Smoky Mountain Songwriter’s Festival Tumbleweed Company

Tumbleweed CompanyBy Michael Williams

Tumbleweed Company, a folk and rock band from Nashville and 2nd place winner in the first Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival Band Playoff, is coming back to Gatlinburg Friday, July 18 to perform at Three Jimmy’s. Entertainment begins at 8 p.m.

Members of the band are from all different parts of the country and met in Boston while attending Berklee College of Music. Established in 2009, Tumbleweed Company released their new EP “Village” in April 2014, produced by Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo).

Influenced by different types American folk and their love of rock n’ roll, Tumbleweed Company blends vocal harmonies over an array of acoustic and electric instruments to create something uniquely their own.

The SMSWF Band Playoff was developed to showcase bands performing original music. The mission of the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is to promote songwriters and to help their songs be discovered not only by publishers and producers, but by all of us.

“We had so many bands call and ask us the very first year if we allowed bands to perform in the festival that we decided our second year to add a SMSWF Band Playoff,” explains Cyndy Montgomery Reeves, festival director and founder.

Three Jimmy’s will again be the home of the SMSWF Band Playoff during Aug. 21-24.  Friday and Saturday bands will be performing from noon to close. Sunday Aug. 24 six bands will perform for the opportunity to be one of three bands to return to Three Jimmy’s for a paid gig to be scheduled sometime between Sept. 15, and July 30, 2015.

“Last year at the SMSWF Band Playoff there were bands from as far away as Oklahoma, New York and Florida,” Reeves noted. Make plans today to attend the 3rd Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival Aug. 21-24, 2014.

The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is held during August every year to “Celebrate Our Appalachian Musical Roots.” The craft of songwriting from the songwriters themselves will fill venues with ongoing performances for four days throughout Gatlinburg Aug. 21-24th. Opportunities for songwriters include a songwriting workshop, songwriting contest, stage spots and a band playoff.  The Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau is a sponsor of the SMSWF.

For more information about the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival visit SMSWF.com.

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