North of Nashville

The DECC, in conjunction with BoPro Productions, presents:

North of Nashville, a songwriters showcase

We’re bringing Nashville to the Northland for an intimate concert in Harbor Side Ballroom.

There you’ll enjoy professional songwriters singing their best know works – while telling you the backstory of the music itself and how it got to be a song you know and love.

There will be food and drinks, with a Lift Bridge view, while taking in this FREE performance.

It will be an evening to remember.

Our singer-songwriter stars include:

BUFFY LAWSON, who has dueted with Neil Diamond on the Tonight Show and had songs recorded by Bo Bice, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers, and Dolly Parton.

HEIDI PACK, The frontwoman for the popular Whiskey Trail Band

SHANE NELSON, winner of the Northland Idol contest and holder of an American Idol “silver ticket”

BO ALLEN, With lots of Nashville time under his belt, Bo collaborated with such talents as Dolly Parton, Ned Betty, Brooke Hogan. Now he’s a sought-after local talent here in the Northland and co-host of the event.

The event will also be co-hosted by Chris Allen, Northland country music radio personality and music lover.


AND Immediately following the event, head over to SPURS on FIRST for the official North of Nashville After Party!

Party starts at 8pm — Whiskey Trail will take the stage at 8:30 pm.

109 W. First Street, Downtown Duluth

North of Nashville thanks B105, bopro productions, MerryWeather Inn and SPURS on FIRST with its generous support of this event




And maybe YOU could be on stage, too!

We are also using this event to help introduce a few new artists.

North of Nashville is hosting a songwriters’ contest – with submissions accepted right now through Friday, January 21 at midnight CST

The grand prize winner will receive:

-1 professionally produced music video of artist and song

-1-year membership to Midwest Country Music Organization (MCMO)

-A coveted performance slot in front of the big crowd at Duluth’s Fourth Fest on July 4, 2022 at Bayfront Festival Park

A night at the beautiful MerryWeather Inn with a chef’s choice dinner


The short rules:

-Must submit a sample of an original song of no more than 1.5 minutes long in MP3 or MP4 format via email ( or via the hashtag #nonDECC. (Please email us to ensure we see your tag and can contact you.)

– This contest is aimed toward the very broad genre of country/folk style music

-Submissions due: Friday, January 21 at midnight CST.
– Selected finalists must perform at the Feb 5, North of Nashville concert in order be to eligible to win the prize package. The grand prize winner must also have a studio-produced sound file of their song by the time of the video production.

Official Rules

1. The North of Nashville song contest is open to any songwriter. Contestants must be at least 13 years of age. Each contestant must provide accurate contact information or no prizes will be awarded. Closing and announcement dates may be changed without notice.

2. Each song submitted must be your original work.

3. Songs selected as finalists will be performed by its creator at the February 5, 2022 event at the DECC.

4. All entries must be received by no later than midnight, two weeks after we launch. Neither the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) or Bopro Productions (therein, referred to as ‘submission partners’) are responsible for lost, damaged or misdirected entries, nor for the quality of the sound files of the song.

5. Entrants agree that if their song is a winner of any prize in the contest, the sponsors and submission partners will have the right to the use of their names and likeness for purposes of trade in connection with the Contest, and reprint the winning songs on their social or website or in an awards ceremony or to radio stations for promotion.

6. By accepting the prize, winner releases North of Nashville, the DECC, and Bopro Productions of any and all liability regarding the contest, performance, and any prizes awarded. All warranties and performance of service promised is the sole responsibility of the sponsor providing such service. Any contest winner under the legal age of 18 must provide the express written consent of a parent or legal guardian within 48 hours of notification in order to receive prizes and/or promotion through the contest sponsors.

7. Entrants retain all publishing rights to their song(s).

8. Entries may not infringe upon any existing copyright or other rights of a third party. By submitting an entry, the entrant agrees to release North of Nashville, from any and all liability for copyright infringement of any entry submitted by the entrant. Contestants will be eliminated for false registration, making false claims, or cheating.

9. Songs in violation of any copyright not owned by the contestant will be eliminated. Participants agree that all Live event video performances, pictures, phone videos, submissions and final music video can and will be used for promotional purposes for the DECC and Bopro

10. Additions or deletions to these rules may be made at the discretion of North of Nashville and may be enacted at any time.

11. The selection of contest winners by North of Nashville and its judges is final. Arrangements for receiving all prizes, unless otherwise specified, must be made within seven days of announcing the winners. It is the responsibility of the winners to claim prizes within the seven days provided. All unclaimed prizes will be forfeited, and North of Nashville may award any unclaimed prize at the end of the grace period to a contest runner-up. All prizes are non-transferable and void where prohibited by law. No cash substitution of prizes is allowed.

12. One entry per participant, please.

13. Winners will be notified by email and/or social media.