Overbrook wraps up 3rd songwriting festival

Published 4:00 pm Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The Overbrook Songwriters Festival is over for 2022, but performers and concert-goers alike are already looking forward to round four in 2023.

Instruments and sound equipment packed away, musicians who sang and played their own original compositions headed home — to another state or down the street — after the third annual festival concluded Saturday night. Over the course of the two-day festivities, musicians made new friends, rekindled old friendships, shared their songs and encouraged fellow songwriters.

Hundreds of people attended the free events Friday and Saturday at multiple venues around Brookhaven, involving nearly three dozen songwriter-performers. Venues were Recess 101, Betty’s Eat Shop, Georgia Blue, Tortilla Soup and Magnolia Blues.

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The lineup included Nancy Bryant Roppolo, The Beach Bums, Tommy Ike Hailey, Barry Chauvin, Keith Harelson, John West, Susan Aysen, Gabriel Bass, R.T. Hall, Eric Stracener, Bill Romano, Cody Dunaway, Shelby Martin Anderson, Mary Alice Vanderwaters, Steve Judice, Doc and Katie, Eric Woods, Brown Barnes Band, Tyler Bridge, Charlie and Libby Hewitt, Rick Adams, Bryan Batson, Rona Barrett, Mike Stone, Montana Beeson, Tony Norton, Guy Pucheu and Mike J. Case.

Hometown product Sam Mooney was the headline performer at Recess 101 Saturday night, the weekend’s only paid concert.

A unique festival, Overbrook pays its performers to play. Most songwriter festivals either pay nothing, or charge the performer for a chance to feature up to three of his or her songs. Overbrook gives each songwriter plenty of time to share in 80-minute sets, festival creator and organizer Shaw Furlow said.

The annual event draws artists and music lovers to Brookhaven, adding to the city’s arts scene.

“We provide a place for songwriters to sing and share their songs, and we provide tourism for the city,” Furlow said. “And it’s just good for your soul, man.”