Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival brings you the stories behind the songs

Posted at 4:03 PM, Mar 03, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-24 18:04:08-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Have you ever wondered what inspired the lyrics of some of country music's biggest hits? You can find out later this month at the 2023 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival.

Now in its 31st year, the five-day festival produced by Nashville Songwriters Association International hosts artists on stages across Nashville for unique, intimate performances you can only find in Music City. From March 28 through April 1, more than 400 performers will participate in 98 shows across 10 venues.

Stars like Jessie James Decker, Chris Young, Maddie & Tae and Chase Rice will join their friends and co-writers for these special performances and storytelling "in-the-round" sessions.

"Of course we're in Music City, so there are a ton of festivals and opportunities to hear great live music," said NSAI Director of Development Lyndsie McClure. "But what's special about Tin Pan South is this is a songwriters-only festival. So this gives professional songwriters a chance to be center stage to talk about the process of writing a song. They share stories about the ideas that brought to life songs that you know and love."

"If you've never experienced a songwriter show, it's a different experience than a concert," Tin Pan South COO Jennifer Turnbow told NewsChannel 5 in 2022. "You get to hear the stories behind songs, you get to hear and see friendships between writers... you become a part of this intimate setting."

Tin Pan is considered the world's largest "all-songwriter" festival and because it's held in a city like Nashville, you might experience a very special appearance: "We're in Music City," said NSAI Director of Development Lyndsie McClure. "You never know who's going to pop up on stage during one of our shows!"

Each year, Tin Pan South and NSAI partners with an organization for a benefit show. In 2023 the show will benefit The Store, a free grocery store where individuals or families can shop for their basic needs.Rhori Johnston profiled the organization earlier this month.The benefit show will be held at 3rd and Lindsley on March 31 and feature Monty Criswell, Brett James, Kelley Lovelace and Bobby Pinson.

A full lineup and weeklong passes are available now at the Tin Pan South website.

To browse lineups by day and venue, click the upper left tab on the map below. Lineups are subject to change.