Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour

The 2016 Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour has partnered with Bud & Alley’s, Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village, The Bay, The Hub, and Boardwalk Beach Resort to bring professional country music songwriters to the beaches of Northwest Florida. The tour will be held monthly April-August.

The tour is free of charge, open to the public, and will offer guests the opportunity to listen to a diverse line-up of Nashville’s most esteemed songwriters and recording artists whose songs come to life with their vocal and musical talent.

Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy the hits heard on the radio every day performed “acoustically live in concert” by the songwriters who wrote them.

The songwriters will also provide guests with the “story behind the songs,” life experiences, and a peek behind the scenes in Nashville in a series of casual, intimate performances hosted at spectacular venues set against the breathtaking backdrop of Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Destin, and Panama City Beach.

Meet-and-greets and other special guest amenities will follow each performance.

Nashville-based songwriters and musicians Dave Pahanish and Hugh Mitchell will kick off the 2016 tour during the week of April 5-9.

Bud & Alley’s restaurant, 2236 East County Road 30A in Seaside, will host the tour at 8 p.m. April 5.

It continues at 8 p.m. April 6 at Emerald Grand in Destin, April 7 at The Bay in Santa Rosa Beach, April 8 at The Hub in Watersound and April 9 at Boardwalk Beach Resort in Panama City Beach

Call 850-231-5900 for more information.

Pahanish is an American singer songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pa. He played two years of football at Waynesburg University in South Western Pennsylvania before leaving school and following his musical passion.

He has written several mainstream country hits recorded by such artists as Keith Urban (“Without You”), Toby Keith (“American Ride”), Jimmy Wayne , Tim McGraw, Collin Raye, and others.

He’s a two-year veteran of the Country Throwdown Tour, which included Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Jamie Johnson, Eric Paslay, Montgomery Gentry, Eli Young Band, and many others.

With a fresh perspective on the art of sound and the craft of melody, Mitchell is raising the stakes with his latest batch of songs. Due out in May, his sophomore album lends an ear to a style that is both orchestral and Southern. A style that captures the gritty, intimate, and soulful writing that Mitchell is known for.

Born in California, raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Mitchell attributes his hometown with his wide array of influences and interests.

“My first real good paying gig was playing guitar in Pentecostal Black Gospel Choirs and churches. Then we duked it out in bars with bands. Then we became idealistic and started writing songs.”

Mitchell has just recorded his latest record with former Wilco drummer, Ken Coomer.

He is touring the Southeast in 2016 opening for artists and groups such as The Willie Sugarcanes, as well as recording two more projects with Coomer.