The Sunset Pier At Ocean Key Resort To Host The 14th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival Main Event

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The 14TH Annual Key West Songwriters Festival presented by Better Angels Music, is scheduled for April 29, 2009 - May 3, 2009 and offers eclectic show lineups that introduce crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs. The festival features more than 100 top songwriters and revolves around five days and nights of more than 20 free concerts, staged at an array of the island's most popular drinking holes and hot spots. The Sunset Pier at Ocean Key Resort, will serve as the Main Event stage, under the stars with artist and songwriter Jamey Johnson ("In Color" and George Strait's "Give It Away"). Jamey will throw his Grammy-nominated vintage country cool into the mix along with his band the Kent Hardly Play Boys.

The 14TH Annual Key West Songwriters Festival presented by Better Angels Music, is scheduled for April 29, 2009 - May 3, 2009 and offers eclectic show lineups that introduce crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs. The festival features more than 100 top songwriters and revolves around five days and nights of more than 20 free concerts, staged at an array of the island's most popular drinking holes and hot spots. The Sunset Pier at Ocean Key Resort, will serve as the Main Event stage, under the stars with artist and songwriter Jamey Johnson ("In Color" and George Strait's "Give It Away"). Jamey will throw his Grammy-nominated vintage country cool into the mix along with his band the Kent Hardly Play Boys. Johnson will headline the concert starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 which will feature surprise guests. Tickets are $12 and available at http://www.keystix.com partial proceeds will go The Muzak Heart and Soul Foundation. Rooms are available at Ocean Key Resort & Spa from $399 per night. Please call 800-328-9815 or visit http://www.oceankey.com for reservations.

This year the Festival will benefit the Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation, the event is a favorite of Key West locals and live music aficionados from across the country. Songwriting titans and Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame members Paul Overstreet, Bob DiPiero and Dennis Morgan will attend the festival for the first time. Overstreet's prolific songwriting catalog features Keith Whitley's "When You Say Nothing at All," Randy Travis' "Forever and Ever Amen" and "Diggin' Up Bones," and Kenny Chesney's "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy," while hits composed by DiPiero include George Strait's "Clear Blue Sky," Martina McBride's "There You Are," Faith Hill's "Take Me As I Am," Reba McEntire's "Little Rock" and more. Morgan's compositions include Ronnie Milsap's "Smoky Mountain Rain" and "She Keeps the Home Fires Burning," along with Faith Hill's "Let Me Let Go" and hits by Eric Clapton and Aretha Franklin.

"Bette Davis Eyes" chanteuse Kim Carnes will push the lineup outside country music's traditional borders, along with singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins, composer and songwriter of pop smash "Lullaby" and Chris Barron, former front man for alt-rock group the Spin Doctors ("Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" and "Two Princes").

The Festival schedule will also include 4 highly anticipated "theatre" style shows. The Key West Film Society's Tropic Cinema and the historic San Carlos Institute will be home for these intimate showcase events April 30th and May 1st. Tickets for these shows will only be offered via http://www.keystix.com or by calling Keys Tix @ (305) 295-7676.

For a complete roster of confirmed 2009 Key West Songwriters Festival performers please visit http://www.kwswf.com.

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