Deadwood, SD is no stranger to the music industry. With constant entertainment coming from The Deadwood Mountain Grand and summer festivals that ignite the town, locals and visitors alike expect to be entertained. However, when something called a “Songwriters Round” was whispered there a year ago, people were stumped.
“In the Round” sessions by songwriters are commonplace in Music City; songwriters swap stories and tell the true meanings behind the songs and then sing them as they were originally intended. In 2012 the Wild West Songwriters Festival brought this traditional Nashville style of performance to historic Deadwood.
Instantly locals and visitors swarmed some of Deadwood’s most historic establishments to get a peak at these songwriters in action. The crowds were in such support of the event that the festival is now back for a second year, from October 10 – 12th.
While there are other songwriters festivals throughout the country, this one certainly stands out. Since this “In the Round” style was developed in Nashville, most of these festivals revolve solely around country songwriters. However, the Wild West Songwriters Festival incorporates famous faces from country, pop and rock formats.
Only at this festival can you watch someone who has written for The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert and Reba sit in between the two lead singers of Fuel and Tonic. Only at this festival can you bring in your own demo and have signed, touring artists actually sit with you, listen and critique it.
Whether you love music or you aspire to be in the industry, this festival has something for everyone. Main Street Deadwood will be jam packed with up to 8 Writer’s Rounds a day and the weekend will culminate with a giant Jam on Saturday. It doesn’t stop there, the music mixed with educational panels, a Kick-Off Party and a Bloody Mary Brunch, makes for a nonstop weekend.
Come out to the Wild West Songwriters Festival where you can sit in the very spot Wild Bill was shot while listening to the original version of Jason Aldean’s #1 hit, “She’s Country,” played live by the writer.