Pensacola Beach Songwriters Fest at Bamboo Willies on October 8, 2023

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Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival: Day 4

Description:  The third day of the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival is Sunday, October 8, 2023 and Bamboo Willie's is a featured venue.
Sunday's Schedule:

1:30 PM on the Bamboo Willie's Stage

Bridgette London
Brigitte London’s life has been dedicated to Music. Her passion and delivery of heart-born lyrics blend genres of country, blues, and soul, with powerhouse vocals that have attracted an A-list lineup of backing musicians live and on record throughout her career. She writes from the heart and sings from the soul.

From Wisconsin to Texas, and Nashville to Louisiana, she’s released 10 albums and worked on projects that included legends like Jerry Reed, Porter Wagoner, Marty Stuart, and more. In pursuit of fueling Independent Artists, Brigitte has launched and produced several music series, festivals, and events (including Spirit of The Outlaws, Last Honky Tonk Music Series, Songs on the Bayou), co-founded Outlaw Magazine, and hosted/produced multiple radio shows. She was also featured on the Discovery Channel’s Killing Fields season two, performing her song “She’s in the Bayou”.

Sean Gasaway
Sean Gasaway is a Two-Time Native American Music Awards Song of the Year winning songwriter, record producer, recording artist, actor, and current Education Coordinator with the Mississippi Songwriters Alliance. Sean has earned nearly 250 cuts in every major music genre, scores movies, composes music for video games, and performs all over the world. Sean has performed with and written for 3 Doors Down, Chapel Hart, Cowboy Troy, Mickie James, Gayle, Rosevelt, and The Ying Yang Twins to name a few.

Sadie McClendon
Sadie McClendon has been entertaining listeners young and old since she was 8 years old. Originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Sadie made her Nashville Debut on the stage of Honky Tonk Central. That same day she was invited to perform on the main stage of Tootsies, which she did, for several hours!

Skilled beyond her years on as an instrumentalist and songwriter, now 16 year-old Sadie inspires audiences with her love of traditional and what she calls “y’alt” country… infused with her own unique vocal style. The youngest member of The Last Honky Tonk Music Series and 2019 Jimmy Rodgers Songwriters Festival youth winner, you can find Sadie playing your favorite restaurants, bars, and theaters all around the Southeast US.

2:30 PM on the Bamboo Willie's Stage

Baillie & The Boys
Emerging as one of the best known bands of the late 80’s and early 90’s, “Baillie And The Boys” was an integral part of forever shaping the direction of today’s Country Music. The release of their first RCA single, “Oh Heart” which by blending a California Folk Rock style with an East Coast pop flavored attitude became one of BillBoard Magazines’ most performed Hot Country Singles of 1987 and 1988.

An “out of the box” Top Ten Single once heard it’s hard to deny the echoes of this unique musical sound in groups like “Little Big Town” and “Lady Antebellum” yet a style all their own. The three part vocal harmonies that distinguished the groups hypnotic sound can be heard on many of the biggest names in country music including; Vince Gill, Marie Osmond, Randy Travis, Mo Bandy, Dan Seals, Lynn Anderson and others to become a major part of the most significant and memorable recordings of 90’s in country music.

Fronted by the powerful lead vocals of Kathie Baillie and the creative harmonies of Michael Bonagura and Alan LeBoeuf, “Baillie And The Boys” has a unique sound that will leave an indelible musical impression on all who experience their musical bliss. The lyrics of their songs will pull at your heart and make you shout from the roof-top, “I love this group”!

Discovered and brought to the attentionm of RCA Records by Jeff Cook legendary member of the group Alabama, music mogul Joe Gallante signed the group with RCA records in 1986 and released their self-titled CD debut in 1987. Since then there have been over a dozen BillBoard charted Top Ten Hot Country Singles, millions of LP’s, CD’s and downloads sold; fourteen Country Vocal Group The Year nominations by the Academy Of Country Music, The Country Music Association, The TNN Music City Awards and The Peoples Choice awards, Baillie And The Boys continue to release new music while continuing to tour non-stop for the past 28 years.

“The road never get’s tired” says Kathie Baillie, “not when you’re doing what God put you on this earth to do. I love to sing and I love to perform our songs on stage as often as folks keep having us back. Every night on stage I get to pour my soul into singing lyrics that come from my heart – there’s nothing that feels better than that”.

Alyssa Bonagura
Alyssa Bonagura is ready to fly again. A songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, she’s spent the past decade fine-tuning a sound that reaches far beyond her Nashville roots. It’s a sound that blurs the boundaries between genres, mixing the southern storytelling of country music, the free-thinking spirit of rock & roll, and the cinematic sweep of Brit-pop into its own hybrid.

For Alyssa — a lifelong road warrior who spent her infancy aboard a tour bus, recorded a duet with Kenny Rogers at 10 years old, received her college diploma from Sir Paul McCartney, and currently balances her critically-acclaimed solo career with an ongoing gig writing songs for Jessie James Decker, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, and others — it’s also a sound that’s every bit as diverse as her own story.

Years before releasing 2021’s single “New Wings,” Alyssa grew up in Tennessee, an only child raised by parents who sent nearly a dozen songs toward the top of the Billboard charts as leaders of the country band Baillie & the Boys. “I was three weeks old when my parents landed another Top 10 single,” she says. “My mom said, ‘Alright, let’s take the kid on the road,’ and I grew up on their tour bus. My life was waking up in a different city every day and singing with them. I wanted to be just like them.”

Back home in Nashville, she bonded with her father over a shared love of music production and songwriting. Together, they converted the family attic into a home studio, where Alyssa began layering her vocals with a mini-disc recorder. By 16, she was recording her own songs, making sense of the outside world by turning her trials and triumphs into music. She landed her first national tour that same year, opening 50 shows for fellow genre-bender Marty Stuart, and became a go-to session singer for artists like Matt Maher and Vince Gill.

3:30 PM on the Bamboo Willie's Stage

Sugar Cane Jane
Sugarcane Jane, the Alabama-based Americana duo comprised of husband and wife Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee, have been crafting music deeply rooted in folk-rock for over a decade. Their harmonious performances are known for their simplicity and soulful depth, echoing the heritage of Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Anthony Crawford, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, brings an impressive musical background to the duo. He has toured with renowned artists such as Neil Young, Steve Winwood, and Dwight Yoakam, and his songwriting credits include Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Kenny Rogers, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and others. He has also made numerous television appearances and played on stage with Paul McCartney at Hyde Park. Not only that, but he even took the album cover photo for Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams II.

Savana Lee, Anthony’s wife and singing partner, completes the duo. Together, they have built Sugarcane Jane into a well-respected act in the Americana music scene. Their musical journey has seen them record and release multiple albums, including during the Covid-19 pandemic when they pivoted to virtual concerts from their home studio, Admiral Bean Studio. The 2023 tour marks a return to live performances for Sugarcane Jane, as they bring their well-loved music back to audiences in the Southeast and beyond.

4:30 on the Bamboo Willie's Stage

Billy Droze
Singer, songwriter and record label owner Billy Droze was programmed to do music the minute he arrived on earth in Alabama. Droze has secured his spot on the bluegrass music circuit cementing timeless hits of gospel, americana, country and roots music with multiple Grammy nomination recommendations. As a prolific songwriter, major artists have cut his songs. Such as “You Never Know” –Darryl Worley, “Free Again” – Shenandoah, “That’s Why I Run” – Billy Yates (#1 in Europe), “Sunday Clothes” – Randy Kohrs,”Big Pain” -Marty Raybon, “Bottle Was a Bible” – Junior Sisk, “Her Memory Again” (#5 Bluegrass Today Chart) – Flatt Lonesome, “Like I Do” – Jamie O’neil, “I Know Better” (#1 Bluegrass Today Chart) – The Grascals, among others. Droze and his band, Kentucky Blue, travel the country performing bluegrass festivals everywhere.

To date, Billy has garnered eleven #1 radio singles. Droze is the reigning Inspirational Bluegrass Music Artist of the Year, an award from the Inspirational Country Music Association. Together with bluegrass superstar Rhonda Vincent, he hosted the 2018 ICMA Awards at the historic Grand Ole Opry House. Billy Droze is surely one of the fastest-rising stars in bluegrass music.

Marija Droze
Marija Droze was born in the small Eastern European country of Lithuania. There was always a spiritual beckoning toward music from as early as she could remember. Among these artists, topping the list was is Emmylou Harris, and she quickly discovered more American singers that fueled her passion, such as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Johnny Cash, Keith Whitley, and the list goes on. Marija spent the better half of her life studying music in some of Europe’s top music universities where she honed her skills as a vocalist, and classic pianist and majoring in music theory.

She met the love of her life, Billy Droze, as he was touring Europe, who also was deeply involved in music. Her first single “Listen to Your Heart” is available on AirPlay Direct, it is a lament of her life thus far. She said, “I’m just thankful to make music, A lifelong dream that is finally coming true.” Most notably, the hit song “Raging Rivers”, has been on the Bluegrass Charts for more than a year, topping out at #5. A classic duet with her husband that introduced her nationally into the genre of Bluegrass music. Look for Marija Droze and her next single “Cry Baby Cry”, currently on all your favorite streaming sites.

Gary Nichols
Gary Nichols was born in Tuscumbia, AL on the 8th day of August 1978, about a mile fromthe music town of Muscle Shoals. Some say he entered the world with a guitar in his hand and a song in his heart. At the age of five, he joined his first band and took to the stage as if he had been performing for years. It did not take long for the local industry to take notice of Gary’s songwriting abilities, and at the age of 21, he signed a publishing deal with the legendary Fame Recording Studios and Publishing company. This led to his first cuts as a songwriter and an artist deal with Mercury Records of Nashville. He made his first full length album for Mercury and in 2004 released two singles” I Can’t Love You Anymore” and “Unbroken Ground”. “Unbroken Ground” debuted in the Billboard Top 40 and was a multi-week top 15 video on CMT’s Top 20 countdown. In 2009 Gary replaced Chris Stapleton as the frontman for the Bluegrass band The SteelDrivers. He went on to make two albums with the band,” Hammer Down” and “The Muscle Shoals Recordings”. The latter won a Grammy in 2016 for Bluegrass Album of the Year. That album was produced by Gary and the band along with guest producer and childhood friend, Jason Isbell. Gary later departed from the SteelDriver and nearly two years later, he has been stepped on stage as a solo artist.

See the full schedule here: Songwriters Festival Schedule at Bamboo Willie's

Bamboo Willie's Beachside Bar
400 Quietwater Beach Rd
Pensacola Beach, FL 32561

About Bamboo Willies:
The Hottest Live music and Dance Club on Pensacola Beach: Bikini Contests, Awesome Bands, Crawfish on Sundays and more. Located right on Quietwater Beach next to Hooters and the Quietwater Beach and Boardwalk shops, there is something for everyone here at Bamboo Willie's!