Monday, April 28, 2014

After Gig Party at Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

After Gig Party at Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

Alabama Music goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013.

****Adult Humor****NOTICE****Adult Humor in this video****

After gigging the songwriter's gather to spend time with each other and to sing their latest creations. This songwriter's festival began as a way to honor Frank Brown, an intrical part of early Flora-Bama. After closing Flora-Bama most of the crew showed up to party with the songwriters. A good time was had by all. This video does contain adult humor. The songwriter's at River House these two nights reads like a who's who of songwriting.

Shawna P and Adam Tyler Brown at Flora-Bama for FBISF

Shawna P and Adam Tyler Brown at Flora-Bama for FBISF

Alabama Music goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013. Shawna P and Adam Tyler Brown did what they do to perfection on Flora-Bama's main stage.

Since appearing on NBC's "The Voice," Shawna P has garnered praise from Rolling Stone magazine- "shawna p mopped the floor with her rendition of  Janis Joplin classic "Piece of My Heart", People magazine, and E-Online. among others. She even received a personal message of praise and support from vocal phenomenon Kelly Price. More importantly, at the age of 45, she has encouraged people of all generations to never stop dreaming and never stop believing in their dream.

Out to prove that it's never too late to become what you are destined to be, Shawna P is revived and stronger than ever. Nowadays, she has her sights set on "EarthFunking" the world.

She is currently working on her autobiography, writing songs for her new, yet-to-be-titled album project and offering vocal coaching to a lucky few aspiring vocalists. She and The EarthFunk Tribe have plans to perform at music festivals and tour America and Europe as soon as the new album is completed.

Jed Clampit, Johnny Barbato and Matt Hoggatt at Flora-Bama for FBISF

Jed Clampit, Johnny Barbato and Matt Hoggatt at Flora-Bama for FBISF

Alabama Music goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend the Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013. Jed Clampit, Johnny Barbato and Matt Hoggatt performed at Flora-Bama on the main stage.
is the quintessential musical artist. His devotion to his craft is self-evident. It's in the music--the way he feels it, plays it and delivers it to an audience that he hopes will embrace it. In his own words, Jed makes it crystal clear. "The thing that supersedes everything is a person's soul. I work an audience so that I'm able to reach their soul, no matter if they're 3 or 83. I sing to that part in each of us that is the same--the heart."
From his humble beginnings in Monticello, Arkansas, Jed has traveled cost-to-coast for more than four decades, developing his unique brand of music. He calls it "Front Porch Contemporary"--a perfect name for the warm, welcoming vocals and easy acoustic melodies that have charmed audiences for so many years.

After a sabbatical, Jed is back on tour with big plans for the future. Currently promoting seven albums; Jed Clampit, Mississippi to Arizona, Gotta Keep on Movin', from which he launched his first national music video, "The Local Girl and the Cowboy". A fourth album Jed Clampit-Front Porch Contemporary Musician, number five Gospel Songs My Family Sang are now on the market.
Born and Raised in New Orleans , LA, Johnny had a dose of Coonass. Boogie from Birth. His music originated in The World Famous French Quarter and evolved from there. Moving to Alabama in the 70 s and being introduced to The Early Days of Florabama, Johnny cut his teeth on Heros such as Jimmy Louis , Jay Hawkins and Ken Lambert.
Johnny moved on to earn Headlining Status at World Famous Florabama then on to a Southern Rock Record Deal in 2004 
Recording with Legendary Producer ( Paul Hornsby ) Johnny and The Lucky Doggs toured and opened for such acts as Hank Jr , Skynard , Allman Bros , Black Crows and many more.
The Band is currently under contract with ( Blues Pros) out of Florida and set to record a new Record and TourThe Blues World !
The Matt Hoggatt story reads like a page from "Soldier of Fortune" and "Rolling Stone Magazine." An ex-Army soldier and police detective, turned recording artist and music journalist, Matt has performed all over the country racking up several accolades along the way including being the subject of a Jimmy Buffett Song. Signed to Jimmy Buffett's record label Mailboat Records, Matt has been on tour promoting his new album "Hotter Than Fishgrease." Matt is also the CEO of, a podcast and music review website dedicated to independent artists and the music they make.

Sam Cooper and Kaylan Loyd at Flora-Bama for FBISF

Sam Cooper and Kaylan Loyd at Flora-Bama for FBISF

Alabama Music goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013. Sam Cooper and Kaylan Loyd share their craft with us at Flora-Bama on their main stage.
Born in Richmond, VA, Sam moved to NJ in 1972 at 19. He loved sound early on. 1st grade--he started on drums--& quit when forced to use a practice pad--he wanted to hit a real drum. Grade 4, he started playing trumpet and guitar. With no formal musical training or guidance and encouragement from family or counselors, Sam gained confidence getting gigs without actually looking for them. It had not dawned on him that he could study music-related courses before he dropped out of college his sophomore year or that he'd make money performing or writing songs until he played guitar and sang in bands. He learned other instruments and how to produce/engineer to create music in genres that had influenced him as a baby boomer. 

Sam married the love of his life, Dawn, in 2001. By previous marriages, he has 3 sons and she has 1. Sam had performed his original songs and cover tunes in bars, shows and for private engagements for decades, but it was Dawn who encouraged him to make the jump into the music "industry". In 2005, the plans formed and in 2006, he visited Nashville for the 1st time. He immediately realized that this was where he belonged. Within months, he was commuting back & forth between both homes, 2 weeks at a time. About three years later, it became a lopsided situation with most of his time spent in Nashville. In 2010, he officially became a resident of Nashville, where he writes/produces music in several genres at his own and other various studios.
Kaylan Loyd is in an American singer-songwriter born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1992. Raised by a musical family, Kaylan began studying music at the early age of 2, learning vocal exercises from her Dad. By the time she was seven years old she had landed her first paying recording session singing background vocals with her sister as the 'Snowflakes' on Liz Anderson's "Fairy Grandmother" CD.

At the age of 10, Kaylan began singing the National Anthem at the March of Dimes Walk-a-thon in Nashville, TN, and she continued to sing it each year until she was 17

At age 11, Kaylan competed and took 1st place in Talent Search TV talent contest, wowing the audience with her powerhouse performance of,  "His Eye Is On the Sparrow", from Sister Act II.

At 15, Kaylan competed in Page High School's Patriot Idol and took 1st place, winning a host of musical prizes as well as a music video shoot.

At 16, Kaylan auditioned for American Idol and made it to the last day of Hollywood, going all the way to the top 51. What a thrill it was for her to perform 3 songs on the stage of the Kodak Theatre, and she was given much face time on the show.

Kaylan began getting hired to do gigs such as "Jonesborough Days" music festival in Jonesborough, TN and in her senior year, she auditioned for and got to play the role of Cinderella in the Rogers & Hammerstein's musical. She also had the extreme honor of singing the National Anthem at her high school graduation as well as the Nashville Sounds Baseball games on several occasions.

Since graduating high school, she has performed in Nashville at The Bluebird Cafe, Douglas Corner Café, The Listening Room, The Basement, and The Tin Roof just to name a few. She has also performed at the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival the last two years. She performed on "Tennessee Mornings" on Fox Network, June 17th 2011 with father songwriter/producer Gary Loyd as a tribute to Fathers Day.

Currently Kaylan is writing and recording a CD with her Dad, multi-platinum award winning songwriter/producer Gary Loyd. She is currently writing for publishing company, County Girl Swag, SESAC.

Tori Allen, Sherrie Austin, Will Rambeaux and Brooke Eden at Flora-Bama for FBISF

Tori Allen, Sherrie Austin, Will Rambeaux and Brooke Eden at Flora-Bama for FBISF

Alabama Music goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013. Tori Allen, Sherrie Austin, Will Rambeaux and Brooke Eden played the main stage at the place FBISF originated, Flora-Bama.
Tori started very young, she has been playing piano since the third grade, and also the guitar at 12 years old, it didn't take long for her to begin to find that music was her best emotional outlet.As Tori Allen writes the stories of her life, we will all sit and listen as we grow with her. Her fan base is one that is very loyal; she is a friend to us as we to her. With someone with such poise and talent, I think we all know it won't be long before we see Miss Allen on the road to fame. Tori Allen and Megan Gertken have formed Nashville's newest country duo.
Sherrie Veronica Krenn (born 28 August 1970, Sydney, Australia), known professionally as Sherrié Austin, is an Australian actress and singer. Active as a singer since her teenage years, Austin initially recorded as one half of the duo Colourhaus, which also featured Phil Radford. After leaving Colourhaus, she recorded one album in her native Australia before moving to the United States in pursuit of a singing career. There, she recorded four studio albums, and charted several singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Her highest-charting single was the No. 18 "Streets of Heaven" in 2003. She has sold over 430,000 albums and 288,000 singles in her career, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[1] Her fifth album was released on 15 November 2011. Source-Wikipedia
Will Rambeaux fronted his own original roots-rock band for years, but really hit paydirt with his first cut as a songwriter in 1993. Recorded by Warner Bros.artist Faith Hill, "Wild One" took the country charts by storm staying at 1 for four weeks and breaking all records for a new female artist. He then had a pair of back-to-back 1 songs for country crooner John Michael Montgomery, the first one, "How Was I To Know", followed by "Hold On To Me". He has also had several other Top 10 singles, including "Nobody Gonna' Rain On Our Parade" (Kathy Mattea) and "Can't Get Enough" (Patty Loveless) and his songs have been recorded by such diverse artists as Dolly Parton, Hal Ketchum, Jo Dee Messina, Trick Pony Tammy Cochran, Lee Greenwood, Danielle Peck and Ronnie Milsap.
Will's songs have also garned many BMI "Most Performed Songs of the Year" awards, as well as several BMI "Million-Air" awards. More recently, Will has been dividing his time between songwriting and record producing. He has recorded four albums for singer/songwriter Sherrie' Austin, "Words", "Love In The Real World", "Following A Feeling" and "Streets Of Heaven" which have yielded many chart singles including "Lucky In Love", "Put Your Heart Into It" and "Never Been Kissed".
Brooke Eden graduated from the University of Florida.  "I am a Gator girl! Whether you're chomping back at me, or you're throwing up your college sign, there's always a conversation to be had about college football!" says Brooke.  While attending UF, Brooke had the honor of performing at UF's Gator-Growl - the world's largest student-run pep rally - where she was honored to open for the legendary southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Brooke has performed all over the state of Florida, opening for major
recording artists including Florida Georgia Line, Brooks N Dunn, Sara Evans, Dustin Lynch, Alan Jackson, and several others.  She is currently living in Nashville,      Tennessee where she is writing her EP. She also travels to Florida 2 weeks out of the month and sings in her hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida.  Follow her as she continues to follow her dream.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Don Henry, Jim Femino and Rusty Tabor at Flora-Bama for FBISF

Don Henry, Jim Femino and Rusty Tabor at Flora-Bama for FBISF

Alabama Music goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown Songwriter's Festival 1013. The Flora-Bama Dome Stage had Don Henry, Jim Femino and Rusty Tabor to entertain.

Grammy Award winner Don Henry's songs have been recorded by legends like:
Ray Charles, Patti Page and Conway Twitty
By country crooners like: Gene Watson, John Conlee and B.J. Thomas
By young hit makers of today like: Blake Shelton, Lonestar and Miranda Lambert ....
.....and the list goes on.
And he's shared the stage with performers as diverse as Joey Ramone to Keith Urban.
The wit and wisdom of Don's songs are widely renowned whether it's campfire favorites, the hilarious "B.F.D." and biker lullaby "Harley", to the wonderfully poignant tribute to Martin Luther King "Beautiful Fool", and of course his Grammy Award winning country classic "Where've You Been".
In addition to a Grammy, Kathy Mattea's version of "Where've You Been" won Don (and co-writer Jon Vezner) song of the year honors from ACM (Academy of Country Music), CMA (Country Music Association) and NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International).
"Where've You Been" was the first song in country music history to be awarded all four honors in the same year!
JIM FEMINO is one of the greatest living entertainers and singer-songwriters alive today, and is a true American treasure. After entertaining crowds both large and small all through the seventies and eighties throughout the entire eastern hemisphere, he "retired" to Nashville to become a professional songwriter. His abilities garnered him everything from Grammy nominations to having his songs recorded by some of the biggest names in Country music, including the highest honor any pro songwriter can achieve; he co-wrote the Billboard 2008 Most Played Country Song Of The Year, "JUST GOT STARTED LOVIN' YOU", by Warner Bros. recording artist James Otto.
Kentucky born singer/songwriter Rusty Tabor was born to entertain.
His first taste of success as a songwriter came when Billy Ray Cyrus recorded the poignant "Back to Memphis." The song was a single from the Sony Records release "Time Flies," and is also a selection on a recent greatest hits project. Cyrus also recorded Tabor's "Wouldn't You Do This for Me" on his critically acclaimed gospel project "The Other Side." "No matter what else happens for me from here on out, I can say that Billy Ray Cyrus believed in two of my songs strong enough to record them. I remember being in the studio the day he cut "Back to Memphis," and Billy told me 'Rusty, you're a hell of a talent kid; don't ever give up on your passion' and after all of those years of hard work, it made sense to me."

Newbury Syndicate at FloraBama for Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

Newbury Syndicate at FloraBama for Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

Alabama Music goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013. Newbury Syndicate performed at Flora-Bama on the tent stage. A large crowd of locals came to see some of their hometown talent. Newbury Syndicate is Preston Stanfill, Mike Locklin, Buzz Kiefer, Chris Newbury, and Mel Knapp. Chris Newbury is the son of songwriting legend Mickey Newbury.

Newbury Syndicate was to release their first full length CD at the 2013 Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival.

Wil Nance and Steve Williams at Flora-Bama for FBISF

Wil Nance and Steve Williams at Flora-Bama for FBISF

Alabama Music goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013. Wil Nance, Steve Williams and Billy Yates were at Flora-Bama for FBISF. Wil Nance and Steve Williams sing on this video. Bill Yates is on another AMO video already posted.
Wil Nance hit the top of R&R and Billboard with his #1 BRAD PAISLEY smash "She's Everything", a song on Time Well Wasted, the Multi Platinum 2007 CMA Album of the Year. He also landed on Troubadour, GEORGE STRAIT'S Platinum selling, Grammy Winning, 2008 CMA Album Of The Year with a song called "If Heartaches Were Horses." In 2009, GEORGE STRAIT cut another Wil Nance song; "Where Have I Been All My Life", which is on the GEORGE STRAIT Cd Twang.

In 1999, Wil received a BMI award for "Round About Way", a #1 hit single for GEORGE STRAIT, a song on the Multi Platinum CMA Album Of The Year Carrying Your Love With Me. "Round About Way" is also on GEORGE STRAIT'S Latest Greatest Hits and GEORGE STRAIT'S 50 Number Ones ... Over ten million sales and counting.

Wil has received "Million Air" Awards from BMI for GEORGE STRAIT'S "Round About Way" and BRAD PAISLEY'S "She's Everything".

In 2004, Wil received another BMI Award for his top ten JOE NICHOLS single "Cool To Be A Fool".

Other singles include; BLUE COUNTY "I Get To", JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY "You Are", GENE WATSON "Next To Nothin", CHAD BROCK "You Are", & more.

Plus additional cuts on artists BRAD PAISLEY, TRACY LAWRENCE, JOE NICHOLS, NEAL MCCOY, CRAIG MORGAN, DIAMOND RIO, SAMMY KERSHAW, JEFF & SHEREI EASTER, OAKRIDGE BOYS, and many many others. Wil recently landed cuts on Universal's EASTON CORBIN and Warner Record's THE FARM.
Steve Williams' songs are featured on 3 gold records. "Where Have I Been All My Life" recorded by George Strait is on "Twang" (2009 release) has been heralded as one of the most poignant songs of Strait's career. "Redneck Yacht Club" (recorded by Craig Morgan), went to #1 in 2005 and became one of the most downloaded songs of the year. ASCAP called it "The summer song of the year." It's popularity spawned the official website and several businesses as well.
American Idol's Bucky Covington released, "A Fathers Love (the Only Way He Knew How)", another Williams' write, and it received rave reviews from country radio, being quoted as Bucky's best yet. Canadian artists High Valley, also recorded the song and were awarded "Song & Video of the Year" at the 2011 GMA Awards.
Steve's latest, the 2011 single for the Oak Ridge Boys, "What'cha Gonna Do", has been an explosive video and their album, "It's only Natural" is available at Cracker Barrel.
"I Get To" flew to #1 on the Christian Music Charts for Blue County and has been recorded by several artists, including the Oak Ridge Boys. "I Didn't", recorded by Trick Pony, Kristin Chenoweth and numerous others, is a hilarious look into a dysfunctional relationship.
He's had songs recorded by Buddy Jewell, Blake Shelton and more and performed with Kenny Chesney and Tanya Tucker as keyboardist/vocalist.
As a performer, Steve captivates the audience with his talent and powerful songs that make you laugh, dance or cry. Visit for more on his music and career.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Becky Hobbs, Benita Hill & Kacey Jones at FBISF

Becky Hobbs, Benita Hill & Kacey Jones at FBISF

Alabama Music goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013 (FBISF). Playing on Flora-Bama's Main Stage was A Cowgirl, a Diva and a Shameless Hussey aka Becky Hobbs, Benita Hill & Kacey Jones.

Whiskey-voiced Becky Hobbs is one-of-a-kind. She is a gifted songwriter, as well as a captivating entertainer. On stage, she plays some rockin' keys, yet she can rope you in like an Oklahoma cowgirl with her from-the-heart ballads.

Becky has performed in over 40 countries, including nine in Africa. Her songs have been recorded by Alabama, Conway Twitty ("I Want To Know You Before We Make Love" went to #1), George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell, Wanda Jackson, John Anderson, Janie Fricke, Lacy J Dalton, Moe Bandy, Shelly West, Helen Reddy, Shirley Bassey, Jane Oliver, Ken Mellons, and others. She is the co-writer of Alabama's hit, "Angels Among Us," which has been used by many charities throughout the world, including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Songwriter, singer, recording artist,documentary producer, television personality, motivational speaker-these are just a few of the many colored hats that Benita Hill wears on her creative journey. She has written number one songs for Garth Brooks and her songs have been covered by artists in multiple genres-the legendary Isaac Hayes, gospel jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum, country songbird Crystal Gayle and many more.Her music has appeared in Broadway musicals, television and radio commercials and she has released six critically acclaimed CDs of her original jazz/pop inflected songs. Most recently, her documentary The Healing Power of A Song, premiered nationally in December 2009 on the Blue Highways television network.She also tours with a seminar of the same name, encouraging others to pursue their unique creative voice by following the music of their hearts. Her story of being a two time cancer survivor, combined with her music and inspiring message uplifts audiences everywhere.
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Audiences have been laughing with Kacey Jones for decades and laughing right along with them are People Magazine, USA Today, GAC & CMT Television, and Garrison Keillor and "A Prairie Home Companion." "Donald Trump's Hair," is the hilarious follow-up to her previous album, "Nipples to the Wind" and contains fifteen tracks including "Christmas in Rehab," "I Can Always Get Skinny But You'll Never Be Tall," and "Whatever Happened to Kenny Rogers Face."

"I'm a singer-songwriter-musician first," says Jones, "I enjoy making people laugh in the tradition of musical humorists such as Tom Lehrer, Mae West, Roger Miller, Kinky Friedman, Dan Hicks, Jerry Reed, and Sophie Tucker." I also enjoy a good ballad...that's why I recorded a tribute to Mickey Newbury." ("Kacey Jones Sings Mickey Newbury" IGO Records, 2006). Jones' interpretation of Newbury's beautiful, melancholy songs achieved critical acclaim worldwide. She even enlisted Newbury's close friend, Kris Kristofferson, to play a cameo role in her music video,"San Francisco Mabel Joy."
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Dan Demay at Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

Dan Demay at Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

Alabama Music goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013. I caught Dan Demay's performance at Lulu's in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Dan Demay is a Grammy nominated songwriter who hails from North Carolina. He has had songs recorded by Tracy Byrd (Crazy Every Time), Darryl Worley (If Something Should Happen), Tracy Lawrence (You Can't Hide Red Neck), Martina McBride (Everybody Does), Bobby Pinson (The RIght To Be Wrong), Joey+Rory (Heart Of The Wood), John Michael Montgomery (All In A Day) and Cledus T. Judd (Illegals).
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Hope Cassity and Jeff Dayton at Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

Hope Cassity and Jeff Dayton at Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013

Alabama Music goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013. Hope Cassity and Jeff Dayton entertained at Lulu's in Gulf Shores, Alabama to an enthused audience.

A native of Monroeville, Alabama the town that sparked "To Kill A Mockingbird" Pulitzer prize winner Harper Lee's creative writing, it's no wonder Hope Cassity's vivid imagery turned to songs by age 15.
Recently, Cassity was selected out of thousands of artists across the southeast to front the cover of the nationwide publication Regional Musician Magazine under the header "Burning up the Road Miles" with the editor stating to Hope "You are one of the hardest working women in the industry."
Her drive and hard work is definitely paying off. This year the popular indie duo Penny Rae (most often compared to Civil Wars) released a song Hope wrote titled "Closure" as the featured single from their newest record. The video is currently airing alongside the likes of Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum hit videos on 40 plus tv networks nationwide.
The twice nominated Dallas Best Female Vocalist had her emotional ballad about her grandmother's battle with cancer titled "50 Years" featured in the International "Stand UP to Cancer" Campaign that has support from A-list celebrities. Additionally, "Sweet Southern Sun" featured Grammy Award winning fiddle player Glen Duncan and was chosen in the Top 25 for the Nashville Music CIty Songwriter competition.
Cassity was amidst the top 10 finalists in a nationwide songwriter search "Songwriter Serenade among many other notables such as several sold out shows this year and an increasing number of supporting spots for major artists. Cassity has been the recipient of multiple regional awards/recognitions including reaching number 4 on the Reverb Nation charts.
Currently, Hope's latest single release "Partly You" that features Jason Wyatt (The Lost Trailers) has been playing in radio rotation across the nation and creating a buzz that is steadily getting louder as it surrounds this artist/ songwriter.
From the White House to the Wildhorse Saloon, Jeff Dayton has been playing guitar and performing all his life. He's been a Nashville writer for over a decade and thrives on the concentrated creative scene in Music City. His hometown roots in Minnesota and years in Arizona earned him a music degree, regional hit records and the honor of backing artists like Vince Gill, Buck Owens, Bo Diddley, Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson, Gene Autry, Toby Keith and many more.

Today, Jeff is an active Nashville music producer, songwriter, session guitarist, touring artist and educator. He tours as a dynamic solo artist too.

Melissa Joiner at Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

Melissa Joiner at Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013

Alabama Music goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013. Melissa Joiner (John's Daughter) performs for the first time at river house. Young and nervous, regardless, she jumps into the deep end. As you watch this you just might be watching a career from it's very beginnings.

Ricky Whitley at Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival

Ricky Whitley at Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 

Alabama Music goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013. Ricky Whitley was on hand to honor us with his latest creations.

Ricky Whitley, Singer, songwriter, musician, and solo entertainer

Ricky learned to play the guitar during his teens from his uncle, Tom Darby, and from Jimmy Tarlton, well-known white Blues artists who recorded on Columbia, Victor, and OKEH Records during the 1920's.

He played with Johnnie Shines, John Prine, Bobby Rush, Bobby Keys, Wayne Jackson, Jimmy Hall, Jimmy Buffet, Gatemouth Brown, Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, Tom Darby and Jimmy Tarleton. He writes serious music and comedy. Recorded seven albums that sold over 100 copies worldwide and have gone wood in several small foreign countries. Signed an exclusive recording contract whereas he only has to buy 4 albums a month. Available for Blues, Folk, Songwriters, and other Festivals and Shows.
Ricky has written songs with songwriter, Red Lane, who is in the Country Music Songwriters Hall of Fame. Ricky is an accomplished vocalist and is skilled on most of the stringed instruments including guitar, violin, and pedal steel. He loves acoustic Delta blues and old country blues music. Ricky is currently writing music in the country, blue and old country blues styles and also in what some people label as Southern Rock or rock music.