This year's Tin Pan South may not reveal the mysteries of songwriting that aspiring tunesmiths seek to decode, but it promises to give both fans and students an idea of the sheer range of talent Nashville possesses. The Nashville Songwriters Association International's annual trade show looks to be one of their best ever, kicking off tonight with in-the-rounds featuring the likes of Brennen Leigh (pictured here), the Austin, Tex. tunesmith whose 2010 full-length The Box skillfully combines bluegrass and straight country songwriting. At her 6 p.m. Belcourt Taps & Tapas show, she's flanked by the first-class lineup of Dave Olney, Tom Littlefield and Chris Scruggs.
There are plenty of big names scattered throughout the club scene, such as Elizabeth Cook, Lori McKenna, Steve Wariner and Phil Vassar. Also performing tonight will be such well-regarded writers as Brandon Rickman and Ben Hayslip. Students, take notes; fans, rejoice. For a full schedule of the week's activities, click here.