TN Songwriters 2023 Qualifying Round at The Harvester

One of several state-wide Qualifying Rounds of the Fifth Annual Tennessee Songwriters Competition was held for the first time ever at the Harvester Performance & Event Center in Historic Downtown Smithville, Tennessee, on February 2, 2023.  

The event was co-sponsored by the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree, through the efforts of Kim Luton, the new President and Director of the Jamboree board –Kim also arranged for the very prestigious group of judges for the Songwriter Competition event, including:  

Darrin Vincent (of duo Dailey & Vincent, Grammy Award Winner, and Grand Ole Opry Member)

Vanissa Braswell Murphy (past Chair of the Music & Arts Department at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire)

Michelle Canning (Member of the International Bluegrass Music Association and a member of IBMA Songwriters Committee)

James Kee (Member of East Nash Grass, Songwriter, Band Leader of “House Band” at Smithville Jamboree)  

DTC Communications / DTC3 TV was glad to be on-hand to professionally recorded the entire event in 4k with multiple camera angles to air online and on television on the DTC3 TV channel for subscribers to the DTC TV IPTV service. 

It will air on DTC3 at the following times:

Thursday March 9 at 1:00 PM

Friday March 10 at 7:00 PM

Sunday March 12 at 7:00 PM

Wednesday March 15 at 1:00 PM

Thursday March 16 at 7:00 PM

Saturday March 18 at 7:00 PM


Also, you may view it on our YouTube Channel below:

The 20 Songwriters who competed in this round of competition (in order of appearance) at the Harvester were: 

4:36 Soraiya Campbell

9:19 Frankie Thrower 

14:14 Parker Hastings 

18:52 Sarah & Kelly Finck

23:33 Jimmy Garrett 

28:34 Collins Horton 

34:09 Lorianna Carter 

38:03 Todd Perry 

43:27 Alannah McCready

48:30 Tony Banks

52:24 Ellis Griffin

57:26 Garrett Hale

1:01:54 Matt Dillon

1:06:46 Ashley Lynn

1:10:14 Megan Carolan

1:15:11 Lauren Gottshall

1:19:45 Josh Driver

1:25:48 Mick Fury 

1:29:53 Shannon Eastman

1:35:28 Jacob Melton

The winning songwriter who moved on to the regional competition from the Harvester Qualifying Round is Collins Horton, who’s pursuing his dream in Nashville.

1:40:11 Winning Announcement and more songs from Collins Horton

A multitude of thanks to all involved in helping with this great production, especially Bert Driver and Lee Solomon. 

Learn more about the great variety of events at The Harvester

Learn more about Tennessee Songwriters Week