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Award Winning Writers to Perform in Deadwood


5th Annual Wild West Songwriters Festival
October 13-15, 2016

Deadwood, S.D. (09/21/16) - 2014 was quite a year for songwriters Lance Miller and Rob Hatch. That was the year that the preeminent songwriter's group SESAC named Jerrod Niemann'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 include 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 by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and the Deadwood Mountain Grand will feature songwriters that have produced hits for bands like 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' takes 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. 


Lance Miller and Roger Hatch
2015 Photos



Amanda Kille
Deadwood Chamber and Visitor's Bureau
Phone: 605-578-1876