Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves launch BMI Maui Songwriter’s Festival

photo:  Rebecca Adler Rotenberg 


In what sounds like the definition of the best time ever, the BMI Maui Songwriters Festival took over the Hawaiian island last week, transporting signature Nashville traditions like in-the-round guitar pulls to the Pacific.

Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson played the kick-off party, bringing to life the collaboration that’s featured on “Are You Sure” on Kacey’s Pageant Material album. Thomas Rhett ’s dad, Rhett Akins , as well as Bob DiPiero , Jeffrey Steele and Rebecca Lynn Howard were just some of the tunesmiths who suffered in the sun in the name of songwriting.

This was the first year for the festival. No word so far on whether BMI may do it again next year.

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