2019 Festival Archive



This past weekend, we held the 2019 #CCSongwritersFestival, our second one. We hosted 39 songwriters over a three-day period, with three concerts, two after parties, three workshops, at six different local venues.

We had over a dozen local songwriters, and songwriters from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Fredericksburg, Bandera, Divine, and several cities in between! Our crowd was local, and Texan, and beyond, with many coming in and spending the weekend in the Coastal Bend, some — for the very first time.

Personally, I am humbled by the feedback we’ve gotten thus far, that what we did was magical, successful, something that’s needed for our community…and (what really hits me in the feels) inspiring.

Thank you to all 39 songwriters, each and every one of you were integral to the sum of what our festival became. Your songs, and the stories behind them, define why we do what we do.

I want to especially thank Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson, and George Ensle for their amazing workshops given on the craft of songwriting on Saturday.

To our venues, The Churchyard, Executive Surf Club, Texas Surf Museum, The Exchange – Corpus Christi, The Gold Fish, and Aloft Corpus Christi — you were amazing partners. Thank you for all of your support this year, and we look forward to 2020!

To our sponsors, Port Corpus Christi, Physicians Premier Emergency Room, 106-5 The Shark, Rockport Center for the Arts, Pecan Grove Store, Wild Horse Lodge, Chef Tony’s Custom Cuisine, Bellino’s Ristorante Italiano, Seaman Financial Services, House of Rock, Lorelei Brewing Company, Lazy Beach Brewing, Dripping Springs Vodka and Sound Vibrations — your unwavering support of original music in Corpus Christi is inspiring! Thank you for all you do for our community!

To our volunteers, Jan Penter Canamore, Lisa Beck Crawford, Rick Hoefel, Chelsea Wilmot Photography, Neil Peterson, Julie, and everyone else who helped keep the machine moving this weekend — your tireless efforts were priceless, and we are forever in debt to you!

To our gracious housing hosts, Donna Bailey, Kelly Hansen, and Rick Hoefel — our songwriters LOVED the weekend they spent here, mostly, I think, because they had a warm bed, and your gracious hospitality to come back to!

Last but not least, I personally want to thank Abby Janca Wieland for the hundreds of hours she put in behind the scenes to pull this year off. And Garrett Wieland, as VP’s go, you’re the best! David Martinez, longtime friend, there’s no one else I’d rather work with to get things done!

This year was everything we hoped it would be and more. And I know I’m not alone in this, Presidents Day Weekend 2020 is going to be legendary!

So mark your calendars. The 2020 Corpus Christi Songwriters Festival will be Feb. 14-16!
Be a part of it! 🙏🙏🙏


2019 CCSW Poster-FINAL

Friday, Feb. 8:2019 #CCSongwritersFestival ANNOUNCEMENT: We are extremely excited to welcome Ian Moore as our festival headliner, closing out our main event on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Executive Surf Club!


Monday, Jan. 28, 2019: #CCSongwritersFestival ANNOUNCEMENT: Welcome Walt Wilkins as our festival headliner! He’ll be kicking off the fest on Friday, Feb. 15 w/ Steven Hansen, Bruce Gambill and Frank Martin Gilligan at The Churchyard, 7pm!

Walt Wilkins

For the full line-up and to get your festival passes today, visit http://ccsongwritersfestival.com NOW!

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019: #CCSongwritersFestival ANNOUNCEMENT: Welcome Eric Magnusson (Magnus), Lee Winright Music, and Ty DietZ (Music) to our 2019 line-up!

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019: #CCSongwritersFestival ANNOUNCEMENT: Our line-up just keeps getting better and better. Performing during our festival, Feb. 15-17, welcome: Bruce Gambill, Alex Winters, Dylan Tanner, Doc Carter, and Rick Hoefel & Gary James Moeller (The Salt Lifers)

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019: #CCSongwritersFestival ANNOUNCEMENT: The excitement grows, so help us welcome Shayna Sands Music, Melissa Brooke, Yosh & Yimmy, Jana Pochop, and Grant Ewing to perform at this year’s festival, Feb. 15-17!

2019 #CCSongwritersFestival ANNOUNCEMENT: Our next wave of songwriters performing at this year’s festival, Feb. 15-17, are: Frank Martin Gilligan Music Page, Stephen K. Morris, Mark Jungers, Steven Hansen Music, and Garrett Wieland Music!

Tuesday, Jan. 8: 2019 #CCSongwritersFestival ANNOUNCEMENT: We are excited to have The One and Only Claude”Butch”Morgan and Al Barlow as featured songwriters, as well as MC’s for this year’s main event, which will take place at the Executive Surf Club on Sunday, Feb. 17!

2019 #CCSongwritersFestival ANNOUNCEMENT: We are excited to welcome Lisa Beck-Crawford Songwriter, KATY MCKENZIE, Official: Ireland, Sasha K.A Music, and Michael Waid to perform at this year’s festival, Feb. 15-17!

Monday, Jan. 7: The 2019 #CCSongwritersFestival line-up is now finalized, and we will be announcing waves of songwriters each day this week.

ANNOUNCING: Renowned singer-songwriters and returning festival alum Susan Gibson and George Ensle as our featured songwriters, and this year’s workshop hosts. On Saturday, Feb. 16, George will be hosting a morning session, and Susan will be hosting an afternoon session, and then they will perform together in a must-see Song-Swap Saturday evening!

As always, we continue to offer sponsorship, vendor and volunteer opportunities. For info, email ccsongwriters@gmail.com


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