Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriters Festival kicks off Wednesday in Downtown Henderson

July 25, 2023, | Henderson, KY – Over twenty award-winning songwriters will return to Henderson for the 13th Annual Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriters Festival. The event will take place in Downtown Henderson this week starting Wednesday evening.

Organizers said they are thrilled to welcome back songwriters who have played on stage alongside Garth Brooks, Lee Brice, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and many more. The stories behind the hit songs we hear on the radio will also be played, by the gals and guys who wrote them. The songwriters have written hits, such as, “Waitin’ on a Woman” by Brad Paisley, “The Dance” by Garth Brooks, “A Women Like You” by Lee Brice, and many more.

The live performances will be held at two venues in downtown Henderson: The Elm and Rookies Sports Bar and Restaurant. Each venue will have live shows each night of the festival. The schedule and information regarding single-session tickets or festival passes is available online at the website,

The funds raised by the 2023 festival will be granted to local non-profits in Henderson.

“We are so grateful to be able to host the annual festival this year to provide funding to local non-profits. We look forward to the tri-state area coming to the festival and getting to hear the stories behind hits we hear on the radio. If you come once, you’re hooked,” said Festival Co-Chair Susie Watkins.

Stay up to date on the festival by visiting the website at, Facebook page or email for any questions.  Tickets can be purchased online at

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