All Passes previously purchased will be at Will Call starting at 5:30 pm each night in the lobby of Delizio in the purchasers name. Tickets still available at the door $15 night pass to all venues for 1 night or $8 per show as seats remain. First come first serve.



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4 Days of Performances by America's Best Singer/Songwriters!

Where lively musical performances introduce audiences to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs!

Riders & Writers

Notable "writers" from the songfest will converge on Ellis Park. Free entertainment samples between the races! Come Meet the Songwriters!

Jason Matthews and Kerry Kurt Phillips

Kerry Kurt Phillips acknowledges if a guitar was not put in his hands at the age of eight years old, there is no telling where he’d be! He is a prime example of what an arts education for youth can turn into.

Jason Matthews, Kerry Kurt Phillips and Wynn Varble

Jason Matthews launches into his and Kerry Kurt's top ten song recorded by Kevin Denny "That's Just Jessie".


Make Your Plans Now To Attend This Top Shelf Songwriter Event!


Award-Winning Songwriter, Henderson Native and Songfest Host Along with Kerry's Amazing Friends

See this past festival's detailed Bio's by following the Songwriters Link above
At-A Glance Look at the previous 2013 List:

Tony Arata - Casey Bethard - Jim "Moose" Brown - Lisa Carver - Larry Cordle -Billy Crain - Dan Demay - Jeffrey East - Scotty Emerick - Rebecca Lynn Howard - Dan Isbell - Brandon Kinney - J. Fred Knobloch - Kendell Marvel - Jason Matthews - Jimmy Melton - Lance Miller - Wil Nance - Phil O'Donnell - Buddy Owens - Joel Shewmake - Bob Regan - Leslie Satcher - Mark Alan Springer - Jamie Teachenor - Wynn Varble - Joe West - Steve Williams:

Click here to download the 2013 Sandy Lee Songfest Schedule!

Benefiting RiverBend Academy

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July 17, 20139 months ago

Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriter’s Festival


July 31-August 3 Events

Boasts 29 Headliners, 22 Shows, Auction, Workshop & Competition

HENDERSON, Ky. (July 17, 2013) -- Writers of blockbuster songs like Jimmy Buffet’s “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes No Shirt No Problems,” Darryl Worley’s “It Sounds Like Life To Me," and Garth Brook’s “The Dance,” only skims the surface of some top hits created by elite songwriter’s coming to Henderson, July 31- Aug. 3.

Twenty-nine accomplished Nashville songwriters who include Grammy award winners and nominees, stage performers in major bands, record producers, publishers and more will all come to share their love of songwriting and share their chart topping hits. These talented individuals will be playing their songs and telling the stories behind them, at the Fourth Annual Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriters Festival featuring Henderson native and award winning songwriter, Kerry Kurt Phillips and friends. (See above links for each of the Songwriter's Profiles).

There will be 22 shows in four days; two sets nightly in three downtown Henderson venues giving a true Nashville feel to the festivities. The three locations within one downtown walking block will be Rookies Sports Bar on 2nd Street, Delizio Restaurant on 2nd in the first floor of the Soaper Building and RiverBend Academy in the 2nd floor of the Soaper building at 2nd and Main. See Performance Schedule

Tickets are now on sale through the online ticket link

All Access Passes must be purchased in advance before July 30 and provide the best value while giving patrons VIP early entry seating over general door admission. Individual select shows may be bought at the door of venues as long as space allows in each show. Read more
June 10, 201310 months ago

SLW Songfest 2013 Promo Video

2012 - SLW Songfest 2013 Promo 2

May 29, 201310 months ago

Steve Williams - writer of the #1 hit "Redneck Yacht Club", added to 2013 Line-up!

Steve Williams’ songs are featured on 3 gold records. “Where Have I Been All My Life” recorded by George Strait has been heralded as one of the most poignant songs of Strait’s career and is featured on “Twang” (2009 release). “Redneck Yacht Club” (recorded by Craig Morgan), went to #1 in 2005 and became one of the most downloaded songs of the year. ASCAP called it “The summer song of the year.” It’s popularity spawned several businesses and the official website Buddy Jewell’s debut album also went gold and features Williams’ song, “O’Reilly Luck”.