The 2nd Annual Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival is scheduled for this month

The Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival will take place in and around downtown Gatlinburg from August 18-21. Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, the highly anticipated and prestigious three-day conference and live music event will feature nightly performances, showcasing an array of musical talent spanning multiple genres with over 25 hit songwriters n ° 1 and 60 selected songwriters. Some of the host sites include the Gatlinburg Brewery, Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, Ober Gatlinburg, Ole Smoky Tennessee Distillery, Ole Red, Shine Shack, Historic Gatlinburg Inn, Listening Room Cafe, and Park Vista Hotel.

Highlights of this year’s festival include the opening night celebration in Ober Gatlinburg on Thursday night, as well as the induction of the multi-award-winning hit songwriter, the late Kim Williams, in the Gatlinburg Songwriters Hall of Fame. On Friday night, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Brady Seals (Little Texas) will perform a full show and feature his current single, “Farm Boy”, as well as his recent remake of the 90s hit “I ‘d Really love seeing you tonight”, (England Dan & John Ford Saithe). Seals, which has sold over 11 million albums, will welcome special guests Lauren Mascitti, Shane Stevens, Stephony Smith and Karen Rochelle. There will also be a special Legends of Bluegrass show at Ole Smoky featuring Tim Stafford, Jerry Salley, Irene Kelley, carl jackson, and Thom Jutz, the reigning IBMA winner. On Saturday evening, participants will have the opportunity to attend an intimate evening with larry gatlin in Ober Gatlinburg. Gatlin will take his audience on a musical journey as a Grammy-winning songwriter, performing a series of hit songs he’s written over his illustrious career that spans more than four decades. Also on the show are Tommy “C. Thomas” Howell (ET, Outsiders, Walking Dead) and Onoleigh. The week will undoubtedly be filled with many magical moments. Buy tickets for paid events HBEFORE.

In addition to these amazing events, the weekend will be filled with standout performances from #1 songwriters including; Shane Stevens (“Fancy Like”- Walker Hayes), Tony Arata (“The Dance”- Garth Brooks), Danny Wells (“Tick Yes or No” – George Strait), Steve Dean (“I’m Watching You” – Rodney Atkins), Will Nance (“She’s Everything” – Brad Paisley), and much more. Complete range HERE.

The Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival is also thrilled to offer attendees the opportunity to write a song with #1 hit songwriters, book a songwriting masterclass lecture by a legendary superstar and a blacksmith of words, larry gatlin, get valuable “how to” information about TV and movie licensing and wealth management assistance. Songwriters can be mentored by industry professionals, including Eddie Gore and Justyna Kelley, who specialize in artist production, songwriting and emerging talent development at Music Row’s RCA Studio C . Their new venture, Sneaky Animals Music with legendary guitarist Steve Cropper.

Brenda Lynn Allen will serve as MC for the festival. Allen hosts his own radio show on 103.7 FM WKRM in Columbia, TN, and uses the platform to promote other people’s music and share his own. It welcomes musical guests of many genres. You can tune in weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. CST.

Also appearing is Maura Streppa, one of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development’s Songwriter’s Week winners. “Tennessee Songwriters Week not only celebrates the founding of the craft, but also uplifts and showcases talented songwriters from all parts of the state who are building their careers,” said Mark Ezell, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development. “We’re also thrilled to support music venues and inspire travelers to discover our state’s rich musical histories at museums, attractions and festivals.” Tennessee Songwriters Week 2023 runs from February 19-25, 2023, with qualifying rounds throughout the state during the first two weeks of the month.

There are a variety of options for attending, with most shows being free and open to the public. Special events can be attended with a $30 membership, one-night show tickets, or special event tickets and passes, all available HERE.

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