Key West Songwriters Festival comes to The Rum Barrel again

KEY WEST, Fla. (April 23, 2012) – The Key West Songwriters Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the world, featuring five days of over 20 free shows and 100 top songwriters performing at the most popular Key West bars and hot spots.

It gives attendees a chance to meet the faces, voices and stories behind the songs and jam to informal adaptations of Nashville’s signature in-the-round acoustic showcases.

“We had a great turnout last year and we can’t wait to get in on the music action this year,” said JC Picco, Rum Barrel general manager.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

8 P.M.

SHERRIE AUSTIN: An ACM New Artist of the Year nominee, Sherrie started off as an actress, but pursued a singing career that led to signings with Interscope Records and then Arista Nashville. She’s held a #1 Chart position on CMT’s Countdown and penned “Streets Of Heaven”, which reached Top 15. Sherrie landed multiple cuts, including Tim McGraw’s “ShotGun Rider,” Blake Shelton’s “Good At Startin’ Fires,” George Strait “Where’ve Have I Been All My Life,” and the hilarious duet by Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton called “If I Was A Woman.” Austin’s latest release, Circus Girl, is her first in eight years.

Bruce Wallace at Key West Songwriters Festival 2012
Bruce Wallace

BRUCE WALLACE: Bruce Wallace moved to Nashville in 1987 from Oklahoma. After 18 years touring the world as a guitarist for the likes of Matraca Berg, Shelby Lynne, David Gates, and Wynona, he turned his attention to full time songwriting. He currently writes for Ole Publishing and recently landed cuts with Katie Armiger, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Kix Brooks, and Dierks Bentley. He also received the 2010 SOCAN Country Award for having the most played song on country radio in Canada, “make hay while the sun shines”, which he also produced.

MORGAN MYLES: With her late 60′s, early 70′s influences, Myles turned heads at BMI’s Buzz and Presents artist showcases and has played the Winter Olympics, Reba Tour, U.S. Troop shows and as a solo artist opening for Rick Springfield. Whether Myles is wailing on her guitar, mandolin, harmonica, organ or just plain straight from the heart vocally she will move you.

9 P.M.

MATT STILLWELL: Matt is best known as a performer with a rowdy sense of fun, and his single “Shine” entered the Top 5 on CMT Pure and Top 10 on GAC’s Top 20 Countdown. Matt broke in on Billboard’s Country charts with “Shine” (52) and “Sweet Sun Angel” (58). He signed a recording contract with average Joe’s Entertainment and is now working on a brand new project, writing songs with the best. He headlines across the country in between Corey Smith shows, and is gearing up for the 4th Annual Stillwell Shinefest.

Rob Hatch at Key West Songwriters Festival 2012
Rob Hatch

ROB HATCH: Rob Hatch is a North Florida-born songwriter, who currently writes for Magic Mustang/Dan Hodges Music. He has had cuts with artists such as Jamey Johnson, Gretchen Wilson, Jake Owens and George Jones.  Hatch recently hit the No.1 spot on the Country Singles charts with a song he co-wrote entitled “If Heaven Weren’t So Far Away” recorded by Justin Moore.

LANCE MILLER: A soulful vocalist, Miller was a finalist on Nashville Star in 2004 and signed a recording deal with Warner Bros. He has toured with the likes of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on the largest grossing tour in country music history and is now a staff songwriter with McGraw & Hill’s StyleSonic Publishing Company. Miller has had his songs cut by McGraw, Randy Travis, Jerrod Niemann, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell and Clay Walker among others.

10 P.M.

Low Cash Cowboys

LO CASH COWBOYS: Preston Brust and Chris Lucas make up Lo Cash. They have shared bills with Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, REO Speedwagon, Tom Petty, Gretchen Wilson and  toured the country headlining Maxim’s Red Man Roadhouse Tour. They have appeared on TV on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s SlamiVersary and Fox News Network’s New Year’s Eve Broadcast before two million in Times Square. Now, Lo Cash is prepared for their album This Is How We Do It to take them nationwide this year and are enjoying the success as songwriters for penning Keith Urban’s chart topping “You Gonna Fly”.

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