Top Songwriters Set to Perform at Tin Pan South 2000

Mac Davis, Adolph Greene, Betty Comden, Tom Paxton, Bobby Braddock and Skip Ewing are among the approximately 250 songwriters who will perform and discuss their works at Tin Pan South 2000 in Nashville, April 3-8. Most of the events are open to the public via tickets.

The six-day celebration of songwriters will also include a golf tournament, a songwriting program for children, four nights of songwriter showcases at local clubs, symposia on songwriting, an event billed as the “world’s largest open mic” session and a discussion on music and freedom of speech.

The main event, however, will be “Legendary Songwriters Acoustic Concert” scheduled for Tuesday, April 4 at the Ryman Auditorium. It will be hosted by Mac Davis, the singer, songwriter, actor and television personality.

The concert will feature performances and reminiscences from Betty Comden and Adolph Greene (who wrote “Make Someone Happy,” “Just in Time,” “New York, New York” and many Broadway scores); Eddy Snyder (“Strangers in the Night,” “Games That Lovers Play,” “A Time for Us”); Jerry Fuller (“Young Girl,” “Lady Willpower,” “Show and Tell,” “Travelin’ Man”); Bobby Braddock (“D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Time Marches On”); Tom Paxton (“The Last Thing on My Mind,” “Bottle of Wine”); and Davis (“In The Ghetto,” “Watching Scotty Grow,” “I Believe in Music”).

Tin Pan South’s program for children will take place at the Cumberland Museum from 10 a.m. until noon, Tuesday through Friday, April 4-7. Participating songwriters will include Skip Ewing, Tommy Sims, Kent Blazy and Gary Nicholson. The sessions will be concluded at the Museum on Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. with a concert for children and parents by Skip Ewing and the Big Kidz Band.

The club performances by songwriters will take place at various locations each evening from 7-9:30, Wednesday, April 5, through Saturday, April 8.

The golf tournament will be staged at Hermitage Golf Course on Monday, April 3. On the same day (time not yet announced), MARS Music will hold the open mic marathon at 100 Oaks Mall.

Tom Paxton will speak on music and freedom of speech Wednesday, April 5, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the First Amendment Center with a reception following. This event is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, April 6, various songwriters not yet announced will serenade patients at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. These performances will be closed to the public and the media.

The symposia will take place Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8 at times and places still not announced.

A by-invitation-only party, set for Saturday, April 8, at 11:30 p.m., will take place at the Castle Door on Music Row.

Ticket information is available from the Nashville Songwriters Association, International (615-256-3354), which is co-sponsoring Tin Pan South 2000 with Southern Living.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to