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Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival brings music's best songs and stories

Hear an old favorite or discover the next big thing at the Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival, headquartered at the Flora-Bama Lounge, which straddles the Florida-Alabama state line.

For more than 30 years, songwriters have migrated south in the fall for this meet-up of Grammy Award-winning lyricists and up-and-coming stars of tomorrow. They take to the stage each night to share their songs and stories in settings from quiet, intimate performances to raucous, sing-along parties.

In recent years, the event has attracted more than 200 artists from around the world to venues across Perdido Key and Pensacola, Florida and Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The Frank Brown Songwriters’ Festival is the oldest festival of its kind and has been referred to as the largest gathering of songwriters at one time anywhere in the world. It has been named one of the Top Twenty Events by the Southeast Tourism Society and has been recognized by Billboard and American Songwriters Magazine.

Festival attendees enjoy an up close and personal concert experience and are often able to learn the stories behind some of their favorite songs as told by the original author. Whether looking for a "listening room" experience, a pleasant dinner and music venue, a family-friendly musical adventure or a gritty roadhouse, the songwriters have a place for you.

Most venues are free to attend; a few charge a small cover at the door.

The festival is dedicated to the late Frank Brown, who was night watchman at the Flora-Bama for 28 years, and whose moral values, integrity and strength of character still endure. Mr. Frank, who was 91 years old when he retired, was featured on Paul Harvey's syndicated radio show, "The Rest of the Story."