Front Porch Pickin’ Songwriter Competition

Front Porch Pickin’ Songwriter Competition

Friday, July 7, 2017 | 7:00 PM | Main Stage, Downtown Lenoir

A Blue Ridge Music Trail Event

This event is booked with participants. Please continue to visit us for updates on next year’s events. We hope you will come see the competition!

Musicians are invited to enter the Front Porch Pickin’ Songwriter competition and compete for cash prizes for their original songs during our Blackberry Pre-Heat Party in Downtown Lenoir.

On Friday, July 7th, each musician/band will perform at the main stage in Downtown Lenoir by the Beer Garden. Regional musicians will act as judges to choose the top 3 songwriters of the night. The songs will be judged on originality of lyrics, creativity within the genre, melody composition, and overall performance.

Winners will be announced at the end of the Front Porch Pickin’ on Friday night. On Saturday, July 8, the 3 winners will have the opportunity to take the Main Stage as performers for the NC Blackberry Festival at 3:30 PM, with their best song, chosen by the judges.

Guidelines/Requirements: You may sign up as a band or an individual. At least one stringed instrument is required. Each performer is allotted 10 minutes or two original songs, whichever comes first. Bringing your own instrument cables is recommended, but not required.

You must register to get a spot! To register, contact Abigail at the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce at 828-726-0616, or email her at Please include your name, contact info, and how many band members, instruments and songs you will have. Also two sentences or less of bio info about you or your band, what genre you would categorize your yourself/band in, and a photo you’d like to represent you.

Once you get a spot: Contestants are asked to be at the Main Stage, on the corner of West and Ashe, at 5:00 PM on July 7th for soundcheck. (Let Abigail know if you have an issue with making it for soundcheck.)

First place $200   |   Second place $100   |   Third place $50