Songwriters’ retreat planned for Carrabelle

Karen Brooks with Carrabelle Mayor Curley Messer

Karen Brooks with Carrabelle Mayor Curley Messer

Lois Swoboda
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 01:35 PM.


A Nashville insider plans to bring a group of songwriters to experience the Forgotten Coast .

Karen Brooks arrived in Carrabelle by boat and liked what she saw. She is still a resident of the waterfront and plans to bring some friends to town to share her new home.

Brooks, born in Dallas, Texas, worked in the music industry for more than a decade, as a background singer with Jerry Jeff Walker, David Allan Coe and Townes Van Zandt, to name a few.

“Faking Love,” a duet she recorded with T. G. Sheppard, topped the chart in 1983.She has also recorded duets with Johnny Cash and Randy Sharp.

Now she has a new project. Brooks wants to help Nashville songwriters reconnect with their working class roots by experiencing the working world first-hand. As part of her project, Brooks said she will bring six songwriters to Carrabelle in April.

On the agenda for the group is an old-fashioned barber shop shave, a historic tour of Carrabelle, a talk on the city by Carrabelle Mayor Curley Messer and other Carrabelle elders, a writers’ workshop at the Carrabelle library and two days on Jim Lycette’s working shrimp boat, the “Pirate’s Sons.”

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