Every year for the past 24 years, Nashville throws a celebration of writers. Each year, writers from around the world who have had success in writing come to town and play small, exclusive sets to audiences who come to find inspiration. This celebration of writers is always a fun week, and gives fans the chance to hear their favorite songs as they were originally intended.

Those of us who live in Nashville know that these intimate rounds can get a few surprise guests every now and then. If you’re at a set at The Bluebird, The Listening Room Café, 3rd and Lindsley, wherever… you always want to be sure you are ready for whatever lies ahead. You never know who will show up. Tin Pan South is the weekend every year where it’s bound to happen. Last year, I saw Kacey Musgraves get up and sing her Grammy award winning song “Merry Go Round” with Shane McAnally and Josh Osbourne, the gentlemen who wrote it with her. You just never know what will happen.

The 24th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank is set for April 5-9, 2016, and a record number of artist/writers will perform at 10 of Nashville's top venues.

Several artists and writers representing a multitude of genres will take the stage to perform some of the biggest hits they wrote for themselves and for other artists. Country Music Hall of Famers Bill Anderson and Bobby Bare will be joined by Clint Black and Steve Wariner. Country newcomers, Kelsea Ballerini, Mickey Guyton, Kip Moore, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and others will perform. The First Lady of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson, R&B Pop singer Anderson East and British singer/songwriter Lucie Silvas will entertain at various venues. The full roster of performers is now available at www.TinPanSouth.com.

Produced by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), Tin Pan South reigns as the world's largest all-songwriter festival. Last year close to 350 talented songwriters performed 92 shows at ten of Nashville's top music venues. Thousands of music fans attend the event annually to hear songwriters tell stories behind hit songs they have written and perform the songs as they were originally composed. Regions Bank returns for the ninth year as the presenting sponsor of the event.

This year is going to be the best ever. With hundreds of artists already lined up, this is going to be a week for the history books. For up-to-date lineups, tickets, venues, schedules and other festival information, visit tinpansouth.com. Updates can also be found on the Tin Pan South Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

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For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:

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