CharlieWorshamTinPanThe annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival presented by Regions Bank included artist surprises and memorable performances for the fundraising event for heroes behind the music, the songwriters.

Shows kicked off on Tuesday night (04/03) in various venues across Nashville. The Country Music Association’s CMA Songwriters Series returned to the Festival which featured Aaron Tippin, Larry Gatlin, Terry McBride and Charlie Worsham. 

The audience was treated to a variety of tunes such as Gatlin’s “Try to Win a Friend,” recorded originally by new HOF inductee, Dottie West, and Tippin’s “Kiss This,” just to name a couple. The iconic artists each gave humorous stories to coincide with their monstrous hits.

Worsham who is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter performed new songs, along with music from his critically acclaimed album “Beginning of Things.”  Worsham also brought the room to laughter with a brand new song he co-wrote called “Just The Tippin,” a hilarious parody about being on a date and needing to find the perfect playlist so he’s “airin’ on the side of Tippin.” The show was the first time Worsham met and performed with Tippin.

Across town, Thomas Rhett joined his father, Rhett Akins, Bob DiPiero and The Warren Brothers on stage for BMI’s Rhett Akins & Friends show at the 3rd & Lindsley late show. The star power didn’t stop there, as LOCASH, Dustin Lynch and Jon Pardi also performed for an adoring audience. The “special guest” at the early 3rd & Lindsley show featuring hit writers Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano turned out to be Brett Young. Also appearing to perform his hit song “Kiss Somebody” was country newcomer Morgan Evans.

Other  artist appearances from the nightly shows included RaeLynn, Carly Pearce Mickey Guyton and more. Lynch also joined hit songwriters Wendell Mobley, Neil Thrasher and Lee Thomas Miller on Wednesday night and took time out to play in the show prior to performing at the Bridgestone Arena on Friday night for the Brad Paisley Weekend Warrior Tour Stop. The singer performed acoustically his songs “Cowboys and Angels,” along with his new radio single “I’d Be Jealous Too,” and his most recent #1 hit “Small Town Boy.”

On Thursday night, for the first time in 10 years The Hitmakers (Jefferey Steele, Bob DiPiero, Tony Mullins, and Craig Wiseman) returned to Tin Pan South at 3rd & Linsley.  Steele kicked off the round by discussing their TV show the songwriters once had and his struggle at that time, since it was shortly after he lost his son. The songwriter round then switched to laughter with stories on songs “Clear Blue Sky,” written by DiPiero and Mullins on his comical tune, “Something to Think About.”

See more stories and clips of performances from previous Tin Pan South Festival years HERE.