Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival

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In the Spring of 2011 Cyndy Montgomery Reeves saw a banner promoting the 16th Annual Key West Songwriter’s Festival Key West Songwriter’s Festival.  Cyndy asked herself, “What is this? A songwriter festival doesn’t belong in Key West, it belongs in the Smoky Mountains where bluegrass, country and ole time music originated.” All the songwriters she met in Key West as she checked out what a songwriters festival was all about asked her, when she told them where she was from, why do you all not have a songwriters festival in the Smoky Mountains?

Gatlinburg is the perfect place for such an event, especially since these Appalachian Mountains have such a long and deep history of pickers, singers, artists, musicians and songwriters.  Not to mention the greatest songwriter in the world, Dolly Parton, who was born and raised in Sevier County, TN.  Let alone tracing the history from the day of the vinyl recording sessions in Bristol, TN with Mother Maybelle Carter’s family to the Musical Merry Go Round on WNOX radio in Knoxville, TN. 

East Tennessee’s history is rich in how music became a part of American history.  We need to work together to preserve our historical music roots.  It was the ballads from Ireland, Scotland, and England that became songs here in the Appalachian Mountains that created the American music history path.

The mission of The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is to bring songwriters, music professionals and music lovers together to enjoyment of learning, sharing, and preserving the craft of the song.  What would the world be like without a song?  

Remember the song begins with a song writer.

The Historic Gatlinburg Inn is very much part of this journey in history.

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It all begins with the song
Hilary Williams
David Haley
Song Writer
Smoky Mountains Song Writers Festival

755 Parkway,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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