Video: Bring me home: two weeks to 2020 deadline, Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest

Last year, Scott Perkins came down from Atlanta to sing “Waters of the Suwannee bring me home.”

Scott Perkins, Waters of the Suwannee bring me home, 2019 Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest

Only two more weeks to bring your song home by Wednesday, July 8, 2020, to the 2020 Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest, and evening of outdoor musical fun, with prizes.

Please use this entry form.

Music lovers, tickets are on sale now for the Contest Finals on Saturday, August 22, 2020, 7-9 PM, at the Art Park in Valdosta, Georgia: $10 per person (children under 12 free), or $12 at the door. For VIP tables send email to

All about Songwriting 2020 here, including contest Rules:–songwriting/

Here’s Scott Perkins singing “Waters of the Suwannee bring me home”:

Video by Scotti and Sara Jay for WWALS in Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest 2019.

When: 7-9 PM, Saturday, August 22, 2020

Where: Turner Center Art Park, 605 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia, 31601
Across from the Turner Center for the Arts
Plenty of room for physical distance while listening to the finalists play
Bring your own chairs if you can; we will have some chairs and tables, but everyone should try to keep six feet apart beyond your own family group.

What: Finals of the Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest
Headliners will play
Food truck and cash bar
Finalists will play for three judges
Silent auction and kayak raffle

M.C.: Scott James, host of Talk 92.1 FM

Prizes will be awarded by the judges:
$300 First prize,
$50 winner from within the Suwannee River Basin.
$50 winner from elsewhere.
One plaque per musical genre.
And: youth winners under 18 years old.

Tickets on sale now: $10 per person (children under 12 free), or $12 at the door.
For VIP tables send email to

Event: facebook

Submissions can be songs about any river, stream, spring, sink, swamp, lake, or pond in the Suwannee River Basin or Estuary (except not the Santa Fe Basin; that has its own contest). Judging of finalists will take into account integrity and value of the waters, historical value, originality of lyrics and music and musical consistency between them, performance, and clarity of message. Extra credit for naming the most rivers (springs, etc.). Even listing them counts; tying them together in a way that shows their value is better.

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From the previous press release:

“We’ll have a silent auction and kayak raffle, as well as talks on what we do: outings, programs, and projects, from water quality testing to opposing pipelines and mines and plastic water bottles, to promoting water trails and a Troupville River Camp,” said WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman. “Plus a range of buttons, stickers, hats, notecards, signs, shirts, and posters for sale: this is a fundraiser for WWALS Watershed Coalition.”

“Thanks to our top-tier sponsor Georgia Beer Company!” said Committee member Sara Jay.

“Yes, Scott James is also the Mayor of Valdosta, and all elected officials present will be offered 3 minutes to speak; just remember this is a musical celebration, not an airing of grievances,” added the Suwannee Riverkeeper.

About WWALS: Founded in June 2012, WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities. John S. Quarterman is the Suwannee Riverkeeper®, which is a staff position and a project of WWALS as the member of Waterkeeper® Alliance for the Suwannee River Basin.

Contact: John S. Quarterman, Suwannee Riverkeeper WWALS Watershed Coalition
PO Box 88, Hahira, GA 31632