Gone West, Ryan Hurd To Lead Island Hopper Songwriter Fest

Gone West, featuring Colbie Caillat, will headline the sixth annual Island Hopper Songwriter Festival, along with special guest Ryan Hurd.  Nashville-based Gone West consists of two couples, Caillat and her fiancé and singer-songwriter Justin Young, and married songwriters, multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Jason Reeves and ACM and CMT nominated Nelly Joy.

The 10-day festival launches on Captiva Island Sept. 20-22, then moves to downtown Fort Myers, Sept. 23-26, and wraps up on Fort Myers Beach, Sept. 27-29. Island Hopper is the largest songwriter festival in Southwest Florida. This year, more than 70 singer-songwriters from around the country will perform more than 100 shows.

Gone West and Hurd will headline a show at Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford in Fort Myers on Sept. 25.

Songwriter Clint Daniels, who co-wrote the current hit, “Some of It” (performed by Eric Church), will perform on Captiva Island, along with Sam Williams, grandson of country legend Hank Williams, and Sawyer Fredericks, the season 8 winner of NBC’s The Voice. On Sept. 22, Florida Repertory Theatre in downtown Fort Myers will set the stage for a collaborative performance by Kristian Bush, half of the multi-Platinum selling duo Sugarland, and Gulf Coast Symphony, celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Island Hopper is produced by BMI, the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, iHeartMedia, and Cat Country 107.1.


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