Marathon Songwriters Festival offers intimate celebration of song & story in Far West Texas

Article Contributed by Sarah J Frost | Published on Monday, May 9, 2022

Far West Texas is a magical place, transformative for anyone who's ever witnessed it; Marathon Songwriters Festival brings performances by master songwriters to a breathtaking setting that captivates and inspires. The festival has just announced the lineup for this year's event, taking place August 12-13, 2022, in Marathon, TX. Limited tickets are available now. 
Hosted by The Gage Hotel in Marathon, TX, the two-day event features performances by Drew Kennedy, Josh Grider, Jamie Lin Wilson, Bobby Hamrick, Rob Baird, Brennen Leigh and Logan Wall. Attendees are treated to intimate performances at the hotel, the Gage Gardens, and Marathon's newest attraction, The Brick Vault Brewery and Barbecue. 
Each songwriter will perform a solo set at a location in and around the grounds of the Gage Hotel and the Brick Vault Brewery. Think of it as a unique opportunity for the songwriter and the audience members alike to get to know each other, all surrounded by the beauty of the landscape. On Saturday, attendees can relax by the pool with DJ Josh Grider spinning some of his favorite deep cuts and well-loved vinyl gems, followed by an outing for West Texas cloud appreciating for those interested  – an activity so relaxing and awe-inspiring that it is also chronicled in song by none other than The Topo Chico Cowboys, a duo comprised of Kennedy and Grider themselves. 
To close out the last night of the Marathon Songwriters Festival, each of the performing songwriters will join together on one stage to bring the festival to its rightful conclusion — one big, fun, joyous shindig. 
The Marathon Songwriters Festival is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Drew Kennedy and combines his love of both great songs and the great wide open. Kennedy's fondness for this particular region is even further cemented in his upcoming ninth “studio” album, Marathon, set for release on June 17; the 11-song collection is a vivid and immersive ode to this corner of the world that the singer-songwriter has fallen in love with over the years. The album was recorded in a small adobe house in the same tiny Far West Texas town after which the album, and this festival, are named. 
“I have loved this little town from the very first moment I laid eyes on it,” says Kennedy, “and it's really become an important place for me creatively and spiritually over the years. We started this festival with the simple idea of sharing songs and stories against Marathon's ruggedly beautiful backdrop, and with the help of our presenting host The Gage Hotel, I feel like we've truly built something special. A huge portion of our attendees have been coming to the festival since year one – and to me, that's a sign that we've got something good on our hands.”