The Old Texas Misstep

Introduction The folks at Frets magazine taught me a valuable lesson back in the 1980s; they taught me that writing can be a dangerous vocation. This is particularly the case in the Lone Star State where I learned that carrying a concealed writing implement might not be unlawful, but could … → read more

Kerrville Folk Fest Founder Rod Kennedy Dies

We received word earlier today that Rod Kennedy, music lover, impresario and founder of the Kerrville Folk Festivals, passed away this morning in Kerrville, Texas, at 84. As anyone who ever visited his Quiet Valley Ranch, amidst the dust and blazing sun of the Texas Hill Country summers, could attest, … → read more

2008 KERRVILLE NEW FOLK WINNERS

The Kerrville Folk Festival has announced the 2008 New Folk Winners, one of the most prestigious honors in contemporary folk music. These songwriters were among 32 finalists who performed during the 2008 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Concerts on May 24 & 25. New Folk Winners receive a cash honorarium … → read more

XM SATELLITE RADIO CELEBRATES THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOLK ALLIANCE LIVE FROM THE KERRVILLE FOLK FEST

XM Satellite Radio’s Channel 15, The Village, will be broadcasting live from the Kerrville Folk Festival this Sunday May 25th. The five hour broadcast will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Folk Alliance, an organization whose members include record companies, publishers, presenters, agents, managers, music support services, manufacturers and artists … → read more

CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE 2008 MUSIC TO LIFE SONG CONTEST

Noel “Paul” Stookey’s Public Domain Foundation is once again sponsoring the biennial Music to Life Song Contest. Entries are due by February 1, 2008. The contest seeks songs of social change or politicial issues of concern. Ten finalists will be selected by a panel of judges that will include Judy … → read more

CD RECOMMENDATION – MUSIC TO LIFE 2006

Every now and then a CD crosses my desk that makes me stop everything to listen. “Music to Life – 2006“, a CD that features the finalists of the 2006 Music For Life Songwriting Contest, is a collection that will not only stop you in your tracks – but it … → read more

KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL NEW FOLK CONTEST

Here is a press release I received from the Kerrville Folk Festival:Attention all songwriters:THE KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL, IN KERRVILLE TEXAS, IS NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES FOR THE 2007 GRASSY HILL KERRVILLE NEW FOLK CONTEST FOR EMERGING SONGWRITERS We will accept the first 800 entries received between December 1, 2006 and March … → read more