Key West Songwriters Fest Stars Top American Music Makers – CBS Miami

KEY WEST, Fla. (CBSMiami/FKNB) — The Key West Songwriters Festival wraps up Sunday night after treating music lovers to more than 50 shows featuring some 175 hit-makers, talented newcomers and other successful songwriters.

Several thousand people gathered on Duval Street in Key West on Saturday for a “main stage” concert headlined by recording artist Riley Green, renowned for his musical storytelling and songs, including “I Wish Grandpas Never Died”, platinum record.

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Recording artist Riley Green, right, performs in front of thousands of county music fans gathered on Duval Street in Key West, Fla., Saturday, May 7, 2022, during the Key West Songwriters ‘main stage’ concert Festival. Green is known for his musical tales and songs, including the platinum-selling “I Wish Grandpas Never Died.” The five-day festival wraps up on Sunday, May 8, having treated music lovers to more than 50 shows featuring some 175 hitmakers, talented newcomers and other songwriters. (Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys Press Office)

Other “main stage” performers at the event were Shelby Darrall, whose recent singles include the emotional “Lied To Too” and Payton Smith, whose musical mastery pervades tunes such as “Like I Knew You Would” .

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Now in its 26th year, the Key West festival has become an annual tradition for a large group of leading country and pop songwriters and musicians. Audiences savored everything from hard-hitting country rock and blues to Americana during the event’s five days of concerts and jam sessions.

Performers co-starred in island settings including waterfront hotspots, a sunset excursion catamaran, boutique restaurants and theaters, and Key West’s Coffee Butler Amphitheater, site of a show by multi-platinum recording artist Chris Young.

Presented in part by international performing rights organization BMI, the festival features daytime and evening events on Sundays, including a musical Mother’s Day brunch.

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