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Highway 30A Songwriters Festival Brings Stars to the Beach

by S. Lynne on January 6th, 2017

30A Songwriters Festival venue, Hibiscus Coffee and Guesthouse

John Prine, Cheap Trick, Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, and Shawn Colvin head the exciting lineup of 175 performers participating in this year’s Highway 30A Songwriters Festival. Scheduled for January 13-16, the star-studded event, which also features Parker Millsap, Drivin N Cryin, and Amy LaVere, will be held in a variety of venues, large and small, along the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast.

Other featured artists for this year’s festival include John Fullbright, Over the Rhine, JoJo Hermann (Widespread Panic), Chely Wright, Murray Attaway (Guadalcanal Diary), Sarah Lee Guthrie, Matthew Sweet, Tom Gray (The Brains), Shawn Mullins, Peter Case, John Gorka, Nicole Witt, Farewell Angelina, Jeffrey Steel, Chris Stills, Cory Chisel, Robert Ellis, and Jonny Fritz.

“The talent pool of songwriters is vast and prodigious” said co-Producer Russell Carter. “As the years progress, it is exciting to broaden the horizon and present varied styles of music. It is with especial pride and excitement that we announce Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick to headline the Saturday afternoon stage with their highly melodic crunchy guitar pop songcraft. The greatest purveyor of New Orleans music in its most unique and original form and six-time Grammy winner joins us as well – Dr. John, with both his Yamaha grand piano and the Nite Trippers. Grammy Award-winner and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame legend John Prine brings his love songs, his melancholy tales of life, his social commentary, and his humor to the stage on Sunday afternoon. We also welcome Shawn Colvin, who was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award at the 2016 Americana Honors and Awards Show.”

Proceeds from the Highway 30A Songwriters Festival, now in its eighth year, benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. Weekend passes for the festival cost $275 per person. For more information and to order tickets, visit the 30A Songwriters Festival Website.

Check Out Our Links for Places To Stay

Need a place to stay in the area? Just click on our links at Highway 30-A vacation rentals for details on hotels, condos, and houses offering everything you and your family need for a perfect winter stay at the beach. And make sure you check out all of the specials – some local property management companies will be offering discounted rates and package deals for festival-goers.

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

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








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