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Hearts Bluff just returned from another great trip to the 30a Songwriter Fest. It was our third time attending the festival and our second time hosting The Boathouse venue. Our sponsored venue has become a real gem of the festival–several writers even told us that they were crossing their fingers to play at the Boathouse. Every set was standing room only and we couldn’t have been more excited.

Friday evening the Boathouse hosted Nashville based writer Andrew Combs and the bluesy folk of Asheville-based Shannon Whitworth [and her band]. Next, Hearts Bluff’s own Parker & Parker played a fun round alongside the phenomenal Webb Wilder and one of our favorites, the always-soulful Jimmy Hall. The set ended with “Keep on Smiling” with the crowds singing along at the top of their lungs. Finally we ended with some favorites from last year, the always amazing Tommy Womack and Will Kimbrough. That night, we also enjoyed getting to hear Jill Andrews over at The Gathering Spot.

Saturday we spent some time at the outdoor venue The Gulf Place Amphitheater. Susanne Vega played and Holly Williams followed, but the show was so packed that we could hardly see the stage. Saturday night was back to The Boathouse. Andrews Combs played once again and we were glad to catch his entire set. Our new friends husband-and-wife duo, Homesick Elephant, showcased their unique harmonies and lyrics. Then Parker & Parker opened the next round alongside Allison Moorer and Chas Sandford.

Sunday was bright and sunny so we headed back to The Gulf Place to catch the legendary Lucinda Williams and Mary Chapin Carpenter. After lazing on the beach in the afternoon, we went out that night to a few new venues to see Kim Richey and Jeff Black at 723 Whiskey Bravo, and Tift Meritt at Bud & Alley’s.

It’s always a nothing less than a privilege getting to watch, meet and even play with such amazing songwriters. We can’t wait to head back next year.

For more 30a highlights, check out the 30a website.