Tennessee Songwriters Festival coming to Gatlinburg
GATLINBURG, Tennessee (WVLT) – This month, Tennessee plans to celebrate the music’s rich heritage by honoring some of its finest songwriters.
Tennessee is home to seven music genres, and that’s why the Department of Tourist Development wants to showcase all the talent the state has to offer.
Gatlinburg is just one city that hosts qualifying events leading up to the grand finals in Nashville.
“Gatlinburg is a great place to get out, enjoy live music, and it’s also kind of steeped in Appalachian bluegrass heritage, you know, and that’s something we’re really excited about,” said Chelsea of Trott the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Office. “In essence, it celebrates a craft that made Tennessee famous, and that was music. Prior to February 19-25, Tennessee Songwriters Week, Gatlinburg will of course be participating in qualifying rounds.”
What you need is an original song and a willingness to play it live in front of the jury for no more than five minutes.
“We have qualifiers and they will be held in Ober Gatlinburg on February 11th. And so we really encourage anyone who, you know, has musical talent to come out. You’re a singer, a performer, coming out and demonstrating that talent that day,” Trot said.
It’s a way to celebrate music and the impact it has had on Tennessee culture, and Sevier County is a venue for this qualifier.
“It’s truly an event that celebrates live music and just the talent that we have in our area. We got so much out of it and you know you brought that up, you know East Tennessee is a great place. Coming out, enjoying live music and celebrating the music industry,” she added. “I’m looking for someone who has, you know, singing talent, you know, musical talent, songwriting ability to show and show that in our qualifying rounds leading up to the main event. At Ole Red on 22.
Qualifiers in the Sevier County Region.(WVLT)A celebration of the musical cultures that made Tennessee famous.(Kyle Grainger, WVLT)
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