TRAVELLER – Kerrville Folk Festival, Texas
Written by Suzanne Webb on November 5, 2019
Today’s On-Air Guest:
Singer-songwriter Susan Gibson of Wimberley, Texas, whose mega-hit Wide Open Spaces covered by The Dixie Chicks catapulted them to stardom in 1998 and firmly established Susan’s songwriting career. Today, after releasing 7 albums of her own, she tours and teaches songwriting. Look for her new release CD coming October 4, 2019, The Hard Stuff. We heard a sneak peek of the title track. https://www.susangibson.com/
The Kerrville Folk Festival is an 18-day musical experience under the stars that attracts 30,000 over the duration, with 800-2000 attending daily. It began in 1972 and will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2022, just a few years behind Woodstock! Located on Quiet Valley Ranch in the Texas hill country near Kerrville, it’s just 66 miles northwest of San Antonio, 33 miles southwest of Luckenbach and a two-hour drive west of Austin. From Nevada City, it’s a 26-hour road trip with your trailer in tow or tent packed.
It is THE Mecca for aspiring singer-songwriters in various genres centered around a songwriting competition. With 800 entrants, the field is narrowed to 32 finalists and eventually 6 fortunate winners. In addition to contestants, the Festival features big-name musical performers such as Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Robert Earl Keen, Lucinda Williams, David Crosby and Nanci Griffith.
Today’s show featured a few recent winners and finalists. Here is the full list:
2019: Aaron Smith (AR), Daniel Neihoff (KY), Lisa Bastoni (MA), Scott Mulvahill (TN), Liv Greene (DC), D.B. Reilly (NY)
2018: Ben Bedford (IL), Sarah Morris (MN), Rich Krueger (IL), Helene Cronin (TX), John R. Butler (FL), Mac Leaphart (TN)
2017: Chris Moyse (TN), Rachael Kilgour (MN), Mia Rose Lynne (TN), Letitia VanSant (MD), Ingrid Graudins (TN), Wilde (Toronto, CN)