Kerrville Folk Festival — a continuing blog for a while.
Between New Folk concerts and competitions, ballad trees (which are open mics in the most acoustic form possible — no amplification), and hearing lots and lots of new performers, even the disappointment of having to cancel all of Saturday night’s events — including Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, and the Tejas Brothers — has already paled into the overall festival experience.
Getting onto WiFi is nearly impossible, and my hippie van’s battery has been dead for days, so no going into McDonald’s to use their internet availability. Darn it.
As photographer, I have been SO busy, it makes my head spin. But I have the best two other photogs to work with, and we divy up the work and the responsibilities in a completely compatible way.
Thursday (May 21) featured musicians from St. Louis, Boston, Ashville, and Austin. See those four links for photos. Plus the ballad tree of the day, another link, led by R.J. Cowdery from Columbus, Ohio. Also, please forgive the Flickr ads being thrown in the middle of each album. For the time being, I’ll continue to use Flickr, but will be looking at other free photo sites when I get back home.
Friday, another day of almost completely-new (to me) musicians, and that’s part of the fun of it. I figured it out, more than 90% of the musicians here are people I’ve never heard of, or have heard of but never heard. Makes it fun.
This truly is a folk festival — folk music for the most part. Today’s line-up came from Austin; Asheville, N.C.; Manitoba, Canada. Plus, there was a concert of four singer/songwriters who had won competitions on their college campuses. Incredible voices and songs from them — the stars of tomorrow!
Del Barber photos — NOTE: you might can tell here that he’s my favorite newbie so far! From Manitoba, Canada. His stories leading into his songs showed him to be a master story-teller, as well as singer and songwriter!