BUZ LIVINGSTON: Songwriters are here

Published: Friday, January 17, 2014 at 09:22 AM.

The 30A Songwriters Festival kicked off a week ago … at least for me.

Only a few hardy souls showed up for Stinkys’ Old Bull, Young Bull but they were rewarded when Fiddlin’ Bull, a.k.a. Kurt Storey, joined the party. When Kyle asked about a JJ Cale song, Kurt replied modestly, “I played with him.” 

After touring last year with Reba McIntire and Vince Gill, Kurt helped John Prine update “Paradise” — a tune eerily haunting South Walton treasures. If you arrive on Thursday, the Bulls will be at Stinkys at 9 and The Forrest Williams Band starts around 6 at La Playa.

Try your own kickoff party, food’s good, too. 

Last year we hit the trifecta; for Labor Day, Memorial Day and July 4th we bid our tourist friends adieu. The Songwriters Festival gives us a unique festival/tourist attraction locals can enjoy.  At our house it’s a communal birthday present.

You can go for The Truman Show strategy and never leave Seaside. Regarding venues, the Seaside Rep can’t be beat. Alternatively, hop the shuttles up and down 30A to find someone special. Parking will be a problem, trust me. Be prepared to be surprised. 

Three years ago, Nicole Witt was a mystery to me but when she nailed the final chord I knew what a hit sounded like. Then Mike Whitty had to follow her.

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