Jason isbell, brandi carlile, and felix cavaliere’s rascals are set to headline the 10th annual 30a songwriters festival along florida’s scenic highway 30a on january 18 – 21, 2019
Other highlights include patty griffin, steve earle, gregory alan isakov, suzy bogguss, amanda shires, shawn mullins, livingston taylor, john fullbright, the secret sisters, the war and treaty, aaron lee tasjan, robyn hitchcock, radney foster and many more.
Event to feature 175 songwriters and over 225 performances at more than 25 venues in south walton county
2019 festival to benefit the cultural arts alliance of walton county as well as victims of hurricane michael.
The 10th annual 30a songwriters festival – set for january 18-21, 2019 – has announced the initial headliners for the 2019 celebration of singers and songs. The festival, held in venues along scenic highway 30a in florida’s south walton county, will feature main stage performances in presenting partner grand boulevard’s town center by esteemed artists including jason isbell, brandi carlile and felix cavaliere’s rascals with his full band and horn section.
Performing throughout the weekend are renowned songwriters including patty griffin, steve earle, gregory alan isakov, suzy bogguss, amanda shires, shawn mullins, livingston taylor, john fullbright, the secret sisters, the war and treaty, aaron lee tasjan, robyn hitchcock, jeffrey steele, chely wright, and radney foster.
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.
Additional confirmed performers include: Steve poltz, bob schneider, amythyst kiah, david ryan harris, kim richey, hayes carll, liz longley, drivin n cryin, emerson hart (tonic), chris stamey and peter holsapple (the db’s), john driskell hopkins (zac brown band), griffin house, charlie mars, willie sugarcapps, lauren morrow of the whiskey gentry, the mulligan brothers, amy lavere and will sexton, robby hecht, tommy womack, farewell angelina and many more. Additional artists will be added to the website and announced over the next few weeks as the lineup is completed.
American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and four time Grammy Award winner, Jason Isbell is best known for his solo career and work with the band The 400 Unit.
As with Isbell’s 2013 breakthrough, Southeastern, and his double-Grammy-winning follow up, 2015’s Something More Than Free, his most current album, The Nashville Sound was produced by Dave Cobb. The album was well received, winning two Grammy awards for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song (“24 Frames”). In May of 2016, Isbell was nominated for three more Americana Music Honors & Awards: Album of the Year (Something More Than Free), Song of the Year (“24 Frames”), and Artist of the Year. He ended up winning Album and Song of the Year. In 2018 he swept the awards winning Album of the Year, Duo/Group of the Year and Song of the Year.
Why do Jason’s songs strike us so deeply? What makes this music of the soul? The answer has to do with Jason’s authenticity, his intellect, his rootedness in both tradition as well as modernity. As you listen to this record, you will hear many themes: humor, heartache, wisdom, beauty, hope. But chief among them, strangely, is leadership.
Brandi Carlile is currently celebrating her breakthrough new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, which debuted earlier this year at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart, Rock Albums chart and Americana/Folk Albums chart and Number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart—a career high for the Seattle-based singer-songwriter. Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, the album continues to receive overwhelming acclaim, including recent “Best Albums of 2018” coverage at Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, NPR Music and more, and nominated for Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the Americana Music Honors & Awards.
Beloved by fans and critics alike, Carlile has performed sold-out concerts across the world and has appeared various TV shows including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Conan and CBS This Morning.
Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals
The message has always been to stand for peace, love, and happiness. For legendary singer songwriter, FELIX CAVALIERE, making people feel good is primary to his illustrious 50-year career that includes the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriter Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and Grammy Hall of Fame. Few artists can claim they defined a generation.
Early in 1965, Cavaliere formed the ‘Young Rascals’ with Dino Danelli, Eddie Brigati and Gene Cornish. Signed to Atlantic Records, and then called The Rascals released the mega hit “Good Lovin’” which struck No. 1 in February 1966. They followed suit with a string of hits like “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “Groovin’”(No. 1 in 1967), “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Girl Like You,” “A Beautiful Morning,” and “People Got to Be Free” (No. 1 in 1968). The Rascals are considered the best ‘blue-eyed soul’ group to come out of the 1960s, as well as one of the groups with the most record sales.
The 30A Songwriters Festival is, as always, a benefit for the non-profit Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, which supports artists and non profit cultural events and businesses throughout the county. 100% of the 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. Our hearts go out to those who have lost so much and we ask all to join us in helping them out.
The 30A Songwriters Festival has once again teamed up with NPR’s Folk Alley on the syndicated Folk Alley Radio Show. The Sessions from the 30A Songwriters Festival are archived as well at folkalley.com. ASCAP returns as a sponsor with its popular showcase series at the Lake House in WaterColor. Featured ASCAP songwriters are Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Members CRAIG WISEMAN and ALLEN SHAMBLIN together with JAREN JOHNSON, JEREMY STOVER, RYAN GRIFFIN, SARAH ALLISON TURNER, CLARE DUNN, THE SISTERHOOD (ALYSSA BONAGURA and RUBY STEWART), DAVE BERG, TONY LANE, COREY CROWDER, and JORDAN SCHMIDT.
“This will be our tenth annual 30A Songwriters Festival and we are delighted to welcome back some of our favorite performers from past years, including Jason Isbell, and introduce our audience for the first time to Grammy and Americana award nominee Brandi Carlile,” state Festival producers Russell Carter and Jennifer Steele. “We join with our ticket patrons, sponsors, the board of the Cultural Arts Alliance and RCAM to happily donate a portion of the net profit from the Festival to Hurricane Michael relief efforts in the Florida Panhandle.”
Festival Weekend Passes are currently available for $280. VIP tickets that include premium seating on the lawn at Grand Boulevard for the headline shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons along with access to the VIP tent serving complementary food, beer, wine and cocktails are available for $685; VIP Premier weekend passes with all VIP amenities plus the best seats in the house are $810. For a full description of each ticket package, VIP transportation packages for groups of two up to 12, and details for the special night of music and free craft beers at festival sponsor and local based Grayton Beer Company Taproom, go HERE.
Please note weekend and VIP weekend passes can be purchased locally at the office of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County at 105 Hogtown Bayou Lane, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, (850) 622-5970 as well as Central Square Records at 89 Central Square 2nd Floor, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.
For more information on the 2019 30A Songwriters Festival, including live updates on confirmed artists, venues, and ticket purchase information, visit 30ASongwritersFestival.com.