Old Settler’s Music Fest rings in 30 years on a cool Saturday in Driftwood

Hot pickin’ and cool breezes dominated at the Salt Lick Pavilion on Saturday as the 30th Old Settler’s Music Festival hit the home stretch in Driftwood. A Sunday-afternoon finale followed across the road at Camp Ben McCulloch, with Austin favorites Shinyribs bringing the fest to an end after also closing out Saturday’s morning-to-midnight marathon.

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Early arrivals took in the Youth Talent Competition, with short performances by 10 acts ages 18 and under. Crowd favorites included 10-year-old fiddle-mandolin duo Jack & Isabella and a cappella quartet the Belle Tones, both of Austin. But the winner came from afar: Englishwoman Sophie Scott, 18, was in town to visit an uncle who suggested she enter the contest. She received both a short afternoon slot on the Bluebonnet Stage and an invitation to return in 2018 for a full set on the Hill Country Stage.

Youth Talent Competion Winner Sophie Scott performs at the 30th Old Settler’s Music Festival on April 22, 2017. Scott Moore for American-Statesman

Those two stages were in different spots this year. The main Hill Country Stage occupied roughly the same footprint as in the past, but the stage itself was oriented up the hill from where it previously stood. The bigger change was the location of the Bluebonnet Stage, which moved to a tucked-away open pasture around the back side of the grounds.

The open grassy field alongside a gentle Onion Creek waterfall on the east edge of the property, formerly used for the Bluebonnet Stage, was cordoned off. “The Salt Lick uses that for weddings and events,” festival director Jean Spivey explained, “and the last two years we had bad rain and we were tearing up the lawn.”

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If the new Bluebonnet spot was less picturesque, the crowd flow between the two stages seemed slightly smoother in this year’s setup. The same backstage and crew area adjoined both stages, which Spivey says aided logistical issues and cut down on golf-cart equipment-hauling traffic between stages.

Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan teams with local pickers Wood & Wire on the Hill Country Stage at Old Settler’s Music Festival on April 22, 2017. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman

As the afternoon wore on, temperatures rose from the high 50s to around 65 while Old Settler’s favorites the Del McCoury Band, Peter Rowan and Austin’s own Wood & Wire cranked out bluegrass sets for sizable crowds. Newer acts such as North Carolina group the Honeycutters and the eclectic California Honeydrops helped broaden the festival’s offerings.

But the best-kept secret at Old Settler’s — not really a secret at all, as the schedule is published in the program booklet — are the workshop sets on the Discovery Stage in a small hall near the old Bluebonnet Stage area. Highlights there included a sweet set by the Travelin’ McCourys without family patriarch Del (whose soaring voice sadly was limited by a bad cold on this day); a songwriting session with Wimberley-raised Grammy-winner Sarah Jarosz and accompanist Anthony Da Costa, a few hours before they delighted a packed crowd on the Hill Country Stage; and Swedish instrumental trio Vasen, who discussed their unusual nyckelharpa (a fiddle-like instrument that also has a keyboard) and revisited a few tunes they’d played in a brilliant noontime set before many festgoers had arrived.

The Travelin’ McCourys present a workshop on the Discovery Stage during the 30th Old Settler’s Music Festival on April 22, 2017. Scott Moore for American-Statesman

As darkness fell, things got rockin’. The Bluebonnet Stage burst forth with alt-country sounds, as Nashville upstart Nikki Lane preceded a set by long-running Dallas foursome the Old 97’s. Back on the Hill Country Stage, Jarosz’s well-received spotlight homecoming gave way to East Los Angeles greats Los Lobos, who mixed blues-rock, Latin folk and other influences for the Old Settler’s die-hards who stayed for the long haul.

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Austin product Shakey Graves performs at ACL Fest on Saturday, Oct. 3. Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro.
Austin’s Shakey Graves is among the performers at Old Settler’s Music Festival in April. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman 2015

Everything’s coming up South by Southwest for the next couple of weeks, but looking ahead to April, the Old Settler’s Music Festival will celebrate its 30th year with a lineup of roots-based acts in Driftwood including Los Lobos, Shakey Graves, Old 97’s and Sarah Jarosz.

As usual, music begins and ends on Thursday and Sunday with smaller shows at the Camp Ben McCulloch campground, with Friday and Sunday shows on two main stages at the Salt Lick Pavilion. Tickets, $30-$540, are available via the festival’s website.

Here’s the full schedule, with times and stages listed:


Camp Ben McCulloch Stage (Campground)

  • 4-5:15 p.m. – American Dreamer
  • 5:35-6:50 p.m. – Session Americana
  • 7:15-8:30 p.m. – Mandolin Orange
  • 9-10:15 p.m.  – Peterson Brothers
  • 10:45 p.m.-midnight – Billy Strings


Hill Country Stage (Salt Lick Pavilion)

  • 4-5:20 p.m. – Lil’ Smokies
  • 5:45-7 p.m. – Gaelic Storm
  • 7:25-8:40 p.m. – Sam Bush
  • 9:05-10:20 p.m. – Gregory Alan Isakov
  • 10:45 p.m.-midnight – Shakey Graves

Bluebonnet Stage (Salt Lick Pavilion)

  • 4-5 p.m. – Session Americana
  • 5:20-6:35 p.m. – California Honeydrops
  • 7-8:15 p.m. – Reckless Kelly
  • 8:40-10 p.m. – Anders Osborne
  • 10:30 p.m.-midnight – Leftover Salmon


Hill Country Stage

  • 11-11:45 a.m. – Griffin Carter
  • 12-1 p.m. – Väsen
  • 1:20-2:10 p.m. – Peter Rowan Bluegrass Jam with Wood & Wire
  • 2:30-3:40 p.m. – California Honeydrops
  • 4-5:15 p.m. – Elephant Revival
  • 5:35-6:50 p.m. – Lone Bellow
  • 7:10-8:25 p.m. – Del McCoury Band
  • 8:45-10 p.m. – Sarah Jarosz
  • 10:30 p.m.-midnight – Los Lobos

Bluebonnet Stage

  • 10:30 a.m.-1:10 p.m. – Youth Talent Competition
  • 1:30 -2:30 p.m. – Honeycutters
  • 2:40-3 p.m. – 2017 Youth Competition Winner
  • 3:20-4:20 p.m. – Wood & Wire
  • 4:40-5:50 p.m. – Travelin’ McCourys
  • 6:10-7:15 p.m. – Peter Rowan & Friends
  • 7:40-8:50 p.m. – Nikki Lane
  • 9:15-10:30 p.m. – Old 97’s
  • 11 p.m.-midnight – Shinyribs

Discovery Stage

  • 1-5 p.m. – workshops (TBA)


Camp Ben McCulloch Stage

  • 10-10:45 a.m. – Sunday Service
  • 11 a.m.-noon – Väsen
  • 12:20-1:20 p.m. – River Whyless
  • 1:40-2:40 p.m. – Last Bandoleros
  • 3-4 p.m. – Elephant Revival
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Shinyribs

Los Lobos, Shakey Graves, Del McCoury among Old Settler’s acts

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Los Lobos will perform at the 30th Old Settler’s Music Festival in Driftwood next April.

Early-bird tickets go on sale today for the 30th Old Settler’s Music Festival, with legendary Latin rockers Los Lobos, hometown rising star Shakey Graves and bluegrass greats the Del McCoury Band among the acts that have been announced so far.

Others booked for the festival, scheduled for April 20-23, 2017, at Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, include Sam Bush, Shinyribs, Sarah Jarosz, Anders Osborne, Gaelic Storm, Elephant Revival, Mandolin Orange, Wood & Wire, California Honeydrops, River Whyless, Vasen, Honeycutters, Session Americana, Billy Strings and Li’l Smokies. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Weekend passes, now $145, will rise to $185 at the gate. Single-day passes range from $30 for Sunday’s abbreviated program at Camp Ben McCulloch to $70 and $73 on Friday and Saturday, respectively, for full lineups at the main Salt Lick Pavilion grounds. (Those prices will be $83 and $86 at the gate.) Passes with camping at Ben McCulloch range from $210 to $500. All tickets are available via oldsettlersmusicfest.org.





Old Settler’s Fest made it through a little rain with Jayhawks, McCourys and more

“The sun’s about to come out!” That was Jayhawks keyboardist Karen Grotberg’s joking promise as darkness had fallen on Old Settler’s Music Festival in Driftwood, along with the first steady rain of the day, just past 8 p.m. on the Bluebonnet Stage.

It wasn’t an outright downpour, though, and most of the Minneapolis alt-country band’s fans seemed plenty happy to stick it out to hear old favorites such as “Nothing Left to Borrow” along with a few fresh tunes from the band’s new album coming later this month.

Sierra Hull and Justin Moses in an early-afternoon set at Old Settler's Music Festival on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Photo by Peter Blackstock
Sierra Hull and Justin Moses in an early-afternoon set at Old Settler’s Music Festival on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Photo by Peter Blackstock

The sun actually did tease briefly in the late afternoon, almost peeking through the clouds as dobro master Jerry Douglas and his all-star Earls of Leicester played songs of the iconic bluegrass duo Flatt & Scruggs on the Hill Country Stage. Most of the day consisted of cool temperatures beneath overcast skies that dropped a few sprinkles every hour or so, but the rain rarely lasted more than a few minutes.

One great place to duck away from any wetness was the Discovery Stage, where several artists played intimate “workshop” sets throughout the afternoon. We caught two great ones from Wimberley-raised Sarah Jarosz, now living in New York City, and bluegrass kingpins the Del McCoury Band, whose leader wisely observed of the roof overhead, “Well it don’t matter if it does rain now!”

Joined by his sons Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo) plus fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, Del reminded that there is simply no better act in bluegrass today. He took requests from the audience — “Nashville Cats” was a highlight — as well as plucking a tune from their just-released “Del & Woody” album of Woody Guthrie lyrics set to new melodies, which they promised to explore more deeply later in their main set on the Hill Country Stage.

Earlier, Jarosz was simply wonderful performing solo on acoustic guitar and her large octave mandolin, giving folks a sneak preview of her upcoming album “Undercurrent” (due in June) along with a few from her first three albums. She also took questions from the audience and discussed what life was like for her in New York, where she moved after graduating from Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music a couple of years ago.

“I still feel like a Texas girl, though,” she assured her fans. “It’s always good to go back home and remember where you come from, so this festival is doing that for me.” The audience returned the appreciation, turning out in large numbers for her full set on the Hill Country Stage later.

Indeed, locals are always part of the mix at Old Settler’s. Following Jarosz on the Hill Country Stage was fest veteran Shinyribs, who’ll also play Sunday’s campground finale at 4 p.m. at nearby Camp Ben McCulloch (weather permitting). Earlier in the day, the Bluebonnet Stage featured exemplary performances by blues firebrand Carolyn Wonderland and indie-rock singer-songwriter David Ramirez.

Following Ramirez was the Jay Farrar Trio, whose set concentrated on the recently reissued 1995 album “Trace” that Farrar made with Son Volt shortly after leaving alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo. Later, after the Jayhawks’ rainy-day music, the indie-folk duo Milk Carton Kids helped to bring the night to a close, along with Austin’s own Bob Schneider in the final headlining slot.

David Ramirez and band at Old Settler's Music Festival on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Photo by Peter Blackstock
David Ramirez and band at Old Settler’s Music Festival on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Photo by Peter Blackstock

The Who’s “Tommy” gone bluegrass, and more from Friday at Old Settler’s

When all goes well at Old Settler’s, it’s hard for any area music festival to be better. Friday felt like one of those days, with mild temperatures accenting the bucolic setting as compelling performances from a broad range of artists drifted back and forth between the Hill Country and Bluebonnet stages.

We arrived just after 4 p.m., in time to catch bluegrass band Della Mae, five women who met in Boston a few years ago and have since “scattered to the wind,” as they put it. Their voices and acoustic instruments blended beautifully on originals and covers of classic tunes such as The Band’s “Evangeline” and the Everly Brothers’ “Little Susie,” setting a nice tone for what was to come.

More indie-oriented roots bands including Tennessee’s Black Lillies and Rhode Island’s Deer Tick bridged the late-afternoon gap to the marquee acts, though a delay of more than 15 minutes to the start of Deer Tick’s set utlimately meant missing them to get in line for dinner. (The grounds feature around a dozen food booths serving up everything from barbecue via the neighboring Salt Lick to vegetarian options to soft-serve ice cream.)

Rodney Crowell’s 6:55 p.m. set seemed early for such an accomplished and beloved artist, but Old Settler’s also staggers the schedule to accommodate festgoers who might not want to stay late. Crowell was in top form on originals both old (“I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried”) and new “Sex and Gasoline”), backed by ace guitarist Steuart Smith and a band that also included keyboards and pedal steel.

Bluegrass band the HillBenders perform the Who's "Tommy" at Old Settler's Music Festival on Friday, April 15, 2016. Photo by Peter Blackstock
Bluegrass band the HillBenders perform the Who’s “Tommy” at Old Settler’s Music Festival on Friday, April 15, 2016. Photo by Peter Blackstock

We reluctantly pulled ourselves away early to get a prime spot at the Bluebonnet Stage for the weekend’s most intriguing booking, a bluegrass version of the Who’s “Tommy” played by Missouri band the HillBenders. This was the brainchild of the late South by Southwest co-founder Louis Meyers, who’d planned to be here for this triumphant moment before his death last month on the eve of SXSW.

The band dedicated the performance to him and did him proud, repeatedly whipping the crowd up into a frenzy as they brilliantly adapted the rock opera’s instrumentation to banjo, dobro, mandolin, guitar and upright bass. Clearly there were many die-hard Who fans in the audience, as much of the crowd sang, shouted and clapped along when the band enthusiastically called for their participation.

Chasing that performance with Hayes Carll’s headlining slot over at the Hill Country Stage required a sharp shifting of gears, as Carll was playing a comparatively low-key trio set focused on songs from his just-released album “Lovers and Leavers.” But the contrast simply showed that Old Settler’s is about quality music, whatever the presentation may be, as Carll’s new songs may be the best he’s ever written. Midway through, singer Allison Moorer joined him for duets on three songs, including Lefty Frizzell’s “That’s The Way Love Goes,” a tune both Johnny Rodriguez and the late Merle Haggard took to the top of the country charts.

Those looking for a more upbeat glide into the night did just fine staying at the Bluebonnet Stage for the high-energy sounds of the Suffers. The nine-piece Houston outfit took it to the house, with singer Kam Franklin decked out in silvery sparkles and the horn section driving the soul train into territory not often traversed at the more acoustic/Americana-oriented Old Settler’s.

Back at the Hill Country Stage, Southern California indie-folk-rock band Dawes proved a fine choice to close out the night. Some who’d had their fill stayed for a few songs before getting a jump on the departing traffic, while devoted fans crowded up front to hear the group’s melodic tunes that they occasionally pushed into the red with extended jams.

Saturday’s weather forecast might prevent such an idyllic Old Settler’s day from repeating, with the possibility of late-afternoon and evening thunderstorms looming. But the music booked is even better, with the likes of the Jayhawks, Del McCoury Band, Milk Carton Kids, Sarah Jarosz and Jerry Douglas’ Earls of Leicester among the highlights.

The Bluebonnet Stage at Old Settler's Music Festival in Driftwood on Friday, April 15, 2016. Photo by Peter Blackstock
The Bluebonnet Stage at Old Settler’s Music Festival in Driftwood on Friday, April 15, 2016. Photo by Peter Blackstock

Dawes, Milk Carton Kids, Jayhawks added to Old Settler’s lineup

The Jayhawks perform Monday at Stubb's.
The Jayhawks have been added to the Old Settler’s Music Festival for 2016. Photo by James Stangroom

The 29th annual Old Settler’s Music Festival is shaping up to be a good one for Americana fans inclined toward a mix of contemporary indie and traditional roots acts. Minnesota alt-country pioneers the Jayhawks, California indie-folk band Dawes and acoustic duo the Milk Carton Kids have been added to the festival, which is now selling single-day tickets.

Also new to the lineup for the April 14-17 event, which takes place at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, are hometown favorites Bob Schneider and the Band of Heathens. They join previously announced acts including the Del McCoury Band, dobro great Jerry Douglas with the Earls of Leicester, bluegrass band the HillBenders playing the Who’s “Tommy,” and the Lonesome River Band. Other area acts on the bill include Austin’s Hayes Carll, Shinyribs and Carolyn Wonderland, Wimberly’s Sarah Jarosz and Houston band the Suffers.

Single-day advance tickets are $68 for Friday or Saturday and $30 for Sunday at the festival’s website. Three-day wristbands good for Friday-Sunday admission start at $140. The full schedule with times has yet to be released, but here’s an initial day-by-day artist breakdown:

Thursday, April 14
Della Mae
Brothers Comatose

Friday, April 15
Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester
Hayes Carll
Jeff Austin Band
Della Mae
Black Lillies
HillBenders present “The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry”
Joelton Mayfield (Youth Competition winner)

Saturday, April 16
Del McCoury Band
Sarah Jarosz
Milk Carton Kids
Wood Brothers
Bob Schneider
David Ramirez
Jay Farrar Trio (performing songs from Son Volt’s Trace)
Green River Ordinance
Lonesome River Band
Carolyn Wonderland
Sierra Hull
Dustbowl Revival

Sunday, April 17
Lonesome River Band
Band of Heathens


What’s old is new again at Old Settler’s Music Fest

Umbrellas for rain became sun shields as ominous storm clouds mellowed to cotton white wisps for a surprisingly pleasant (and mostly rain-free) day in Driftwood as Saturday’s festivities at the Old Settler’s Music Festival began.

The shift to blue skies didn’t come soon enough to keep parking in a field near the Salt Lick Pavilion, the site of the festival, from becoming a bit of a mud-slinging mess. Passenger vans, pickups and Prius-es alike spun tires in the muck after a brief morning shower. But things brightened up as the crowds came out in full force, either driving in or from across the road at Camp Ben McCulloch, where many fans camp out for intimate sets from fest headliners and all-night, anyone’s-welcome jam sessions around campfires.

Jason Pampell of Montgomery, Texas, sat by the creek Saturday afternoon sipping a craft beer while bluegrass banjo licks from Hot Rize carried over from the nearby SouthStar Stage. “Everyone who’s here is here for the same reason: to kick back and enjoy some great music,” he said. “It’s a completely different side of the spectrum… It’s tough to beat as far as festivals go in the state of Texas.”

The now 28-year-old festival features a wide range of American roots music, from folk to blues to gospel. The laid-back Old Settler’s has a less corporate, more family-friendly feel than many of the other music events that dominate the Austin-area calendar. Attendees ranged from gray hairs to toddlers crawling in the grass, with plenty of outdoorsmen, barefoot hippies and luxuriantly bearded youths thrown in the mix. Chairs were welcomed, there was a petting zoo and other activities for younger festival-goers, and even at its most crowded there was plenty of room by the live flower-adorned stages for fans to get up close and dance.

At noon Dripping Springs-based guitar man Israel Nash and his band were jamming out on long takes of their Neil Young psych-meets-country tunes as folding chairs congregated in neat, organic rows in front of the stage and under the shade of gnarly old oaks along the perimeter. Pokey LaFarge was up next next with a playful blend of ragtime shuffle and swing guitar with a heavy dose of upright bass. (For the four days of Old Settler’s, Driftwood surely must be the upright bass capital of the world.)

Mid-afternoon world music act Rising Appalachia brought a hypnotic danceable mix of Carolinian banjo and Afro-cuban beats. They were followed by gospel quartet the McCrary Sisters, the daughters of the Fairfield Four’s Rev. Samuel McCrary. The soulful siblings had the chair-free folks’ feet moving in the straw and hands clapping in the air along with their harmonies (and a fierce tambourine solo) during their high-energy epic church jams. As the sun started setting and rainclouds returned overhead Jake Shimabukuro, a ukelele virtuoso whose name comes up if you Google “best ukelele player,” took to the stage for an eclectic cool down.

While there were plenty of Americana music all-stars to catch, a big draw for many is the festival’s Youth Talent Competition, a judged contest whose past winners include Sarah Jarosz, who won in 2002 at the age of 10. The competition gives 18-and-under artists a 15-minute slot to showcase their skills with an acoustic performance. The winner is invited back to perform the next year.

Sisters Sarah and Bekah Guess of Denton coordinate the competition and are past contestants themselves. “You get to see the up-and-comers,” Bekah said. “It’s so raw; they’re not faking it. They’re the types of performers you’ll see playing years down the road.”

Justin Collins of Dallas agreed. “I was absolutely floored by how good the youth competition was. I watched a young guy who played Stevie Ray Vaughan better than I ever could.” Collins was in for his seventh Old Settler’s. He said other personal standouts included bluegrass mandolinist Sam Bush and Friday night headliners the Mavericks, but the music and camaraderie at Camp Ben McCulloch keeps him coming back year after year. “The real pull for me is the music at the campgrounds.”

“What’s old is new again,” a DJ with Sun Radio said welcoming a band to the stage early in the day. That’s true of this long-running fest too. What was once a pretty common festival atmosphere is now a rare thing. It’s a throwback that feels fresh — and a welcome timeout from the overwhelming.

Old Settler’s Fest releases day-by-day schedule

The Mavericks
The Mavericks

South by Southwest will soon be come and gone, clearing the way for a slew of April festivals including the 28th annual Old Settler’s Music Festival at the Salt Lick Barbecue Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, just southwest of Austin.

The festival now has dates and times set for its four-day schedule of more than two dozen acts, including the Mavericks, Robert Earl Keen, Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express, Israel Nash and the Infamous Stringdusters. Here’s the full rundown, with tickets available via oldsettlersmusicfest.org (prices go up after April 4):

Camp Ben McCulloch Stage
4-5:15 p.m.” Darlingside
5:35-6:50 p.m.: Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line
7:10-8:25 p.m.: Jitterbug Vipers
8:50-10:10 p.m.” Bill Kirchen
10:40 p.m. to midnight: Infamous Stringdusters

South Star Stage
4-4:45 p.m.: 2014 Youth Competition Winner Alexander Nobles
5:05-6:15 p.m.: Darlingside
6:45-7:55 p.m.: Langhorne Slim & the Law
8:15-9:45 p.m.: Sam Bush
10:30 p.m.-midnight: Mavericks
Bluebonnet Stage
4:15-5:30 p.m.: MilkDrive
5:50-7:05 p.m.: Infamous Stringdusters
7:25-8:40 p.m.: Johnnyswim
9:10-10:25 p.m.: Roxy Roca
10:45 p.m.-midnight: Ray Wylie Hubbard

South Star Stage
11-11:50 a.m.: Black Lillies
12:10-1:05 p.m.: Israel Nash
1:25-2:25 p.m.: Pokey LaFarge
2:45-3:45 p.m.: Rising Appalachia
4:10-5:25 p.m.: McCrary Sisters
5:45-7 p.m.: Hot Rize
7:15-8:15 p.m.: Jake Shimabukuro
8:45-10 p.m.: JD McPherson
10:30 p.m.-midnight: Robert Earl Keen
Bluebonnet Stage
11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.: Youth Talent Competition
1:30-2:20 p.m.: Lauren Shera
2:30-2:50 p.m.: Youth Talent Competition winner
3:10-4:20 p.m.: Jeff Austin Band
4:40-5:50 p.m.: Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis
6:10-7:25 p.m.: Lost Bayou Ramblers
7:45-9 p.m.: Dailey & Vincent
9:20-10:30 p.m.: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express
10:50 p.m.-midnight: Shinyribs
Discovery Stage
1-5:45 p.m.: Workshops to be announced

Camp Ben McCulloch Stage
10-10:45 a.m.: Sunday service
11-11:45 a.m.: Dailey & Vincent
noon-12:50 p.m.: Wood & Wire
1:10-2:10 p.m.: Defibulators
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Pokey LaFarge
4-5 p.m.: Shinyribs


Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard join Old Settler’s lineup

Robert Earl Keen / courtesy of Shore Fire Media
Robert Earl Keen / courtesy of Shore Fire Media

Texas songwriting deans Robert Earl Keen and Ray Wylie Hubbard are among the new names just added to the roster for Old Settler’s Music Festival, set for April 16-19 in Driftwood just southwest of Austin.

Today’s announcement brings the number of acts past two dozen, with more still to be announced. Tickets are available at oldsettlersmusicfest.org. Here’s the present day-by-day schedule.

Thursday, April 16

Infamous Stringdusters

Bill Kirchen

Jitterbug Vipers


Friday, April 17


Sam Bush

Ray Wylie Hubbard

Langhorne Slim & the Law

Infamous Stringdusters


Roxy Roca


Youth Competition Winner Alexander Nobles

Saturday, April 18

Robert Earl Keen

Hot Rize

Jake Shimabukuro


Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

Dailey & Vincent

Pokey LaFarge

McCrary Sisters

Black Lillies

Lost Bayou Ramblers

Rising Appalachia

Israel Nash

Lauren Shera

Sunday, April 19 


Dailey & Vincent


Pokey LaFarge

Old Settler’s Fest single-day tickets on sale

Jake Shimabukuro is part of the 2015 Old Settler's Music Fest lineup. / Photo by Alex Ferrari
Jake Shimabukuro is part of the 2015 Old Settler’s Music Fest lineup. / Photo by Alex Ferrari

Single-day admission wristbands for the April 16-19 Old Settler’s Music Festival are now available, along with a partial day-by-day list of performers for the annual event held at the Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood.

Single-day passes run $30 to $68 at oldsettlersmusicfest.org. Full festival passes start at $140 and go up to $505 for platinum access.

The partial daily schedule is as follows, with many more to be added:


Thursday, April 16

The Infamous Stringdusters

Jitterbug Vipers



Friday, April 17

The Mavericks

Sam Bush

Langhorne Slim & the Law

The Infamous Stringdusters

Green River Ordinance




Saturday, April 18

Hot Rize

Jake Shimabukuro


Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

Dailey & Vincent

Pokey LaFarge

The McCrary Sisters

Rising Appalachia

Israel Nash

Lauren Shera


Sunday, April 19


Dailey & Vincent

The Defibulators

Pokey LaFarge