Band: Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival
presents Bobby Tomberlin & Bill LaBounty
Date: Friday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m.
Venue: The Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, www.florabama.com
Tickets: $10, available at the door and
through Flora-Bama’s website

Photo/Kat Speer/smswf.com | Bobby Tomberlin with Bill LaBounty

Photo/Kat Speer/smswf.com | Bobby Tomberlin with Bill LaBounty


The Flora-Bama is not only one of America’s most interesting roadhouses, but this beach-side watering hole is also a haven for songwriters from around the world. The venue fills each weekend with the region’s best songwriters. The Flora-Bama is also the home of the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, the 31st year of which will take place Nov. 5-15. To get the Gulf Coast primed, the venue is hosting two of the music industry’s most accomplished songwriters for an evening in the upstairs main room.

Hailing from Luverne, Alabama, Bobby Tomberlin got into the business as an 11-year-old DJ at WLVN. Since then, he has been a staff writer at Curb Records and penned tunes for a variety of country artists. “One More Day” (Diamond Rio) and “A Good Day to Run” (Darryl Worley) turned into Top 10 hits. He has also appeared on TV shows such as “Opry Backstage,” “Words & Music” and “The Bad Girls Club” on the Oxygen Network.

Bill LaBounty was attracted to a music career in his late teens. This keyboard master boasts impressive solo albums as well as work with artists such as Jennifer Warnes, Patti LaBelle and Peter Cetera. LaBounty has also created his share of memorable songs, including “I Want to Be Loved Like That” by Shenandoah and “Rock My World (Little Country Girl)” by Brooks & Dunn.