NASHVILLE Nashville songwriters such as Loretta Lynn and Bobby Braddock join with the famed Broadway team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green and a host of others, as the Nashville Songwriters Association International mounts its annual Tin Pan South Legendary Songwriters Acoustic Concert on April 4.
"We're very proud to reflect diversity of songwriters in all genres with this concert," said Bart Herbison, executive director of NSAI. "We put on about 100 songwriter shows a year, and this one is absolutely the best, every time." The concert, held at the Ryman Auditorium, is the capstone event of the weeklong Tin Pan South festival of top songwriter performances and writing workshops.
Hosted by pop-country songwriter Mac Davis ("In the Ghetto," "It's Hard to Be Humble"), the evening includes performances by influential tunesmiths such as country veterans Lynn ("Coal Miner's Daughter" [RealAudio excerpt], "The Pill") and Braddock ("D.I.V.O.R.C.E," "He Stopped Loving Her Today"), Broadway musical duo Comden and Green ("Will Rogers' Follies," "Bells Are Ringing," "New York, New York", "Make Someone Happy"), folk veteran Tom Paxton ("That's What I Learned in School Today," "The Last Thing on My Mind" [RealAudio excerpt]), Jerry Fuller ("Young Girl," "Travelin' Man") and Eddie Snyder ("Strangers in the Night," "A Time for Us [Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet]").
All proceeds from Tin Pan South benefit NSAI and its efforts on behalf of songwriters worldwide.