Who's Online Now
20 registered members (Everett Adams, Colin Ward, Calvin, Harriet Ames, couchgrouch, Dennis Wright, 9ne, 5 invisible), and 197 guests, and
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Shout Box
Member Spotlight
Le Monde
Posts: 148
Joined: January 2007
Show All Member Profiles 
What's Going On
Broken Glass
by Marvin Adcock. 10/17/17 06:11 AM
I May Not Be The One For You
by Vicarn. 10/17/17 05:17 AM
Soul Seasoned
by DonnaMarilyn. 10/17/17 05:08 AM
Who's Going to Hold me When I cry?  Travis/ Mimmo
by DonnaMarilyn. 10/17/17 04:52 AM
'' I will never leave you''
by Dennis Wright. 10/16/17 10:22 PM
Door Open Wide
by Gavin Sinclair. 10/16/17 07:49 PM
Soft whispers of melody
by Dave Rice. 10/15/17 09:13 AM
My First CD `This That and Other Things
by John Lawrence Schick. 10/15/17 08:06 AM
Bump in the Road
by Michael W. Brown. 10/15/17 02:41 AM
by lane1777. 10/14/17 02:53 PM
Between friends
by lane1777. 10/14/17 02:47 PM
The First Beer of the Rest of My Life
by couchgrouch. 10/14/17 02:40 PM
Springsteen on Broadway (A Review)
by Barry David Butler. 10/14/17 10:07 AM
Financial prophecy
by Barry David Butler. 10/14/17 08:40 AM
by Barry David Butler. 10/14/17 08:33 AM
I'll Take My Socks Off
by Gavin Sinclair. 10/13/17 05:44 PM
Delinquent Submissions From Nominees
by maccharles. 10/13/17 04:10 PM
Dying art of the song intro
by John Voorpostel. 10/13/17 10:56 AM
So She Tells Him
by Deej56. 10/13/17 09:15 AM
by Travis david. 10/13/17 07:45 AM
this microphone did you use ?
by sevenoak88. 10/13/17 04:42 AM
by Deej56. 10/13/17 01:42 AM
Love Goes
by Deej56. 10/13/17 12:14 AM
I'm A Train
by Barry David Butler. 10/12/17 04:17 PM
Making Great Demos with BIAB
by Michael Zaneski. 10/12/17 01:37 PM
by Travis david. 10/12/17 05:48 AM
The truth about Music Streamers?
by Jody Whitesides. 10/12/17 02:14 AM
by lane1777. 10/11/17 10:05 PM
'' Love is the only way''
by Dennis Wright. 10/11/17 05:25 PM
Top Posters(All Time)
Calvin 19,161
Kevin Emmrich 10,529
Jean Bullock 10,330
Kaley Willow 10,240
Travis david 10,234
Two Singers 9,571
Joice Marie 9,186
Mackie H. 8,744
Mike Dunbar 8,574
glynda 8,560
Tricia Baker 8,318
Colin Ward 7,804
Corey 7,357
couchgrouch 7,203
Wyman Lloyd 6,578
Mark Kaufman 6,428
Joe Wrabek 6,400
Dave Rice 6,147
ben willis 6,065
Lynn Orloff 5,788
Louis 5,718
Linda Sings 5,601
niteshift 5,323
Vicarn 5,213
KimberlyinNC 5,210
Derek Hines 4,893
DonnaMarilyn 4,604
Blake Hill 4,528
Bob Cushing 4,342
Bill Osofsky 4,199
Cindy Miller 4,178
Tom Shea 4,173
Neil Cotton 4,075
nightengale 3,964
TamsNumber4 3,962
Roy Cooper 3,890
Caroline 3,865
Kolstad 3,759
Dan Sullivan 3,710
MFB III 3,687
Dottie 3,427
joewatt 3,411
Bill Cooper 3,279
beechnut79 3,219
John Hoffman 3,199
Skip Johnson 3,027
Pam Hurley 3,007
Terry G 3,005
E Swartz 2,881
Harriet Ames 2,868
PopTodd 2,864
Nigel Quin 2,801
MidniteBob 2,644
Tom Tracy 2,558
Polly Hager 2,526
Jerry Jakala 2,524
Al Alvarez 2,499
Eric Thome 2,448
Hummingbird 2,401
Nelson 2,392
Stan Loh 2,263
Sam Wilson 2,241
Judy Hollier 2,232
Erica Ellis 2,202
Wendy D 2,151
TrumanCoyote 2,096
Marty Helly 2,012
DukeWill 1,984
Ray Thyer 1,929
Clint Anglin 1,904
cindyrella 1,888
David Wright 1,866
Clairejeanne 1,851
Cindy LaRosa 1,824
maccharles 1,768
floyd jane 1,713
Ronald Boyt 1,675
Noel Downs 1,620
Iggy 1,592
Cal 1,574
Rick Heenan 1,560
Jack Swain 1,554
Pete Larsen 1,537
Ann Tygart 1,529
Tom Breshers 1,487
Tom Franz 1,451
RogerS 1,445
Ralph Blight 1,440
Chuck Crowe 1,435
Kenneth Cade 1,429
Rick Norton 1,427
bholt 1,411
Letha Allen 1,406
Stan Simons 1,402
in2piano 1,399
mattbanx 1,384
Jen Shaner 1,373
Charlie Wong 1,347
KevinP 1,324
Vondelle 1,316
Tom W. 1,313
Jan Petter 1,300
scottandrew 1,292
DakLander 1,265
GocartMoz 1,261
Janice & Bud 1,242
Ian Ferrin 1,230
IdeaGuy 1,209
Glen King 1,209
PeteG 1,195
AaronAuthier 1,177
Diane Ewing 1,158
summeoyo 1,083
Gerry 1,082
BobbyJoe 1,075
joro 1,045
S.DEE 1,040
yann 1,037
Tony A 1,016
argo 986
peaden 984
Wolvman 960
Jak Kelly 912
IronKnee 894
krtinberg 890
Drifter 886
lane1777 885
Petra 883
RJC 845
Brenda152 840
Nadia 827
Juan 797
TKO 784
frahmes 781
teletwang 762
90 dB 745
tbryson 737
Andy K 733
Andy Kemp 732
Jackie444 720
ant 709
3daveyO3 704
Dayson 703
Dixie 701
Joy Boy 695
Knute 686
Lee Arten 678
Katziis 652
quality 637
CG King 622
douglas 621
Mel 614
NaomiSue 601
Shandy 589
9ne 588
Ria 587
TAMERA64 583
Pat Hardy 577
qbaum 570
nitepiano 565
Tink2 553
musica 539
deanbell 528
RobertK 527
Irwin 524
Roderic 522
BB Wilbur 511
goodfolks 499
Moosesong 495
Zeek 487
Stu 486
Steve P. 481
KathyW 462
allenb 459
MaxG 458
Philjo 454
fanito 448
trush48 448
R&M 444
dmk 442
arealrush 437
DGR 436
avweek 435
Stephen D 433
Emmy 431
Rob L 426
marquez 422
kit 419
Softkrome 417
kyrksongs 415
RRon 408
Laura G. 407
Debra 407
eb 406
cuebald 399
EdPerrone 398
Dannyk1 395
Hobart 395
Davyboy49 393
Smile 389
GJShades 387
Ezt 384
tone 380
Marla 380
iggyiggy 378
coalminer 377
Cecilee 376
java 374
spidey 371
sweetsong 370
danny 367
Jim Ryan 360
papaG 353
Alek 352
Z - man 350
John K 348
JamesDF5 347
Jaden 344
ddreuter 341
TheBaz 340
Steggy 339
leif 339
tonedeaf 336
rickwork 334
Eddie Ray 332
Johnboy 328
Bob Lever 328
Helicon1 327
lucian 326
Muskie 321
kc 319
Z. Mulls 318
ptondreau 313
Chris B. 310
trush 304
ed323 297
Ellen M 293
lizzorn 291
nicnac49 290
pomeranj 289
Char 286
ktunes 285
mastrose 280
pammie 279
Register Today!
Welcome to the Just Plain Folks forums! You are currently viewing our forums as a Guest which gives you limited access to most of our discussions and to other features.

By joining our free community you will have access to post and respond to topics, communicate privately with our users (PM), respond to polls, upload content, and access many other features. Registration is fast, simple, and absolutely free; so please join our community today!
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate This Thread
#662675 - 10/25/08 12:55 AM New Songwriter Festival  
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 4
Eddie Offline
Casual Observer
Eddie  Offline
Casual Observer

Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 4


First Annual Amelia Island Songwriters Festival 2008
By Eddie Rhoades http://www.sonicbids.com/eddierhoades

Just about a year ago, I was noodling around on the Internet searching for songwriters conferences. On Dogpile I keyed in Songwriters Festival and up popped two; a dot com in Nashville and a dot org in Ameila Island, Florida. There was not a lot on the dot org web page, just a few lines saying they held weekly songwriter contests for locals but wanted to expand to something bigger and were open for ideas about how to accomplish this.

I emailed the link given and received a response from Joe Warwick asking me to call him. I gave him a call we talked for 30 minutes or more about how to host a songwriters festival on a national basis. I had not been involved in hosting a festival but I had attended the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival in Gulf Shores for several years and was scheduled for one in Nashville plus the Durango Festival was also coming up for the first time in the East. The very first idea suggested was to contact BMI & NSAI and they would tell him exactly how to do it and would step up and help a lot with the logistics and preparations but there would be plenty left for Joe to do. We also discussed lining up local sponsors like the Chamber of Commerce, radio stations and local businesses. I explained how the Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival lines up venues all over town instead of just one location where attendees might overwhelm the one location. I gave him contact information for Reneda Cross who heads FBISF. Joe said he would consider all suggestions and that he intended to go to Key West to observe how their festival was run.

Joe explained how the local songwriter's guild met weekly at the Frisky Mermaid bar inside the Florida House Hotel and how they always had a contest with a theme to write their songs about.
Everyone would write and perform songs about these theme topics. I didn't think that would be a good idea because it seemed limiting. Of course I was completely wrong. If you're simply going to perform, then play anything you want providing it's original, but if there is a contest you do need guidelines. Joe had great ideas about the themes such as: drinking, guitar, Island life and several more. All these festival are a lot alike but there is always something different about each one and I think Joe’s idea of themes and cash prizes sets it apart from others.

The event ran from Wednesday August 27th thorough Sunday August 31st - Labor Day weekend. I didn't arrive until Friday so I had missed the "Drinking" category contest - too bad because I had a great song for that. I did enter two contests and did not win either. I didn't even place. So much for putting "Contest Winner" on my resume' But as Jason Blume said, "These contests are fun but don't be discouraged if you don't win, it's no reflection on your talent," Even he had placed last in an international contest in England many years ago but never lost faith in his songwriting ability. I can guarantee you I will be attending Jason’s workshop next year.

Even though I didn't win, there were times between programs where I was able to perform several of my best songs at the many different venues. I had a lot of fun acting as emcee and telling jokes. Anyone could have done this as they asked for volunteers to fill the time gaps between judging. I jumped at these opportunities.

BMI sent some of their big-name songwriters down for several showcase performances. I spoke to Mike Geiger who was born and raised in Fernandina Beach, Florida and now resides in Nashville. He commented that this festival ran smoother than most he'd seen, especially since it was the first time for it. John Wiggins was there, he's the guy who wrote "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" which he performed at Whacky Davey's. I would like to point out that these professionals are all very approachable. I spoke to one of these professionals and promptly forgot his name only to later see him several times and he always called me by name. I got to see him perform at a venue and he began playing this fantastic lead guitar and it dawned on me his name is Chuck Jones and I had seen him play in Georgia at a place called Swallow at the Hollow performing with Chuck Cannon.

Every year I attend songwriter festivals in Nashville, Gulf Shores, and Asheville. Now I will be adding Amelia Island, Florida to that list. These events are wonderful places to meet and hang out with other musicians who play their original songs, plus you get to showcase your songs, have lots of fun (party), and make new friends.

Eddie Rhoades
#663246 - 10/27/08 05:46 PM Re: New Songwriter Festival [Re: Eddie]  
Joined: May 2006
Posts: 4,489
Moker Jarrett Offline
Top 50 Poster
Moker Jarrett  Offline
Top 50 Poster

Joined: May 2006
Posts: 4,489
jacksonville, fl
Welcome to JPF, home of music minded friends...Thanks for the article Eddie, i'm a writer in Jacksonville and i had to miss this because of prior commitments. I'm sure it was even more fun in person than what you can describe here. I missed the Durango one this time too, i have been to several of those, couldn't afford it this year though. Write great, write often, be well...moker

#663905 - 10/30/08 07:42 AM Re: New Songwriter Festival [Re: Moker Jarrett]  
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 82
Lamorna Offline
Serious Contributor
Lamorna  Offline
Serious Contributor

Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 82
Ontario, Canada.
Well Done Eddie,

Can we hear or see some of your songs ? it's also nice to hear of positive results from all this dedicated effort
Thanks for posting.

So many of these contests seem to be judged by people who have never quite made it themselves, and they sometimes chose the best recordings of poor songs. The better writers with modest demos are often overlooked.

Lamorna Darcie

Writing Great songs are a gift,

Getting those songs to the right ears is the hardest part.


Support Just Plain Folks

We would like to keep the membership in Just Plain Folks FREE! Your donation helps support the many programs we offer including Road Trips and the Music Awards.

Join Just Plain Folks
to receive the free
JPNotes Newsletter!
*this is separate from
message board registration*

Newest Members
sravy, NielsA, sevenoak88, ClaytonBlas1, Mella
20951 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Average Posts Daily24
Most Online1,506
Mar 16th, 2017
Just Plain Quotes
"Quality = Longevity." –Brian Austin Whitney
Today's Birthdays
Barry Williams (59), jessij (37), KarenA (2017)
Popular Topics(Views)
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0