For the ninth year, music lovers packed more than 25 venues along the Florida Panhandle to hear 185 singer/songwriters perform during the 30A Songwriters Festival on Jan. 12–15. Highway 30A stretches for 28.5 miles along the Florida coast as it intersects picturesque beach communities like Sandestin, WaterColor, Seaside and Rosemary Beach.
Despite this year’s blast of cold weather, attendees showed up in droves over three days to hear some of their favorite performers, including a country contingent of Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Lee Ann Womack, Deana Carter, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, James McMurtry, Hayes Carll and more.
If the rowdy spring-break experience isn’t your cup of beer anymore, graduate to 30A next year for friendly songwriters’ sessions, artist Q&As, respectful listening rooms and outdoor shows where a picnic blanket and a glass of wine are the norm.
Check out the photo gallery below, which includes Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Lee Ann Womack, Deana Carter and Hayes Carll.