Kerrville Folk Festival

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Coordinates: 29°57′29.2″N 99°13′01.0″W / 29.958111°N 99.216944°W / 29.958111; -99.216944

Kerrville Folk Festival
Kerrville Folk Festival campgrounds.jpg
Location(s) Quiet Valley Ranch, Kerrville, Texas, United States
Years active 1972–present
Founded by Rod Kennedy
Date(s) late spring/early summer
Genre folk, bluegrass, country, singer-songwriter, blues, jazz, Americana
Website www.kerrville-music.com

The Kerrville Folk Festival is a music festival held for 18 consecutive days in the late spring/early summer at Quiet Valley Ranch near Kerrville, Texas. The event has run annually since 1972. In November 2008, the Kerrville Folk Festival and Kerrville Wine & Music Festival were acquired by the Texas Folk Music Foundation, a 501(c)3 Texas Non-profit Corporation.

The event draws around 30,000 people per year. Tickets (single day or season passes) are required for admission. Many patrons camp out on the festival grounds during part or all of the festival.

The festival places a strong emphasis on songwriting, though the performances encompass a variety of styles. The idea behind the festivals is to "promote emerging artists while giving our audience exposure to both new and recognized, seasoned talent", according to the festival's official website.

In past years, the event has also featured well known artists, including Peter, Paul and Mary, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Robert Earl Keen, Lucinda Williams, and Nanci Griffith.

The Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition[edit]

There is a yearly competition to discover promising new singer-songwriters called the New Folk Competition. Thirty-two finalists are selected from a field of 800 entries to share two of their original songs in an afternoon appearance on the stage of the Threadgill Theater. From these 32 finalists, six winners are selected by a small group of well-established performing songwriters. In addition to cash and other tangible prizes, the six winners are invited to the main stage to perform a 20-minute set.

A win at Kerrville carries considerable prestige in the singer-songwriter community. This is in part due to the peer-professional judging and the festival’s long history of recognizing emerging artists who have later gone on to wider success. There have also been examples of notable performers who have appeared as finalists in the competition without ever earning a win. Artists who have performed in the competition include:

2013 Winners and finalists[edit]

The six New Folk Winners for 2013 were as follows: Honor Finnegan (New York, NY) Eric Bettencourt (Portland, ME) Paul Sachs (New York, NY) Ellis (Minneapolis, MN) Ed Romanoff (Brooklyn, NY) Adrianne Lenker (Andover, MN)

2012 Winners and finalists[edit]

The six New Folk Winners for 2012 were among 32 songwriter-finalists who performed during the New Folk Concerts on May 26 & 27, 2012—chosen from 800 submissions.

Judges Winners Other finalists
  • Terry Penney (Newfoundland Canada)
  • Paula Held (Austin TX)
  • Alison Lumley (Austin TX)
  • Jon Troast (Nashville TN)
  • Andra Suchy (Minneapolis MN)
  • Burke Ingraffia (Point Clear AL)
  • Miranda Dawn (Austin TX)
  • The Hems (Austin TX)
  • Daniel Makins (San Angelo TX)
  • Larry Murante (Seattle WA)
  • Robin Macy & Kentucky White (Belle Plaine KS)
  • Lindsay May (Vancouver BC)
  • Lizzy Ross (Pittsboro NC)
  • J.A. Carter III (San Antonio TX)
  • Michael Jerome Browne (Montreal Canada)
  • Mikaela Kahn (Denton TX)
  • Eric Colville of The Selkies (Ipswich MA)
  • Paul Sachs (New York NY)
  • Scot Phegley (Nolensville TN)
  • Dan Weber (Vancouver WA)
  • Annie & Rod Capps (Chelsea MI)
  • J Wagner (Austin TX)
  • Anna Dagmar (New York NY)
  • The YaYa’s (Mohegan Lake NY)
  • Michaela Anne (Brooklyn NY)

2011 Winners and finalists[edit]

The six New Folk Winners for 2011 were among 32 songwriter-finalists who performed during the New Folk Concerts on May 28 & 29, 2011—chosen from 800 submissions.

Judges Winners Other finalists
  • Karyn Oliver (Boring MD)
  • Bobby Sweet (Becket MA)
  • Philip Gibbs (Austin TX)
  • Eliot Bronson (Atlanta GA)
  • Rob Lytle (Apex NC)
  • Terry Holder (Olympia WA)
  • Jen Cass (Bay City MI)
  • Tom Corbett (Woodland Hills CA)
  • Chet O'Keefe (Nashville TN)
  • Owen Temple (Austin TX)
  • Steve Chizmadia (Peekskill NY)
  • Arlon Bennett (Northvale NJ)
  • Roy Schneider (Ft Myers FL)
  • Friction Farm (Greenville SC)
  • B. Sterling Archer (Austin TX)
  • Aaron Nathans (Wilmington DE)
  • Tommy Byrd (Austin TX)
  • The YaYas (Mohegan Lake NY)
  • Wyatt Easterling (Nashville TN)
  • David Stukenberg (Austin TX)
  • Randy Palmer (Amarillo TX)
  • Twangtown Paramours (Nashville TN)
  • Phil Henry (Rutland VT)
  • Jane Eamon (Hastings Ont CAN)
  • Ben Suchy (Bismarck ND)

2010 Winners and finalists[edit]

The six New Folk Winners for 2010 were among 32 songwriter-finalists who performed during the 2010 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Concerts on May 29 & 30, 2010. Winners received a cash honorarium from the Texas Folk Music Foundation, Vic & Reba Heyman, and the Jim Ross Memorial Fund. They performed at the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winners Concert at noon on Sunday, June 6, 2010.

Judges Winners Other finalists
  • Tom Prasada-Rao
  • Ronny Cox
  • Susan Gibson
  • Cassie Peterson (Nashville TN)
  • Daniel Makins (San Angelo TX)
  • Terry Holder (Olympia WA)
  • John Batdorf (West Hills CA)
  • Chris O'Brien (Somerville MA)
  • Annie & Rod Capps (Chelsea MI)
  • Leanne Atherton (Austin TX)
  • Angela Easterling (Taylors SC)
  • Alex Woodard (San Diego CA)
  • Neal Katz (Tyler TX)
  • Blair Bodine (Ambler PA)
  • Wyatt Easterling (Nashville TN)
  • Andrew Delaney (Dallas TX)
  • Ellen Tipper (Appleton ME)
  • Terry Penney (Lewisport NF, Canada)
  • Chet O'Keefe (Nashville TN)
  • Jen Cass (Bay City MI)
  • Claire Small (Austin TX)
  • Bobbie Lancaster (Bloomington IN)
  • Gretchen Witt (Brooklyn NY)
  • Brad Boyer (Friendswood TX)
  • Joe Scutella (Nashville TN)
  • Jennifer Morrison (Sarasota FL)
  • Mai Bloomfield (Venice CA)
  • Sam Doores (New Orleans LA)
  • Lucas Ohio Pattie (Pleasanton CA)

2009 Winners and finalists[edit]

The six New Folk Winners for 2009 were among 32 songwriter-finalists who performed during the 2009 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Concerts on May 23 & 24, 2009. Winners received a cash honorarium from the Texas Folk Music Foundation, Vic & Reba Heyman, and the Jim Ross Memorial Fund. They performed at the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winners Concert at noon on Sunday, May 31, 2009.

Judges Winners Other finalists
  • Amilia k Spicer
  • TR Ritchie
  • Jon Vezner
  • Lynne Hanson (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
  • Sarah Donner (Princeton NJ)
  • Ben Mallott (Austin TX)
  • Marc Black (Katonah NY)
  • Angela Easterling (Taylors SC)
  • Larry Murante (Seattle WA)
  • Donna Beckham (West TX)
  • Tommy Byrd (Austin TX)
  • Matthew Fockler (South Padre Island TX)
  • Valorie Miller (Asheville NC)
  • Colin McGrath (Brooklyn NY)
  • Liz Longley (Downington PA)
  • Bob Sima (Woodbine MD)
  • Sarah Sample (Seattle WA)
  • Greg Alexander (New York NY)
  • Jason David Hiatt (Austin TX)
  • Gretchen Witt (Brooklyn NY)
  • Laura Zucker (Lafayette CA)
  • Larry Zarella (Massachusetts AK)
  • Joe Crookston (Ithaca NY)
  • Shannon Wurst (Alma AR)
  • Roy Schneider (Fort Meyers FL)
  • Kim Miller (Wimberley TX)
  • Jeff Martin (Portland OR)
  • Kate Mann (Portland OR)

2008 Winners and finalists[edit]

The six New Folk Winners for 2008 were among 32 songwriter-finalists who performed during the 2008 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Concerts on May 24 & 25, 2008. Winners received a cash honorarium from the Texas Folk Music Foundation, Vic & Reba Heyman, and the Jim Ross Memorial Fund. They performed at the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winners Concert at noon on Sunday, June 1, 2008.

Judges Winners Other finalists
  • Susan Levine (Newburyport MA)
  • Kristen Grainger (Salem OR)
  • Joe Jencks (Cincinnati OH)
  • Molly Venter (Austin TX)
  • Annaliese Schiersch (Kingston WA)
  • Chris O'Brien (Somerville MA)
  • Rachael Sage (New York NY)
  • Bob Sima (Woodbine MD)
  • Linda Sharar (Andover MA)
  • Charlotte Kendrick (Pawling NY)
  • Phil Henry (Rutland VT)
  • Rebecca Loebe (Atlanta GA)
  • Shelley King (Austin TX)
  • Claude "Butch" Morgan (Devine TX)
  • Kirsten Jones (Toronto, ONT Canada)
  • Martin Gibson (Glen Cove ME)
  • Sonia Lee (Nashville TN)
  • Datri Bean (Austin TX)
  • Lojo Russo (Davenport IA)
  • Zoe Mulford (Manchester, United Kingdom)
  • Emily Elbert (Boston MA)
  • Brad Colerick (S. Pasadena CA)
  • Laura Bullock (Somerville MA)
  • Chad Elliott (Spencer IA)
  • Terry Holder (Olympia WA)
  • T. Nile (Vancouver BC, Canada)

2007 New Folk Competition[edit]

The 2007 New Folk Competition was held May 26 & 27.

Judges Winners Other finalists
  • Datri Bean (Austin TX)
  • Kate Klim (Somerville MA)
  • porterdavis (Austin TX)
  • Noah Earle (Hallsville MO)
  • Scott & Michelle Dalziel (Maquoketa IA)
  • Raina Rose (Portland OR)
  • Michael McGarrah (Phoenix AZ)
  • Chuck E Costa (New Haven CT)
  • Donal Hinely (Springfield TN)
  • Dave Potts (Auburn AL)
  • Jessica Heine (Edmonton Alb, Canada)
  • Jan Smith (Afton VA)
  • Owen Temple (Madison WI)
  • KC Clifford (Oklahoma City OK)
  • Ray Younkin (Houston TX)
  • Wil Maring (Cobden IL)
  • Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers
  • Kevin McGee (Lexington SC)
  • Laura Zucker (Lafayette CA)
  • Pat Wictor (Brooklyn NY)
  • Emily Kurn (Anchorage AK)
  • Eric Hansen (Tucson AZ)
  • Edie Carey (Boston MA)
  • Derek Aramburu (Cypress TX)
  • Elana Arian (New York NY)
  • Lindsay Mac (Cambridge MA)

2006 New Folk Competition[edit]

The 2006 New Folk Competition was held on May 27 and May 28.

Judges Winners Other finalists
  • Robert Tubb/String Gravy (Glendale AZ))[5]
  • Jan Smith (North Garden VA)[6]
  • Zane Williams (Nashville TN)[7]
  • Lisa Richards (Austin TX)[8]
  • Tom Neilson (Montague MA)[9]
  • Lisa Rogers (Austin TX) [10]
  • Jaime Michaels (Santa Fe NM)[11]
  • Dave Potts (Auburn AL)[12]
  • Lis Harvey (Davis CA)[13]
  • Dave Pahanish (California PA)[14]
  • Liz Carlisle (Cambridge MA)[15]
  • Joe Truman (Nashville TN)[16]
  • Amy Speace (New York NY)[17]
  • KC Clifford (Oklahoma City OK)[18]
  • Kendall James (Houlton ME)
  • Charlotte Kendrick (Pawling NY)[19]
  • Jason Spooner (Portland ME)[20]
  • Morgan Bracy (Antioch TN)[21]
  • Michael Tiernan (Del Mar, CA)[22]
  • Marilyn Rucker (Austin TX)[23]

2005 New Folk Competition[edit]

The 2005 New Folk Competition was held on May 28 and 29.

Judges Winners Other finalists
  • Mike Morris - Strafford NH
  • Richard Ruane - Ripton VT
  • Datri Bean - Seattle WA
  • Justin Roth - Lake Elmo MN
  • Greg Klyma - Cheektowaga NY
  • Rob Hinkal - Owing Mills MD
  • Amy Martin - Missoula MT
  • David Morreale - Baltimore MD
  • Treva Blomquist - Nashville TN
  • Karen Mal - Austin TX
  • Carl Cacho - West Newbury MA
  • Kate Redgate - Newbury MA
  • Dave Murphy - Montclair NJ
  • Tony Laiolo - Nashville TN
  • Jim Keaveny - Austin TX
  • Michael Bowers - Alexandria VA
  • Claude "Butch" Morgan - Devine TX
  • Liz Carlisle - Cambridge MA
  • Gary Seber - Houston TX
  • Tim Burlingame - Sherman Oaks CA
  • Kathrin Shorr - Sherman Oaks CA
  • Meg Hutchinson - Cambridge MA
  • Doug Wintch - Salt Lake City UT
  • Corinne West - Alameda CA
  • Stan Swiniarski - Dracut MA
  • Sean Altman - New York NY

2004 New Folk Competition[edit]

The 2004 Competition was held on May 29 and 30.

Judges Winners Other finalists
  • John William Davis, Indian Hills CO
  • Julie Clark, Norfolk VA
  • Effron White, Fayetteville AR
  • Cary Cooper - Garland TX
  • Idgy Vaughn - Austin TX
  • Claudia Nygaard - Nashville TN
  • Michael Troy - Somerset MA
  • Cherie Call - Springville UT
  • John McGill - Crestline CA
  • David Llewellyn - Nashville TN
  • Robert Frith - Sugarland TX
  • Carla Ulbrich - Athens GA
  • Brent Mitchell - Racine WI
  • Rachel Garlin - Berkeley CA
  • Kelly McCune - Pasadena CA
  • Naomi Sommers - Allston MA
  • Jaime Michaels - Santa Fe NM
  • Dave Potts - Auburn AL
  • Beth Cahill - Wakefield Quebec, Canada
  • Marc Herman - Watertown MA
  • Lisa Rogers - Austin TX
  • Jim Bizer - Franklin MI
  • Bill Kahler - Smyrna GA
  • Jody William Smith - Sherman Oaks CA
  • Drew Nelson - Grand Rapids MI
  • Donna Frost - Hendersonville TN
  • Erik Balkey - Philadelphia PA
  • Scott & Michelle Dalziel - Maquoketa IA
  • Justin Roth - Lake Elmo MN
  • Ryc Ward - West Stockbridge MA
  • Jesse Thurgood - Payson UT
  • Gregg Cagno - New Hope PA

2003 New Folk Competition[edit]

The 2003 Competition was held on May 24 and 25.

Judges Winners Other finalists
  • Caroline Currie - Seattle WA
  • Teddy Goldstein - New York NY
  • Lauren Fine - Austin TX
  • Jaime Michaels - Santa Fe NM
  • Andy & Cheryl Winston - Boulder CO
  • Jenny Reynolds - Wellesley MA
  • Ralston Bowles - Grand Rapids MI
  • Lisa Rogers - Austin TX
  • Kevin Briody - Ridgfield CT
  • Juliet Wyers - Portland OR
  • David Llewellyn - Nashville TN
  • Rob Boyle - St. Louis MO
  • Dave Potts - Auburn AL
  • Kerri Powers - Franklin MA
  • Steve Chizmadia - Manhasset NY
  • Jason Spooner - Portland ME
  • Vicki Chew - Cleveland OH
  • Foscoe Jones - Austin TX
  • Julianna Waters & Barry Crannell - Portland OR
  • Larry Kenneth Potts - Petaluma CA
  • Scott Idlet - Centennial CO
  • Jenn Adams - Stevensville MT
  • Joe Stanton - Sechelt British Columbia, Canada
  • Terry Farmer - Ann Arbor MI
  • Elizabeth Wills - Fort Worth TX
  • John Haley-Walker - Fairfax CA

Kerrville Wine & Music Festival[edit]

The Kerrville Wine & Music Festival, called "Little Folk" is also hosted by the ranch over Labor Day Weekend, and the two share a website.

List of Past Performers[edit]

External links[edit]