Local Artists at the 2011 Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival

When the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival comes to town in November, songwriters from around the world will converge on the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach area. Before that happens we want to salute the stable of excellent local songwriters

and musicians who will be participating in the festival. To find out when these folks will stop by, visit our Music/Nightlife schedule. Brent Burns Local legend Brent Burns has made a career teaching us all how to enjoy the simple beauty of seaside life. Named 2010 Trop Rock Songwriter of the Year, his music sways in the wind like palm fronds and his lyrics evoke equal measures of humor and beauty. Sugarcane Jane Alabama's own Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee Crawford come together as Sugarcane Jane, a foot-tapping fixture in the Gulf region. Whether singing original works (like Louisiana, Butterfly, and Sugar) or putting their down home sound on familiar classics (ranging from an incredibly playful and fun Hot Rod Lincoln to a spontaneous rendition of Roger Miller's Dang Me or a dreamily mellow and psychedelic Midnight Rider), Sugarcane Jane's appeal cuts across generations and appeals to a wide audience. Johnny Barbato Raised in Louisiana, he was weaned on Cajun Boogie and those roots still run deep in his vocal style and songwriting.  Johnny moved to Alabama in the mid-70's and today is a successful regional favorite with his band, "Lucky Doggs". Webb Dalton Webb Dalton's music is steeped in his Alabama roots with influences such as Lynryd Skynrd, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. He blends those influences with the rockabilly style of Memphis – Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King and comes up with a rousing style that celebrates kicking back and enjoying life.

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