LAST YEARS FESTIVAL:
The 8th annual 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL- set for January 13-16, 2017 - has announced the initial line-up for the 2017 celebration of singers and songs. The festival, held in venues along scenic Highway 30A in Florida's South Walton County, will feature headline performances from esteemed artists JOHN PRINE, CHEAP TRICK, DR. JOHN & THE NITE TRIPPERS, SHAWN COLVIN, MATTHEW SWEET, TODD SNIDER, AND PARKER MILLSAP.
Featured artists in venues at night on 30A include Darrell Scott, Drivin N Cryin, Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project, Gary Louris (Jayhawks), Amy LaVere, John Fullbright, Over the Rhine, JoJo Hermann (Widespread Panic), Chely Wright, Murray Attaway (Guadalcanal Diary), Sarah Lee Guthrie, Tom Gray (The Brains), Shawn Mullins, Peter Case, John Gorka, Nicole Witt, and Farewell Angelina.
Among the total of 175 stellar songwriters who will perform and have distinguished themselves in bands and on pop charts in various genres of music are Ellis Paul, Stephen Kellogg, Jonny Fritz, Cory Chisel, Robert Ellis, Secret Sisters, Michelle Malone, Peter Holsapple (the dBs), Bob Schneider, Dan Navarro, Charlie Mars, Willis Alan Ramsey, Griffin House, Ty Herndon, Joe Purdy, Tommy Womack, David Ryan Harris (John Mayer band), Chris Stills, David Hodges (Evanescence), Emerson Hart (Tonic), Jeffrey Steele, Steve Poltz, Jack Ingram, Bonnie Bishop, AJ Ghent Band, Dan Bern, Seth Walker, Deana Carter, Towne, Caroline Spence, Robby Hecht, Lari White, Nikki Lane, Jonathan Tyler, Kyle Jacobs, Joe Leathers, Ben Glover, Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses), Billy Montana, Daphne Willis, Sean McConnell, Eliot Bronson, Lilly Winwood, and Elise Davis.
“The talent pool of songwriters is vast and prodigious” muses 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 & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick to headline the Saturday afternoon stage with their highly melodic crunchy guitar pop songcraft. They will rock and reverberate Grand Boulevard to the eastern tip of 30A and back! The greatest purveyor of New Orleans music in its most unique and original form & 6-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 & Awards Show. Come early and catch rising star Parker Millsap on his way to fame and fortune rounding out the bill of superlative songwriters.
The 30A Songwriters Festival production team transforms amphitheaters, town halls, restaurants, theaters, bars and covered patios into unique music venues ranging in capacity from 75 to 500 seats indoors and 5,000 outdoors. Festival weekend passes are now available for $275 and can be purchased at www.30asongwritersfestival.com, and locally in South Walton at the Cultural Arts Alliance office and at Central Square Records in Seaside.
Download the 30ASWF Phone App
Before you pack up and head to South Walton for the festival, make sure you download the official 30ASWF app for your Android or iPhone. Our app will be your best friend as you navigate 25 stages of music along Scenic Hwy 30A over three days and provide you with the most updated schedule, artist bios, shuttle location, venue information and more.
The 30A Songwriters Festival exclusive radio station is here!
The 30A Songwriters Festival has partnered with GigDog.fm to create an exclusive online radio station featuring the upcoming 2017 artists.
Hear them here before you hear them live!