30A Songwriter's Fest returns for 4th year

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams, above, Nanci Griffith, Shawn Mullins, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jeffrey Steele, Suzanne Vega, and Fastball will headline the 30A Songwriter’s Festival.

Special to The Sun
Published: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 08:00 AM.

Imagine musical performances by 130 performers taking place at 25 different locations up and down one 18-mile stretch of road in one weekend -- and several of those performers enjoy national acclaim.

This will be reality when the 30A Songwriter's Festival returns for the fourth time Jan. 18-20.

Representing diverse styles ranging from folk and country to rock and blues, the 2013 line-up is touting headliners Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith, Shawn Mullins, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jeffrey Steele, Suzanne Vega and Fastball.

In addition, other recognizable names include The Shadowboxers, Joe Leathers, Kyle Jacobs, Gretchen Peters, Donnie Sundal and Boukou Groove, Geoff McBride, Daphne Willis, Reed Waddle, Forrest Williams, Mike Whitty, Lyle LaMonica, Dannica Lowery, Kelsey Anna, Ben Friedman, Drew Tillman, The Owsley Brothers, Chris Alvarado, and Mojo Rising. In all, the festival will feature 200 musical performances by these artists and more.

As of press time, the final schedule wasn’t set, but venues will range from listening rooms to spacious outdoor amphitheaters, with each location offering its unique individual vibe, ambiance, and musically-inspired stage artwork.

Artwork created by more than a dozen artists over the past four years will be featured as backdrops to most of the stages. The location of each backdrop is outlined in the official program guide. Artists who volunteered their service include folk artist Alan Moore, Allison Wickey, Andy Saczinsky, Bailey Miller, Billie Gaffrey, Bryan Hand, Henry Nooe, Justin Gaffrey, Justin Lyons, Mallory Page, Michael McCarty, Raquel Morgan and Russell Beans. Several of the artists will be featured on festival merchandise this year, including 2013 Visit South Walton Artist of the Year Saczynski and former Artists of the Year Wickey and McCarty.

The festive weekend kicks off Jan. 16 with a private in-the-round mini-concert by renowned stars Mary Chapin Carpenter and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls for the members of event sponsor Walton County Cultural Arts Alliance.

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