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South Walton Sounds

South Walton is rich with many natural resources and we are further blessed that talented people add “soundtracks” to our wonderful lifestyle. We invite you to enjoy this beachside playlist that includes music from local talent you can see during your next visit. Be sure to listen and download the South Walton soundtrack "This is the Place" by written and performed by Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles.

Bryan Kennedy Knows Beach (& Garth)

Mr. Kennedy is very talented songwriter, singer and musician as well as beach evangelist.  His resume includes mega hits with Garth Brooks but we like his local performances and passion for this place even more.  Bryan perfectly conveys the coastal spirit and family love that so many feel when in South Walton.  Take a moment and enjoy his own music video of Grain of Sand and watch for him at the Seaside REP Theatre or other local performance venues.  If Garth tours again and wants Bryan, the locals might loan him back for a short while if he promises beach time will be prioritized.

Chris Alvarado

Chris Alvarado Cover

Chris Alvarado is an imaginative songwriter and is no stranger to the 30A Songwriter’s Festival. This Florida native has been asked to perform the festival the past 3 years to share his songs with locals and visitors alike. His song “Nothing Left” was a finalist in the 2013 Nashville, Music City Songwriting Contest and he will be performing at this year’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival. With an incredible passion for self-expression through music, you will hear why he has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions.

For more information on Chris Alvarado, visit his Facebook page and to hear his music check out his website.

Artist Interview Video

Dannica Lowery

Dannica Lowery

This Santa Rosa Beach native captivates her listeners with a folky kind of sound that will fill your soul. She inherited the love of music from her family and her infectious songs will stay with you well after her performance. She performs at many locations in South Walton and has even taken the stage during the 30A Songwriters Festival. Check out this short video as we ask Dannica about her new guitar and more.

For more information on Dannica Lowery, visit her Facebook page or her personal website to find out where she will be performing next.

Artist Interview Video

 The Owsley Brothers

The Owsley Brothers

If you don’t know The Owsley Brothers you should. This band calls South Walton home and they are well on their way to being known throughout the county. Mr. J.E. Reynolds, Brian Wise and John Reinlie make up the local rock band and their music is reaching national audiences through television soundtracks, leaving listeners wanting more. After performing several shows during the 30A Songwriters Festival and being invited to the SXSW festival in Texas, this talented trio is ready to rock.

For more information on The Owsley Brothers, visit their Facebook page and to sample some music head on over to their Bandcamp site.

Band Interview Video

30A Songwriters Festival

Blessed with spectacular natural resources like sugar-white sand beaches and the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, South Walton provides the perfect laidback environment for the annual 30A Songwriters Festival. With an eclectic lineup of more than 125 songwriters performing at unique venues ranging from funky bars to intimate listening rooms and spacious outdoor amphitheaters, it’s no wonder this three day music festival is quickly becoming one of the most diverse songwriters festivals around. Takes place in January every year and includes a list of artists includes seasoned vets in the music industry like Lucinda Williams and Tommy Womack, as well as newer artists like Humming House and Andrew Combs.

Watch Video   Festival Info 

Sam Bush 30A Songwriters Festival 

South Walton Music Venues

There are dozens of locations to view live music at in South Walton. From Seascape to Inlet Beach, it's hard to find a day when there isn't a performance to enjoy.

Live Music Venues


South Walton “Soundtrack” by Susanna Hoffs

“Sand and turquoise water forever” is how visitors often describe the destination’s 26 miles of pristine beach nestled along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. And now that sentiment has been put to music. The song, titled This is the Place, is courtesy of internationally renowned singer/songwriter Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles! Susanna Hoffs traveled to South Walton for the 30A Songwriters Festival, where she also performed the song live.  

Download the MP3   Watch "This Is the Place" Video

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