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The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is set to celebrate Tennessee Songwriters Week in 2024. Join us in Jonesborough as we host a qualifying round at the International Storytelling Center on Friday, February 2 from 7 pm to 9 p.m. The picturesque setting of Tennessee’s oldest town, positioned in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, makes for a musical experience like no other.

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Songwriters will be judged based on their overall performance, originality and connection to the audience. Winners of the qualifying rounds will advance to showcase events and then onto the Bluebird Cafe, in Nashville, TN.

A state statute is designated the last full week of February each year as Tennessee Songwriters Week, which is traditionally a slow month for travel. The mission of the initiative is to support music venues, generate awareness of songwriters’ contributions to Tennessee, pave the way for future artists, inspire travelers to experience the state’s music stories, history, attractions and venues, and drive revenue for music venues devasted by the pandemic.

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Fiddling Leona & JP Mathes

Fiddling Leona & JP Mathes are international entertainers, musicians, and TV personalities. Leona a world class fiddler, singer, and performer from Tokyo, Japan whose long musical journey took her from the bright lights of Tokyo to the majestic beauty of Appalachia. Leona’s husband and music partner JP Mathes a banjo player, producer, and Appalachian native, has been performing internationally since his teens. Both are cast members on the NETFLIX original series “Swap Shop – Treasure Hunters”. Leona and JP have also produced, performed, and wrote for three Fiddling Leona albums on the Mochi Record Label, featuring mostly original material.

Trey Hensley

Trey Hensley is a Grammy-nominated musician and singer/songwriter and was voted the 2023 “Guitar Player of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association. In addition to a storied solo career and a duo career with resophonic guitarist Rob Ickes, Trey has worked with a diverse list of artists such as Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, Taj Mahal, Old Crow Medicine Show, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and REO Speedwagon.

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2024 Tennessee Songwriters Week