The Cultural Arts Alliance’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend event, the 30A Songwriters Festival, is set for Jan. 17-20, 2020 in a number of venues along the Scenic Highway and beyond. Get your early bird tickets and whatnot now at 30asongwritersfestival.com.
Brian Wilson. Even if the genius behind the Beach Boys gets up on stage and rants and raves for an hour, it’ll still be worth seeing. The closest thing to a legend this event has ever snagged.
John Prine. A first-rate songwriter for sure, but have you heard his lovely version of Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You”?
Todd Snider. One of the funniest guys around. His memoir is a must-read.
Elizabeth Cook. We’ve been listening to her since her debut album, and we’re glad she’s finally in the lineup.
James McMurtry. Depending on what venue he’s playing, “Choctaw Bingo” might eat up the entire set.
Mary Gauthier. A longtime friend of Beachcomber. As an artist and record maker, she keeps getting better and better.
Gretchen Peters. See Mary Gauthier.
Will Hoge. See Elizabeth Cook.
Tanya Tucker. With a terrific new album under her belt, the lady seems to be unstoppable.
AJ Ghent. Featured in this issue’s music profile.
Louise Mosrie. We saw her years ago at one of the early, not-so-star-studded 30A Fests and loved what we heard. So glad she’s coming back.
Will Kimbrough. An exceptional writer, singer, musician and producer.
Chas Sandford. He’s done every single one of these events. They should include his name in the title or name a street in Seaside after him.
Tommy Womack. His songs are always great, but have you read his history of KISS on Facebook?
SUBJECTS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH
Too many to list!
Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone. Certainly the British Invasion has a place in the festival, but why scrape the bottom of the barrel?