To really love and appreciate country music is, in my humble opinion, to know the songwriter who created the words you chant in your car or in the shower. Mind you, this fascination only came to me in recent months, but I’m hooked! I packed a bag and headed thousands of miles to Nashville–that’s how hooked I am now! Tin Pan South in Nashville, Tennessee was worth every nickle and dime I put on my already maxed out credit card. The festival runs every year around March, and it gives fans-like us-a chance to hear and meet the songwriters who created lyrics to songs like “Crazytown,” ‘Farmer’s Daughter,” “Gimme That Girl,” and the “The House That Built Me.” That’s just scratching the surface of what you will hear at Tin Pan South.
For five nights fans filed into bars and restaurants for two hour intimate performances. Hundreds of famous songwriters like Tim Nichols who wrote “Live Like You Were Dying,” by Tim McGraw and Kent Blazy who wrote “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks serenaded the crowd and shared the story behind each song.
Some say they’re the real celebrities behind the stars.
If you are interested in knowing where the inspiration for “What Do You Think About That” by Montgomery Gentry came from, check back on Monday for a Country Music Pride Q&A with award winning singer/songwriter Brett Jones.