The Panama City Songwriter Underground is a group of local artists who banded together to create a special showcase for the talent that often goes unnoticed in a thriving music scene — the songwriters who live among us. 

Come get a taste of some of the best music you never heard on Wednesday, November 1, from 4-10 p.m. at Mosey’s Downtown, 425 Grace Ave, Panama City, FL. 

Tickets are only $15!


Songwriter Sessions at Thistle & Thorne

Hosted by Lucky Mud and Michael R. J. Roth

Lucky Mud and Michael R.J.Roth host this evening of original songs and the stories behind them! We invite a songwriter to be our guest each Thursday! October 26 our featured songwriter is Michael Lister! Join us in this intimate, listening room atmosphere in the cozy corner at Thistle & Thorne! 304 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida.

The Price of a Song: Writing More Dangerous Lyrics

Gulf Coast State College Education Encore Program

This course will look at the basics of modern songwriting, and explore ways to break the rules of composing lyrics that avoid cliches and stand out in unexpected ways to grab the attention of the listener.

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Fridays, 9/22/2023 - 10/27/2023

Gulf Coast State College Education Encore Program 



Play Music in the Porch Day

a world-wide event makes its debut in Lynn Haven

Play Music in the Porch Day, a world-wide event, makes its debut in Lynn Haven FL indoors and outdoors at Roberts Hall, Wild Root Coffee Shop and An Audience of One. Michael R. J. Roth will be playing  inside at the Wild Root coffeehouse at 2:30.




Michael R. J. Roth at capstone house

Saturday, August 12, 6 p.m.

First in a series of showcases of local songwriters in a  listening Room environment. Michael R. J. Roth is the lyric winner of national and international song competitions, and dozens of other awards. Roth has been called "a cool dark troubadour...a modern day poet not unlike Townes Van Zandt" and a "Jedi songwriter," evoking a mix of Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash, Jason Isbell and others with lyrics known for their intriguing imagery and "deep, profound truth." Lori McKenna called him "Brilliant."


Knot rite taproom garden party

July 25, 6-9 p.m.

Hosted by Michael Lister, the Knot Rite Taproom Garden Party features four of Panama City's noted songwriters - Lucky Mud (Mike & Maggie McKinney), Melissa Bowman, Michael Lister and Michael R. J. Roth - presenting their original music at a cool patio brewery in St. Andrews at 1010 Beck Ave. 

Monday night little fest @Mosey's

Corey Hall, Rick Ilowite, Rob caserotti, Michael R. J. Roth

Come to Panama City's newest listening rooms, featuring original music by local songwriters. July 17, 6-9 p.m. 425 Grace Ave, Panama City, FL,

Michael R. J. Roth joins any Sunday songwriters

July 16 at 3 p.m. Central

Any Sunday Songwriters is  an online event hosted by Jan Seides on July 16 at 3 p.m. Central. Joining us will be Lisa Walker. BYOB.

You have a choice of how to join. On Zoom, go to

Meeting # 854 8435 8638 Passcode: 358342

It will also be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube:



Lie’brary on Beck in Panama City, Florida

I’ll be returning to the Lie’brary on Beck in Panama City, Florida next Wednesday, July 12, for Michael Lister’s Words, Music & Images concert series, along with Britt Gonzalez. Come enjoy a listening room experience while I bare my ragged soul. Side effects may include vertigo, loneliness, epiphanies, rapture and words buzzing in your head. Consult your doctor.

Songs for Easy Heroes