30A Songwriters Festival celebrates a decade of hooks, lines and singers
The 10th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival, set for Jan. 18-21, 2019, has grown from a grass-roots event into a 30A winter tradition. With 225 performances held at 30 venues along scenic Highway 30A, the festival features 175 renowned songwriters and esteemed artists. Headlining the festival are Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals with his full band and horn section, Rosanne Cash and Lucinda Williams.
“Many things have changed since 2010, the year we produced the first 30A Songwriters Festival,” says Russell Carter, president of Russell Carter Artist Management (RCAM) in Atlanta. “We had 12 venues, a few dozen artists and about 1,000 attendees back then, and rainy windy weather. Over 10 years we have seen gradual and steady growth each year and we have had sunny weekends.”
Carter says the 30A Songwriters Festival has earned the respect of agents and managers in L.A., New York and Nashville and the collective music community throughout the country. “This year, we sold out the festival by the end of November. When I confirmed artists including Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Rosanne Cash and Steve Earle, I didn’t have to sell them on the charm and beauty of 30A or the musical magic that occurs when 150 plus famous musicians congregate on Martin Luther King weekend in January. They already know! They have experienced it first hand, heard from other musicians or quite often been urged by fans to come perform. That is what 10 successful year does for us.”
The 30A Songwriters Festival production team transforms amphitheaters, town halls, restaurants, theaters, bars and covered patios into unique music venues ranging in capacity from 75 to 500 seats indoors and 5,000 outdoors. Seaside venues include Central Square Records, The REP, Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant and Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar + Trattoria.
The event is co-produced, since its inception, by the non-profit Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and RCAM. As always, the 30A Songwriters Festival is a benefit for the CAA, which supports artists and non-profit cultural events and businesses throughout the county. All net proceeds from the event are paid to the CAA to help fund its annual budget. For the 10th annual event, a portion of these net proceeds will be donated to the Hurricane Michael relief efforts organized on behalf of the many who have suffered devastating losses along the Florida panhandle to the east of 30A.
For more information on the 2019 30A Songwriters Festival, including live updates on confirmed artists and venues, visit 30asongwritersfestival.com.