Frank Brown Songwriters’ Festival draws near

Tony Arata
Tony Arata

Performers at the FBISF include Tony Arata (pictured), whose The Dance was recorded by Garth Brooks

Early November sees over 200 songwriters perform in Pensacola and venues along the Gulf Coast during the 31st annual festival

Celebrating its 31st year in 2015, the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival (FBISF) offers a collection of intimate concerts spanning 11 days along the US Gulf Coast from 5–15 November. The music will fill an eclectic mix of venues set along the beaches of Perdido Key, Pensacola and the Alabama-Florida Gulf Coast. Named a ‘Top 20 Event’ in the south-east USA, the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival brings beloved songs to life, with spontaneous jams, raw storytelling and songs performed by the songwriters who created them.

This year’s line-up includes more than 200 songwriters, including Dean Dillon (Tennessee Whiskey, The Breath You Take, The Chair), Chris Wallin (Love Me If You Can, Don’t Blink, Honky Tonk Badonkadonk), Bob Regan (Dig Two Graves, Your Everything, Something About A Woman) and Scotty Emerick (I Don’t Believe In Goodbye, ’Round Here, As Good As I Once Was).

30,000 music fans are expected to converge upon the Flora-Bama Lounge & Package – the festival’s ‘ground zero’ – to catch as many concerts as possible, with most events offering free entry although a few charge a small cover fee. A wide variety of genres are on offer, with a heavy accent on country music. One of the biggest events will be held on 14 November at the Flora-Bama, when Dillon, Emerick and other well-known singer-songwriters will perform a tribute to Hank Cochran, a star performer himself as well as the author of songs for the likes of Patsy Cline, Ray Price and Eddy Arnold.

The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival is a flagship event of the Pensacola Foo Foo Festival. For a complete list of concert venues and schedules, visit

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