Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival
October 6-7, 2017
Friday: 6 – 10:30 pm
Saturday: 5 – 10:30 pm
Music will flow through the streets as talented artists perform their own songs with soulful melodies, magnificent vocals and expressive lyrics while interacting with the audience. Listeners will learn the stories behind each song and may recognize some of the tunes that are played by their favorite musicians. Selected as one of the Top 20 Events in October 2015 by the Southeast Tourism Society!
2016 Artist Information
- John Oates
(of Hall & Oates)
An American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, musician, songwriter and record producer best known as half of the rock and soul duo, Hall & Oates.
- Emily Saliers
(of Indigo Girls)
An American singer-songwriter and member of the Indigo Girls. Saliers plays lead guitar as well as banjo, piano, mandolin, ukulele, bouzouki and many other instruments.
- Kristian Bush
An American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Bush is a former member of the folk rock duo Billy Pilgrim with Andrew Hyra, and is one half of the country music duo Sugarland with Jennifer Nettles.
- Ken Block and Drew Copeland
(of Sister Hazel)
Ken Block and Drew Copeland, best known as two of the five members of the platinum-selling southern rock band Sister Hazel, will bring their wildly successful tunes to select cities for intimate, “miss it and miss out” acoustic shows, reminiscent of their earlier performance days when they canvassed the club and coffee shop circuit as a duo from Gainesville, Florida.
- Shawn Mullins
An American singer-songwriter who specializes in folk rock, instrumental rock, adult alternative, and Americana music. He is best known for the 1998 single “Lullaby”, which hit number one on the Adult Top 40 and was nominated for a Grammy Award
- John Gorka
A contemporary American folk musician. In 1991, Rolling Stone magazine called him “the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement.”
- Bonnie Bishop
Bishop started her career as a country rock singer-songwriter from Texas, who grew up in Houston, Texas and later moved to Nashville, Tennessee. In 2012, Bishop’s idol Bonnie Raitt recorded her song “Not Cause I Wanted To.” Bishop co-wrote this single with NRBQ guitarist “Big Al” Anderson and it was selected as a New York Times Best Song of 2012.
- Jimmy LaFave
An American singer-songwriter and folk musician born in Wills Point, Texas. After moving to Stillwater, Oklahoma, LaFave crafted a musical style called Red Dirt music and became a disciple of the state’s most famous folk musician: Woody Guthrie. He has recorded 15 albums and his 2007 release, Cimarron Manifesto, reached the No. 1 mark on the Americana Music Association album chart. In 2012, LaFave released the studio album Depending On The Distance.
- Bill Sheffield
Everything about Bill Sheffield is authentic. It’s there in the intense, transcendent way he finger picks his guitar with hints of John Hurt and Blind Blake flashing through. It’s there in his songs that wrestle with earthly pleasure and the need for redemption. And it most definitely is there in Got A Gig, Gotta Go, his 9th studio recording on American Roots Records.
- Will Kimbrough
An American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Kimbrough started his musical career as a founding member of Will & the Bushmen, a popular college band in the eighties that produced a handful of albums and singles and made it to MTV.
- Brigitte DeMeyer
The South is everywhere, especially in the stories told by Brigitte DeMeyer’s music. With her sixth offering, Savannah Road, DeMeyer gives the listener access to a special place in her mind. The title track is inspired by Gregg Allman’s book My Cross to Bear.
- Andrew Ripp
Before releasing his debut album, Fifty Miles to Chicago, in 2008, Andrew first broke into the national music scene as a songwriter; his contributions, such as Ryan Cabrera’s album, You Stand Watching, have charted on the Billboard Hot 100, Top 40 Mainstream and more. Ripp’s third album, Won’t Let Go, was produced by Grammy Award winner Charlie Peacock.
- Daphne Willis
A singer and songwriter residing in Nashville, Tennessee. Willis was born in San Antonio, Texas on March 10, 1987. Willis grew up in a musical family. Her mother studied classical vocal performance at the University of Texas where her father was an audio engineering major and worked at CBR Records/Sony Music for more than 30 years.
- Eliot Bronson
An American singer-songwriter. Bronson was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He began playing at local coffeehouses and was dubbed a “folk singing wunderkind” by The Baltimore Sun. He later moved to Atlanta, where he formed the duo The Brilliant Inventions. In 2010, the band split up and Bronson continued solo, releasing Blackbirds in 2011. In 2012, Bronson released Milwaukee, with his band Yonder Orphans.
- Lilly Winwood
Lilly’s voice simmers somewhere between Soul and Americana. This is hardly surprising given her father Is the British musician, Steve Winwood, known for his ‘Blue-Eyed Soul’ vocals.
- Chuck Cannon
An American country music songwriter. His compositions include hit singles for Toby Keith and John Michael Montgomery. Cannon has also received awards for Broadcast Music Incorporated, as well as an Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year.
- Davin McCoy
Pain, suffering, and loss…three elements baked deeply into the fabric of love, or rather, a true love lost. Such are the autobiographical, painstaking roads traveled by Davin McCoy’s eloquently crafted, individually wrapped soulful pieces of art, his songs, tied together, so ever tightly, by a grief stricken fueled common thread, by cigarette stained fingers avec a not yet finished quarter left high ball.
British artist Callaghan is a singer-songwriter. She performs under the name Callaghan. She is best known for her 2012 album “Life in Full Colour” produced by Grammy-nominated US artist Shawn Mullins.
An Atlanta singer and songwriter, seamlessly blending classical harmony with the playfulness of ’60s Tropicalia, the earnestness and sentiment of ’70s songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Harry Nilsson, and the cerebral sincerity of the hymn.
- Jessie Albright
A Vermont raised singer/songwriter, self-taught guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. She has been performing around Vermont and Massachusetts since age 16. Jessie moved to Georgia in 2014 after releasing her first studio album, “Waiting Patiently” which is now available on iTunes.
- Smokin’ Novas
Smokin’ Novas masterfully fuse together the world of Americana, Folk and classic southern rock n’ roll.
- Across the Wide
Across The Wide was formed in 2008 by Cumming, GA, natives Jody Abernathy and Mark Mundy to showcase their original country music.
Eclectic Selections Of Everything But Opera. Great vocals and musicianship. Engaging original songs and unique delivery of some of your favorite music. From Hank Williams to The Civil Wars, from Leon Redbone to Patsy Cline, from Johnny Cash to Alison Krauss.
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