Surprises Abound on First Night

(Nashville, Tennessee...) -- Pleasant spring temperatures brought out the crowds for the first night of the 23rd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank. Packed Festival venues all across town presented a diverse group of songwriters that covered virtually every genre of music, and there was no shortage of surprises last night.

Festival sponsor Southwest Airlines stunned the patrons at the early Douglas Corner Café show by giving everyone in the audience a $100 voucher good toward a future flight. Later that evening at the same venue, Linda Davis asked for audience participation when she sang her hit Reba McEntire duet "Does He Love You." She heard a fan singing passionately, stopped the song and handed a mic to Candace Kuykendall, and they sang the song together as the original duet.

At the 3rd & Lindsley early show, Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne delighted the sold-out crowd with hit after hit. Midway through their set, the trio invited Kacey Musgraves up to perform her new smash single "Biscuits." She joined them again later for a duet version of "Merry Go 'Round" with Josh. At the Station Inn late show, round leader Matt Warren, who has six cuts on Gary Allan's new album, invited James T. Slater ("In My Daughter's Eyes," "High Cost of Living") to sit in.

Tonight's highlights include the "Girls Night Out" round at new Tin Pan venue The Sutler Saloon with Lauren Lucas, Danielle Peck and more. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates is scheduled for the round with Victoria Shaw and Tosha Hill at The Bluebird Café early show, and the "Michael Martin Murphey and His Cosmic Cowboys" show is set for 6:00pm at another new venue, Blue Bar.

Ten of Nashville's top music venues are hosting more than 350 songwriters performing 92 shows at the 23rd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank through Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Fast Access Passes sold out in record time and may be picked up at the NSAI office, 1710 Roy Acuff Place, Nashville, TN 37203, ­­today through Friday, March 27 from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Individual tickets ranging from $­­­10 to $25 will be available at the door for most shows on a first-come, first-served basis.

Produced by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), Tin Pan South reigns as the world's largest all-songwriter festival. 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 eighth year as the presenting sponsor of the event.

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.

Hi res photos available.
Photo Credit (unless otherwise noted): Moments by Moser

(l. to r.): Casey James; Doobie Brothers Tom Johnston and John Cowan; Charlie Worsham at 3rd & Lindsley late show.

(l. to r.) Lee Blank, Regions Bank; Shane McAnally; Josh Osborne; Brandy Clark; Lisa Harless, Regions Bank; Jim Schmitz, Regions Bank

(l. to r.): Larry Gatlin, Eddy Raven and Frank Myers at the Sutler Saloon late show.

(l. to r.): Josh Osborne, Kacey Musgraves and Shane McAnally at the 3rd & Lindsley early show.

(l. to r.) Scott Stevens, Alex Kline and Kellys Collins, are surprised to receive $100 flight vouchers from Southwest Airlines at the Douglas Corner Cafe early show.

(l. to r.): Aaron Eshuis, Johnny Bulford, Chris Gelbuda and Jason Matthews at BB King's Blues Club early show. Credit: Preshias Harris

(l. to r.): Lang Scott, Tin Pan South patron Candace Kuykendall, Linda Davis at Douglas Corner Cafe late show. Credit: Krista Darting

About NSAI: The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 spans the United States and 10 foreign countries. For more than 40 years, NSAI has been dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music. For more information, visit nashvillesongwriters.com.

About Regions Financial Corporation: Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $120 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation's largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage, and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers in 16 states across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,650 banking offices and 2,000 ATMs. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.

Organizers of the 23rd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival would like to thank the following Platinum and Gold sponsors:
Regions Bank - Presenting Sponsor
News Channel 5 - Official Broadcast Sponsor
Southwest Airlines - Official Airline Sponsor
Vident Financial
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

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