Festival KICKOFF Event at Red Dragon Listening Room – Performers Announced!

You can’t start a Songwriters Festival without a show at the Red Dragon Listening Room!
Changing it up a little this year! CJ Solar will host Hit Writer, Jim McCormick & friends!

“Jim McCormick’s songs have sold more records than any New Orleans artist in a generation, “ reported John Swenson, Offbeat Magazine. Jim has had his songs recorded by Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Jamey Johnson, Craig Campbell, Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood, Trace Adkins, and Ronnie Milsap. He has had 2 songs hit #1 on the billboard country charts, “Take a Little Ride” recorded by Jason Aldean and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” recorded by Brantley Gilbert. Jim is a staff writer at BMG-Chrysalis and splits his time between Nashville and New Orleans. Jim is, also, a member of The Wright Brothers along with Paul Sanchez, Alex McMurray, and Spencer Bohren.
And, Jim has LOTS of friends! Guess you’ll just have to show up to see who joins him to play!

And, this year…Girls Go First Again! The opening round will include some talented ladies:
Kylie Frey, Sara Douga, and Jessie Ritter!
Get to know them here:

Kylie Frey – This Louisiana bred rodeo girl from Opelousas has made her home in Nashville. After a couple of #1s on the Texas Regional Radio Charts, “Rodeo Man” and a duet with Randy Rogers, “Too Bad” which also received airplay on Siris XM’s the Highway; Kylie was cast in Season 1 of Real Country on USA Network which aired this past fall where she made it to the finals on team Shania Twain. After her success and national exposure, Frey released her latest single, “Ain’t Enough Beer.” Since then, her single has been climbing the Texas Regional Radio charts and landing spots on Spotify playlists such as “Texas County Now”, “Wild Country”, and “New Boots”. She is currently on the road opening for such acts as Cody Johnson, Pam Tillis, Sammy Kershaw, Clay Walker, and others. For more info: www.kyliefrey.com

Sara Douga – Sara Douga is a singer-songwriter from Southwest Louisiana. She participated in the inaugural SOLO Festival and Workshop held in Lafayette May 2018. She released her debut album in April of 2018 which made its way around the world. Her tracks have been played many times on BBC Radio 2 (15.1 Million listeners per week) thanks to Mr. Whispering Bob Harris. Sara’s work has been featured in Europe’s largest Country Music Magazine; Country Music People, and she recently enjoyed a sold out show in London, England at the historic Bush Hall.
Sara has sat in rounds at the iconic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN with many songwriting legends. She’s written songs with people like Jim Lauderdale, Gary Burr, Beth Nielsen Chapman, James House, Guy Fletcher, and Gordon Bradberry. Her music has impacted people all over the world, and is often told that her songs have changed lives. “Her music defines three chords and the truth” – Bob Harris “Sara has the IT factor and the HIT factor” – Jim Lauderdale To follow Sara: www.saradouga.com

Jessie Ritter – Jessie is the reigning champion of the NASH Next Challenge and her debut single will be released soon on Nash Next Records under the Big Machine Label Group. She is a southeast Missouri native who moved to Nashville to study music at Belmont University. After graduating, she got a job with Carnival Cruise Lines which took her across Australia, Europe, and the Bahamas performing 4 hours a day, 6 days a week for 2 years. She is now based in northwest Florida and has performed at the 30A Songwriters Festival and Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival. To keep up with Jessie’s upcoming events: www.jessieritter.com

The venue only holds 100, so get your tickets NOW! Be a VIP and lounge in a couch during the show. And, yes, its BYOB, so be sure to bring your favorite beverage to enjoy during the show!

Ticket Options –

For Tickets to this Show:Red Dragon Direct Ticketing
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