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Highway 30A Songwriters Festival Brings Stars to the Beach

by S. Lynne on October 26th, 2017

30A Songwriters Festival venue, Hibiscus Coffee and GuesthouseEmmylou Harris, Steve Earle, and Patti Griffin head the exciting lineup of 175 performers participating in this year’s Highway 30A Songwriters Festival. Scheduled for January 12-15, the star-studded event also features the Zombies, North Mississippi Allstars, Lee Ann Womack, Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), and Shawn Mullins. Slated to perform as well are Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame members Mike Reid and Craig Wiseman. The concerts will be held in a variety of venues, large and small, along scenic Highway 30A.

“It is especially gratifying to confirm Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, and Patty Griffin all in one year for 2018,” said festival co-producer Russell Carter. “They are among the most elite songwriters and performers in contemporary music, and we are very lucky that their schedules aligned with ours.”

Carter went on to point out that the Zombies were part of the British pop songwriters invasion of the 1960s that included Lennon/McCartney and Jagger/Richards. One of Carter’s favorite bands from the era, the Zombies are still well known for their classic hits, including She’s Not There, Tell Her No, and Time of the Season.

Other featured artists for this year’s festival include Tommy Stinson (the Replacements, Bash and Pop), John Gorka, Gretchen Peters, Jeffrey Steele, Kim Ritchey, Mary Gauthier, Jeff Black, Will Kimbrough, Dan Navarro, The War and Treaty, Wyatt Durette, Farewell Angelina, Griffin House, Levi Lowrey, Gabriel Kelley, Michael McDermott, Peter Case, Charlie Mars, Peter Bradley Adams, Chris Stills, Emerson Hart (Tonic), David Ryan Harris (John Mayer Band), David Hodges (Evanescence), Erick Baker, Heather Horton, Jesse Terry, Joe Crookston, Old Salt Union, Peter Karp, Randall Bramblett, Robby Hecht, Don Dixon and Marti Jones, Becky Warren, Alex Guthrie, Jemina and Selina, Mary Bragg, Blue Jays, Josh Osborne, Jaren Johnston, Mark Irwin, Jonathan Singleton, Jeremy Stover, Matt Dragstrem, Adam Hambrick, Jacob Davis, Austin Jenckes, David Berkeley, Davin McCoy, and Matt Hires.

Jackson Browne in concert at the 2016 Highway 30A Songwriters Festival

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame star Jackson Browne greets a welcoming crowd during the 2016 event.

Proceeds from the Highway 30A Songwriters Festival, now in its ninth year, benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. According to CAA executive director and festival co-producer Jennifer Steele, the songwriters festival is the alliance’s largest fundraiser. “One hundred percent of the festival’s net proceeds go back into our non-profit and enable the CAA to continue to be a champion for the arts in Walton County,” said Steele.

Weekend passes for the Highway 30A Songwriters Festival cost $275 per person. Order tickets and find more information online.

Places To Stay during the 30a Songwriters Festival

Need a place to stay in the area? Just click on our links at highway 30a vacation rentals for details on hotels, condos, and houses offering everything you and your family need for a perfect winter stay at the beach. Many of these rentals can be booked online directly from our Website with no extra fees! And make sure you check out all of the specials – some property management companies offer discounted rates and package deals for festival-goers. Also find Hwy 30a Restaurants, Things to do on 30a, and more Hwy 30a Events.

Graham Nash and Chris Stills perform at the 2015 festival. Photo by Dawn Chapman Whitty.

Graham Nash and Chris Stills perform at the 2015 30A Songwriters Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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