Music Festival Highlights Writers Behind Songs


Port St. Joe heard country tunes all weekend long. 

The 9th annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival welcomed writers behind country songs many of us know. 

More than 40 songwriters from across the country gathered this week.

“It’s a months long process that culminates right here at the Indian Pass Raw Bar,” Jason Bogan, an organizer of the event, said.

Many return to the event each year, while others make their first appearance. 

“With forty plus song writers it’s like herding cats,” Bogan said.

We know the songs like “Friends in Low Places” and “Crazy Town,” the artists who helped make them popular, but we rarely get to know the people who wrote them.

“When you hear the stories behind them, it makes it even better,” two visitors from Alabama said.

Music lovers experienced the stories behind the chords. 

“Songwriters are kind of the offensive linemen of the music business. We don’t get a lot of recognition,” Songwriter Brett Jones said.

“You hear George Straight or Clay Walker or ‘Lonestar’. They sing your songs and you hear them all the time. But to be able to sing it yourself the way you wrote it,” Songwriter Aaron Barker said.

“It feels good to have people appreciate what we do,” Jones said.

And appreciate, they do. The local oyster bar built a special stage for the event. Organizers say they plan to continue hosting the event for years to come. 

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