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For the past four years, the Opelika Songwriters Festival has attracted die-hard live music fans from across the Southeast to hear original songwriters spanning many musical genres perform their songs. Restaurants, bars, a distillery and an inn in historic downtown Opelika become music venues for two nights and a third day for dozens of solo, band and round performances throughout long weekend of October 14-16, 2022. Tickets are on sale now at www.freshtix.com/events/opelika-songwriters-festival-2022.
The Opelika Songwriters Festival will celebrate its third year with performances on the Main Stage at 1st Avenue in downtown Opelika on Saturday afternoon, October 15, featuring headline performances by acclaimed artists Indigo Girls and Rickie Lee Jones. Shawn Mullins and John Paul White perform two evening shows during the festival weekend. Other artists performing include Leigh Nash, Jeff Black, Dan Navarro, Kim Richey, Peter Bradley Adams, Paul McDonald, Adam Hood, Larry Mitchell, Abe Partridge, Meaghan Farrell, Katie Martin, Bradley Cole Smith, Martha’s Trouble and Haraway Brothers.
In addition to music, the Opelika Songwriters Festival is the ideal event for people who like to combine music, sport and relaxation in a world-class spa. The official festival hotel is the Opelika Auburn Marriott Resort and Spa at Grand National, which features three 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Golf courses with scenic views, driving ranges, putting greens and golf lessons. Plus, there are elaborate resort-style pools with bar service, plus eight tennis courts and an award-winning spa.
“Amy and I can’t wait to get back to the Opelika/Auburn area where we’ve played many fun shows over the years,” said Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls. “We are especially thrilled to share the stage with Rickie Lee Jones whom we admire so much as a singer and songwriter.”
Shawn Mullins, a 30A Songwriters Festival veteran, has performed at Opelika’s first two Songwriters Festivals and says the historic city offers something special for music lovers.
“Opelika’s city center stands out for its authenticity,” he said. “There are breweries, a distillery, boutiques and a pinball shop that inhabit these beautifully restored original cotton warehouses and retail buildings from the early 1920s, the Pepperill Mill era, which spurred the economy many years ago. The fact that these venues – all within walking distance – are used as listening rooms for the Festival make for a fun and intimate gathering.
Indigo Girls’ debut album sold over two million units under the power of singles “Closer to Fine” and “Kid Fears” in 1989 and established Indigo Girls as one of the most popular folk duos. most successful in history. Over a 35-year career that began in clubs around their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, the Grammy-winning duo recorded 16 studio albums (seven gold, four platinum, a double platinum), sold over 15 million records and built a dedicated and enduring community. Following. Their critically acclaimed latest album, Look Long is a moving and eclectic collection of songs that finds the duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers reunited in the studio with their strongest backing band yet as they recount their upbringing. personal with more specificity and focus than them. have on any previous song cycle.
Rickie Lee Jones will make his debut at the Opelika Songwriters Festival right after the release of his memoir, Last Chance Texaco, released in spring 2021. His chronicles are “as rich and colorful as Jones’ best lyrics”, writes the New York Times. The two-time Grammy winner, known for her haunting voice that ranges from deep longing to sultry late-night, first burst onto the Los Angeles scene in the mid-1970s penning instant classics like ” Chuck E.’s In Love”, “Danny’s All-Star Joint”, and the pivotal breakup album “Pirates”.