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Featuring More Than 250 Performances with
Jelly Roll, Elle King, Michael Ray and More Over the Five-Day Festival

March 7, 2023 (KEY WEST, FL)  – Rams Head Presents, BMI and The Florida Keys Tourist Development Council are proud to announce the 27th annual Key West Songwriters Festival line-up. In what has become a yearly tradition, the festival brings music lovers and music makers together to see over 250 songwriters perform some of their biggest hits in venues across the tropical island between May 3-7. Some of the featured acts include Elle King, The Love Junkies (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose), Jack Ingram, Jelly Roll, Raul Malo, Michael Ray, Robert Randolph, Rivers Rutherford, Jeffrey Steele, Mitchell Tenpenny, and many more.

Robert Randolph performing with the Dylan Altman Blues Band will open the festival along with James Slater on Wednesday night during the annual kick-off party at the Ocean Key Resort’s Sunset Pier, followed by performances by Bob DiPiero, Luke Laird and Jeffrey Steele at the Key West Theater. On Friday evening, Nashville’s breakout sensation Jelly Roll will headline the Coffee Butler Amphitheater, and the annual free block party at Main Stage Duval Street will feature Michael Ray on Saturday night. Other acts scheduled to perform include Ronnie Bowman, Keith Gattis, Kostas, Ella Langley and Emily Shackelton

Since 1997, BMI and The Florida Keys Tourist Development Council have brought Music Row to Duval Street and beyond, creating a unique environment where industry professionals, songwriters, locals and tourists experience the best of Nashville in the most intimate of venues. Over the years, this highly anticipated festival has become a breeding ground for new talent and one of the most sought-after invites within the Nashville songwriting community. Notable Key West Songwriter Festival alums include Luke Combs, Florida Georgia Line, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Cole Swindell, and so many more.

Fans can choose from more than 50 shows at venues across the island including Key West bars and restaurants, waterfront resorts, boutique inns, intimate theaters, and more. More than 30 performances are free, with multiple offerings at the festival headquarters, the Rams Head Southernmost Bar & Restaurant. Ticketed shows for the festival include performances at The Key West Amphitheater, The Key West Theater and The San Carlos Institute. Each show features songwriters in the round, playing their hits and sharing stories behind their biggest songs. 

Proceeds from the Key West Songwriters Festival will benefit Michelle’s Foundation and the BMI Foundation, a nonprofit that has supported the creation, performance and study of music through awards, scholarships, grants, and commissions since 1985. 

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Celebrating over 80 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in over 20.6 million musical works created and owned by more than 1.3 million songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.‘s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly™ and receive our e-newsletter every week to stay up to date on all things music.

Rams Head Group is a family owned & operated restaurant and entertainment company since 1989. Rams Head Group currently owns and operates four restaurant locations in Maryland: Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD; Rams Head Roadhouse in Crownsville, MD; Rams Head Shore House in Stevensville, MD; Rams Head Dockside in Glen Burnie, MD and a fifth location in Florida: Rams Head Southernmost in Key West, FL. Additionally, Rams Head Presents owns and operates Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, Maryland which has been recognized as the Top Club under 500 seats in the world by Pollstar Magazine. Rams Head also provides programming for Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Maryland and Key West Theater and The Key West Amphitheater in Key West, Florida. Rams Head Presents purchased the Key West Songwriters Festival in 2021. For additional information visit

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