Lineup and Ticket Info for 30A Songwriters Festival Jan. 18-20, 2013

January 17, 2013 by SoWal Staff

For music lovers, January in SoWal is the best month of the year. It's when the 30A Songwriters Festival fills intimate venues and beautiful outdoor settings with writers who perform their own music, and performers who write their own songs. Join us January 18-20, 2013 for a weekend of soulful melodies, powerful vocals and compelling lyrics throughout South Walton during the festival, sponsored by

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Representing diverse styles ranging from folk and country to rock and blues, the 2013 line-up features nationally-acclaimed songwriters and musicians including Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith, Shawn Mullins, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jeffrey Steele, Suzanne Vega and Fastball.

The festival will feature more than 125 songwriters and 200 musical performances. Confirmed artists include Lucinda Williams, Shawn Mullins,  Mary Chapin Carpenter,  Jeffrey Steele,  Nanci Griffith,  Suzanne Vega, Fastball, Will Kimbrough, Tift Merritt, Allison Moorer, Charlie Mars, Eliza Gilkyson, Freedy Johnston, Randall Bramblett, Chuck Cannon, The Shadowboxers, Melissa Ferrick, Joe Leathers, Kyle Jacobs, Kim Richey, Gretchen Peters, Brigitte DeMeyer, Pete Sallis, Alan Rhody, Jerry Salley, Tommy Womack, Vicki Peterson, Susan Cowsill, Chas Sandford, Bill Mallonee, Donnie Sundal / Boukou Groove, Shannon Whitworth, Tommy Talton, Grayson Capps, Cory Chisel, Ray Bonneville, Webb Wilder, Don Dixon & Marti Jones, DeAnna Cox, Ruston Kelly, Jeff Black, The Quaildogs, Hope Cassity, Geoff McBride, Daphne Willis, Reed Waddle, David Berkeley, Davin McCoy, David Olney, Brian White & Karyn Williams, Bobby Houck of the Blue Dogs, Phillip Lammonds, Cooper Carter & the Royal Senders, Wesley Cook, Parker & Parker, Boxtop Jenkins, Mike Whitty, Jeep Rosenberg, Jonathan Singleton, Jon Nite, Tony Lane, Jaren Johnston, Andrew Combs, The Blue Ribbon Healers, Sterling Fletcher, Kyle LaMonica, Dannica Lowery, Diane Durrett, Eliot Bronson, Gabriel Kelley, Humming House, Jill Andrews, Kellin Watson, Kelsey Anna, Ashleigh Flynn, Max McCann, Steve Bogard, Hannah Thomas, The Owsley Brothers, Seth and May, Jessica Cayne, Julia Othmer, Kaydi Johnson, von Grey, Chris Alvarado, The Saint John’s, Rebecca Pronsky, Abigail Rose, Holly Renee Allen, Hannah Miller, Megan Redmond and Brooke Annibale. 

New - Click here to see updated lineup on the festival site with photos, bios and links for every artist.

Saturday, January 19, gate opens  at Noon:
Holly Williams at 12:15pm
Suzanne Vega at 1:00pm
Mary Chapin Carpenter at 2:45

Sunday, January 20, gate opens  at 1 p.m.:
Nanci Griffith at 1:30pm
Lucinda Williams at 3:00pm

Each location has its own individual vibe, ambiance, and musically-inspired stage artwork, and is located amid the brilliant white sand beaches, turquoise waters and stunning architecture of South Walton. The festival is produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and is presented by Visit South Walton

"The 30A Songwriters Festival has quickly gained a reputation among musicians as a forum for true songwriters to perform their self-penned songs, as well as established performers to showcase their original compositions," said Russell Carter, 30A Songwriters Festival chair and producer and owner of Russell Carter Artist Management. "We book artists with diverse musical styles. Our emphasis is the art of the song.”

Some of our favorite spots are once again host to the festival - the Gulf Place Amphitheater and Restaurant Fire on the western end, to Amavida, Town Hall and Summer Kitchen in Rosemary Beach on the eastern end.  In between, count on great concerts in Seaside at Bud & Alley's, the Seaside REP Theatre; WaterColor venues including the Gathering Spot and Fish Out of Water; Pandora’s and Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse in Grayton Beach; Caliza in Alys Beach; and new venues including 723 Whiskey Bravo in Seagrove and Bentley’s in Seacrest.  WaterColor Inn & Resort will once again serve as festival headquarters.

Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls and Mary Chapin Carpenter will perform in the round on Wednesday, January 16th, for a special pre-Festival membership drive for the Cultural Arts Alliance. Lucinda Williams and Nanci Griffith are confirmed for a Sunday afternoon concert at the Seaside Amphitheatre.

A new amenity this year will be complimentary festival shuttle service up and down Scenic 30A Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights. Shuttles will run continuously from 5:00 - 11:30pm picking up and dropping off festival attendees each 15 minutes at eight different shuttle stops. Details will be provided upon check-in. 

"We are honored to feature talented artists from around the country who are generously supporting the CAA and our mission to grow the arts in Walton County, and make it a destination for cultural and artistic excellence," said Jennifer Steele, festival producer and executive director of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. "South Walton celebrates a thriving arts community, and we are proud to showcase our local talent, alongside nationally-acclaimed songwriters and up-and-coming artists, to raise funds and awareness for arts education initiatives that benefit the children of Walton County."
Festival weekend passes are now available for $165 and can be purchased at, at the Cultural Arts Alliance office and at Central Square Records in Seaside. Net proceeds benefit the CAA and members of the CAA will receive an additional 10% off weekend passes. Call (850) 622-5970 to become a member and take advantage of the discount. 

The 30A Songwriters Festival partners with rental agencies like WaterColor Inn & Resort, Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Company, Sunburst Beach Vacations, The Hampton Inn, Cottage Rental Agency in Seaside, FL, Ocean Reef, Beach Rentals of South Walton and Alys Beach to offer only the best accommodations to our audience.  Additionally, many of these partners offer up heavily discounted or free weekend passes when you book your stay. Click here for special lodging packages.


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