County Road 30A inspires many types of artists to create, including songwriters.

A group of songwriters represented by Tommy Jackson's First Note Entertainment agency have written a collection of songs about or inspired by the area, which is now available on CD.

Those songs were written at Jackson's farm off County Road 393.

Jackson bought the 90-plus acre farm about three years ago and every time he comes down from Nashville, between four and 20 of his songwriters join him.

Jackson opens his home to all the young up-and-coming talent he represents as a get-away for fun and creativity.

Inside the house is a working studio where some limited recording can be done, and every room is furnished for group seating. For a guitar picker, that means comfortable chairs with no arms.

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And outside, a long porch furnished with rockers is made for strumming.

But when work is done, an outdoorsman's paradise awaits.

Deer can be found grazing in the backyard every morning.

Jackson has his own skeet shooting range, two ponds are stocked with bass for fishing, and all-terrain vehicles are available for riding through the woods. Thirty-four of his acres are on the Choctawhatchee Bay and the beach is just four miles away.

"I do this as a way to give back," he said. "When we're here, we play and write. There's no schedule. Just beach, food, fun, and music. We can be real with each other. The concept is getting to a place that's more natural songwriting. When it's natural, you get cleaner lyrics and songs."

If numbers are an indicator, the concept works. There were 170 songs written at the farm last year and one of his talents, Jamie Kent, has been named as one of the five best up-and-coming country singers by Rolling Stone magazine.

In the fall Jackson is organizing a First Note tour with each artist performing their top five songs at each stop.

"We're building an eco-system of family," he said.

Over the Fourth of July weekend, Jackson's songwriters and his brother, two-time Grammy-nominated songwriter and local performer Tim Jackson, gave a concert to introduce their album "Come Away to 30A."

"After they come down and see the area, they always want to write about it," he said.

Some of the songs on the album are country, some R&B, and some pop. Tim did two songs.

Purchase the CD at www.firstnoteplay.com.

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