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Special Events during the Festival

11/17, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Tennessee Whiskey: Dean Dillon Story Screening
Flora-Bama Main Room
17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, Florida
One of the things most compelling about this documentary is how it reveals the storytelling ability of Dean Dillon. Not only has Dillon had an extraordinary life, written extraordinary songs, but his ability to make you a part of it is downright magical. - Outlaw Magazine


11/17 7:30pm – 8:45pm
Dean Dillon & Jim McBride - “LB's Pals”
Flora-Bama Main Room
17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, Florida
A tribute to Larry Butler from pals Dean and Jim.


11/18 10:00am - 2:30pm
Workshop Seminar
Phoenix X Condominiums Meeting Room
29576 Perdido Beach Boulevard (next to Flora-Bama)
This year’s panel promises to be a great one, with hit writers, experts in songcraft,
song placement, booking and one of our all time favorite publishers.
FREE. For more info, contact Andy Haynes –

11/18 2:00pm - 5:45pm
Joe Gilchrist hosting “Legends Tribute”
With Rusty Budde, John Joiner, Larry T. Wilson & Mac Walter
Flora-Bama Main Room
17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, Florida
Saluting our wonderful songwriting friends who are no longer with us.
Larry Butler, Wayne Carson, Todd Cerney, Hank Cochran, Bill Clampit, Richard
Fagan, Joey Feek, Mike Fincher, Flash Flanagan, Lorna Flowers, Larry Henley,
David Johnson, Kacey Jones, Red Lane, Billy Earl McCllelland, Rusty McHugh,
Wayne Mills, Mickey Newbury, Jody Payne, Carey Pitts, Freddy Powers, Curly
Putman, Clyde Smith, Dave Watkins, Larry Jon Wilson and many others.
Saluting the wonderful friends (songwriters and others) of the Festival who can
no longer be here. Throughout the years, we have been fortunate to have these people visit and live in our area. They have helped us use music to make the world a better place. These friends will always have a place in our hearts and memories.  They are gone but never forgotten.



11/19 10:00 am - 1:00pm
Catherine Powers Pancake and Egg Breakfast 
Ole River Bar
17400 Perdido Key Drive
Please sign up on Catherine's Guest list at Flora-Bama Registration Table
if you plan to attend.  Bring your guitars if you'd like.

11/19 10:30pm - 11:45pm
Dixie Flyers close the Festival
Flora-Bama Main Room
17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, Florida
A rare appearance from a band we all know and love.
Rock Killough, Larry T. Wilson, John Joiner, Darrell Roberts & Mac Walter


Country music fans are in for a real treat during the 2017 Foo Foo Festival.  Legendary songwriter, Grammy winner, and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Don Schlitz, will perform November 10th at the Larry Butler Tribute in Pensacola, Fla.

If his name doesn’t ring a bell, here’s what you should know about the legendary songwriter.

Don Schlitz is one of the most influential and beloved songwriters in country music history and was the brainchild behind the 1978 hit song “The Gambler,” which was made famous by Kenny Rogers. “The Gambler” won Don Schlitz a Grammy for Best Country Song in 1978 and the Country Music Association’s Best Song Award in 1979.

Schlitz’s success continued, for four consecutive years, he won ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year, three CMA Song of the Year Awards and two AMA Song of the Year Awards. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association Hall of Fame in 1993, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City in 2012. This year is a special year because in October 2017, Don will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

His songs have helped establish the careers of many country music singers such as Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, The Judds, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tanya Tucker, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Keith Whitley, Alison Krauss, and many others.

Whether you’re a country music fan or an aspiring songwriter/musician, you do not want to miss the Don Schlitz performance, during the 4th Annual Foo Foo Festival, and a tribute to Larry Butler.

Join us 11/15/17 from 7:30 -9:00 for a special evening with Don Schlitz at Flora-Bama Lounge in the Main Room.

2017 FBISF T-Shirts
and posters are available in the
Flora-Bama Gift Shop!
click here


2017 Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival poster by Alan Woolford!

Available for purchase at the Flora-Bama Gift Shop




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NOVEMBER 9-19, 2017


The 33rd annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival will feature more than 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters in venues along the Florida / Alabama Gulf Coast from November 9-19, 2017.  The festival is an opportunity for seasoned and aspiring songwriters and musicians from all over the world to have their songs heard, and for the public to learn the stories behind the lyrics that only the song’s author can express.  During this exciting 11 day festival, performers will be hosted in over two dozen venues from Downtown Pensacola and Perdido Key, Florida, into Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Bon Secour and Silverhill, Alabama.   

Who was Frank Brown?


The festival is dedicated to the late Frank Brown, who was night watchman at the Flora~Bama for 28 years, and whose moral values, integrity and strength of character still endure. Mr. Frank, as he was known by all, (was 91 years old when he retired) was featured on Paul Harvey's syndicated radio show, "The Rest of the Story."

At the club, Mr. Frank wore a pair of matched revolvers, slung low, but he didn't have to use them. Usually it was enough to say, "Now, you boys don't have to be like that. What would yo' mamma say?" All the regulars knew and respected him. He was as much a part of the Bama as the sunrise was a part of the night. He didn't worry too much about material things. He thought: success is when a man gets what he wants; happiness is when a man wants what he's got. He was in his glory, just staying around listening to the music.

He was the last person the performers saw at closing time. Mr. Frank was 93 years old when he passed away in 1988, and he left a legacy that we can all share. Some say his spirit still lives on in the celebration of the music. He still lives on today in the memories of those who were fortunate enough to have known him. It is those fond memories that drive all of us that are involved in the festival to ensure that it continues year after year. The atmosphere here just seems to inspire collaboration and inspiration. A lot of the songwriters are not household names, but their songs are. It is impossible to list or describe the songwriters, musicians and performers that participate in this festival. It's a living museum, that's what it is."

Welcome first time Venues
for FBISF Songwriters'



Perdido Key