Photos: Nashville Soaks Up Sun, Songs In Key West

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• May 12, 2015
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Chris Young performs on the Duval Street Main Stage during Key West Songwriter’s Festival on May 9, 2015, in Key West, Fla.

Photos: Erika Goldring, unless otherwise noted.

Songwriters showcased new songs and well-known hits under balmy weather last week during the 20th annual Key West Songwriters Festival, held May 6-10, presented by BMI. More than 40 shows and in-the-round performances were featured, as well as ticketed shows at area venues including San Carlos Institute, Tropic Cinema, and the Key West Theater.

Among the performers were Chris Young, Robert Earl Keen, Dean Dillon, Jeffrey Steele, Bob Dipiero, Lee Thomas Miller, Al Anderson, Pat MacLaughlin, Shawn Camp, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, James Slater, Even Stevens, Steve Bogard, Steve McEwan, Guthrie Trapp and the Mulekickers, Chuck Cannon, Loving Mary, Josh Dorr, Dylan Altman Blues Band, Kostas, Aaron Watson, and more.

SESAC hosted its annual Brunch & In-The-Round on Friday, May 8. Chart-topping songwriters Rob Hatch (“I Don’t Dance”) and Lance Miller (“Drink To That All Night”) led the show which also featured John & Jacob, Brian White, Karyn Williams and many others. The showcase took place at Key West’s Kelly’s Caribbean Bar. Pictured (L-R): SESAC’s Shannan Hatch, songwriter and brunch host Rob Hatch, SESAC’s Tim Fink and songwriter/ brunch host Lance Miller. Photo: Sheel

SESAC hosted its annual Brunch & In-The-Round on Friday, May 8. Chart-topping songwriters Rob Hatch (“I Don’t Dance”) and Lance Miller (“Drink To That All Night”) led the show which also featured John & Jacob, Brian White, Karyn Williams and many others. The showcase took place at Key West’s Kelly’s Caribbean Bar. Pictured (L-R): SESAC’s Shannan Hatch, songwriter and brunch host Rob Hatch, SESAC’s Tim Fink and songwriter/ brunch host Lance Miller. Photo: Sheel

(Pictured, Back row): Mayor Craig Cates, Pete Abbott, Jimmy Wallace, Guthrie Trapp, Steve Mackie, BMI’s Mason Hunter and Bradley Collins, SunTrust Bank’s Earl Simmons. (Front row): BMI’s Mark Mason, Dani Strampello, HD Radio’s Joe D’Angelo. (Photo by Erika Goldring)

(Pictured, Back row): Mayor Craig Cates, Pete Abbott, Jimmy Wallace, Guthrie Trapp, Steve Mackie, BMI’s Mason Hunter and Bradley Collins, SunTrust Bank’s Earle Simmons. (Front row): BMI’s Mark Mason, Dani Strampello, HD Radio’s Joe D’Angelo.

Pictured (L-R): BMI’s Mark Mason, Mayor Craig Cates, Jack Ingram, SunTrust Bank’s Earl Simmons, BMI’s Jody Williams and KWSWF’s Charlie Bauer gather for a photo at the Ocean Key Sunset Pier Kick.

Pictured (L-R): BMI’s Mark Mason, Mayor Craig Cates, Jack Ingram, SunTrust Bank’s Earle Simmons, BMI’s Jody Williams and KWSWF’s Charlie Bauer at the Ocean Key Sunset Pier Kick.

Pictured (L-R): Bob DiPiero, Robert Earl Keen and Charlie Worsham perform at the San Carlos Institute during the Key West Songwriter’s Festival on May 7, 2015, in Key West, FL. Photo: Erika Goldring.

Pictured (L-R): Bob DiPiero, Robert Earl Keen and Charlie Worsham perform at the San Carlos Institute.

Pictured: Lori McKenna and Liz Rose receive certificates of achievement for 1 million plus broadcast performances from BMI’s Leslie Roberts at Blue Heaven during the Key West Songwriter’s Festival on May 7, 2015, in Key West, FL. Photo: Erika Goldring.

Pictured: Lori McKenna and Liz Rose receive certificates of achievement for 1 million plus broadcast performances from BMI’s Leslie Roberts at Blue Heaven during the Key West Songwriter’s Festival on May 7, 2015.

Pictured: BMI’s Mark Mason and Jody Williams present Jeffrey Steele several millionaire play awards at the San Carlos Institute during Key West Songwriter’s Festival on May 8, 2015, in Key West, Fla. Photo: Erika Goldring.

Pictured: BMI’s Mark Mason and Jody Williams present Jeffrey Steele several Million-Air play awards at the San Carlos Institute on May 8, 2015, in Key West, Fla.

Pictured: KWSWF’s Charlie Bauer, Chris Young, BMI’s Mark Mason and Mayor Craig Cates gather for a photo after presenting Young with a certificate of achievement during Key West Songwriter’s Festival on May 9, 2015, in Key West, Fla. Photo: Erika Goldring.

Pictured: KWSWF’s Charlie Bauer, Chris Young, BMI’s Mark Mason and Mayor Craig Cates gather for a photo after presenting Young with a certificate of achievement during Key West Songwriter’s Festival on May 9, 2015.

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