The Film

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A documentary that chronicles the history and character of the legendary country songwriters who flock every year to the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival, held at the famous Flora-Bama Lounge, to tell their stories and bare their souls on the most intimate of stages.

Since 1984, the Gulf of Mexico’s famous Flora-Bama Lounge has played host to a gathering of songwriters from all over the world. From the country legends of old to the latest crop of budding troubadours, these are the voices behind the songs. This documentary isn’t just an ode to these characters, but to the timeless, unifying power of music itself.

Compiled from over thirty years’ worth of rare, never-before-seen footage, Stories in Rhyme is a journey through music history, guided by renowned Nashville music journalist Robert K. Oermann and Joe Gilchrist himself, the “Godfather of the Country Songwriter Festival Movement.” Full of riveting live performances and heartfelt testimonials, the film explores the art form, the inspiration and the camaraderie of these colorful songsters as they gather to tell their stories down on the snow-white beaches of the Florida-Alabama line.


…More Stories

Mr. Frank

The songwriters share stories about Mr. Frank Brown. As the original nighwatchman of the Flora-Bama lounge, Mr. Frank’s love and guidance inspired Joe Gilchrist to create the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival in 1984.

Larry Jon Wilson

Introducing Larry Jon Wilson, the greatest storyteller and wordsmith you’ve never heard of.


The songwriters discuss where it all comes from, and how an idea can materialize any time, anywhere.