Nashville Songwriters Tour
The 2016 Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour has partnered with Boardwalk Beach Resort, Bud & Alley’s, Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village, The Bay and The Hub to bring the finest professional country music songwriters to the beautiful beaches of Northwest Florida. The tour will be held monthly from April – August and Boardwalk Beach Resort is proud to host 5 different performances during this incredible tour! Boardwalk Beach Resort’s show schedule includes the following dates April 9th, May 21st, June 18th, July 9th and August 13th.
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 incredible vocal and musical talent. Guests will have an opportunity, like none other, 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 Boardwalk Beach Resort in Panama City Beach. Meet-and-greets and other special guest amenities will follow each performance.
The final show of the 2016 Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour will feature Nashville-based country music songwriters Shane Minor and Phil “Philbilly” O’Donnell! This free concert will be directly
on the beach at Boardwalk Beach Resort on August 13th. It’s scheduled to get started around 7PM and everyone is invited to attend.
Phil O’Donnell, a Canada native, made his first trip to Nashville in 1983 and began developing his skills as a songwriter. Officially making the move in 1994, O’Donnell has also worked as a musician, playing guitar with many artists including Craig Morgan, Jeff Carson, Kevin Denney, Johnny Lee, and Sherrie Austin.
O’Donnell’s songwriting credits include George Strait, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Parmalee, Easton Corbin, Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Joe Diffie, Clay Walker, Darryl Worley, Rodney Atkins, Tyler Farr, William Michael Morgan, Craig Campbell, Josh Thompson, Justin Moore, Kelly Pickler, Tate Stevens, Scotty McCreery, Trace Atkins, Clint Black, Chris Janson, Matt Mason, Mark Chestnut, Tracy Byrd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt, Gretchen Wilson, Randy Travis, Neal McCoy, Tracy Lawrence, Sammy Kershaw, Tucker Beathard, and many others.
In addition to having a successful career as a songwriter, O’Donnell also has served as producer for artists such as Craig Morgan, Josh Thompson, Keith Anderson, Matt Mason, Gord Bamford, Tyler Deveau, Justin McBride, Chris Janson, Mark Wills, Tara Oram, Jason Blaine, High Valley, Steve Richard, and The Davisson Brothers Band.
If the best songs come from life’s own experiences, Shane Minor has a lot to pull from. On the road that led him to hit songwriting he grew up as a working cowboy’s son and a preacher’s grandson. He started singing in church at 4-years-old and around the same age learned to ride horses and started rodeo’n. After a bad rodeo injury at 20-years-old, Shane rode the brakes for a while unable to heal up. He moved in with his southern Oklahoma grandparents who pastored a church. Shane credits his tenacity and God-fearing spirit to his grandparents — especially his grandmother Elsie Earp, who is the great niece of legendary lawman, Wyatt Earp.
During his teenage and college years, Shane traveled most of California and Oklahoma singing in local Honky Tonks and dives. He would sit-in with complete strangers and local bands and started building up a grassroots following. Not making enough money to support himself, he followed the Earp blue line in his blood. By an accidental twist of fate he took a job with the Los Angeles Police Department as a police officer. Shane worked in Watts in south central Los Angeles. He was in the 1992 Rodney King riots. While working with the LAPD, Shane continued singing around the greater LA area. That’s where he and CMA award-winning producer Dann Huff met. Dann had Shane come to Nashville for label meetings. During the trip Shane was signed by Mercury Records and ended his 9-year stint with the LAPD.
Shane’s self-titled record was released in 1999. “Slave to the Habit”, his first single, went top 10 on the Country Billboard charts. He was Shania Twain’s opening act on her 18-month stadium tour. His video for “Slave to the Habit” won him VH1/MTV awards which were some of the first ever given to country artists. After his journey with Mercury Records, Shane turned down making another record to pursue his love — writing songs. Shane knows his way around the Billboard charts. He has spent time there with his own songs as an artist and a writer. Shane is currently one of Sony Nashville’s most prestigious songwriters. He not only writes but mentors newly-signed artists. He is also an award-winning member of BMI Nashville. If you listen to country radio you will hear a Shane Minor song sung by major artists and rising stars as well.
Shane has written for Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Cole Swindell, Parmalee, Jamey Johnson, Eric Church, Easton Corbin, Rascal Flatts, Brantley Gilbert, Randy Houser, Justin Moore, Chase Rice, Chris Young, Diamond Rio, Clay Walker, Craig Morgan, Neal McCoy, Tyler Farr, The Farm, Kevin Fowler, Rodney Atkins, Love and Theft, Brett Michaels, Josh Thompson, Trace Adkins, and many more.