Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival Back for 5th Year

The sounds of some of the biggest hits in country, gospel and bluegrass music will resonate through the streets of Gatlinburg when Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival comes to town August 24 through August 28.

The sounds of some of the biggest hits in country, gospel and bluegrass music will resonate through the streets of Gatlinburg when Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival comes to town August 24 through August 28. The festival, now in its fifth season, will feature over 130 acts of songwriters and musicians who have shaped the top Billboard charts for generations as well as those just getting started in the music industry.

New to the festival this year is a special concert tribute entitled “Garth Brooks’ Hit Writers Concert,” happening Saturday, August 27 at Glenstone Lodge. The late Kim Williams, renowned songwriter for Garth Brooks who wrote hits like “Papa Loves Mama” and “Ain’t Going Down Til The Sun Comes Up,” invited fellow Garth hits writers to join him on stage at The Glenstone this year. In remembrance of Kim Williams, fellow writers Pat Alger, Tony Arata, Kent Blazy and Sylvia will perform their Garth hits on the stage of Glenstone in loving memory of him. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased atwww.smswf.com or at the door, if any remain, for $25.

Also a new addition this year, SMSWF is partnering with Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort to host a variety of concerts throughout the day from Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28. The resort will also feature two ticketed concerts happening Friday and Saturday night with respective acts, Emi Sunshine and the Farm Hands Quartet. Tickets can be purchased online atwww.smswf.com.

The festival not only offers free concerts to music lovers wanting to come and hear their favorite songs performed by the musicians who originally wrote them, but also provides aspiring artists and songwriters the chance to participate in co-writing events, songwriting workshops and critiquing sessions with hall of fame songwriters taking place throughout the weekend.

“This really is a music festival unlike any other in the Southeast,” said Festival Director and Founder, Cyndy Montgomery Reeves. “We’ve taken the past four years and expanded upon them in a way that makes this year’s event something people will be extremely glad they came to and have them marking their calendars to come for future years.”

The lineup includes hit songwriters: Bobby Tomberlin- writer of “One More Day” by Diamond Rio, Chris Wallin- writer of “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney, Mark Narmore- writer of “That’s What I Love About Sunday” by Craig Morgan, Will Nance-writer of “She’s Everything” by Brad Paisley, Doug Johnson- writer of “Three Wooden Crosses” by Randy Travis. Those are just a few of the many songwriters performing at this year’s festival.

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is Wednesday, August 24 to Sunday, August 28. For more information on venue locations or to find the complete schedule of live performances and workshops, visit www.smswf.com. For more information on Gatlinburg and lodging, visitwww.Gatlinburg.com or call 800-588-1817.

Official sponsors for the 2016 Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival are WIVK FM 107.7, The Historic Gatlinburg Inn, Sugarlands Distilling Co., Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill, BOSE, Sound Biscuit Productions, Highland Brewing Company, Lorelei Video Productions, Cabins of the Smoky Mountains, Three Jimmy’s Good Time Eatery, Tom & Earl’s Back Alley Grill, The Edgewater Hotel and Conference Center, The Park Vista, Brookside Resort, Quality Inn, Greystone Lodge at the Aquarium, Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg, Reagan Hotels, White Oak Lodge & Resort, Crossroads Inn & Suites, Best Western- Crossroads Inn & Suites, Best Western Twin Islands, Clarion Inn & Suites of Gatlinburg, Hampton Inn, Kingwood Inn Gatlinburg, Glenstone Lodge, Food City, ASCAP, Country Cobbler of Gatlinburg, AUDIX Microphones, Smoky Mountains Around Town, Steel String Productions, The Bay Dreamers, Music Outlet, Beard Music Group and Cherokee Distributing.