Gatlinburg Event Celebrates Songwriting in the Smokies

Guitar at Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival

Open to the public, the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival will run August 16 – 20, 2017. This five day Gatlinburg event showcases the talent behind some of the biggest musicians in the world. 

Popular performers and songwriters that will be in attendance include Con Hunley, Sylvia, Jim Glaser, Tony Arata, and Victoria Shaw. According to the festival’s website, visitors to the event will get to hear the writers give the backstory and history of each song they perform. There is a good chance you’ll hear one or two of your favorite tunes!

band performing on stageThe headliner for this year’s festival is Con Hunley, who is famous for his hit singles “What’s New with You”, “Oh Girl”, “Week-End Friends”, “You’ve Still Got a Place in My Heart”, and “I’ve Been Waiting for You All of My Life”.

Guests at the festival can also enjoy a concert from Sylvia, who topped the charts with her songs “Nobody”, “Drifter”,  “Tumbleweed”, “Snapshot”, and “Fallin’ in Love”.

The Gatlinburg event will be spread out among a variety of venues.  All of the festival’s concerts are open to the public. The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival describes itself as “a festival focused on songwriters and bands with all original content.”

Locations For Performances

You won’t have to go far to stumble across a stage for the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival. In fact, you will be hard pressed to find a place not showcasing the talents of these expert writers during this Gatlinburg event.

Playing music on guitarA list of some of the more popular stages include:

  • Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill
  • Glenstone Lodge
  • The Historic Gatlinburg Inn
  • Edgewater Hotel

For Smoky Mountain vacationers that have a song or two they have been working on, the Gatlinburg event will also host a workshop series where guests can collaborate with hit songwriters! Attend as many, or as few workshops as you like. Workshop registration and concert information and can be found on the official website for the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival.

To find up-to-date information on everything going on in the area, check out our Gatlinburg events page!

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