About Us

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Cyndy Montgomery Reeves

Founder & Festival Director

“When I attended the 16th Annual Key West Songwriter’s Festival, I thought to myself, ‘What is this?  A songwriters’ festival belongs in the Smoky Mountains where bluegrass, country and old time music originated.’  The Appalachian Mountains have such a long, rich and deep history of pickers, singers, and songwriters.  I immediately met with the City of Gatlinburg’s Special Events Director, George Hawkins suggesting that we start a Smoky Mountains Songwriter’s Festival and he agreed.”

The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is now held every August to “Celebrate Our Appalachian Musical Roots”.

And Our Smokin’ Team

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Chuck Winstead

Festival Coordinator

I am the Special Projects manager for Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. I have worked for Ripley’s for over 16 years. I became involved with the Songwriters Festival in the first year as it was being formed and joined the festival fully in the 3rd year as the festival coordinator.

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Michele Fulford

Festival Adminstrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator

I have been involved in the SMSWF for 4 years. It has become my family’s favorite event of the year. The amazing music, people, town and creativity that takes place at this festival is truly one of a kind. I have taken a more active role this year as the Volunteer Coordinator. We need many additional volunteers to enable the SMSWF to take place. We realize that the volunteer staff is a vital part of the SMSWF. This will be the year of the Volunteer.  If you or anyone you know love music, Mountains, great people and a great time and want to volunteer contact Michele at:Songwritervolunteers@gmail .com.


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Shane Reman

Productions Director
Audio Engineer

“I am honored to say that I have been with the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival from the beginning.  It is exciting to see the continual growth each year brings.  What better place to have a songwriters festival than the Great Smoky Mountains!”  Shane is the productions director and audio engineer for the festival, and is also a musician himself.


Sparrow Fulford

Website Director and Game Coordinator


Kat Spear

Photography Coordinator and Scheduler



Celebrating the Sound of the Smokys