMI demonstrate our full commitment to our songwriters, getting their music exposed in meaningful, unique settings,” said BMI’s Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations Mark Mason. “We are honored to have the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association on board to make this year’s festival the biggest and best yet.”
The impressive 2014 list of performers includes headliners Sara Evans, Anders Osborne, 2014 GRAMMY Award winner Kacey Musgraves, Robert Earl Keen, Kree Harrison, DJ DU, Matraca Berg, Tony Joe White, and 2013 BMI Country Icon Dean Dillon.
Additional performers include The World Famous Headliners, Natalie Hemby, Wendell Mobley, Chuck Cannon, Colin Lake, Jeff Hanna, Even Stevens, Hugh Prestwood, James Slater, Steve Bogard, Doug Johnson, Love and Theft, Gary Chapman, Pete Abbot, Dean Alexander, Seth Alley, Dylan Altman, Marshall Altman, Al Anderson, Kelly Archer, Misa Arriaga, Sammy Arriaga, Sherrie Austin, Matt Backer, Phil Barton, Ty Bates, Jabe Beyer, Brinn Black, Blackwater Bride, Callaghan, Shawn Camp, Jessica Campbell, Mark Case, Tommy Cecil, Wiley Chandler, Jeff Cohen, Adam Craig, Rob Crosby, Jalan Crossland, Colby Dee, Josh Dorr, Mason Douglas, Erik Dylan, Brooke Eden, Amanda Flynn, Marti Frederiksen, John Frinzi, Ashley Gearing, Lacy Green, Sam Grow, Haley & Michaels, Michael Hardy, Sara Haze, Kat Higgins, Elisha Hoffman, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Courtney Jaye, Paul Jenkins, Bryson Jennings, Kimberly June, Kristen Kelly, Kingston, Shannon Labrie, Jesse Lee, Lindsey Lee, Marjory Lee, Sonia Leigh, Toby Lightman, Megan Linville, Little Feather, Misty Loggins, Loving Mary, Cheryl LuQuire, Phil Madeira, Josh Matheny, Erin McCarley, Clay McClinton, Pat McLaughlin, Suzie McNeil, Phoenix Mendoza, Mike Mentz, Jake Mitchell, Heather Morgan, Liz Moriondo, Maren Morris, Greg Morrow, Danny Myrick, Kallie North, Shane Piasecki, Patrice Pike, Danika Portz, Jacob Powell, Michael Ray, Tyler Reeve, Michael Rhodes, Jesse Rice, Jon Roniger, Ben Rue, Kylie Sackley, Aaron Scherz, Emily Shackelton, Lucie Silvas, Haley Steele, Adley Stump, Sundy Best, Bridgette Tatum, The Massacoustics, Michael Tolcher, Guthrie Trapp, Brianna Tyson, Walker McGuire, Bruce Wallace, Taylor Watson, Jason White, Channing Wilson, Jessy Wilson, Billy Yates, Kate York, and many more.
“The Key West Songwriters Festival blends the best in the music business with a lively city that encompasses the Florida experience, and we are thrilled to sponsor the event,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “This year, we feel the diverse talent lineup will encourage people to take a trip to the state’s southernmost point to hear the stories behind the big hits and go on an adventure to a unique destination.”
After 2013’s record-breaking year, the 2014 edition of the festival promises to deliver even more finely-crafted music and stories behind the hits. Anders Osborne is set to headline the festival’s kickoff concert on Wednesday, May 7 on the Sunset Pier at the Ocean Key Resort. Over the course of five days, more than 50 free shows and in-the-round showcases featuring some of the nation’s finest songwriters will follow, including a free concert on Duval Street with Sara Evans, co-presented by RCA Records Nashville. Last year’s Duval St. concert saw a record audience of over 5,000 people.
Six ticketed shows will pack the historic San Carlos Theatre, Tropic Cinema, and The Studios of Key West. 2014 GRAMMY Award winner Kacey Musgraves will close out the festival with a must-see performance on the Casa Marina Resort beach. Tickets will go on sale mid-March and can be purchased at keywestsongwritersfestival.com. Specific lineups and venue information will be announced soon.
For updates, follow @BMI on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and use hashtag #BMIKeyWest.
Proceeds from the Key West Songwriters Festival will benefit SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center, a comprehensive rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment for service men and women who have sustained a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury and PTSD from the Afghanistan and Iraqi conflicts.
For a complete listing of sponsoring hotels, local businesses, participating songwriters and more, visit www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com.
About the Key West Songwriters Festival
The Key West Songwriters Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the world. The event’s 1995 debut was small but memorable, featuring Mickey Newbury and Shel Silverstein. BMI stepped in as a partner and sponsor in 1996 and has helped it grow into both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights of more than 30 free shows, staged at an array of the island’s most popular drinking holes and hot spots, where live music introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs. Diverse lineups featuring more than 100 top songwriters deliver rare, “Key West-only” moments. More info available at
About BMI
Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music Inc.’s Facebook page.
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Key West Songwriters Festival

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About the Key West Songwriters Festival

Celebrating its 17th year, The Key West Songwriters Festival
is the largest festival of its kind in the world.
Since 1997 BMI has been a charter sponsor of the festival and
has helped it grow into both a tourist attraction and favorite
of island locals.
The festival revolves around five days and nights of more than
25 free shows, staged at an array of the island’s most
popular drinking holes and hot spots, where live music bliss
introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind
the songs.
Diverse lineups featuring more than 100 top songwriters
deliver rare, “Key West-only” moments: Informal adaptations of
Nashville’s signature in-the-round acoustic showcases dominate
much of the schedule, while an event-capping street concert
adds an enticing Mardis Gras fillip to the mix.

Wednesday, May 2

6pm  Kick-off Concert – Sunset Pier

8pm  Pier House Beach – One Duval St.

9:30pm  Margaritaville – 500 Duval St.

10:00pm  Smokin’ Tuna Saloon – 4 Charles St

10:00pm  Conch Republic Seafood Company – 631 Greene St.

Thursday, May 3

12noon  Southernmost Beach Bash- SOMO Beach

1pm  Smokin’ Tuna Saloon – 4 Charles St

4pm  Blue Heaven – 729 Thomas Street

5pm  Smokin’ Tuna Saloon – 4 Charles St

5pm  WESTIN Resort Sunset Deck

5pm  SOMO Beach Bash

6pm  Double Tree Grand Key

5pm  Studios of Key West TICKETS REQUIRED-On Sale March 1st
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James Slater, Joey +Rory & Friends

8pm  San Carlos TICKETS REQUIRED-On Sale March 1st
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Matraca Berg, Jeff Hanna, Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall
Robert Earl Keen, Pat McLaughlin

9pm  Tropic Cinema TICKETS REQUIRED-On Sale March 1st
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Billy Burnette, Shawn Camp, Dennis Morgan
Paul Overstreet, Even Stevens

8pm  Rum Barrel

9:30pm  Margaritaville – 500 Duval St.

10pm  Smokin’ Tuna Saloon – 4 Charles St

10pm  Cowboy Bill’s

12am  Bottlecap Stage –Late night hang

Friday, May 4

Noon  Best Western Key Ambassador Tiki Bar Pool Party

1pm  Southernmost Resort Pool Party

1pm  Smokin’ Tuna Saloon – 4 Charles St

3pm  LA CONCHA – Jacks

5pm  Sloppy Joes

5pm  Smokin’ Tuna Saloon – 4 Charles St

5pm  Studios of Key West TICKETS REQUIRED-On Sale March 1st
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Chuck Cannon, Lindsey Ell, Jon Mabe
Danny Myrick & Friends

5:30pm  Green Parrot Sound Check

6:30pm  Fury Sunset Sail TICKETS REQUIRED-On Sale March 12th

8pm  San Carlos TICKETS REQUIRED-On Sale March 1st
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Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson
Jeffrey Steele, Bob DiPiero & Al Anderson

9pm  Tropic Cinema TICKETS REQUIRED-On Sale March 1st
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Steve Bogard, Doug Johnson, Emily Shackelton
Luke Laird, Marti Frederiksen, James Maddock

10pm  Irish Kevin’s

10:00pm  Green Parrot

10pm  Smokin’ Tuna Saloon – 4 Charles St

9:30pm  Margaritaville

12am  Bottlecap Stage –Late night hang

Saturday, May 5 – Cinco de Mayo

Noon  Southernmost on the Beach – Pool side

1pm  IBIS Bay

1pm  Smokin’ Tuna Saloon – 4 Charles St

3pm  Sheraton Suites

5pm  Island Dogs

5pm  Smokin’ Tuna Saloon – 4 Charles St

6:30pm  Fury Sunset Sail TICKETS REQUIRED On Sale March 12th

7pm  Main Stage – 200 block Duval St. FREE CONCERT

10pm  Steel Horse

9:30pm  Margaritaville

10pm  Smokin Tuna

12am  Bottlecap Stage –Late night hang

Sunday, May 6

11am  Sunday Brunch – Southernmost Beach Café – MUSIC 12-4

1pm  Smokin’ Tuna Saloon – 4 Charles St

4pm  La Concha – The Top

5pm  Smokin’ Tuna Saloon – 4 Charles St

6pm  Casa Marina Resort – Sunset Show

10pm  Smokin’ Tuna Saloon – 4 Charles St

9:30pm  Margaritaville

See you next year!

Founder/Director – Charlie Bauer
Additional Information – kwswf@aol.com*

*Performers on the Festival line up are selected
and invited by BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC.
Please contact your Performing Rights Organization
directly for more information.
For Sponsorship Information:
Please contact Shauna Collins
at (615) 790-0660
or Shauna@ShaunaCollins.com