The Smoky Mountains are truly a magical destination—from the picturesque backdrop to the unlimited selection of exciting events. And with seasonal temperatures that won’t impose any limits on what you can do, there is no better place to be this summer!
Celebration of Gatlinburg’s Appalachian Musical Roots
It’s inspiring to see the amount of musical heritage the Smoky Mountain area holds. From Dolly Parton and Bessie Smith, to Chet Atkins and the Carter Family, the East Tennessee Mountains are really something special. And to celebrate its musical roots, Gatlinburg will host its third annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival again this year from August 19 – 23, 2015.
This fun-filled celebration is truly one of kind. It seeks to promote songwriters and help their songs be discovered, while simultaneously giving music lovers and the public the opportunity to enjoy free live music as well as the stories behind the songs. With the proximity of venues, volume of visitors and spectacular scenery, the setting for this music festival is unlike any other.
This year’s musical lineup is going to be bigger than ever, with the appearance of some of the area’s most renowned songwriters!
Steve Dorff will be returning for the second year in a row to perform smash hits like “Every Which Way But Loose” and the renowned “I Cross My Heart” made famous by George Strait.
Stella Parton, writer of “I Want to Hold You in My Arms” will be there, too. She’ll be joined by Chris Wallin, the writer behind Montgomery Gentry’s “Something To Be Proud Of” and “Speed”, along with “I’m Tryin’” sung by Trace Adkins.
Some of the other songwriters you don’t want to miss include Scott Reeves, songwriter of “American Made” for the legendary Toby Keith; Grammy writer, Carl Jackson; Jerry Salley who wrote “When We Both Say Good-bye” for Sir Elton John plus many other talented writers!
In addition to live performances by songwriter’s, the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival will also include songwriting workshops and contests, a Gospel Music Show Sunday Morning, a 5K Run, and a Band Playoff. And don’t be surprised if you stumble upon a spontaneous jam session throughout the festival and downtown Gatlinburg. If you’re a musician, bring your instrument and get ready to play!
So whether you are a music lover or simply looking for something fun to do in Gatlinburg, prepare yourself for an amazing event as singers, songwriters, and music lovers come together to celebrate the creation of music in its rawest form. All you have to do is head to Downtown Gatlinburg to enjoy four days of musical bliss.