Songwriters Week

A state-wide celebration of the craft that put Tennessee on the map.

The first annual Tennessee Songwriters Week starts Feb. 17, and you're invited to make history. As home to seven genres of music, Tennessee’s culture and heritage is intertwined with the tuning of a guitar and the sharing of a song. Music and songwriting is our lifeblood, and this week celebrates the craft that put Tennessee on the map. With events happening across the state, you can find hit songwriters playing in the round or even hear hit-makers of tomorrow share their sound for the first time.


Songwriters Week Open Mic Nights

The Bluebird Cafe, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, will hit the road to host four open mic nights in Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City during the week. The Bluebird Cafe’s long-time open mic night host, songwriter Barbara Cloyd, is hosting each event and a panel of local judges will select the top songwriter from each event. The four winners will play The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville in a writers round on Sunday, March 31, 2019. It's a week of performances you won't want to miss. Tickets are on sale now.

Memphis: Lafayette's Music Room - Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019
Chattanooga: The Camp House - Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019
Knoxville: WDVX at Visit Knoxville - Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
Johnson City: The Down Home - Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019

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Performances

Lafayette's Music Room

7 p.m. CST, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

Lafayette's Music Room, Memphis

This legendary spot in Memphis helped launch the careers of artists like Billy Joel and Kiss. Tickets are on sale now. All songwriter sign-ups for open mic performance positions are full.

The Camp House

7 p.m. EST, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

The Camp House, Chattanooga

Right in the middle of the Innovation District, this coffee-shop-turned-restaurant is Chattanooga’s gathering place. Tickets are on sale now. All songwriter sign-ups for open mic performance positions are full.

WDVX at Visit Knoxville

7 p.m. EST, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

WDVX at Visit Knoxville, Knoxville

Inspired by the songs that came from generations of people swapping tunes on the porch, WDXV at Visit Knoxville is Knoxville’s independent radio station with a mission to spread the music of Tennessee. Tickets are available at the door. All songwriter sign-ups for open mic performance positions are full.

The Down Home

7 p.m. EST, SATURDAY, Feb. 23, 2019

THE DOWN HOME, Johnson City

One of the region’s longest-running music venues, this Johnson City club has seen the likes of Robin and Linda Williams, Townes Van Zandt and Willie Dixon. Tickets are available at the door. All songwriter sign-ups for open mic performance positions are full.