I had a fantastic time at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida — or actually spread out in many venues over 22 miles of Highway 30A, running along the beach of the Florida panhandle.
I played three shows as a solo acoustic act, each time paired with a duo: Marti Jones and Don Dixon on Friday, Sarah Potenza and her husband Ian on Saturday, and an old friend Michelle Malone along with a young guitarist named Reno on Sunday — all great performers. It wasn’t so much songwriters in the round as songwriters playing ping-pong. But it wasn’t at all adversarial, and I never felt outnumbered on stage. Even if we’d never met before, everyone understood how to work together to create a unique experience both for ourselves and the audience. Several fans told me that what they liked best about this festival was seeing performers interact with each other. And it felt good, halfway through our set, to hear Sarah Potenza exclaim, “We’re forming a band!”
Michelle Malone and I had so much fun together that we’re doing it again at the City Winery in Atlanta on February 12.
With Marti Jones and Don Dixon.
With Michelle Malone.