Nashville stars played the hits on Flatbread stage

Emerging Nashville artist Jason Gregory, center, performs alongside Island musicians Garret James, left, and Phil DaRosa. — Photo by Meg Higgins

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The Martha’s Vineyard Songwriting Festival reached its peak on Saturday night with a performance by the Nashville Hitmakers Songwriters at Flatbread Company in Edgartown. The “Hitmakers” included Jim McCormick, Clay Mils, Jay Knowles and Marty Dodson, who have penned hits for country artists such as Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Billy Currington, Lady Antellebellum, Tricia Yearwood, and Brantley Gilbert. Joining the “Hitmakers” on stage was a group of emerging Nashville artists including Lance Carpenter, Jason Gregory, The Wheeler Sisters, Jesse Terry, Sammy Arriaga, Tyler Barham, Morgan Myles, Casey Derhak, and Jilly Martin. Island acts Garrett James and Phil Darosa opened the show. The Songwriting Festival also included workshops, critiques, and a performance at Tivoli Day earlier on Saturday.