Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Annual Song Fest Brings Stars to Highway 30A

Rock legends Graham Nash and Leon Russell top an exciting line-up of more than 150 performers participating in this year’s Highway 30A Songwriters Festival. Scheduled for January 16, 17, and 18, the star-studded event, which also features the Indigo Girls and Jason Isbell, will be held at 25 different venues along the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice – with Crosby, Stills, and Nash in 1997 and with the Hollies in 2010, Graham Nash has become legendary as both a singer and a songwriter. The Grammy Award-winning artist is known as a philanthropist as well, supporting efforts for peace and social and environmental justice. In recognition of his contributions to music and philanthropy, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth. He is also an award-winning photographer.

Another Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Leon Russell began making a name for himself in the 1960s, doing session work with the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and Phil Spector. He is known as well for his production work with Bob Dylan, Delaney and Bonnie, Joe Cocker, and George Harrison, and as the writer of the often-recorded “A Song for You.” He has appeared onstage in recent years with the Zac Brown Band and Elton John, and teamed up with Sir Elton for a duet album, The Union, in 2010. Most of all, Russell is a powerful performer in his own right, captivating audiences with a dynamic style that ranges from romantic ballads to gospel-flavored rock and roll.

Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and presented by Visit South Walton, the Highway 30A Songwriters Festival is now in its sixth year. Proceeds are used to fund the arts in Walton County. General admission tickets for the three-day festival cost $200 per person. The cost of a three-day pass, plus either a Saturday or a Sunday night wine dinner, is $400 per person. For more information and to order tickets, visit

Need a place to stay in the area? Just click on our link for Highway 30-A vacation rentals for details on hotels, condos, and houses offering everything you and your family need for a perfect winter stay at the beach.

by S. Lynne on December 3rd, 2014

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