Nanci Griffith, Suzanne Vega, Lucinda Williams Headline 30A Songwriter Festival 2013

Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith and Suzanne Vega will headline next year’s version of the 30A Songwriters Festival.

The unique festival will take place at multiple venues along Highway 30A, which runs along the beach between Destin, Fla. and Panama City Beach, Fla. Shows will be held between January 18 and January 20, 2013, and will feature more than 125 artists and over 200 performances.

Other notable songwriters performing sets include Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jeffrey Steele, Tift Merritt, Allison Moorer, Randall Bramblett, Tommy Womack, Charlie Mars and Fastball. More acts are expected to be announced between now and when the festival begins

Russell Carter, the 30A Songwriters chair, spoke of the importance of the festival in a statement.

“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,” he said. “We book artists with diverse musical styles. Our emphasis is the art of the song.”

Florida beachside towns that will host shows include Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach and more. A wide variety of venues will be a part of the festival, from coffee shops to large outdoor amphitheaters. The festival is produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, and the executive director of that group – Jennifer Steele – spoke in the news release about the impact of the festival on the area.

“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,” Steele said. “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.”