From Oct. 15-17, nationally recognized singer-songwriters including Edwin McCain, Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook (pictured) and Jim Lauderdale will gather in Alpharetta, Ga. for the Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival. In 2013, the festival debuted with a modest five-hour set on a Saturday night, but the expansion to three days, three stages and a carefully curated lineup of more than 35 artists has been orchestrated by Russell Carter, the Atlanta music industry veteran behind the careers of the Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins and Matthew Sweet, among others. His Russell Carter Artist Management is also the force behind the extremely successful 30A Songwriters Festival held in South Walton, Florida each January.
“The Wire and Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival will present musically diverse songwriters of national prominence to the cultural arts minded community north of Atlanta,” said Carter. “The streets off of Main Street will be converted into concert stages for audiences to experience provocative performances amidst the many galleries, bars and restaurants in Alpharetta. Our goal is to make this fall weekend event a musical destination not to be missed.”
The festivities begin on Thurs. Oct. 15 with a free kickoff event at Avalon featuring performances by The Whiskey Gentry and Liz Longley. Music starts downtown on Fri., Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. Wristbands are $30 and good for both the Friday and Saturday concerts.
“Wire and Wood is set to take an entirely new and better direction this year,” said Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle. “We have tapped the managing talent behind the 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida, perhaps the nation’s best songwriters festival. We believe this year will be our very best year as we attract an incredible lineup of songwriters and artists to the city of Alpharetta, which is quickly becoming a music city.”