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Save Our Suwannee and Jay Jourden band in Lanier County News 2019-09-05

Our second year winner of the Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest, Jay Jourden and his band, was on the front page of the Lanier County News the next month of 2019.

The Fourth Annual Contest is coming up August 21, 2021, at the Turner Center Art Park in Valdosta.


Carol A. Moore, Lanier County News, Thursday, September 5, 2019, Berrien Resident Loves Winning “Save Our Suwannee” Song,

Nashville resident Patty Stidham (second from right) couldn’t wait to congratulate the winner of the WWALS Watershed Coalition Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest. Jadean Jourden of Ponte Vedra, FL won the overall contest with “Save Our Suwannee” played by his group Newgrass Bluegrass. Jourden has been nominated in this year’s Josie Music Awards as Vocalist of the Year in Jazz/Blues & Rising Star of the year [https://www.josiemusicawards.com/].

All about this year’s contest is here: https://wwals.net/pictures/2021-08-21–songwriting/. Our WWALS Songwriting Contest Committee, which now includes four musicians, is working out the details, including who will be headliners, who will be judges, and some streamlining of the judging process.


 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!

Judges Selected for Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest


Hahira, Georgia, July 1, 2019 — Three judges are ready to pick the winners at the Second Annual Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest: two from Georgia and one from Florida. Tony Buzella, J.J. Rolle, and Tim Teasley will mark finalists on originality of lyrics and music, musical consistency, showing the integrity and value of the waters, historical value, performance, and more. Radio personality Chris Beckham of Tifton will M.C.

Three Judges

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