DEADWOOD, S.D. (09/14/16) – 2014 was a very good year for songwriters Lance Miller and Rob Hatch. That was the year that the preeminent songwriter’s group SESAC named Tim McGraw’s “Drink To That All Night” written by Miller, Song of The Year and named Hatch, Songwriter of the Year at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.

Both Hatch and Miller join an ever growing list of the best songwriters in America that will be appearing and performing at the Wild West Songwriter’s Festival, October 13-15 throughout the City of Deadwood, South Dakota.

The festival will feature three days of “writer’s rounds” which will feature songwriters performing hits they have written and telling the story behind the music. These rounds are fan favorites most notably because they are able to listen to songs that have sold millions across the world in very intimate venues throughout the historic town of Deadwood.

Dubbed one of the “best live music festivals for fans” and one of the “top ten songwriter’s festivals you don’t want to miss” the three day event co-sponsored with the Deadwood Chamber & Visitors Bureau will feature songwriters that have produced hits for everyone from Sugarland, George Straight, Tim McGraw, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and more recently Steven Tyler just to name a few. The event will also feature one of the greatest songwriting duos in music history when the mulit-Grammy winning band ‘America’ will take the stage on Friday night.

Already slated to appear and perform are Kristian Bush of Sugarland, Alyssa Bonagura, Danny Myrick, Dean Alexander, James Elliott, John Northrup, Krista Marie, Marc Beeson and Megan Linville with more special guests to be added prior to the event.

In addition to the popular writer’s rounds, the event will also feature local rounds for regional artists as well as demo panels, artist development, co-writing and publisher panels for aspiring artists and publishers. The event culminates Friday night with a full performance by America and Saturday night with an all-star jam that features all the artists on one stage at the Deadwood Mountain Grand event center.

All of the Thursday, Friday and Saturday writer’s rounds are free to the public, tickets for America are on sale now through or the Deadwood Mountain Grand Company Store at 877-907-GRAND and $15 tickets to the Saturday night Jam are on sale now through the same outlets or at the door.

For more information, visit or call 605-559-0386. To open your free Grand Rewards Center membership and enjoy the benefits of purchasing advance tickets ahead of the general public, bring a photo ID to the Grand Rewards Center counter, located in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort Casino.

Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel, a Holiday Inn Resort is the newly restored 1906 Homestake Mining Co. ore processing plant that overlooks Historic Deadwood, which features a 98-room luxury hotel, 210 state-of-the-art casino games, high stakes gaming action, a 2,500 seat entertainment and event center and a multi-level parking garage.

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