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It just doesn’t get any better than a peaceful retreat in the Smoky Mountains. These ancient wonders, between 200-300 million years old are crisscrossed by hundreds of hiking trails and draw nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, families, and people who just want to leave the hustle and bustle behind and relax in the majesty of the Smokies. They’re the place to go when you just need to chill out.

Smoky Mountain Songwriter's FestivalThe Smoky Mountains are a United States institution, woven into the fabric of every American, just as much as baseball and apple pie. They’ve been part of our landscape and culture since the beginning. Before Christopher Columbus landed on the shores of America’s East Coast, the Smoky Mountains were lauded by the Native American Cherokee tribe as “Shaconage,” or “place of the blue smoke.” The Smoky Mountains have captured our imagination and national pride for ages. It’s no surprise that they are also the cradle of some of the best singer and songwriters ever to emerge on the American musical scene. Before she stepped out in her false eyelashes and tube of cheap lipstick, Dolly Parton was a Smoky Mountain girl and you can hear echoes of the landscape in every ballad and song that she writes. It’s truly an inspirational place!

That’s why for the past six years, the Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival has been celebrating the achievements of the songwriters who speak to us so well through their craft. August 16-20, is the 2017 festival, and you don’t want to miss it. Featuring legends like Con Hunley and Sylvia, as well as hit writers of your absolute favorite songs, such as Victoria Shaw and Jim Glaser and solo and duet acts like Freddie Lee, Amy Beville, The Darlins, Logan Marilyne and more. The Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee aims to “Celebrate Our Appalachian Musical Roots” with four days of songwriting, bluegrass and country music. Gatlinburg is considered the “Gateway to The Great Smoky Mountains” and a perfect pick to celebrate the creative musical richness of the region. Their featured songwriters perform their music and give you the backstory on the song, so you have an entirely new perspective and appreciation for the art. It’s an unparalleled experience and a must-do for any music lover. Aspiring musician? Get mentoring and co-writing sessions with featured songwriters or join a workshop to hone your craft.

Have a unique and enriching experience this summer. Get to the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival from August 16-20, 2017. Visit their website for pricing and more information.

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