GATLINBURG, Tenn. – The 6th Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival features Con Hunley in Concert and more than 150 live shows, competitions, songwriters’ workshops and more Aug. 16-20 in downtown Gatlinburg.
Con Hunley is known as one of the well-loved soulful artists with 20 hits on the country charts from the 70’s and 80’s. Con is known for his iconic song “Oh Girl.”
Immi Records licensed and remastered most of his hits from the 70’s and 80’s making the music available on CD format for the first time ever. “Sweet Memories” produced by Grammy-winning producer, Norro Wilson was selected by CMT as one of their “Top 10 Country Albums of 2004. Con teamed with Wilson again for the 2006 album, “Shoot from The Heart,” featuring contributions from some of Nashville’s finest songwriters including Dean Dillon, Hank Cochran and Kim Williams.
Steve Dorff, a Grammy winning music master who performed at the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival in 2013 and 2014 wrote one of the songs on his CD, “A Collection” by Request.
Sylvia, songwriter, is famous for songs like “Nobody,” “Tumbleweed” and “Drifter.”
Jim Glaser, who wrote “Woman, Woman Do You Have Cheatin’ on Your Mind” for Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and “Ring of Fire” for Johnny Cash, performs in concert during the festival as well.
Other songwriters performing at the festival include
Bobby Tomberlin who co-wrote “One More Day” for Diamond Rio and “Good Day to Run” for Darryl Worley; Doug Johnson who wrote “Three Wooden Crosses” for Randy Travis; Steve Gulley, iconic bluegrass, country and gospel songwriter and singer; Carrie Tillis, daughter of Mel Tillis; Tony Arata who wrote “The Dance” for Garth Brooks and “Here I Am” for Patty Lovelace; Tony Mullins who wrote “How Forever Feels” for Kenny Chesney; Victoria Shaw who wrote “The River” for Garth Brooks and “I Love the Way You Love Me” for John Michael Montgomery; Mark Narmore who wrote “That’s What I Love About Sundays” for Craig Morgan; Danny Wells who wrote “Check Yes or No” for George Strait; Pat Alger “Thunder Rolls” and “Unanswered Prayer” for Garth Brooks; Mark Nesler who wrote “Just To See You Smile” for Tim McGraw; Leslie Statcher who wrote “Troubador” for George Strait; Lance Carpenter who wrote Kelsea Ballerini’s hit “Love Me Like You Mean It;” and Hits & Grins, Grammy nominated songwriters who have written hits for Reba McEntire, George Strait and more.
Admission is free to the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival except ticketed concerts.
For more information, schedule and tickets, visit www.SMSWF.com or call 865-604-9066.
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