Experience the Music of the Mountains

Black and White Photo Titled The Guitar Player by Walid Yassine

Come join us for the 7th Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival. Open to everyone, this August 13–22 event is a chance for music lovers, fans, songwriters, and industry professionals to come together and celebrate the craft of songwriting. There will be lots of free live music by a variety of singers and songwriters throughout downtown Gatlinburg, along with several ticketed events. Performers will include such industry luminaries as Sylvia, Bobby G. Rice, Leona Williams, Bobby Tomberlin, Carrie Tillis (daughter of Mel Tillis), Hilary Williams and Sam Williams (respectively the daughter and youngest son of Hank Williams, Jr.), and many more.

Twenty-four songs have been selected for the final competition representing a variety of musical genres, including Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Gospel/Contemporary Christian/Inspirational, Jazz/Blues, Pop, Rock, and Lyrics only. The 2018 Hit Writers Lineup includes Bill Labounty, whose song “Somewhere In The Vicinity of The Heart” was recorded by Allison Kraus and Shenandoah, Mark Narmore, whose “That’s What I Love About Sunday” became a hit for Craig Morgan, and Jerry Salley, whose song “When We Both Say Good-Bye” was recorded by Sir Elton John. For more information about the festival, click here.

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