Welcome to the online home of the Key Largo Songfest!
Come join us Columbus Day weekend—October 9th to 11th—in downtown Key Largo, for our 4th Annual music festival!
This year’s singer-songwriter line-up includes Mark Bryan, founding member and lead guitarist of Hootie & The Blowfish. We also have returning, Nashville songwriter Jon Nite, hot off his 4th #1 single (“Smoke” with country band, 1000 Horses). Speaking of #1 writers from Nashville…new to the Festival this year is Jim McCormick, writer of two recent #1s: Brantley Gilbert’s “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” and Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride.”
Returning as well is Grammy nominee, Greg Barnhill, famous for his incomparable hit song for Trisha Yearwood, “Walk Away Joe.”
“New blood” this year is Bob Regan–one of Nashville’s most successful and beloved writers. Bob’s also a Grammy nominee as well as a Dove award nominee (Christian music “Grammy”). Bob’s songwriting credits include two #1s, six top-5, and eleven top-20 country hit songs (at last count!!). Regan is a past President of the Board, and past legislative chair, of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. In 2006, he helped pass the Songwriters Capital Gains Tax Equity Act. He is currently the director of Operation Song, a program which brings songwriters together with veterans and active duty military to help them turn their stories into songs.
Ralph Murphy joins us again too. A performer at our Festival in the past, Ralph’s bio is almost impossible to condense in this small space: Ralph has had #1 hits as both a writer and publisher. Seems like artists from all genres, and all over the world, have cut Ralph’s tunes (even Shania Twain!!). Ralph’s been in bands, had label deals as a band member, produced artists, and worked for ASCAP for many years as a writer rep and traveling ambassador to the music world teaching innumerable songwriters what makes a song a hit (which knowledge he has distilled into an amazing book titled Murphys’ Laws of Songwriting).
Our “field” this year is rounded out by a true member of the Nashville “Musical Family”—Amanda Williams. Fresh off her latest cut on Garth Brook’s “comeback” album (“She’s Tired of Boys”), Amanda learned songwriting from a unique perspective. Her daddy Kim Williams, wrote such memorable hits as “Ain’t Going Down ‘Til The Sun Comes Up,” “Beer Run,” “Three Wooden Crosses” and the list goes on and on!. We are also so pleased this year to have a singer-songwriter sent to us from the European country full of hit makers—through an arrangement with the Swedish government, Rebecka Digerwall, an artist getting a great deal on attention in her home country as well as the US, will join us for the 2015 Key Largo Songfest.
Finally, Bud Tower, co-founder of Key Largo Songfest will do a special Sunday evening show with Hootie & The Blowfish founding member Mark Bryan (did we mention Mr. Bryan co-wrote all of Hootie’s massive hit songs?) and Drew Young—songwriter, artist, producer, publisher, college music professor, and all-around music industry guy. Drew will as well play shows Friday and Saturday night (see the schedule of events for all of the Festival shows and line-ups).
About the Key Largo Songfest
Our three-day event is a unique opportunity for music lovers to enjoy songs as sung by their creators as well as “the story behind the song”—how and why they got written.
The event was created by Robert DiGiorgio, owner of DiGiorgio’s Café Largo and the Bayside Grille of Key Largo.
The Festival is sponsored by the Key Largo Downtown Association, and in 2015 takes place at three fabulous waterfront venues in Downtown Key Largo, representing some of the best of what the area has to offer.
Key Largo Downtown Association
The mission of Key Largo Downtown Association Inc. is to foster a vibrant commercial and cultural district with strategic capital improvements, enhanced maintenance and security, effective marketing and promotions, historic preservation, education, and effective administration.
- A clean, safe, well-lit, and inviting appearance, both day and night;
- Appealing storefronts occupied with an eclectic variety of inviting and interesting retail and service businesses;
- Activities that will attract and benefit area residents, businesses and visitors;
- Historic architecture preservation and adaptive reuse that offers visual unity and quality experiences;
- A healthy mix of retail, restaurant, entertainment and service businesses and be known as having a reputation for welcoming and supporting new businesses, and;
- Creative and lively places where people will shop, enjoy, remember and return.