Old Settler’s Music Fest returns with Sam Bush, Jackie Venson, more
Usually held in the spring, the Old Settler’s Music Festival took off in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 conditions were still risky in the spring of 2021, so the festival has reserved dates for the fall. It’s finally done, after two and a half years of absence.
Old Settler’s begins Thursday and continues through Sunday on the 145-acre festival property in Tilmon, just south of Lockhart. Reservations are a bit more local than in recent years, but plans are underway for a spring return in 2021, likely with more typical lineup.
That said, the combination of quality premises and festival-favorite national acts made for a welcome party worthy of the name. Four-day general admission passes cost $ 189 (with Gold and Platinum upgrades available); day tickets are $ 90 on Friday, $ 99 on Saturday, and $ 50 on Thursday and Sunday.
Full details, including COVID-19 protocols, can be found at oldsettlersmusicfest.org. Participants must present either a negative test within 48 hours of entry or proof of vaccination at least two weeks before the festival.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights from this year.
(All shows on the campsite stage)
Della mae (7:10 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.): Released in Boston in 2009, this all-female ensemble has become a leading figure in bluegrass music over the past decade, earning a Grammy nomination for their 2013 Rounder Records album “This World Oft Can Be”.
Brothers Peterson (8:40 p.m. – 9:55 p.m.): The Austin-based, Bastrop-bred duo of brothers Glenn Jr. and Alex Peterson have been playing at local clubs since their teens. Our Austin360 Artist of the Month in February 2020, they opened for Gary Clark Jr. and made fans among the Old Settler loyalists in previous festival appearances.
Also play: Steve Poltz, 10:15 p.m. to 11:25 p.m. Will Taylor & Strings Attached, 5:50 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. Cari Hutson & Good Company, 4:20 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Jade bird (8:50 p.m. to 10:05 p.m., Original Black’s BBQ Stage): After an invigorating appearance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival as well as his debut on the TV show “Austin City Limits”, UK transplant Bird is flying high as one of the brightest young stars of Austin’s music. His new album “Different Kinds of Light” builds on the effervescent singer-songwriter pop that marked his eponymous debut in 2019.
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James mcmurtry (5:40 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., Original Black’s BBQ Stage): After suspending his twice-weekly concerts at the Continental Club and Gallery since the start of the pandemic, McMurtry has rarely performed live in the past two years, focusing instead on live stream. As a result, the appearance of his Old Settler is a rare pleasure to hear him again in person – and he has some terrific new material, thanks to an acclaimed new album released in August.
Tony kamel (6:55 p.m. to 8:05 p.m., Bluebonnet Stage): Kamel is best known for his work with Grammy-nominated bluegrass band Austin Wood & Wire, but last month he released a solo album, “Back Down Home,” on Bruce Robison Next Waltz’s label. Expect a set that shows off more of his singer-songwriter chops.
The deer (4:10 p.m. to 5:10 p.m., Bluebonnet Stage): Led by captivating singer Grace Rowland and featuring some of the area’s top pickers, the Deer was formed a decade ago and has become one of the main acoustic groups in the Austin area. Their music defies easy categorization, drawing inspiration from folk, indie rock, bluegrass, jazz and other forms.
Now playing: Original Black’s BBQ Stage: Cedric Burnside, 10:35 p.m. to 11:35 p.m. Della Mae, from 7:20 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. Cold Spring Union, 4 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bluebonnet step: Concretization, from 9:55 p.m. to 11 p.m. Kalu & the Electric Joint, 8:25 p.m. to 9:35 p.m.; Kelsey Waldon, 5:30 p.m. to 6:35 p.m. Steve Poltz, 2:45 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Carolyn Wonderland & Shelley King (9:05 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., Bluebonnet Stage): Slinger guitarist Wonderland’s new album, “Tempting Fate,” combines blues, country, rock and more. Produced by Dave Alvin for famous Chicago label Alligator Records, this is perhaps his best to date. King, a former Texas state musician, is a close friend and frequent collaborator who shares Wonderland’s appreciation for the blues.
Sam bush (10:15 p.m. to 11:25 p.m., Original Black’s BBQ Stage): There is probably no better living mandolinist (except perhaps Chris Thile) than Bush, a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame for his work with inventor 1970s-80s New Grass Revival Ensemble. He has also released a plethora of solo albums and has a long history with Old Settler’s.
Jackie Venson (6:50 p.m. to 8 p.m., Original Black’s BBQ Stage): “Love Transcends”, the new album from guitarist and singer-songwriter Austin Venson, focuses his varied talents on a set of material based on the blues and the gospel, resulting in her most consistent album to date. Relentless livestreamer during the pandemic, Venson is a dynamic performer who is more than ready to be back on stage.
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Traveling in the McCourys (7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Bluebonnet stage): Brothers Ronnie and Rob McCoury are at the helm of this ensemble from the legendary bluegrass group of their father Del McCoury. Joined by violinist Jason Carter, bassist Alan Bartrom and guitarist Cody Kilby, they earned a Grammy nomination for their self-titled 2018 album.
Now playing: Original Black’s BBQ Stage: Jamestown Revival, 8:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.; Logan Ledger, 5:15 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.; JÃ©rÃ©mie Albino, 3:35 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Arcadian Wild, 2 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. Folk Family Revival, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Elijah Delgado (winner of the 2019 Young Talents Competition), from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Bluebonnet step: Tomar & the FC, from 10:35 p.m. to 11:35 p.m. Bonnie Bishop, 6:05 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. Sierra Ferrell, 4:40 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Hogslop String Band, 3:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. Winner of the Young Talent Competition, 2:40 p.m. to 3 p.m. Po ‘Ramblin’ Boys, from 1:20 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Young Talent Competition, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(All shows on the campsite stage)
Ray wylie hubbard (4:20 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.): A few weeks away from his 75th birthday, Hubbard has been one of the most enduring troubadours in Texan music since Jerry Jeff Walker recorded his classic “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother” in the 1970s. . His horizons have broadened in recent years thanks to collaborations with country hitmaker Eric Church and rock greats Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh.
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The house of songs (noon to 1 p.m.): Singer-songwriter Graham Weber has been a key player in House of Songs, a local retreat that helps organize collaborative writing sessions for songwriters around the world. Austin’s accomplished music lovers Carrie Rodriguez, Suzanna Choffel and Matt the Electrician join him for this looping session.
Also play: Bob Schneider, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cleverlys, 1:40 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.