The ninth annual 30A Songwriters Festival, set for Jan. 12-15, has announced many additional confirmed artists for the 2018 celebration of singers and songs, including Lauren Staley & Jason Morrow (The Whiskey Gentry), Raelyn Nelson Band, Diane Gentile with Alfonso Velez, Airpark, Alan Rhody, Amilia K Spicer, Andi Zack-Johnson, Becca Mancari, Ben Glover, Billy Montana, Blake Bollinger, Blake Guthrie, Boukou Groove, Bradley Cole Smith, Brian White, Chas Sandford, Courtyard Saints, Crystal Bowersox, Dan Bern, Dave Franklin, Dead Rock West, Don DiLego, Donnie Sundal, Ella Blue, Gabe Dixon, Jade Jackson, Jaimee Harris, Jennifer Lynn Simpson, Jeremy Lister, Joe Leathers, Johnny Irion, Jonathan Mitchell, Karyn Williams, Granville Automatic, Hugh Mitchell, I’MAGENE, Korby Lenker, Kyle LaMonica, Kyle Mitchell, Lily Winwood, Marc Harris & Jab Wilson, Max Gomez, Max McCann, The AJ Ghent Band, Nicole Chillemi, Parker & Parker, Paul Burch, Phil Madeira, Sarah Peacock, Shannon LaBrie, Skylar Gudasz, Sterling Fletcher, The Sundogs and The Haraway Brothers, Tommy Womack, TOWNE, Tyler Flowers, Ingrid Graudins, Wildlife Specials, Wyatt Edmondson, and Wyatt Espalin.
“The 2018 Festival lineup is shaping up to be the best ever combination of Americana, country, folk, alternative and blues songwriters,” says festival co-producer Russell Carter.
“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, CAA 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 percent of the festival’s net proceeds go back into our nonprofit and enable the CAA to continue to be a champion for the arts in Walton County.”
Rita Wilson. Well-known as an actress (Sleepless in Seattle, Mixed Nuts, and, most recently, on Broadway in Larry David’s Fish in the Dark) and film producer (Mamma Mia!, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), her first love is music. In May 2012, Ms. Wilson realized a lifelong dream with her debut solo album AM/FM, an intimate, elegant and beautifully sung collection of covers of her favorite songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s. In March 2016, she released her self-titled second album, showcasing her skill for creating insightful, eloquent singer-songwriter pop music that is etched with stunning honesty.
Rhett Wilson. Lead singer of the Old 97’s, Mr. Miller released his new solo album The Traveler in 2015. Miller’s songs have been described aptly as “smart, funny, and thoughtful,” says Mother Jones. “They evoke a larger world of constant existential yearning, minus any tedious genre purism.”
Gary Louris. Over the last three decades, singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Gary Louris has built a deeply compelling body of music whose artistry and integrity has won the loyalty of an international audience and the respect of both critics and his peers. Best known for his seminal work with The Jayhawks, Louris is one of the most acclaimed musicians to come out of Minnesota’s teeming rock scene.
Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae. Wisconsin native Cory Chisel first connected with the power of song—and the spellbinding possibilities of live performance—through the music he heard in church. His father was a Baptist preacher, his mother played the organ, and Chisel and his sister sang. The gospel’s rich vernacular of loss and redemption also informed his innate poetic sense and lyrical range. Chisel went on to become a critically acclaimed recording artist who was deemed one of 2009’s best new artists by Rolling Stone for his RCA release Death Won’t Send A Letter. In 2017, Mr. Chisel released Tell Me True, his first duo album with partner and bandmate Adriel Denae.
Lilly Hiatt. “Gonna hang on a little bit longer, sleep well, work a little harder, put my faith in something I can’t see,” Ms. Hiatt on the title track of her third LP, Trinity Lane. It’s a set of honest words from an album of personal truths, a collection of songs that take stock of where she’s been, where she’s going and the challenges she’s weathered to get there. Produced by Michael Trent of (Shovels & Rope), Trinity Lane is indeed about hanging on, working hard and keeping the faith.
For more information on the 2018 30A Songwriters Festival, including constant updates on confirmed artists, venues, and ticket purchase information, visit 30ASongwritersFestival.com.
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