DEADWOOD, S.D. (09/09/21) – Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Meghan Trainor, Shania Twain, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flats, O.A.R., Jason Mraz and many more A-List artists will be represented by their songwriting partners at the 10th annual Wild West Songwriter’s Festival, October 7-9 in historic Deadwood, SD.

Dubbed one of the “best live music festivals for fans” and one of the “top ten songwriter’s festivals you don’t want to miss” the three-day event produced by Deadwood Mountain Grand in partnership with the Deadwood Chamber & Visitors Bureau will feature songwriters that have produced or co-written hits that have been nominated for nearly 100 Grammy Awards

The festival will feature three days of free “writer’s rounds” which will feature songwriters who are excellent performers in their own right, singing the hits they have written and telling the story behind the music. These rounds are fan favorites most notably because they are able to listen to songs that have sold millions across the world in very intimate venues throughout the historic town of Deadwood.

“This is by far one of my favorite events every year,” said Deadwood Mountain Grand General Manager Susan Kightlinger. “The songwriters are amazing performers and the stories they tell about how and why they wrote the songs is an absolute thrill.”

In addition to the popular writer’s rounds, the event will also feature local rounds spearheaded by local singer/songwriter Heath Johnson and the South Dakota Songwriter’s Association featuring amazing regional artists.

Saturday night will feature a free Songwriter’s Showcase in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center. This event will feature the songwriter’s newest material and well as old favorites. The event is free of charge with a donation requested that will go to local music programs at the Lead-Deadwood School District.

All of the Thursday, Friday and Saturday writer’s rounds are free to the public and it is recommended to arrive early to the intimate sized venues.

For more information, visit or call 605-559-0386. To open your free Grand Rewards Center membership and enjoy the benefits of purchasing advance tickets ahead of the general public, bring a photo ID to the Grand Rewards Center counter, located in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort Casino.

Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel, a Holiday Inn Resort is the newly restored 1906 Homestake Mining Co. ore processing plant that overlooks Historic Deadwood, which features a 98-room luxury hotel, 210 state-of-the-art casino games, high stakes gaming action, a 2,000 seat entertainment and event center and a multi-level parking garage.