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The 9th annual 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL — set for January 12-15, 2018 — has announced that Ann Wilson of Heart will join the HEADLINERS for the 2018 celebration of singers and songs. The festival, held in venues along scenic Highway 30A in Florida’s South Walton County, has also announced additions to this year’s stellar lineup, including Kathy Mattea, Paul Thorn, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Ed Roland, James McMurtry, Hayes Carll, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ and Ruthie Foster. Additions to the 2018 lineup include John Driskell Hopkins, Bob Schneider, The Secret Sisters, Webb Wilder, Bonnie Bishop, Seth Walker, Elise Davis, Kevn Kinney, Daphne Willis, Tommy Talton, Sugarcane Jane, The Mulligan Brothers, Adron, Tom Gray, Liz Longley, Grayson Capps, Chastity Brown, Gurufish, Caroline Spence, The Mastersons, Vanessa Peters, The Tall Pines, Michigan Rattlers, Cooper Carter, Chasing Lovely, The Ormewoods, Silver Alchemy, Tamara Stewart, Patterson Barrett, Carly Burruss, Ian Fitzgerald, Leah Calvert, Chris Alvarado, Sera Cahoone, Clarence Bucaro, The Mosleys, Mando Saenz, ESOEBO, and The Wide Open.
HEADLINERS previously confirmed for main stage performances in presenting partner Grand Boulevard’s Town Center include esteemed artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, The Zombies, North Mississippi Allstars and Lee Ann Womack. Also confirmed for premier nighttime performances are Charles Kelly of Lady Antebellum, Patty Griffin, Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls with her solo Murmuration Nation band, Shawn Mullins and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame members Mike Reid and Craig Wiseman.
Among the 175 stellar songwriters who will perform at the 2018 Festival are Tommy Stinson (the Replacements, Bash & Pop), John Gorka, Gretchen Peters, Jeffrey Steele, Kim Richey, Mary Gauthier, Jeff Black, Will Kimbrough, Dan Navarro, The War & 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 & 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, Matt Hires, David Robert King, Eliot Bronson, and Michelle Malone.
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. A variety of festival weekend passes are now available starting at $280 and can be purchased at www.30asongwritersfestival.com, and locally in South Walton at the Cultural Arts Alliance office in Santa Rosa Beach, the Foster Gallery in Grand Boulevard and at Central Square Records in Seaside.
“The 2018 Festival lineup is shaping up to be the best ever combination of Americana, Country, Folk, Alternative and Blues songwriters” says Russell Carter, Festival Co-Producer. “The 30A Songwriters Festival is a unique cultural event like no other in this area. The Festival brings together nearly every South Walton community and many businesses to showcase our home as a destination not only for its beautiful beaches but also for its musical and creative excellence, which is the purpose of the Cultural Arts Alliance,” says Jennifer Steele, the Executive Director and Festival Co-Producer. “The Festival is critical to the mission of the Cultural Arts Alliance and by far our biggest fundraiser. 100% 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.”
The 30A Songwriters Festival has once again teamed up with NPR’s Folk Alley, a multi-media music service produced by WKSU. Folk Alley will be on site throughout the weekend producing unique sessions interviewing artists and filming and recording performances in a home studio on 30A. The in-studio Sessions are aired on the syndicated Folk Alley Radio Show. The Sessions from the 30A Songwriters Festival are archived as well at folkalley.com. ASCAP returns as a sponsor and hosts a three-night series of up-and-coming and seasoned songwriters in the round and late night artist parties.
Four-course VIP dinners hosted by award-winning guest chefs are being offered on Friday and Saturday nights. Both dinners will include wine pairings by Adam Caperton as well as special musical guests to be announced at a later date. VIP tickets offering premium seating on the lawn at Grand Boulevard for the headline shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and access to the VIP tent serving complementary food, beer, wine and cocktails are available online at www.30asongwritersfestival.com. Additional VIP offerings include various all weekend transportation packages for parties of two up to 12 as well as a special night of music and free craft beers at the local based Grayton Beer Company Taproom.
A 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
Ann Wilson of Heart
Ann Wilson likes to say this tour is the next step of her personal journey. The step that puts it all together. All of the songs that make up the essence of Ann Wilson will be on display; Heart songs, songs from Ann’s solo projects, and songs that have influenced and inspired Ann throughout her life. The show, like the woman herself, will know no bounds, Joined – not backed – by a band of true artists Ann’s true voice will be heard. Ann says, “A beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production… The music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life; iconic soul stirring covers, songs from my years of solo work and the unforgettable songs of Heart.
Three-time Grammy Award-winning Americana artist Steve Earle is also an author, film and television actor (HBO’s The Wire and Treme), a radio host for the Outlaw Country Channel on Sirius XM Radio, and a political activist. Earle’s songs have been used in more than 50 films and have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Baez, and Waylon Jennings. His new album, So You Wannabe an Outlaw,backed by his longtime band, The Dukes, is Earle’s homage to outlaw music.
Patty Griffin is a Grammy-Award winning artist whose first two albums, Living With Ghostsand Flaming Red are considered seminal albums in the singer-songwriter genre, while Children Running Though won Best Album and led to her being named Best Artist at the 2007 Americana Music Awards. She won the Grammy for Downtown Church, her 2010 gospel album. Her songs have been covered by a myriad of artists including Emmylou Harris, The Dixie Chicks, Joan Baez and Bette Midler.
The second U.K. band following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America, the Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with their 1960’s hit singles “She’s Not There”, “Tell Her No” and the chart-topping single “Time of the Season” from their album Odessey & Oracle, ranked #100 in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” The Zombies are back in the new Millennium and have experienced a major resurgence with two U.K. and five U.S tours in the past few years (including SXSW, NYC’s SummerStage, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival and Milwaukee SummerFest).
Lee Ann Womack
Womack’s 2000 single, “I Hope You Dance” was a major crossover music hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart and the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her signature song. Four of Womack’s six studio albums have received a Gold certification or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America. She has received five Academy of Country Music Awards, six Country Music Association Awards, and a Grammy Award. She has sold over six million albums worldwide. Her new album, The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone, will be released October 27th.
Emily Saliers is one half of the Grammy Award-winning folk rock duo Indigo Girls along with Amy Ray. Over the years, Indigo Girls have sold over 15 million albums worldwide, earning six Grammy nominations. Saliers has written many of the Indigo Girls stand-outs, including “Closer To Fine,” “Galileo” and “Get Out The Map.” Thirty years into one of the most storied careers in popular music, Saliers decided to record her debut solo album, Murmuration Nation,revealing a new side of Saliers’ artistry and exploring the kind of rhythmically centered, globally inspired music that’s always held a place in her heart. Find information on her record and solo tour dates this Fall HERE.
Shawn Mullins developed a successful career as singer songwriter troubadour and producer of his own self released albums in the 90’s. His career blew up internationally in 1998 with the release of Soul’s Core on Columbia Records and its number one hit “Lullaby,” for which he was nominated for a Grammy. Many successes have followed: Shimmer was included on the Dawson’s Creek soundtrack and became a theme song for the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics. “All in My Head ” was featured in the first episode of Scrubs. Mullins, together with Matthew Sweet and Pete Droge formed the Thorns in 2002 and released a critically acclaimed self-titled record. “Beautiful Wreck” topped the Triple A charts in 2006. Mullins co-wrote the Zac Brown Band’s No. 1 Country tune “Toes.” His most recent album, My Stupid Heart, was released in 2015. Shawn is now planning a double album re-recording of Soul’s Core called Soul’s Core Revival, to be released on the 20th anniversary of the original release in July 2018. Join his PledgeMusic campaign and preorder the album HERE.
Net proceeds from the 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL benefit the CAA and help it to fulfill its mission to advance the arts throughout Walton County. Members of the CAA receive a 10% discount off weekend passes and admission to an exclusive performance on Wednesday, January 10th. Call (850) 622-5970 to become a member and take advantage of the discount.
For more information on the 2018 30A Songwriters Festival, including constant updates on confirmed artists, venues, and ticket purchase information, visit www.30asongwritersfestival.com.
About the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, Inc. is the officially designated local arts agency that serves as an umbrella organization and supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The vision of the CAA is to be the catalyst for Walton County’s growth as a center for artistic and cultural excellence through which lives are enriched, economy is stimulated and community is strengthened. www.culturalartsalliance.com
About Russell Carter Artist Management
Russell Carter Artist Management is a full service artist management firm that has worked with national recording artists since 1990. Prior to forming RCAM, Russell Carter practiced entertainment law in Atlanta for ten years. RCAM produces the 30A Songwriters Festival together with the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, and books and produces the Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival in Alpharetta, GA in conjunction with the City of Alpharetta.
About Presenting Sponsor Grand Boulevard at Sandestin
Grand Boulevard at Sandestin is the shop, dine, play and stay Town Center located in the heart of South Walton, offering an array of shopping and dining venues, entertainment, events and lodging. Shop specialty retailers, enjoy great restaurants and Boulevard 10 Cinema.