The ninth annual 30A Songwriters Festival—set for Jan. 12-15, 2018—announces that Ann Wilson from Heart will join the headliners for the celebration of singers and songs. The festival, held in venues along Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton County, has also added the following performers to the lineup— Kathy Mattea, Paul Thorn, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Ed Roland, James McMurtry, Hayes Carll, Drivin’ N’ Cryin,’ and Ruthie Foster.
Plus—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— 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 30asongwritersfestival.com, and locally in South Walton at the Cultural Arts Alliance office in Santa Rosa Beach, the Foster Gallery in Grand Boulevard, and 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, executive director of the Cultural Arts Alliance and festival co-producer.
“The festival is critical to the mission of the Cultural Arts Alliance and by far our biggest fundraiser. One hundred 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.”
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 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. 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 Grayton Beer Company Taproom.
Stay tuned for updates, as well as profiles of some of the 2018 performers here and in our print edition.