*30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL*
*JANUARY 17, 18 AND 19, 2014*
*FLORIDA’S SCENIC HIGHWAY 30A*
*EVENT TO FEATURE 150 SONGWRITERS AND OVER 200 PERFORMANCES AT MORE THAN 25 VENUES*
The *30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL* has announced the full line-up for the *January 17, 18 and 19, 2014 *event set to take place at venues along *northwest* *Florida’s scenic Highway 30A *and the resort neighborhoods of *South Walton. *The *5th annual* celebration will feature performances from such esteemed artists as *Kristian Bush (Sugarland), Loudon Wainwright III, Ani DiFranco, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Richard Thompson, Shawn Mullins, John Oates, Jerry Douglas, Rusty Young (Poco), Jonathon Edwards, Jesse Harris, Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League), John Gorka, Mary Gauthier, James McMurtry, Bob Schneider, Glenn Phillips Band, Matthew Sweet, Jeffrey Steele, Jim Lauderdale, Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers)* and *Tinsley Ellis.*
*Additional artists *confirmed for *2014 *include Marshall Crenshaw, Teddy Thompson, Grant-Lee Phillips, Ellis Paul, Kim Richey, Hayes Carll, Marshall Chapman, Pierce Pettis, Tommy Talton, Chuck Cannon, Williesugarcapps, Allison Moorer, Charlie Mars, Eric Taylor, Tommy Womack, John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band), Gretchen Peters, Kristy Lee, David Olney, Sergio Webb, Chas Sandford, Joe Leathers, Michael McDermott, Eliot Bronson, The Saint Johns, Garrison Starr, Peter Mulvey, Cooper Carter & the Royal Senders, Callaghan, Seth Walker, Gabriel Kelley, Liv Mueller, Steve Bogard, Kelsey Anna, Brigitte DeMeyer, Kurtis John, Erick Baker, Andrew Combs, Phil Madeira, Buzz Cason, Alan Rhody, Eric Himan, Webb Wilder, Don Dixon & Marti Jones, Paul Cebar, Amy LaVere, Jeff Black, Kyle Jacobs, Ruston Kelly, Pete Sallis, Bryan Kennedy, Old Salt Union, Donnie Sundal and Boukou Groove, Daphne Willis, The Quaildogs, David Berkeley, Ben Glover, Brian White, Karyn Williams, Hannah Thomas, Ryan Culwell, Max Gomez, Mike Whitty (Walton County Musician of the Year), Dave Franklin, John Brodeur, People’s Blues of Richmond, Emily Hearn, Kazoots, Scott Boyer & NC Thurman, Chris Michaud, Max McCann, Angel Snow, Reed Waddle, Ashleigh Flynn, Jessica Cayne, DeAnna Cox, Dannica Lowery and The Tall Pines. For a full list of performers, please check the *30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL *website.
Each year, the *30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL* line-up highlights songwriting from a variety of musical styles ranging from folk and country to rock and blues. In *2014*, the event will feature *150 songwriters* and over *200 performances* at *25 venues* along *Highway 30A* in beach communities including *WaterColor, WaterSound, Alys Beach, Seagrove, Gulf Place, Rosemary Beach, Grayton Beach, Blue Mountain Beachand* *Seaside, *all set against the *brilliant white sand beaches*, *turquoise waters* and *stunning architecture* of *Highway 30A*.
The *30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL* is known throughout the music community as a destination where writers who perform their own music, and performers who write their own songs, come together for a weekend of *soulful melodies, powerful vocals* and *compelling lyrics*. *VIP dinners* are being offered on *Saturday* at the *WaterSound Beach Club* with star chef *Joe Truex*from *Watershed on Peachtree* (co-owned by Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls) and on *Sunday* at *Grayton Bar & Grill* with James Beard finalist chef *Steven Satterfield* from *Miller Union* in *Atlanta*. Both dinners will include wine pairings chosen by wine expert *Adam Caperton *(former owner of* Larder* on *30A*) as well as special performances by festival musicians.
The *30A Songwriters Festival* production team spares no time or expense bringing in *state of the art stage, sound* and *lighting* equipment to configure unique listening rooms in each of the *25 venues* that partner with the festival each year to produce over *200 shows throughout the weekend; *amphitheaters, town halls, restaurants, theaters, bars and covered patios all become magical musical night clubs ranging in capacity from 75 to 400 people.
The *30A Songwriters Festival* venue partners include *Vue, Gulf Place *(sponsored by Merrill Lynch)*, Pandora’s, Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, Grayton Bar & Grill *(co-sponsored by JPB Commercial Real Estate and Barker Building Company)*, Fish Out of Water *(sponsored by Emerald Coast Wine & Spirits)*, The Gathering Spot *(sponsored by beachLIFE Magazine),* The Boat House *(sponsored by Heart’s Bluff Music)*, The Lake House* (sponsored by Beach Properties of Florida)*, Pizza Bar, Bud & Alley’s *(sponsored by Nature Walk)*, Crush, The REP Theater (Seaside Meeting Hall), Central Square Records, 723 Whiskey Bravo *(sponsored by Tim Wilbanks)*, WaterSound Beach Club, Caliza *(sponsored by Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport)*,* *Summer Kitchen, Amavida *and *Rosemary Beach Town Hall* (sponsored by Destin Real Estate Company).