Charles Kelley, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Hayes Carll & More to Play 9th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival

Charles Kelley, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Hayes Carll & More to Play 9th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival

Highway 30A stretches for 28.5 miles through the Florida Panhandle, hugging the Gulf of Mexico as it intersects picturesque beach communities like Sandestin, WaterColor, Seaside and Rosemary Beach. In January, the sugary white beaches and 60-plus-degree weather of 30A make it an ideal respite from the harsh winter temperatures in the majority of the country. And for three days, more than 170 singer/songwriters get added to the not-so-wintry mix during the 30A Songwriters Festival.

Hayes Carll performs at the 30A Songwriters Festival in 2016.

For the ninth year, music lovers will pack more than 25 venues along the scenic highway from January 12–15 for intimate solo sessions, writers’ rounds and outdoor concerts on the Grand Boulevard. This year’s lineup includes Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, The Zombies, North Mississippi Allstars, Lee Ann Womack, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Patty Griffin, Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls, Ann Wilson of Heart, Paul Thorn, Kathy Mattea, Aaron Lee Tasjan, James McMurtry, Hayes Carll and many more.

If the rowdy spring-break experience isn’t your cup of beer anymore, graduate to 30A this year for friendly songwriters’ sessions, artist Q&As, respectful listening rooms and outdoor shows where a picnic blanket and a nice bottle of wine are the norm. Tickets are on sale now.

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson