May 19, 2022

Charlie Doodle

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Panama City Florida’s Songwriters Festival back downtown on Friday

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PANAMA CITY — The third annual Panama City Songwriters Festival starts Friday. 

The two-day event will showcase original works of local, regional, and national songwriters and musicians. After withstanding the impacts of the pandemic on paid gigs for more than a year, the festival’s line-up this year will be thronged with more artists across more venues.

“We have a lot more out of state artists. Artists feel more comfortable now playing,” said Will Thompson, the festival’s founder. “For some of them, this is the first time they’re able to play and they are very excited. They’ve been writing songs in quarantine. Some of the songs they’re going to perform were written while in quarantine.”

“They are ready to play,” he added. 

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Listeners will have access to about 40 artists across six venues downtown. All of the songs performed will be original – no covers. 

“They are professional songwriters, many of them write for other artists,” Thompson said, giving an example of last year’s festival songwriter performer Brian White who has written chart-topping songs for country music star Jason Aldean.

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