Kaleidoscope Summer Fine Arts Camp June 25-29
The Mickey Newbury Gathering returns to the Gulf Coast May 24-27 with nightly shows at the newly re-opened New Malibu Lounge in Warrington, a Saturday afternoon Legends show from the Flora-Bama Lounge main stage and an afternoon guitar pull at The Ashton Suites on Navy Blvd.
Barbara and Felix Manion from Baird, Texas will be participating in the event by bringing their BBQ trailer to serve BBQ all weekend
Newbury performed many times at the FBISF. After his passing in 2002, a number of fans decided to have an annual gathering to honor him and his music. Originally staged in this area, the gathering moved to Texas for several years, but, led by Frank Brown Songwriters Festival founder Joe Gilchrist, it returned to the Gulf Coast in 2016.
Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 1980, Newbury has had his songs covered by hundreds of artists. Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, Andy Williams and Eddy Arnold all had hits with his work. Over a 35 year period, Mickey recorded 25 albums, earning critical acclaim and legendary status among his fellow songwriters.
Saturday’s Tribute To Legends special event at the Flora-Bama will be dedicated to the music of other members of the FBISF songwriter family who are no longer alive. Attendees will be treated to the songs of Wayne Carson, Hank Cochran, Mike Fincher, Larry Henley, Red Lane, Rusty McHugh, Jody Payne, Freddy Powers, Larry Jon Wilson and others.
Gilchrist was a fan of Newbury’s for 25 years before, through mutual friend Bo Roberts, he was able to recruit the songwriter to the area from Oregon for two shows at The Flora-Bama in the early 1990’s.
“He had a record deal fall apart before that and he left Nashville swearing he would never step foot east of the Mississippi again,’’ Gilchrist said. “We talked him into coming for four days. The first time he came, he stayed for a month. The second time he stayed for six months.’’
Mickey’s son Chris, an accomplished musician and vocalist himself, lives on Perdido Key and will be part of the gathering.
Other artists confirmed for the event include Jonmark Stone, Doug Gill, Lynn Langham, John Joiner, Nick Branch, Mac Walter, Karen & Don McNatt, Troy Martin, Larry and Gale Book and Rusty Budde. The gathering will also feature book signings with Terry Jennings, son of Waylon Jennings, and Freddy Powers’ wife Catherine.
“It will be a songwriting smorgasbord for a lot of people who loved Mickey’s music,’’ Gilchrist said.
Gilchrist said the annual gatherings honoring Newbury have been held every year since he died because of social media networking. Past gatherings have been held in Oregon, where Newbury moved after leaving Nashville, and his native Texas.
Born in Houston, Mickey pursued his songwriting dream after three years in the Air Force. He lived in a ’54 Pontiac and traveled around playing gigs and working on shrimp boats ‘til signing his first publishing contract in 1964.
In 1968, Mickey saw huge success; three number one songs and one number five – across four different charts; Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) on the Pop/Rock chart by the First Edition, Sweet Memories on Easy Listening by Andy Williams, Time is a Thief on the R&B chart by Solomon Burke, and Here Comes the Rain Baby on the Country chart by Eddy Arnold. This feat has not been repeated.
Mickey Newbury Gathering Schedule
Thursday, May 24
4- 6 p.m.: Meet & Greet; New Malibu Lounge
6 p.m. – Open Mic; New Malibu Lounge
Friday, May 25
Noon – 4 p.m.: Guitar pull; Ashton Inn & Suites
6 p.m.: Music at New Malibu Lounge
Saturday, May 26
2-6 p.m.: Legends Show; Flora-Bama Main Stage
7 p.m.: Music at New Malibu Lounge
Sunday May 27
1 p.m.: Sunday Brunch; New Malibu Lounge
3 p.m.: Music at New Malibu Lounge