Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival

October 6-7, 2017
   (Free admission)
6:00-8:00 pm Avalon in The Plaza
Performances by Seth Walker and The Mosleys

7:00-10:00 pm Downtown Alpharetta
Downtown Venues: Smokejack BBQ, South Main Kitchen Alley, Brooke Street Park, Ceviche
Artists TBA

5:00-10:30 pm Downtown Alpharetta
Downtown Venues: Smokejack BBQ, South Main Kitchen Alley, Old Canton Street by White Dog Décor, Milton Avenue, Brooke Street Park, Ceviche
Tickets: $40 in advance, $45 at the gate

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! This event is rain or shine. No outside food, beverages or pets allowed.

2017 Artist Information

    • 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.


    • Matthew Sweet
      Sweet emerged in 1991 as the leading figure of the American power pop revival. Sweet adhered to traditional songcraft, yet subverted the form by adding noisy post-punk guitar and flourishes of country-rock. Sweet’s albums: Girlfriend (1991), Altered Beast (1993) and 100% Fun (1995) all reached platinum status with hit songs: Girlfriend, I’ve Been Waiting, and Sick of Myself to name a few. Matthew’s latest album Tomorrow Forever has been universally praised by critics saying Sweet “strikes power-pop gold again.”


    • Allen Stone
      Allen Stone exploded on the scene in 2010 hailing from the state of Washington creating an original style of soul and r&b. His popularity has grown over the last 8 years and he has sold out center stage, terminal west, and multiple nights at city winery Atlanta. He is just coming off a tour with Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears.


    • James McMurtry
      An American folk rock/americana singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor. McMurtry’s critically lauded first album Too Long in the Wasteland (1989) was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill Records. His album Childish Things released in 2005 notched his most critical praise, spending six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart throughout 2006. Childish Things and his song “We Can’t Make It Here” won the Americana Music Awards for Album and Song of the Year.


    • Chely Wright
      Richell Rene “Chely” Wright is an American country music singer. On the strength of her debut album in 1994, the Academy of Country Music named her Top New Female Vocalist in 1995. Wright’s first Top 40 country hit came in 1997 with “Shut Up and Drive”. Two years later, her fourth album yielded a number one single, the title track, “Single White Female”. Overall, Wright has released seven studio albums on various labels, and has charted more than fifteen singles on the country charts.


    • Amy LaVere
      Amy Lavere and her band are one of the most popular bands at 30A Songwriters Festival. She comes back at popularity demand every year, and Amy stands out in a crowd even at 5 feet 2 inches as a commanding player of a upright bass with a beautiful voice and a collection of unique songs.


    • Randall Bramblett
      Randall Bramblett is playing with his band and he’s written songs for and performed in bands with Stevie Winwood, Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, and Shawn Mullins to name a few.


    • Seth Walker
      Over the past 10 years, Seth Walker has become recognized as one of the most revered modern roots artists in the United States. His latest studio album, Gotta Get Back, produced by Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, is yet another masterwork that further expands upon this reputation. He is a great writer and a great showman with a three dimensional talent comprised by a gift for combining melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice with a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar.


    • Michelle Malone
      MIchelle Malone is a favorite in the Atlanta market which she emerged into in the 1980’s and founder of SBS Records. She is making a rare appearance at Wire & Wood in support of her brand new record out this fall.


    • AJ Ghent Band
      AJ Ghent is a third generation singer songwriter and lap and pedal steel guitar player. He was the front man in Colonel Bruce Hampton’s band, and was the #1 performing band for the Atlanta Braves in 2015. He has gone on to headlining dates across the country.


    • Gary Nicholson
      Gary is one of the premier songwriters in Nashville. Nicholson has more than 500 recordings and is best known for his work with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Ringo Starr, BB King, Fleetwood Mac and Billy Joe Shaver. He is a member of the songwriters hall of fame and it is an honor to have him at this years Wire & Wood festival.


    • Tommy Talton
      An American guitarist who is most noted for having played with Cowboy, Gregg Allman, and numerous recording sessions with Paul Butterfield, Allman Brothers Band, and more. It’s clear that Tommy Talton is still making music for the sheer joy of it. He manages to perform with both the energy of a music-obsessed kid and the restraint of a seasoned veteran-because, at heart, he is both!


    • Chasing Lovely
      Folk-pop duo Chasing Lovely combine haunting harmonies, powerful melodies, and insightful lyrics to create a truly captivating acoustic performance. With their latest EP, “Things We Don’t Talk About” (July 2017), they candidly open up about both personal and cultural conflict, addressing subjects normally considered taboo.


    • Bill Sheffield
      Everything about Bill Sheffield is authentic. He proves this in his intense, transcendent way he finger picks his guitar with hints of John Hurt and Blind Blake. We are glad to have him back at this year’s Wire & Wood festival.


    • Eliot Bronson
      Award-winning singersongwriter Eliot Bronson is touring behind his new record produced by Dave Cobb (producer of Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, and Jason Isbell). Eliot has agreed to perform with his band Friday night and solo acoustic Saturday night.


    • Robby Hecht
      Nashville singer-songwriter Robby Hecht has distinguished himself as the second coming of James Taylor, a gentler Damien Jurado. Over the past decade, Robby has established himself as an international touring artist and has received many prestigious national performing songwriters awards. It’s hard to miss that his songwriting is distinct and individual.


    • Davin McCoy
      Pain, suffering, and loss…three elements baked deeply into the fabric of love, or rather, a true love lost. These are the things of which the greatest artists of all time have feasted, in through their uniquely experienced and engineered pores, and out to the world après time served within the walls of the artist’s hearts and minds. Such are the autobiographical, painstaking roads traveled by Davin McCoy.


    • Carly Burruss
      Atlanta-based singer/songwriter. Carly performed “We Were Us” with Keith Urban on the Raise Em Up Tour, opened for Dwight Yoakam, and played alongside Florida-Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Raelynn, and Dustin Lynch on FGL’s This Is How We Cruise. Paired with her wit, humor, and grit, Carly’s infectious melodies and memorable one-liners are reminiscent of her influences like Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Kacey Musgraves.


    • Ross Newell (of Mulligan Brothers)
      Ross Newell can usually be seen and heard as the lead singer and songwriter in his band The Mulligan Brothers from Mobile, AL. His songwriting weaves heartfelt tales of love and loss into complex yet comforting storytelling.


    • Alex Guthrie
      Alex Guthrie is an Atlanta-based soul singer, songwriter, and guitarist. You may have seen him in the American Insurance company commercial with Jennifer Hudson. His powerful, soulful voice and insightful lyrics have established him in the Southeast as a must-see artist.


    • Jennifer Simpson
      A Los Angeles and Atlanta based singer/songwriter. Born and raised in Southern California, but with a lifetime love of country music and the songwriters of the 70’s, Jennifer’s music combines the simple, honest truth of country with the magic and warmth of folk and Americana. In her first year playing professionally, she won the 30a Songwriter Festival song competition with a song she co-wrote with Miles Zuniga of Fastball.


    • Jessie Albright & Foster Blues
      Jessie Albright is a Vermont raised singer songwriter, self-taught guitarist, and formed Jessie Albright & Foster Blues in the fall of 2015. They cultivate the soul-filled and eclectic Blues/Rock sound, and currently play shows across the greater Atlanta area.


    • The Mosleys
      Married songwriting duo Rachel and Stephen Mosley stumbled onto the scene after winning an open mic competition at Zac Brown’s Southern Grounds in Senoia, Georgia. The prize was studio time, and The Mosleys recorded their first EP at Zac Brown’s Crow’s Nest Studio in Atlanta. Since the release of Beneath the Trees and Stars in 2015, they have been busy playing festivals and stages, from the 30A Singer Songwriter Festival to the Chastain Amphitheater. Married for 16 years, Rachel & Stephen have five young children and lots of great stories and they can’t wait to share those stories with you.


    • ESOEBO
      ESOEBO (Eclectic Selections Of Everything But Opera) creates music with originality, cello, guitar, and unique vocals. A duo comprised of Gail Burnett and Chuck McDowell, they blend diverse backgrounds into crowd pleasing performances. The act expands with some of the most amazing musicians you will find anywhere. Their live performances are known for making people smile, laugh, cry, clap, sing, shout, and stomp.
    • Madonna Nash
      A singer/songwriter, born and raised on the coast of NC and the lap of Music City. Her Great Great Uncle, Mr. Connie B. Gay, was the founding president of the Country Music Association, owned his own radio station and much more.  She started singing around age 7, caught the songwriting bug at 15, and gigged the coffee shops and honky tonks until the release of her first album, self titled “Madonna Nash” in early 2011. Since then she has been touring professionally, still writing and co-writing along the way.


    • Sarah Carter
      Sarah Carter is an 18 year old songwriter and musician from Cumming, Ga. She has competed and won multiple singing competitions around the Atlanta and North Georgia Area. At the age of 12, Sarah began teaching herself multiple instruments by ear, and found her love of music and singing. Sarah is now a student starting her freshman year at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where she will study to become a professional songwriter in the music industry.


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