What better place to showcase some of country music's rising stars than the Wild West Songwriter's Festival in Deadwood?
The annual event is Oct. 10-12 in Deadwood, and will feature songwriters who have produced or co-written hits for some of music's biggest stars, according to a news release from the Deadwood Mountain Grand.
As in years past, there will be three days of free “writer’s rounds” in intimate venues throughout Deadwood. The rounds feature songwriters singing the hits they have written and telling the story behind the music, and are fan favorites, according to event organizers.
This year's lineup includes former "American Idol" contestant David Devaul; Tenille Arts, whose songs have been played on "The Bachelor"; and Alex Klin, who has written songs recorded by top artists like Ronnie Dunn, Craig Morgan and Terri Clark. Thompson Square, one of the top acts originally scheduled to be part of the festival, has canceled, according to staff at the Deadwood Mountain Grand.
Other performers include Amanda Jordan, Billy Burnette, Erin Enderlin, Jesse Rice, Justin Wilson, Sheena Brook, Stephen Wilson Jr., Stevie Woodward, Ray Stephenson, Bridgette Tatum, James Elliott, Megan Sloane Linville, Travis Howard, Dean Alexander and Danny Myrick.
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The event will also feature local rounds spearheaded by local singer/songwriter Heath Johnson and the South Dakota Songwriter’s Association to showcase local and regional artists, and demo panels for aspiring songwriters.
Devaul, a native of Britt, Iowa, has written songs for Red Marlow from "The Voice" and "Rayvon Owens" from American Idol.
Canadian artist Arts made an appearance on ABC’s "The Bachelor" to perform her original song, “Moment of Weakness.” She returned to the show in January to perform her song “I Hate This.”
California native Kline is a songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist and was a founding member of The Lunabelles. She recently finished co-producing Terri Clark’s newest record, and has produced records for Tara Thompson, Erin Enderlin and 2018’s Australian CMC Artist of the Year Adam Brand.
All of the Thursday, Friday and Saturday writer’s rounds are free to the public and it is recommended to arrive early. For tickets to the songwriter jam at 8 p.m. Oct. 12, or for a full schedule of events, visit wildwestsongwriters.com/.